Bank Holiday garden visit

Fri, Aug 26, 2011

Climate Change, UK Climate Change

If the heavy rain is getting you down and you yearn for some colour and heat in the garden this weekend, take a trip to Norwich in East Anglia to sample the delights of a subtropical garden in a temperate climate.

Will Giles opens his wonderful Exotic Garden every Sunday from late June until 23rd October between 1-5pm and I can assure you it is an experience you do not want to miss. I was there a few weeks back and the heavy rain has brought a spectacular lushness to the garden.Even though Will lost many of his larger exotic specimens such as phormiums and a few bananna plants to the heavy frosts and snow of winter 2010 ,the garden has taken on an exciting new look this year as Will has cleverly mixed impressive tropical specimens with huge blousy dahlias and a host of other delights.


Here is the description from Will’s web-site to inspire you to make the journey to this unique subtropical garden.

” Will has experimented with plants from the extremely hardy to the ludicrously tender, endeavouring to find a balance of plants that grow well in his one acre microclimate and fit into his ideal of a lush sub-tropical setting.

He has developed a wondrous paradise for himself and the many visitors that flock to the garden during the summer months. Unlike many other gardens, this haven of fantasy has been crafted by Will and voluntary helpers, on the smallest of budgets, using reclaimed materials where possible and a lot of hard work. This is a hands on creation, giving the Exotic Garden a very personal identity – that of a true artist at work.”

To discover this tropical oasis visit

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Will Giles Says:

    Thanks Debbie 🙂

  2. Debbie Says:

    My pleasure – hope the sun makes an appearance – wish I could be there!