Gressenhall gardens

With its enchanting gardens, historic orchard and enthralling horticultural collections, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a beautiful venue for garden enthusiasts.

Our organic gardens have been created and cared for by our dedicated volunteer gardeners. All of the gardens are beautiful spaces where visitors are invited to sit and contemplate and there is something to suit every taste.

Cherry tree cottage garden

Cherry Tree Cottage Garden is a traditional garden with vegetable patch and herb garden, compost heap, privy, scarecrow and cinder paths. They have been selected to ensure historical accuracy. They reveal just how a rural family of the 1930s would have helped to supplement a low agricultural wage - a small herb patch providing flavour for the monotonous diet of vegetables and stews.

Wildlife garden

The wildlife garden was designed to attract wildlife and provide visitors with ideas on how they can do the same at home. A beautiful and bespoke wrought iron fence encloses a pond and bog garden, which has proved to be a popular with newts and toads. The garden itself is now well-established, and is often a buzz with bugs and beasties. It was all made possible thanks to The Friends of Gressenhall being awarded £9,670 from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund, and raising an additional £3,000 from donations.

See what you can spot by the side of the pond, or hiding in the foliage as you explore the weaving paths through the undergrowth. 

The smallholders and dyers gardens

Stroll down to Gressenhall Farm and see what is growing in the smallholders’ garden and destined for the farmhouse kitchen, or discover the dyers garden where all the plants have been chosen as their leaves, roots, stems and flowers have been used in traditional dyes to make a wide range of beautiful colours.

The courtyard garden

In 2012, we refurbished the courtyard garden with the support of the Friends of Gressenhall and a number of local firms who donated plants and materials. The work was completed as part of our Skills for the Future project. And we planted a paper handkerchief tree as a reminder of all the hot foreheads our volunteers have wiped when working in the gardens.

In the courtyard garden we created the children’s Curiosity Corner for younger visitors. With its snaking path and bushy planting it is the ideal location for a wildlife adventure – come and see what you can find. 

Museum collections

The museum has an impressive collection of horticultural items, from the sorts of things you might find in anyone’s shed to the weird and wonderful or just plain strange. Our collections of gardening ephemera are of regional – if not national – importance. They include complete sets of catalogues, seed pockets and advertising material relating to several companies, which provide a snapshot of gardening in Norfolk from the 1870s right through to the 1980s.

Explore our fascinating recreation of a seed merchant’s, and discover the story of Taylor’s, a local family business that produced and sold seeds from their King’s Lynn shop. This display houses just some of our extensive gardening related collections.  

Gardening clubs

With its enchanting gardens, historic orchard and enthralling horticultural collections, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a beautiful venue for your gardening club outing. Find out more about group visits here.