There is a very well kept walled garden in the grounds of the hall, we spent a very rewarding couple of hours just wandering around the gardens, taking in the colourful display of flowers. The walls built around the garden shelter the plants, and allow all sorts of exotic plants and flowers to thrive. There were also a couple of open greenhouses that contained many potted chillies, cacti and other hot house plants. We were also surprised to see quite a good crop of conference pears, and apples on some trees that had been trained to climb the gardens walls.
The National Trust are also promoting "grow your own" allotments, and there were some very well maintained allotment kitchen gardens on display. These were rented out to members of the local community, who with the support of the Felbrigg Hall full time gardeners, had done a wonderful job of laying them out and keeping them producing some wonderful crops. I was very impressed with the unique choice of crops, and different gardening styles of the local gardeners. Each allotment had a notice board saying who was responsible for creating it, and telling visitors something about themselves and their allotment. There were also some free range chickens roaming around, who was responsible for these was not immediately apparent, but they fitted into the scene beautifully.
We enjoyed a very interesting day there, and we would recommend the visit to anyone planning a trip to East Anglia.
(Except the baby bird which I had photographed earlier in the day in our garden, I could not resist leaving him in the album.)