Thursday 11th July

Lily Workshop

Our plant workshop this year will look at Lilies – that lovely flower of the summer months. We will look at various aspects of growing this genus and it promises to be a very interesting event. Further details plus booking form and directions will be available in the Spring newsletter.

Place: Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, IP28 6HD

Time: 10am – 1pm

Tuesday 18th June

Wild Flower Walk with Simon Harrap

This year we have the opportunity to enjoy another walk with Simon. It will take place at Upton Fen, an important habitat supporting not only wild flowers but also some of Broadlands rarest wildlife. Further details plus booking form and directions will be available in the Spring newsletter.

Place: Upton Fen, NR13 6EQ

Time: 6pm

Sunday 14th April

Gala: ‘Cutting Edge Plants’

Another of our Gala days which have proved so popular in the past. This time we welcome two top nurserymen, Paul Barney of Edulis and Nick Macer of Pan-Global Plants to talk about plants they have introduced and their travels in search of new introductions. They will also be bringing plants for sale – a rare treat as neither is local to Norfolk and they sell the most amazing plants. Download the letter here for further details and booking form.

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

Time: 11am - 4.00pm

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MORE ABOUT OUR EVENTS

For more information about Norfolk Plant Heritage events

contact Kathy Gray, Programme or 01328 701839

2019

Sunday 20th January

Prof. Tom Williamson:

‘Trees in England: management and disease since 1600’

A great start to 2019 with a lecture on ‘Trees in England: management and disease since 1600’ by Prof. Tom Williamson of the University of East Anglia. This will undoubtedly be an interesting and perhaps controversial lecture. Those of you who have heard Tom speak before will know that we are in for a treat!

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

All lectures at Bawburgh Village Hall:  £5 for guests and visitors at regular indoor events (except the Gala)

Monday 4th February

Willow Weaving with Jonathon Carrie

Something different for the programme at what can be a dismal time of year for gardeners! An opportunity to try willow weaving with Jonathon Carrie of Norfolk Hedge. You will be able to make a 6ft high obelisk for the garden during the morning session. Download the letter here for further details and booking form.

Place: Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ

Time: 9.30am – 1pm

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Sunday, 17th March

Steven Edney:

‘Designing borders for colour succession’

Steven Edney is the Head Gardener at the Salutation Garden in Kent and will be talking to us about ‘Designing borders for colour succession’, something which we all try to achieve but perhaps don’t always manage! Steven holds two National Collections at the Salutation Garden, namely Dark-leaved Dahlias and Plectranthus which will be of interest to us and he will also bring plants for sale.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday, 2nd June

GARDEN VISIT: Honeysuckle Cottage, Redgrave

An opportunity to visit the garden of Dr Kit Grey-Wilson VMH, the well respected author, and editor, as well as plantsman and plant collector. Kit and his wife Christine moved to Honeysuckle Cottage with its two thirds of an acre four years ago. At that time there were trees, but no borders and the space had been used as a motorcycle track. Now the garden is a haven for mixed planting in a series of herbaceous borders, alpines, vegetables and wild flowers, including bee orchids. When we visit the roses should be flowering and the garden also attracts a wide variety of wildlife, including turtle doves and great spotted woodpeckers. If you wish to extend your visit, lunch can be booked at the Red Lion Pub, East Church Street in nearby Kenninghall, NR16 2EP. Tel: 01953 887849. Redgrave Fen is also nearby. Suggested charge for entry – a £7 donation to Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Refreshments will be served. Parking – there is room for 8 cars near the house and rest will be parked on the road, with a short walk to the garden. Signs/help will be available for parking.

Place: Honeysuckle Cottage, The Green, Redgrave, IP22 1RR

Time: 2 – 5pm

Directions: From Norwich take the A140 south and then turn right onto the A1066. Travel through Diss and Roydon, and continue until you come to South Lopham. Here you turn left on the B1113 towards Redgrave. In Redgrave, go past the village pub on the left and approximately 200 yards further on there is a paddock with sheep on the left. Opposite this is the right hand turn to The Green.  Parking – there is room for 8 cars near the house and rest will be parked on the road, with a walk to the garden. Signs/assistance will be available for parking.

Sunday, 5th May

Plant Fair

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 Dicentra and allied plants, along with a display by the Alpine Garden Society. In addition, our Plant Doctor will be in residence offering advice, plus the Tombola, book sales and home-made refreshments.

