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Chance to see the exotic in Henstead

PUBLISHED: 11:19 27 May 2011

Henstead Exotic Garden

Henstead Exotic Garden

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THERE is an opportunity to step into the tropics in the heart of the Suffolk countryside this weekend.

Henstead Exotic Garden, near Lowestoft, is one of the largest exotic gardens outside those in the West country.

The garden is being extended again this year and visitors will be able to follow the progress of this work.

Owner Andrew Brogan said: “We made it from scratch eight years ago, from a field of nettles – although most visitors dont believe that fact!

“It looks as thought the garden is many years older than that due to the sheer size of the specimens.

“We have giant bamboo plants that are 30 feet tall, and with three inch wide canes.

“There are also over 100 large palms, groves of bananas, 200 bamboos, two streams, three ponds with 100s of fish, 150 tons of gravel, 70 tons of rock, 30ft wooden walkway leading to Thai style pavilion two metres off the ground.”

The garden is open on Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. Admission is £3.25.

The garden also backs onto a 12-acre wood where there is a ruined walled garden.

The garden has been featured on BBC Gardeners World, BBC Look East, filmed for Britain’s Best Garden, The Daily Telegraph, and the Sunday Times.

“It has been a struggle with such a garden bearing in mind our cold winters, especially the last two, including the coldest December for 100 years.

“I picked exotic plants from cooler parts of the world and this theory has been well and truly tested,” said Mr Brogan

Tea, home-made cakes, home-made exotic plants and the owner’s book of the making of the garden will be available.

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