Home to four of the most spectacular gardens in Norfolk, including a stunning meadow and the most beautiful of lakeside environments, Pensthorpe Natural Park provides year-round colour and interest. Explore these Norfolk walks, and discover the inspiring sculptures and stunning landscapes, as they develop through the seasons, achieved with varying levels of horticultural management, in wildlife-rich gardens created by award-winning designers.
One of the most inspirational gardens in Norfolk, the Millennium Garden offers an acre of floral delights, creating a lush tapestry of colour and texture. A stunning cascade of mixed perennials and grasses, designed by the renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf, the bold, colourful drifts and the naturalistic planting style make the Millennium Garden a particularly popular display with both garden and wildlife enthusiasts. Flourishing with colourful butterflies and insects during the Spring and Summer months, and providing essential nesting materials and seeds for birds throughout the Winter, this fine Norfolk garden is worth a visit even after its mid-August peak, with the Autumnal colours of the perennial foliage providing a rich spectacle well into the Autumn. And don’t forget to pick up your own piece of the Millennium Garden from the plant sales area in the Gift Shop! Take a look at our plant list here.
With its stunning blend of Orchids and wildflowers, Pensthorpe Natural Park is home to one of the largest wildflower meadows in North Norfolk. Situated in the floodplain of the River Wensum, this traditionally-managed meadow plays an important role in the ecology of the river valley. Providing the perfect hunting ground for barn owls, and acting as a haven for dragonflies, butterflies and banded demoiselle damselflies, this natural wildlife walk is a very special place. Even during the Autumn months, when the wildflowers are long-gone, it is a delight to wander the Nature Trail over the boardwalk and watch the rare breed Norfolk Long Horn Sheep, who are used to graze the meadow after it has been mown. With its diverse selection of wildflowers, our Wildflower Meadow was used as a base for BBC2’s Great British Garden Revival.
Wildlife Habitat Garden
A gentle walk through the Wildlife Habitat Garden is a perfect way to start your visit to Pensthorpe Natural Park; planted with species designed to entice insects and mammals into the beautiful water-focused setting, this is where the Gardens and the Natural Park meet. The Wildlife Habitat Garden has been created to inspire visitors, with helpful hints, tips and garden ideas to help you construct your own wildlife-friendly outdoor space. It is certainly a hotspot for our own wildlife residents. The planting and features of this beautiful Norfolk wildlife garden provide food and habitat for a wide range of creatures, including Dragonflies and Amphibians, Bats and Moths, Beetles and Bees, Damselflies, Garden Birds, Butterflies and Reptiles. Take a look at our plant list here.
Wave and Wave Line Garden
Its framework of gently rolling yew hedging and simple planting structure ensure that the Wave Garden enjoys lush foliage throughout the year. Situated beneath a canopy of native oak and birch trees, this shaded Norfolk woodland garden offers a romantic landscape, which has been further enhanced by amazing sculptures. Providing the most sublime of views, this lakeside garden is a particularly beautiful spot, and the Wave Line Garden is a recent extension to this already popular area. Created to induce a sense of calm, the Wave Line Garden has been structured by semi-circular seating areas, together with an eye-catching ‘nest’s sculpture, which further encapsulates the overall qualities of the garden. Take a look at our plant list here.