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Henstead Exotic Garden

Henstead Exotic Garden is a 2 acre rainforest-style garden created in driest East Anglia, just three miles from the East coast.


GAP Photos/Annie Green-Armytage

Feature No:   3680 

Qty of Images:    43 


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Alan Titchmarsh described Henstead Exotic Garden as ‘Belize comes to Beccles’ in his ITV series Britain’s Best Back Gardens. This is no mean feat when the average rainfall in the area is just 60mm per month and the prevailing wind is a searing north-easterly straight off the North Sea. Normally this would shred big, bold-leafed plants and turn hardy palms brown and desiccated. At Henstead, however, exotics such as bananas (Musa basjoo), tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica), and rice-paper plant (Tetrapanax papyrifer) are lush and verdant, thriving within the shelter of towering hedges of conifer and yew, their moisture levels raised by the generous use of seep hoses.



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