Gardens and countryside

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Our glorious garden

Our visitors are full of praise when they visit Blickling's beautiful garden.

In the 1860s Lady Constance, widow of the 8th Marquis of Lothian, introduced a formal flower garden. Philip Kerr, the 11th Marquis, replaced the Victorian fussiness in 1930, with the simpler lines, shapes and colours retained to this day.

Spires and turrets

The parterre layout was simplified by Norah Lindsay in the 1930s.

Lady Lothian's jumble of flower beds from the 1870s was replaced by swathes of colour-graded planting bearing Norah's stamp of 'spires and turrets'.

Designing a garden

Blicklling garden - colourful borders in the Parterre

Head Gardener Paul Underwood has masterminded the evolution of parts of the garden.

Above the parterre you'll find the double border he designed, reflecting the colours in the beds below from white to almost black and with yew and box-hedge walls, the area is designed to make you think you're walking from room to room.

The landscape

A report was commissioned for the National Trust on the landscape of the Blickling Estate, including a brief architectural history and information on the development of the gardens and the park. 

Garden designer Norah Lindsay © National Trust

Garden designer Norah Lindsay

Norah Lindsay

The aristocratic garden designer Norah Lindsay greatly admired Gertrude Jekyll's 'arts and crafts' style, particularly the effect of masses of colour.

As well as transforming the gardens at Blickling in this fashion, the well-connected socialite left her mark on other famous properties such as Cliveden, Hidcote Manor and Chirk Castle.