The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall is widely renowned as one of East Anglia's finest.
Get up close to the double borders and herb beds and really breathe in the scent of lavender, sage and mint.
You can find a good many modern surprises within this traditionally laid out garden.
The Orangery was built in 1704 and was designed to harmonise with the west wing of the house.
In the 19th century the building was given a glass roof which by 1958 had fallen in and was replaced by the one you see today.
The Orangery now houses a collection of camellias, some of considerable size and age.
The community allotments
As part of an initiative to encourage people to grow their own food, eight community allotments were created within the Walled Garden.
The programme sparked immediate interest and continues to be a topic of conversation with our visitors.
Life in the garden
Into April and our prop units & nursery areas are full of pricked out seedlings and plants growing on. We spend a lot of time juggling things about trying to squeeze out that extra bit of space for yet more plants. It's so nice to see all the veggies, courgettes and so on, germinating too. In the kitchen garden the hardier veg is going in, carrots and peas are sown, parsnips have already gone in; broad beans and spring cabbage are growing away nicely, onions are set. The tulips are starting to flower and the Camellias in the west garden are all blooming well. The scent of the Daphne is heavenly too!
The new hen keep
There are hens, guinea fowl and peacocks in the walled garden but it is the hens who are terrorised by both the peacocks and the guinea fowl, so one of our garden volunteers has now built them a safe place to hide - the hen keep!
Stricken with Box Blight
Some of our affected box hedges are over 100 years old, others were planted 40 years ago when the garden was first renovated by the Trust. There are 2 types of box blight, which often occur together, and only affect Box plants.
Both are fungal diseases which cause the leaves to go brown and fall off. Spores are spread during damp humid conditions. There are no known resistant types of box and no fungicides will cure the disease.
Rebirth of the borders
To salvage as much of the healthy hedge as possible, we removed all of the hedges with infected plants - this was in fact most of it. The only remaining hedges are those around the pond and lining the inner spine paths of the vegetable plots.
Lavender was planted in some places in the garden to replace the box hedging. There is an old black and white photograph of the last squire in front of the dovecote, showing lavender growing where the box currently is - so things go full circle.
The garden pets
Ginger - named after Ginger Rogers - is a Speckled Sussex and is seen here with her chicks foraging for their lunch.
Rocky ( Rock Hudson) the Buff Orpington cockerel and some of his girls, 2 Buff hens Goldie and Doris (Goldie Hawn & Doris Day) and a Light Sussex, Honour (Honour Blackman)
The Peking Bantams, cockerel JD (James Dean) and one of his girls Marilyn enjoying themselves rootling the the flower beds.
Jake the cat is one of our semi-feral cats who, as you can see, looks happy and healthy living in the walled garden where the gardeners and the volunteers make sure they are fed and looked after
The Guinea Fowl
And then there's the guinea fowl but we don't have names for them - we can't tell them apart!
There are also Peacocks in the garden but sadly they will not stay still long enough to be photographed.
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Moments in the garden
- The Rose garden was created in 1971 in memory of the last squire by his friends and Felbrigg villagers.
- The original design was simple and effective with 4 box edged beds cut into the lawn containing various species and cultivars of roses.
- Although the layout has not changed over the years, the plants have and now we have a rose garden with no roses!
- We will completely redesign this memorial garden to reflect the rest of the gardens whilst retaining its own distinct character.
- You can see the transformation in 2014.