Bishop’s House gardens in Norwich Cathedral
In the heart of Norwich's bustling city centre lies a four acre private garden, with unique views of Norwich Cathedral; the Bishop’s House garden will be open on selected days during the summer.
The garden has belonged to the Bishops of Norwich for over 900 years and is filled with dramatic herbaceous borders, lawns, roses, a kitchen garden and shrub borders containing an amazing array of rare, unusual and exotic plants. The garden has been featured in several magazines including; The English Garden, the RHS magazine and Country Life, with one describing it as 'a horticultural gem'.
Head Gardener, Simon Gaches has been working hard with his team this winter to create new features. He says: “this year we've put in a 'Jungle Walk'. Once the weather has warmed up it will be filled with bananas, gingers, ferns and bamboo with a few rarities as well. We are also putting a seat at the end of the walkway which is to be in memory of the late Will Giles of The Exotic Garden, on Thorpe Road."
After an amazing year of fundraising in 2015 when over £40,000 was raised for local charities, the garden will be opening its gates again soon. Bishop Graham and his wife Julie are delighted to announce the dates for this year’s garden openings:
April 24 - Norwich Foodbank
May 8 - NANSA
May 15 - Parents and Friends of Parkside School Association
June 5 - Norwich Puppet Theatre
June 12 - ENYP
June 26 - Norfolk Deaf Association
July 3 - Norwich Door to Door
July 10 - Cruse Bereavement Care
July 17 - Norfolk Lymphoma Group
July 24 - The Matthew Project
September 4 - National Garden Scheme
September 11 - Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust
All events run on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm with an admission fee of £3 for adults. Children and wheelchair users are free. All events will have teas and cakes on offer and a plant sale area run by the Bishop’s gardeners to fund projects in the garden.
For more information on the gardens please visit: www.dioceseofnorwich.org/gardens/