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Norfolk NGS Host International Garden Tour

A group of twelve garden enthusiasts from Vienna visited the private garden of Jan and James Saunt at Plovers Hill on the 22nd August 2008.   This was part of a Norfolk gardens visit organised by tour operator Petra Gmainer.  This is the second visit Petra has arranged to Norfolk.  Petra read an article about Plovers Hill and the NGS in The English Garden publication.  The tour included a mixture of private and public NGS gardens and nurseries.  They included Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Oxburgh Hall, Mannington Estate, East Ruston Old Vicarage, Chestnut Farm, Holme Hale Hall, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and gardens as well as some nurseries including Peter Beales Roses and Hoecroft Nursery.  The group stayed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Wells.

Petra said ”It’s the fifth year of my garden tours. I am a garden designer by profession.  This is my third visit to Norfolk, the first time I was on holiday.  This is the second Norfolk garden tour. The tours started with one in 2004. This year there are seven, and I just love it.  It has grown by word of mouth.  I’m able to visit England a lot, where I feel very at home.  I am able to see fantastic gardens and get a lot of inspiration for my designs.  We do not have the climate to cultivate the gardens that Norfolk and England hold.  The soil is not as fertile and is full of clay.   I also meet a lot of lovely people. Some of them are friends now”.

For more details of the garden tour website of Petra Gmainer visit:

County Organiser Anthea Foster said” The Norfolk National Gardens Scheme are honored that an international garden designer and tour organiser has chosen the Norfolk gardens to visit.  It also illustrates how the Norfolk leaflet and website provides a comprehensive and diverse representation of the great Norfolk horticultural product and that it has spread outside the county.”

Petra is third left front row, Jan and James Suant right hand side.

Images can be obtained from Archant , EDP pictures.


Petra Gmainer Garden Tour