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The Exotic Garden

An exotic garden on a south facing hillside, developed by Will Giles since 1982. The garden is sheltered by trees and hedges, and in combination with the topography, this has created a microclimate. Tropical species, including "houseplants" such as Bromeliads and Monstera, grow in a lush jungle setting.

Head Gardener's Comment

Will Giles: President of Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society (2009) Vice president: Norwich in Bloom - author, columnist and phone in gardener on BBC Radio Norfolk has created a subtropical paradise over the last twenty six hears in Norwich, Norfolk Be transported to the tropics and see houseplants in the garden and bromeliads in the branches of trees surrounded by lush tree ferns. The garden of about 1 acre in size is an immense mix of planting from the ludicrously tender to the dead hardy, all having an exotic appearance in nature. In high summer, the garden becomes quite magical, full of hidden corners and riotous colour. The air is filled with the intoxicating scent of Jasmine, Brugmansia (Angels trumpets) and different varieties of Hedychiums (Gingers). Towering bananas such as the purple Abyssinian banana Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’, form massive canopies to walk under as do the root hardy banana Musa basjoo. In recent years a Xerophytic garden (arid planting with cacti and succulents) has been add as well as one of the largest tree houses in east Anglia. The garden has been featured many times on TV programs in recent years.

126 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, England, NR1 1UL

Summer solstice to late October. Sunday afternoon. Open 1pm to 5pm.

Adult £4.50, Child Free

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  • almost 4 years by Gaz 5 / 5

    A great garden and Will is a fantastic host spending time chatting to visitors about the garden.

  • over 6 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Probably the most beautiful garden I have ever visited – it is definitely a must see garden...

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