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Getting better with Age: Hoveton Hall Gardens celebrates its silver anniversary with charity garden party

PUBLISHED: 21:47 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:47 18 August 2017

Harry Buxton, his wife Rachel and their four young children at Hoveton Hall Gardens. Picture: Hoveton Hall Estate

Harry Buxton, his wife Rachel and their four young children at Hoveton Hall Gardens. Picture: Hoveton Hall Estate

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A celebratory garden party is being held to mark the anniversary of the opening of the spectacular Hoveton Hall Gardens 25 years ago.

A celebratory Garden Party is being held on September 2 to mark the opening of Hoveton Hall Gardens 25 years ago. Picture: Hoveton Hall EstateA celebratory Garden Party is being held on September 2 to mark the opening of Hoveton Hall Gardens 25 years ago. Picture: Hoveton Hall Estate

The garden, which lies adjacent to the Broads near Hoveton, is well known for its magnificent magnolias, unusual species of trees and shrubs as well as its stunning vistas.

Money raised from the September 2 event will be donated to Age UK Norfolk which is also celebrating its 70th anniversary. Andrew and Barbara Buxton opened the property in 1992 to enable others to appreciate and discover the wide variety of plants, shrubs, trees and wildlife found in the formal gardens, lakeside settings and along its woodland paths.

Situated at the heart of the estate is the fine Regency house of Hoveton Hall – now family home to Andrew and Barbara’s son Harry, his wife Rachel and their four young children.

The Garden Party with musical entertainment will be held in the formal walled Spider Garden starting at 2pm.

A celebratory Garden Party is being held to mark the opening of Hoveton Hall Gardens 25 years ago. Picture: Hoveton Hall EstateA celebratory Garden Party is being held to mark the opening of Hoveton Hall Gardens 25 years ago. Picture: Hoveton Hall Estate

An afternoon tea with musical entertainment and speakers will take place while guests will have the opportunity to wander around the gardens at their leisure.

Visitors can also find out more about the history of the walled Victorian kitchen garden, a rare Victorian glasshouse and a Grade II listed 18th century ice well.

Tickets cost £21.83.

Harry Buxton said: “As a family we are really excited to celebrate the fruition of my father’s original vision for Hoveton Hall Gardens. We continue to manage the estate sustainably to ensure future generations will be able to appreciate its beauty and discover the wildlife living there.”

Anyone wishing to get a behind the scenes look at the Regency house can sign up to The Invitation to View event on September 13. The visit includes a look at the main reception rooms tour by the Buxton family as well as the opportunity to walk around the gardens. Tickets cost £16pp and includes afternoon tea, homemade cakes and biscuits.

Hilary MacDonald, Chief Executive of Age UK Norfolk, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Hoveton Gardens have chosen to celebrate their own special anniversary with us in our 70th year. Having supported our Open Garden season for the last few years, we are very grateful to Harry and Rachel Buxton for their continued support.”

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