Here is another post about one of the gardens I visited when I was living in Hertfordshire. Enjoy! 🙂
Last weekend I went on a fabulous road trip with my friend and work colleague Charlotte – we saw three gardens in one day!
This post is about the second garden we visited, the Exotic Garden in Norfolk. This is the one I was most excited about seeing, after reading wonderful articles and seeing snippets of it on TV.
The Exotic Garden
The moment we stepped inside my jaw dropped, it was breath-taking. Tropical plants towered above my head, spilling out over the pathways. The focal point was an incredible tree house, built into a fifty feet high (if not taller!) oak tree. It was like I was in a jungle!
The garden itself is an acre in size but there was so much crammed into a tiny space that it felt bigger than it was. I’m a tropical girl at heart so for me it was absolute paradise!
What impressed me the most was the fact all of these tender, subtropical plants were not just surviving but thriving in a micro-climate the owner of the garden, Will Giles, had created.
It’s a garden which is renowned for growing plants that supposedly shouldn’t survive on the East coast of England, but in fact they do – it was like a mini Eden Project!
I loved the different sculptures dotted around the garden
It was so weird seeing house-plants like Crassula ovata, Aeonium, Bougainvillea, Thunbergia etc and bromeliads such as Tillandsia cyanea and epiphytic orchids growing outside.
The succulent and cacti area at the top of the garden was awesome, one Aeonium was as big as my head!
Succulents and cacti
A hut at the top of the garden
View from the hut
The tree house was easily my favourite part of the garden, I fell in love with it even more when I found out someone actually lives in there. How cool is that!!
The tree house
Stairs to the top!
You could see for miles, the views in the distance were of Norfolk so weren’t very picturesque(!) but, even so, it was pretty stunning. I wanted to set up home there myself!
Views from the tree house
There was tea and cakes being sold in the “downstairs” part of the tree house, me and Charlotte had a pit-stop before going on our way.
I’ve decided I will definitely have a garden like this one day in the future. It could be in England or another part of the world – who knows! Watch this space. 😉