EAST CARLETON MANOR
6th NOVEMBER 2015
NORFOLK PLANT HERITAGE
Pictures by David King and Tony Gray
Many of us belonging to Norfolk Plant Heritage have visited the gardens at East Carlton Manor before, but always in the summer months.
This changed on 6 November when we had the chance to see the gardens showing another face. The weather had been very wet during the hours leading up to our visit but this did not deter 25 members arriving and, whilst there, we only had to endure a light shower.
To enter the main garden one goes through a gate and the sight that greeted us was really spectacular, with the trees and shrubs showing such beautiful autumn colours. Trees such as Parrotia persica (there are two in the garden), the Swamp cypress - Taxodium distichum and Nyssa sinenis were looking their best. The different heights and shapes of the shrubs and trees enhanced the picture, as did the reflections in the lake.
We wandered slowly around the beautiful grounds, ably led by Trevor Jacobs, Head Gardener who could answer all our questions. The visit was completed with very good tea and cake. Thanks were given to Mrs Chapman for allowing the visit, Mrs Chapman’s daughter-in-law for the delicious cakes and refreshments and Trevor for his help.