The Garden

The Walled Garden

Felbrigg Dovecote © Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Dovecote

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

Felbrigg Orangery © Brian & Nina Chapple

Felbrigg Orangery

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

Felbrigg Allotment © Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Allotment

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

  • Ready for picking © Tina Hammond

    Monthly update

    September - the fruit is looking really heavy on the trees, and  we are constantly asked “Why aren’t you picking the fruit?”  However,  aside from the plums and the Norfolk Royal Russet, the fruit doesn’t ripen till the end of October.   We really don’t let it go to waste - all ripe fruit (and spare vegetables) are placed by the garden gate for visitors to help themselves.

  • gathering the seeds © Tina Hammond

    Seasonal gardening tips

    Now is the time to start thinking about next year - take cuttings of all the tender perennials and collect the seeds you want to keep. Give the lawns a bit of a makeover by spreading lawn sand and raking out the thatch.

  • Wall trained fig thought to date from the mid C18 © Tina Hammond

    Old variety plants

    We have some lovely old figs trained against the south facing wall of the herb border in the walled garden, thought to have been relocated to its present position around 1750. There is a quote in the “Eastern Arboretum” by James Grigor, published in 1847, which mentions the figs stating that they were about 100yrs old at the time, making the figs the only original remaining plants from the garden of that period.

  • Umbellaria foliage, also known as the headache tree © Tina Hammond

    Unusual plants

    We have an Umbellularia Californica, planted around 1860, which is rare in the UK.  Also known as the “Headache Tree” or “Balm of Heaven”.  One of our gardeners enjoys the scent released by mowing  through the leaves, and following a debate amongst them as to whether the "headache" side-effect was a myth, another gardener broke off a handful of leaves, crushed them and inhaled deeply – it ruined his day!  You decide which it is..

The garden pets

Speckled Sussex

Speckled Sussex hen and chicks © Tina Hammond

Ginger  - named after Ginger Rogers - is a Speckled Sussex and is seen here with her chicks foraging for their lunch.

Buff Orpingtons

Buff Orpington chickens © Tina Hammond

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)
 

Peking Bantams

Peking Bantams in the walled garden © Tina Hammond

The Peking Bantams, cockerel JD (James Dean) and one of his girls Marilyn enjoying themselves rootling the the flower beds.

 

Semi-feral cats

Did we have breakfast? © Tina Hammond

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
 

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Moments in the garden

Renovation

  • 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.

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