Helmingham Hall was completed in 1510 with, possibly, a garden, on the moated site of the existing walled garden. The walls now contain a garden divided into eight with paths covered in tunnels of sweet peas, Clematis and gourds. The main cross paths are flanked with spectacular herbaceous borders backed with climbing roses trained on wires. Perimeter beds are filled with ornamental vegetables, annuals, grasses and shrubs, with peaches, pears and plums trained in espaliers on the walls.
Crowe Hall is a picturesque house dating from 1605 with fabulous views across parkland to the Stour Estuary. Work on the spectacular gardens started in the 1990s. This, nearly thirty years later, is still a work in progress. Xa Tollemache created the gardens around the orangery. Tom Stuart-Smith designed an enclosed garden of grasses and perennials around a square pool. A grove of olive trees leads on to a minimalist and very effective space formed of clipped yew hedges, designed by Christopher Bradley Hole, who is designing a garden to link the formal gardens to the woodland garden, planted around a chain of five lakes.
Friday 2 Sept 2022