For more information about Norfolk Plant Heritage events

contact Kathy Gray, Programme or 01328 701839


Sunday 22nd January


The first lecture at Bawburgh Village Hall is by Dr John Grimshaw. John has been interested in plants all his life, both as a gardener and a botanist; he obtained a first class degree in botany and a doctorate in African ecology from Oxford University. John is currently Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum on the Castle Howard Estate in North Yorkshire. He is a member of the RHS Advisory Group on Nomenclature and Taxonomy, and is Vice-chair of the Woody Plant Committee. John is also the author of a number of books and writes articles for horticultural journals. He will talk about the garden he has created over the years. Because he has such a passionate interest and knowledge in gardening the lecture will encompass a wide and diverse spectrum of plants.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

All lectures at Bawburgh Village Hall:  £3 for guests and visitors

Sunday 23rd April


Our first garden visit of the year. There will be a guided tour so please arrive promptly. The garden belonging to Gordon Alexander and Ian Salter extends to 10 acres. They have been living at the Lodge for the last 17 years and the garden has been developed over the years, although many of the fine trees were there already. When they began, there were no herbaceous borders or hedges, nor had the formal structures been planted. Now we can see a pleasing combination of the formal and informal. At the time of our visit, the spring planting should be a delight with, hopefully, massed species tulips looking at their best and fritillaries and daffodils adding to the display. The mixed woodland includes camellias and a number of magnolias, along with hellebores. One of our members, Carl Harder, is Head Gardener at Wretham Lodge and he will be on hand during our visit. We will also be able to visit the church of St. Ethelbert which is opposite the garden. Cost for the visit is £6 which includes tea and cake. £4 of the charge will go to NGS.

Directions: Travel on the A11 from Norwich towards Thetford. Then at the first roundabout approaching Thetford go right on the A1075 towards Dereham and HMP Wayland. After you enter Wretham, take a left turn into Church Road, rather obscurely signposted Village Hall. There will be one of our signs at the junction to guide you. Continue on this road for about half a mile. The road then turns left but you need to go straight over – it is signposted as a dead end. Wretham Lodge is on the left and parking is in the grounds of the church on the right.

Place: Wretham Lodge, East Wretham, IP24 1RL

Time: 2.00pm

Sunday 19th February

Dr. Sally Francis: ‘NORFOLK SAFFRON’

Our second lecture at Bawburgh is by Dr Sally Francis. An agricultural botanist, Sally’s saffron ‘journey’ began in 1997 when her mother bought her 20 saffron corms for a birthday present. They thrived and the number of corms gradually increased year on year, which eventually led to the setting up of Norfolk Saffron in 2009. However, the lecture is about so much more than the business. It’s the fascinating, seldom told story of saffron in England – from its first introduction, through its golden heyday, to its eventual disappearance and re-introduction. There will be saffron and related products for sale.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday 5th March


Join us for another of our day long Galas the theme being the restoration and revitalization of great gardens. Hear lectures from Troy Scott Smith, Head Gardener at Sissinghurst and formerly at Bodnant, and Andrew Turvey, who is Head Gardener at Wrest Park and formerly worked at Myddelton House. In addition there will be plant sales by Dave Ward, Garden and Nursery Director at the Beth Chatto Gardens and from Peter Beales Roses. Download further details and a booking form here.

Place: East Tuddenham Jubilee Hall, East Tuddenham, NR20 3LR

Time: From 11am

Sunday, 19th March

Jan Michalak: ‘Sticks’

We are back at Bawburgh for our next lecture. Intriguingly entitled this lecture is by Jan Michalak who was Head Gardener at Ickworth Park for 22 years and curator of a National Collection of Buxus. He also worked as a garden advisor, lecturer and practical trainer and obtained an MA in historic gardening. Now retired, Jan propagates a great number of plants and, in particular, has an interesting collection of New Zealand plants grown from seed. In addition, he holds a National Collection of Muehlenbeckia and will be bringing a selection of these plants for sale. His lecture will blend a general account of New Zealand plants with the story of the collection.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday, 2nd April

National Collection of Muscari Open Day

An opportunity to see one of Norfolk’s National Collections and much more besides. Entry £3 to include light refreshments.

Richard Hobbs, 16 Witton Lane, Little Plumstead, NR13 5DL.

Directions: 5 miles east of Norwich. Take A47 towards Yarmouth and then first exit after Postwick. Turn left to Witton Green and Gt Plumstead, then first right into Witton Lane for 1½ miles. Garden on left.

Time: 11am - 4pm

Sunday, 30th April

Plant Fair at Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ

Our Plant Fairs are a major event in our calendar. 20 plus professional nurseries will attend along with our own plant stall. There will be a focus on early blue flowers, with sales as well as displays. Andrew Ward from Norwell Nurseries will also be present with a display including trilliums, astrantias, erythroniums and chrysanthemums, and he will be bringing plants for sale. Our Plant Doctor will be in residence offering advice, plus the Tombola, home made refreshments and flower arranging.

