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John Constable was born, lived and painted in East Bergholt and his father owned nearby Flatford Mill. The garden at East Bergholt Place has been called the Cornish garden in Suffolk.

The tour fee includes morning coffee and lunch at a fine country pub and a top notch Blue Badge tour guide.

Meet the guide at 10.30am in East Bergholt, for morning refreshments. We'll come back for lunch but first a short transfer to Flatford Mill. Of the wide meadows of the Stour Valley Constable said "I love every stile and stump, and every lane".

Flatford has changed little in 200 years ago - save for the lost elms.

Back in East Bergholt a roast beef or vegetarian nut roast lunch is served. Group members can treat themselves to desserts if they fancy one on the day.

The garden and arboretum at East Bergholt Place enjoys a mild woodland microclimate. Laid out 100 years ago by a subscriber to the plant hunting expeditions of the Scottish Indiana Jones George Forrest, the 20 acre garden remains in the same family. Early Spring displays of snowdrops, magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias are followed by the fritillary and wild flower meadow.

Come summer the rambling roses and hydrangeas come into their own. Through all seasons the unusual shrubs and topiary yew hedges are impressive and in Autumn the garden looks spectacular. There's an excellent specialist plant centre in the Victorian walled garden and a cafe to buy a cuppa before making tracks for home at 4.45pm.

Adults & Seniors: £36

Available weekdays April to September

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

5 miles