A visit to Blakenham Woodland Garden

APRIL. 26, 2019

Blakenham Woodland Garden is situated in Suffolk near Ipswich. We went on a visit with our U3A Garden Group yesterday. A great time of year for flowers.

The morning started with coffee and tea with home made cakes in the barn followed by a walk round the woodland then on to the kitchen garden.

After the visit to the house a few of us went off to the Butt and Oyster pub in Pin Mill for a very nice lunch which was followed by a walk along the river Orwell foreshore.

The house

John Hare, MP for Sudbury and Woodbridge bought the wooded hill next to his house in 1951. Unusually for the area, which is surrounded by old chalk pits, the soil in the wood is green sand which allowed him to plant all kinds of acid loving plants like azaleas,rhododendrons and magnolias.

When he left politics in 1982 John Hare became Viscount Blakenham and Treasurer of the R.H.S.

When John Blakenham died in 1982 the garden was made into a charitable trust in order to ensure the survival of his remarkable collection.

The Orwell bridge elevated to allow ships to pass under on their way from Ipswich docks.

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