Time: 10am - 1pm

Wednesday, 26th & Thursday 27th July

Wild flower walk with Simon Harrap

Over the years we have enjoyed a number of walks with Simon in different habitats. This time we will be exploring Buxton Heath. Time: 6pm

The first walk is now full but there are a few places

still available on the second walk on Thursday July 27th

contact Kathy Gray for details


Saturday, 10th June

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden Event and Plant Fair

Come along to this notable plant fair and see our stand which will feature plant displays and plant sales. You can also learn more about Norfolk Plant Heritage.

Place: The Old Vicarage, East Ruston, NR12 9HN

Time: 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 18th May

Marina Christopher: ‘Manipulating the Seasons’

A lecture, this time to be held at Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery entitled ‘Manipulating the Seasons’. A plantswoman and ecologist, Marina runs Phoenix Perennial Plants. In addition to her lecture, she will also bring plants for sale. More information about this event can be downloaded here.  


Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery,

Langmere Road,


Diss, IP21 4QA

Time: 2pm

Wednesday, 21st June


Our second garden visit of the year is to Kettle Hill, near Blakeney. This garden belongs to Mrs Winch and it has been updated by Tamara Bridge, who, among other accolades, won Young Designer of the Year in 2015 at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. She has redesigned and replanted the coastal and walled gardens, along with a newly designed fruit garden. Kettle Hill also has a formal parterre, long herbaceous borders, a wild flower meadow and a secret garden. There is a rose garden, which should be a glorious sight when we visit and we can enjoy walking along the grass paths through woods. There are lovely views across Morston to the sea. Cost for the visit, including a scrumptious tea, is £9.00.

Directions: Travelling on the A149 coast road from west to east, enter Blakeney Village. After a few hundred yards you will see a Gulf garage on your left. Take the next turning on your right, signposted the B1156 to Langham. The entrance to the garden is less than half a mile on the right. There are large white gates. Follow the drive and parking will be indicated.

 Place: Kettle Hill, The Downs, Langham Road, Blakeney, NR25 7PN

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Sunday 27th August

Plant Fair at Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ

The second Plant Fair of the year will, of course, feature a range of professional nurseries, along with our own plant stall. The plant in focus this time will be Colchicums and there will be a display of scented plants, many of which you will be able to buy. As ever, our Plant Doctor will be on hand, along with the Tombola and home made refreshments.

Time: 10am - 1pm

Sunday 17th September

kevin hughes: ‘Less common trees and shrubs

The first of our two autumn lectures at Bawbugh Village Hall is by Kevin Hughes who runs his specialist nursery at Heale Gardens just north of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Kevin will highlight some more unusual plants and there will also be plants for sale. In particular, Kevin stocks many wisterias, trilliums, magnolias, viburnums, philadelphus and lilacs. He also stocks shade plants, those for chalk and the dry garden, plus plants for wildlife interest.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday 22nd October


‘Aloes and Algorithums: the highs and lows of competing

in the world’s greatest flower show’

Most of us watch or visit the Chelsea Flower Show but only see the finished results. The lecture by Nick Bailey, Head Gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden, will focus on the development of the garden he created for Chelsea in 2016. It will be a fascinating inside look at this famous event.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Saturday 4th November


This workshop with Richard Hobbs will look at the fruits and seeds of the garden. The venue is Ludham Village Hall. Further details can be downloaded here.

Place: Ludham Village Hall, Norwich Road, Ludham, NR29 5QQ

Time: TBA


Sunday, 26th November

Annual General Meeting followed by Social

This is an event where we can deal with the official business of Norfolk Plant Heritage, but also enjoy a social event with with delicious food, mulled wine and the added attraction of plant displays and sales. A fitting end to our year.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2pm

Friday, 4th August


Details of the summer social can be downloaded here.

Place: Lexham Hall, East Lexham, PE32 2QJ

Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Sunday, 9th July


Another garden visit to enjoy, this time to Batteleys Cottage, The Ling, Wortham, Diss, IP221ST. Batteleys Cottage is the garden of Andy and Linda Simpson.  They took it over in 2008 when there were no borders or discernible paths. Two years were then spent clearing and shaping before planting started. Nowadays, it is a varied one acre garden planted for abundance in all seasons. There are both formal and informal areas, with a mix of winding bark paths, light and shade, secluded spots to sit and a new vista at every turn. Besides densely planted borders, there are pots, sculptures,  meadow, ponds, stream and vegetable areas to inspire.  The garden also supports a wealth of bird life. When we visit the lilies and daylilies, along with hardy geraniums in variety and phlox should be looking good. Cost for the visit is £7 which includes tea and cake. £4 of the charge will go to NGS.

Directions: Directions: Travelling on the A1066 from Diss towards Bressingham, drive through Roydon and then look for a turning on the left signposted Wortham and Freeze Hill. Take this turningand drive for half a mile to a T junction. At the junction turn left, signposted Palgrave and Diss. Travel for about 200 yards and take the turning on the right. Batterley’s Cottage islocated on the right just past the 30 mph sign. Parking will be indicated.

Place: Batteleys Cottage, The Ling, Wortham, Diss, IP22 1ST

Time: 2pm - 5pm