A Visit To Barham Hall, Church Lane, Barham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0PT Sunday 2/7/2017
The garden at Barham opens once a year on a Sunday around the end of June, hosted this year by “The Great Garden Trail” in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, IP3 8LX Ipswich, Suffolk.
Tickets are £3 for adults and £1.50 for children under 16. Plenty of well organised parking is available and is included in the ticket price.
Approach to the house
House from the lawn
On arrival the first thing to see is the plant sale, this is a large affair with well established perennials in excellent condition for sale at only £3 each and annuals even cheaper. I bought rather a lot but then so did most folk there.
The plant sale at the entrance
After that it’s on into the garden. There are about five acres of lawns, herbaceous borders, a small lake with a fountain, woodland walks, rose arbors, specimen trees and deep borders. These are all well maintained and varied in their planting; there is azalea, hosta, salvia, gunnera, roses, campanula, wild flowers, astilbe and knautia.
Lawn and trees with the house in the background
Looking down to the lake
The lake and borders
Double herbaceous border
Hostas in bloom
Lawn near the vegetable garden
After seeing this you’ll need a rest, there’s plenty of seating and, to refresh you, Pimm’s, ice cream, cake , tea and coffee are available to buy.
Please note that only the gardens are open, the house is not.
I visited with a group of friends, this is an annual event for us and we never fail to enjoy ourselves.