Sunday Afternoon Tea at Plantation Garden Norwich 2022

Published:
10:00 am 18 June 2022



The sun is shining, the refreshments are delicious, the music is playing… and you are seated in an enchanting setting.

The Sunday afternoon tea season begins tomorrow (June 19) at what is one of the most important Victorian urban gardens in the whole country.

Sarah Spooner of the Landscape Group at the University of East Anglia, has written a fascinating book telling her unique story on behalf of the Plantation Garden Preservation Trust.

She explains so well how Henry created a garden that contained many features, plantings and buildings from the Victorian period on a site of approximately three acres.

The land had been used for lime burning and chalk extraction before Henry leased the site in the mid-1850s, building the house and beginning to create a garden.

The garden is believed to be the work of Henry himself in close partnership with his gardener, George Woodhouse, and the great architect Edward Boardman.


The afternoon summer teas, and the rest, start at the Garden plantation, Norwich, June 19.
– Credit: the plantation garden

They combined to create a very special place with an atmosphere and unique characteristics.

Although planting was a private garden, Henry often opened it to the public for charitable events.

In the summer of 1892, he allowed the YMCA to hold a bazaar and garden in the garden which attracted approximately 4,000 people and included a display of fireworks.

He often offered flowers from the gardens to churches in the city, and many people living in the late 19th century had the opportunity to enjoy the gardens and explore the landscape he had created.

Henry died in 1897, and although his widow continued to live at the Plantation until 1902, the lease was soon put up for sale.

In 1905 Sir Kenneth Kemp lived in the house, followed by Percy Evershed, then in 1922 George Green became the plantation’s last private resident.

La célèbre famille Green a apporté un certain nombre de modifications au jardin, puis les archives montrent qu’en 1931, la plantation a été convertie en maison de retraite et a continué comme clinique jusqu’après la guerre, lorsqu’elle a été reprise par Norwich City Council as a maternity home.

The garden fell into disrepair and became overgrown and forgotten until it was rediscovered and in 1980, thank goodness, the Plantation Garden Preservation Trust was established with the aim of conserving this gem.

It was a huge task. The one we should applaud

What a wonderful job they have done and continue to do. La Plantation a un nouveau souffle et est un endroit dont nous pouvons tous profiter.

It was the result of one man’s vision and is an excellent example of a private Victorian garden (as opposed to a public park or garden) and its very survival means it is an important site…to cherish.

Sarah Spooner’s book is on sale in the garden. Il a été parrainé à la mémoire de Rosemary Salt qui aimait beaucoup l’espace.

And we have a lot to thank the members of the preservation team for all their hard work to ensure that this glorious gem will be enjoyed for many years to come.

It was the secret garden… today it is the people’s garden.

Down in the garden

A slew of events are taking place at The Plantation this summer, including concerts, plays, family shows, and movies.

Sunday afternoon teas begin tomorrow (June 19), from 2-4 p.m. You can taste homemade cakes and listen to performances by talented local musicians and singers.

Les premiers seront des membres de la Ukulele Society et d’autres participants tout au long de l’été seront The Heart Troubadors, Musical Allsorts, Sarah Smith, Kelmerized, Colin & Malle, Sonrisa et A13 Allstars, Saxobility, le Community Choir et enfin , September 4. , The Park Lane Singers will be performing.

For full details of events you will need tickets for some in the coming weeks visit plantationgarden.co.uk

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