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Raveningham Gardens and the Park are protected by shelter belts of woodland. These create a kinder environment for the herbaceous and mixed borders, wildflower meadows and rolling lawns. The walled Victorian kitchen garden provides more shelter for fruit, vegetables and cut flowers such as sweet peas. The Gardens hark back to Edwardian plans with the planting enhanced in the 1960s by Priscilla, Lady Bacon. The current owner’s mother, she was an energetic plantswoman who collected many rare species from around the world transforming the Garden over 50 years. The walled kitchen garden was brought back to full working order in the last 20 years and is now producing fruit, vegetables and flowers for the House. There is a fine late 19th century Boulton and Paul range of glasshouses, stocked conservatory and melon pits, all in working order.
A Millennium project by Nicholas Bacon to build a lake on the North side of the House is now firmly established. As is an Arboretum that was planted after the destruction of a wood in the 1987 gale. This gave an opportunity to plant a large variety of trees and shrubs under a plan designed by the eminent plantsman Roy Lancaster. Our latest project is the creation of a Stumpery off the arboretum which showcases tree ferns.
There is also a Herb Garden, a Rose Garden and the Time Garden – designed around Sir Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of Time. Sculptures by Susan Bacon are placed around the Garden which is surrounded by an 18th century Park with many trees of great age. The main specialities of the Garden are Galanthus followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season Agapanthus are a main feature. Throughout the year the parkland setting provides a glorious backdrop to the Hall and the main Garden. The Gardens are mostly accessible to wheelchair/motability scooter users, except when the ground is very wet.
Raveningham Garden Special Events
National Gardens Scheme
We will be open for the NGS on 18th February. Pre booked tickets only please see NGS website – ngs.org.uk for details and how to book.
We will be open on Sundays in July and August. Please see our opening times for Season round opening information.
We start the year with snowdrops in February. Every Sunday in February will raise funds for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice. When our main season starts in May spring bulbs and shrubs will be flowering. In May you can see both spring and wild flowers around the Garden. The roses will be looking good in June, followed by the amazing agapanthus in July and August, with late flowering in September. Summer is also the best time to see the Victorian walled kitchen garden in full swing with salad crops, vegetables and soft fruits interspersed with companion flowers.
Our Tea Room will be open serving light refreshments, homemade cakes and drinks between 11am and 4pm whenever our Gardens are open. We are also open for pre booked Group Tours all year round, please contact Sonya on 01508 548480 for more information.
Gardens Admission: adults £5, concessions £4.50 and children under 16 free.
Covid-19 has affected our usual opening times. Our Gardens & Tea Room would usually be open from 11am – 4pm during the main Season, but please see the home page of our website for updated openings in the current climate.
CLOSED – please see our home page
We are usually open for both individual visits and for Group Tours. For more information on tours (for 10 people minimum) or for any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01508 548480
Costings for individual visits
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Please see the EVENTS page for more details of our Special Openings in 2021.
Group Visits Welcome
Pre booked group visits welcome on weekdays throughout the main season. Special weekend and evening visits can also be arranged.
Price per head: Please call for group charges.
To book a group visit tel. 01508 548480 or email: email@example.com
All plants listed are homegrown here in our own nursery. Plant sales are undertaken in line with Government guidelines to ensure the safety of both our staff and our purchasers. Strict social distancing rules must be adhered to and all sales will be completely non-contact.
To order, simply email your choices from the plants listed below and numbers required to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be given a mutually suitable time slot for collection and payment will be processed on site via card payment only please.
Plants For Sale* : Pelargoniums – £3 each
Cezanne (limited stock)
Cys Sun Burst
*Please note that all our plants are home grown and therefore numbers are limited and subject to availability. Whilst we do not like to disappoint anyone, we thank you for your understanding.