Raveningham Gardens are set out as the Edwardian plans with large herbaceous borders surrounding a Victorian walled kitchen garden. In the 1960s the planting was enhanced by the inspiration of Priscilla Lady Bacon, 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 and vegetables 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.
New additions to the garden include a Herb Garden and a Garden designed around Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of Time. Sculptures by Susan Bacon add to the landscape which is surrounded by an 18th century Park with grand oaks of great age.
The main specialities of the garden are Galanthus and Hellebores in early spring, later in the season Priscilla Bacon’s collections of Euphorbias and Agapanthus are a main feature. This is fundamentally a Country House Garden that is timeless within the context of evolving ideas and energies.
"The gardens at Raveningham are always a delight to visit." Sunday Times
"Obviously a plantsman's garden, but far more than that." Country Life
"The garden is crammed with interesting and rare specimens." Sunday Telegraph Most of the garden is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs
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