This is the 21st yr that Norwell has opened a range of different, very appealing gardens all making superb use of the beautiful backdrop of a quintessentially English countryside village. It incl a garden and nursery of national renown and the rare opportunity to walk around vibrant allotments with a wealth of gardeners from seasoned competition growers to plots that are substitute house gardens, bursting with both flower colour and vegetables in great variety. To top it all there are a plethora of breathtaking village gardens showing the diversity that is achieved under the umbrella of a cottage garden description!
The beautiful medieval church and its peaceful churchyard with grass labyrinth will be the setting for - 'Memories'. Flowers, images and structures will show how memories are captured and the enjoyment from pleasant ones revisited.
Sunday 25 June (1 - 5pm).
Evening opening Wednesday 28 June (6.30 - 9pm).
Combined admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas in Village Hall (25 June) and Norwell Nurseries (28 June).
Refreshments in aid of Village hall.
How to find us
Norwell Gardens, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6JX
6m N of Newark. Halfway between Newark & Southwell. Off A1 at Cromwell turning, take Norwell Rd at bus shelter. Or off A616 take Caunton turn.
More about Norwell Gardens
Norwell is extremely lucky in nestling in gently rolling, beautiful countryside with old brick cottages and farmhouses. Although close to the A1 it is a secluded gem with a strong community spirit. Within the village there are a wealth of very different, yet all beautiful and uplifting gardens reflecting the broad spectrum of ages and interests of the garden owners. The allotments are one parish focal point where the heavy clay of the surrounding area has been ameliorated to some extent by decades of working and manure. The recent resurgence in grow-your-own has been echoed here and innovation continues with some plots being laid down to Olympic Park style annual flower mixes to attract pollinating insects and other wildlife. Perfect 'hospital corner' beds with precision rows and a very commendable 'no pick policy' until the garden open weekend is over are interspersed with family plots where children grow marigolds with marrows, petunias with parsnips and sunflowers with strawberries. They are also the fertile ground for many first prizes at the Norwell Garden Club vegetable show. Allotments are rarely open and this gives a unique opportunity to see nearly thirty different endeavours all reflecting a different gardening style personified in plants.
By opening as a group it is possible to see gardens which wouldn't necessarily think of opening on their own but which are extremely interesting and inspirational in their own right. They show the garden visitor an evolution over the years rather than just being presented with a near finished project, thus allowing the seasoned watcher a sense of participation in the process. Gardens are always, to some extent, a compromise, no more so than with young couples juggling the garden needs between children, boisterous pets, an area to entertain and, if lucky, relax.
Due to the nature of the village most properties have cottage style plantings with some areas of contemporary design.
Norwell also boasts a garden of national renown, receiving coach parties from across the country, it has developed in the last twenty years from a bramble infested, frost hollowed, muddy mire to a plant haven where thousands of rare and unusual alpines, perennials, trees and shrubs from all corners of the world thrive. Still being added to, the work of soil improvement continues and with it comes the opportunity to add even more variety to that on show. The garden has colour from early spring to late autumn with shade lovers coming to the fore early on, then the herbaceous beds and colour themed gardens take over for a summer symphony. This ebbs during August and then redoubles for a glorious swan-song in September and October, the daisy beds in particular covered in foraging bees and a myriad of butterflies. Although an acre in size it is made up of smaller areas whose inspirational ideas could easily be transferred to a typical garden plot. The adjacent nursery propagates plants from the garden and has often been described as a sweetie shop for plants!
The village environs are rich in wildlife, eloquently described in a monthly parish magazine article. The open gardens are an abundant source of these plants, insects and animals, many have wildlife areas and ponds which adds to the diversity of those coming in from the water meadows and summer flowering meadows of the church grounds. The parish church of St Laurence always puts on a special show for the opening and in 2017 it will feature 'Memories'.
In short many National Garden Scheme guests are repeat visitors, lulled by the peace and quiet and enticed to make a return journey by the promise of constantly evolving stimulating gardens, brought to fruition by creative gardeners; and very good cakes!