Place: Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ

Time: 10am - 1pm

Sunday, 1st September

GARDEN VISIT TO Lionel Ponder’s garden

Many of you will know Lionel as a member of our group but also, of course, as a fine plantsman who always sells plants at our Fairs and other events. This year we have the opportunity to visit his own garden which amounts to half an acre of amazing plants, many which look tropical and far too tender to survive in Norfolk’s harsh climate but survive they do! You will see wonderful Brugmansias, bamboos, ferns, cannas, dahlias and much, much more, with Lionel on hand to help identify and inform on plants you may not be familiar with. The entry charge will be £5 which will include tea and cakes. Parking will be in a car park next door but as space is limited, car sharing is a good idea.

Place: 71 Station Road, North Walsham, NR28 0BW

Time: 2 - 5pm

Directions: From Norwich take the B1150 to North Walsham. As you enter the town, go past some water towers on the left hand side. Then take the first turning on the left signposted Millfield Road. You will come to a roundabout after approximately 500 yards. Go over the roundabout and you are now in Station Road. Lionel’s house is the last on the left and parking will be in the Weavers Way Car Park which is next to Lionel’s house and will be signposted. As space is limited, car sharing is a good idea.

Sunday 22nd September

Samantha Hopes: ‘Plants with a story’

Samantha, along with her husband Nigel, runs Hopes Garden Plants. Her lecture will focus on 25 plants with a story, including where they were collected, how they are pollinated, folk law and old wives tales. Sure to intrigue. In addition, Samantha and Nigel are holders of the National Plant Collection of Border Primula auricular. Samantha will be the third collection holder to visit us in 2019 which is obviously very appropriate for a Plant Heritage group! In addition she will be bringing plants for sale.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday 20th October

Scott Taylor: ‘Kew Temperate House restoration:

the horticultural perspective’

Many of you will be aware that the Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has undergone restoration and re-opened in May 2018. So who better to tell us about the restoration than Scott Taylor, who is the Temperate House Supervisor. The project took five years to complete and it will be fascinating to hear how it was done and what was involved.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday, 24th November

Annual General Meeting followed by Social

Following our usual format, this is where we can deal with the official business of Norfolk Plant Heritage, but also enjoy a social event with delicious food, plant displays and sales. As ever, a fitting end to our year.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2pm (note earlier start time)

Sunday, 7th July

The Old Chapel, Chapel Hill, Edgefield

We last visited this garden in 2013 when Dr and Mrs Chadwick had been developing the garden for 4 years. Much has been accomplished in the intervening time and many trees have been planted, including native woodland trees, adding to the ones which were already there. There is a large wildlife pond and a perennial wildflower meadow. An infinity pond with a rill can be enjoyed near to the house and the herbaceous borders are full of colour and variety. Shrubs are well represented and the Pergola is delightful, planted as it is with roses, honeysuckle, wisteria and viticella clematis. Vegetables are not forgotten with beds and two polytunnels to extend the season. There is also an emphasis on providing for wildlife with suitable plants, nest boxes etc. Please note that there are some steep slopes and rough grass areas. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided, for which there will be a charge.

Place: The Old Chapel, Chapel Hill, Edgefield, NR24 2AU

Time: 2 – 5pm

Directions: From Norwich take the B1149 Holt Road, travelling through Saxthorpe. A few miles further on, you will come to the village of Edgefield and you need to turn left almost immediately after you see the village sign. The road is signposted ‘Byway to Edgefield Street’. Parking will be in a field on the right, with the garden entrance also being on the right a little further along the road. Both will be signposted.

Sunday, 17th February

Richard Clark:

‘Eucomis and other South African Bulbs’

Richard, who runs Panache Plants, is well qualified to talk about this subject as he has recently become a National Plant Collection Holder of Eucomis. In addition to what promises to be an interesting lecture, Richard will bring plants for sale.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday, 25th August

Plant Fair

Our second Plant Fair for 2019 will focus on Hydrangeas and there will be plenty of these diverse and lovely shrubs for sale. In addition, Kristopher Harper who holds the National Collection of James Lye Fuchsias will be displaying his collection plants. Once again, 20 plus professional nurseries will attend along with our own plant stall, our Plant Doctor will be in residence offering advice, plus the Tombola, book sales and home-made refreshments

Place: Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ

Time: 10am - 1pm