The Garden at Ditchingham Hall consists of an old walled garden, with coloured themed borders, a rose garden and a pergola. The garden continues to be an ongoing project.
- There is a woodland garden, including one of the largest plane trees in the county, as well as several notable Cedars of Lebanon
- A newly planted arboretum of rare and interesting trees continues to be developed
- At the front of the house is a parterre, designed by Hermione Shirley
A variety of trees provide interest throughout the year, starting in spring with the blossom from the many cherries including Prunus ‘Pandora’ and Prunus ‘Shirotae’, followed by the white bell flowers of the snowdrop tree, Halesia Carolina.
Summer sees trees such as Paulownia Fortunei ‘Fast Blue’, Juglans regia ‘Laciniatra’, the cut-leaved walnut, and Quercus dentata ‘Carl Ferris Miller’, all grown for their unusual leaves, come to prominence, along with one of the largest London plane trees, Platanus x hispanica, in Norfolk.
Autumn is set ablaze with the fiery leaves of trees such as Acer tataricum subsp. Ginnala, Parrotia persica and Acer freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’ along with the butter yellow leaves of Ginkgo biloba ‘Saratago’, a deciduous conifer with unusual shaped leaves.
Bark comes to the fore in winter with the pure white trunks of Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’, ‘Doorenbas’ and the orange twigs of Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’. Ornamental crab apples such as Malus transitoria and Malus ‘Butterball’ add a splash of colour and provide welcome food for hungry birds.
The garden also contains mature examples of the stately Cedar of Lebanon cedrus libani with their near horizontal branches, ancient yew trees Taxus baccata and a towering Wellingtonia, Sequoiadendron giganteum.
The Garden is opened to visitors twice a year, always in aid of charity, by private arrangement.
New charitable approaches are always welcome! Please contact us to see if your charity could benefit from an Open Day at Ditchingham in the future.
Previous charities to have benefited from a Garden Open Day or other public fundraising events at Ditchingham include:
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- St John’s Ambulance
- The Norfolk Community Foundation
- Big C – fighting cancer in Norfolk and Waveney
- East Coast Hospice
- EACH: East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
- Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind