Private gardens in Suffolk open through the National Gardens Scheme can be found at
Among the magnificent Suffolk gardens open to the public the five listed below stand out. For directions and information on opening hours see
EAST BERGHOLT PLACE East Bergholt - CO7 6UP/13.6 m
Set in 20 acres, this renowned garden and arboretum was originally laid out at the beginning of the twentieth century and has been described as a “Cornish Garden in Suffolk”. Contains a marvellous collection of unusual plants, rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, shrubs and fine trees, many originating from the renowned plant collector George Forrest. Particularly beautiful in spring. Specialist plant centre in the Victorian walled garden.
HELMINGHAM HALL GARDENS Stowmarket - IP14 6EF/6.13 m
For the past 500 years Helmingham has been the home of the Tollemache family, who enjoy sharing their passion for beautiful gardens. Lady Tollemache is a well-known garden designer and winner of a Gold Medal at Chelsea. The moated hall is set in a 400-year-old deer park. Serene atmosphere, scent-filled and colourful planting.
ICKWORTH HOUSE Bury St Edmunds - IP29 5QE/33.2 m
National Trust. The gardens at Ickworth were designed to reflect the Italianate nature of the late eighteenth-century house. Heavily wooded garden with yews, evergreen oak and box and paths giving various vistas of the house´s central rotunda. The garden includes some uncommon trees including a Koelreuteria paniculata from China. There is a Silver Garden, hidden among the trees, an eerie Victorian “Stumpery”, Edwardian-style borders and a terrace walk to the rear of the house. The surrounding park contains some superb examples of ancient specimen trees including oak, beech and hornbeam.
The gardens and grounds at Somerleyton Hall have long been considered of first-rate importance, with more than 12 acres of gardens surrounding the hall. The gardens contain many magnificent specimen trees, shrubs and plants and were recorded as far back as the seventeenth century. The famous yew hedge maze dates from 1864.
WYKEN HALL GARDENS Stanton, Bury St Edmunds - IP31 2DW/28.8 m
A romantic four-acre garden, designed in the last 25 years with a series of “rooms” wrapped around a cosy pink house, leading into a more natural garden. The knot and herb gardens were designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. A formal kitchen garden has been planted to the north of the house. Old-fashioned rose garden enclosed by a hornbeam hedge and rose pergola, herbaceous borders, a wild garden, wildflower meadow, nuttery, gazebo and beech maze. Unusual touches include a parterre with rocking-chairs and superb maize gate. A woodland walk leads to the seven-acre vineyard.

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