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Little Blakenham Gardens, Little Blakenham, Suffolk, IP8 4LZ
11-Jan-16 to 11-Jan-21
See website for opening times & events., OS Grid Ref: TM11149
Blakenham Woodland Garden is a delightful combination of traditional English woodland and many exotic trees, shrubs and flowers planted over a period of 50 years.
From early daffodils and drifts of bluebells to rare magnolias and camellias the garden offers an ever-changing pattern of colours and scents throughout spring and early summer.
Blakenham Woodland Garden is near Ipswich in Suffolk, just a short drive from the A14 and A12 trunk roads.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
This is a truly beautiful garden planted in a naturalistic woodland style. We always visit in the Spring when the Magnolias, Viburnums and bulbs are at their peak of beauty. From the pale blooms of Magnolia Wilsonii to the smaller Stellata, the intoxicating scent follows you around the grassy paths that curve in and out of plantings and swirl around sculpture and undulations of this chalk pit landscape. Unusually for a chalky area, ericaceous plants do well here mainly because of the 'Green Sand' soil that faciltates the happy growing of not only Magnolia but Azalea, Rhododendron and the most spectacular Camellias which do well in the dappled shade.
Children love this garden because it hides, reveals and has the amazing 'Plug Hole' feature, photographed above. A circular swirling grass dip with mown inset paths, it invites little legs to run round and round until they reach the 'plug hole' at its base. Surrounded by Betula, 'Silver Birch' trees and other graceful leaf cover, the plug hole is an intriguing and interactive living installation.
One of my favourite plant genus' can be seen here- the Giant Dogwood Cornus 'Eddies White Wonder' a graceful tree that looks as though thousands of green butterflies have alighted upon its stems. A Cornus needs a woodland setting with careful management of light and space to be seen at its best and this specimen, said to originate from Kew has just that.
Blakenham Gardens hosts snowdrop and magnolia open day events so please do contact them for advice as to what is in bloom.
Blakenham Gardens have not solicited this review.
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