Joint holder: Judy Watson of Seamere
Also in transition to new joint holders: Mr and Mrs Brewster of Horning Hall
The genus is the only member of the family Gunneraceae and is native to South America, the Neotropics and Hawaii, several small species are found in New Zealand. The species is named for a Swedish born botanist, Bishop Johann Ernst Gunnerus (1718 -1773) who was a correspondent of Carl Linnaeus and author of Flora Norvegica (1766).
The species ranges from the truly miniscule with leaves 1 to 2 cms long to those which you can easily walk under with a leaf spread of over 1.5 m. One of the smallest is the delightful bronze leaved Gunnera hamiltonii which exists in only five natural populations and is one of the rarest plants in its native New Zealand. There is a gunnera for most gardens as long as they can be given some moisture.
Holder: Mr Alan Gray
Colchicums are perennials containing around 160 species which grow from bulb-like corms usually with coarse, broadly strap-shaped leaves which appear with or after the goblet-shaped flowers. The common names 'autumn crocus', 'meadow saffron' and 'naked lady' may be applied to the whole genus or to many of its species; they refer to the 'naked' crocus-like flowers which appear in late summer or autumn, long before the strap-like foliage which appears in spring. The collection consists of hardy garden colchicums from a wide range of historic and new sources. The collection is planted in the east park. There are also groups around the garden.
Best time to view: Mid Sep-end Oct
Opening Times: 3 Mar-27 Oct, Wed-Sun, 12pm-5.30pm
East Ruston Old Vicarage
Norfolk NR12 9HN
Telephone: 01692 650432
Directions: Situated off the A149 near Stalham.