Hellebores heaven at Norwich's Blickling Hall this weekend

By Culture24 Staff | 05 February 2009
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A picture of a manor house with lush green gardens, statues and a blue sky overhead

Blickling Parterre will be hosting a Hellebores Day this Saturday. Pic © Mike Williams

A day devoted to Hellebores featuring garden tours and talks by expert Roger Harvey is on offer this Saturday (February 7 2009) for visitors to Blickling Hall in Norwich.

Hellebore Day comes as 400 of the plants appear at the Hall this month, followed by more than 2,000 hyacinths, 100,000 daffodils and 5,000 tulips in March and April and a host of magnificent magnolia trees.

“The gardens are a mass of colour at this time of year, with an impressive display of daffodils in amongst the avenues of trees and around the garden,” said Paul Underwood, Head Gardener at the Hall.

“Hyacinths and later tulips add colour to the beds, whereas the magnolia trees in blossom draw your eye upwards to look out across the wider estate – our visitors always enjoy seeing the garden come to life after the winter.”

Wisteria flowering on the walls and azaleas will also create “a kaleidoscope of colour” along Temple Walk, according to Underwood, and a carpet of bluebells is promised in the ancient woodland at the site during May.

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