For more information about Norfolk Plant Heritage events

contact Kathy Gray, Programme or 01328 701839


Sunday 21st January


We start the New Year at Bawburgh with a lecture by Dr Kit Grey-Wilson VMH entitled ‘An Alpine Odyssey – alpines from around the world’. Kit is a well respected author and editor as well as a plantsman and plant collector. His services to horticulture were recognised in 2008 with the award by the Royal Horticultural Society of the Victoria Medal of Honour. We will be treated to superb photos and an interesting, informative lecture on a subject that we haven’t addressed in our Group for a number of years.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

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

Sunday 18th February

Peter Blake: ‘growing ferns in urban & suburban gardens’

This year three of our members are taking centre stage, two by opening their gardens (see the July entry for details) and one by giving a lecture at this meeting. Peter Blake, who is Treasurer of the British Pteridological Society, will talk on ‘Growing ferns in urban and suburban gardens’. It will cover growing ferns in pots and beds, and specific ferns to grow. You may have seen the beautiful display of ferns which Peter and colleagues from the BPS presented at our last Plant Fair.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday 15th April



Join us for another of our day long Galas this time entitled ‘To the Ends of the Earth: Plant Conservation and Plant Hunting’. The speakers are Timothy Walker, who was the Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Gardens and is currently a stipendiary lecturer in Plant Sciences at several colleges, including Somerville, and Tony Kirkham who has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1978 and has an international reputation. In addition there will be plant sales by The Place for Plants from East Bergholt, Suffolk and Long Acre Plants from Charlton Musgrove in Somerset.

Download the letter here for further details and booking form.

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

Time: 11am - 4.00pm

Sunday, 18th March



Our third lecture at Bawburgh in 2018 is by Martin Walker, who was Head Gardener at York Gate Garden, near Leeds, for over two years. Martin calls his lecture ‘A Head Gardener’s Ramblings’. Many of you have visited York Gate and it is surely one of the most perfect of gardens. Although not large, it is beautifully designed with many areas and seasons of interest so Martin’s talk will not only be interesting but inspirational.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday, 20th May


This plantsman’s garden extending to over 2 acres belongs to Yvonne Pugh and has been professionally redesigned. It offers spacious borders and islands with a diverse range of interesting planting; there is particular emphasis on achieving year round colour and form. There are a wide range of managed, mature specimen trees, often seen through long two way vistas. Wide mown paths guide you round and along the way there are a number of sitting opportunities!. Cost for the visit is £7 which will include refreshments. Next door to the garden is the Greyhound Pub where a Sunday lunch can be enjoyed after the visit if you wish. Best to book by phoning 01692 598306. In addition, East Ruston Old Vicarage is a few miles away so you can extend your garden visiting day if you wish.

Place: Black Horse Cottage, The Green, Hickling, NR12 0YA.

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Directions: 3 miles east of Stalham. Turn east off the A149 at Catfield, turn left onto Heath Road and travel 1½ miles to centre of Hickling Village. The garden is next to the Pub and parking will be indicated nearby.

Sunday, 6th May

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 plants for shade, with sales as well as displays. Kevin Hughes will be present with a display of less common plants and he will also be bringing plants for sale. (Those of you who came to his lecture in September at Bawburgh will know this is an opportunity not to be missed). In addition, we will have Brian Wickenden, the National Collection Holder of Corydalis spp. He will be displaying these delicate and beautiful spring plants. Our Plant Doctor will be in residence offering advice, plus the Tombola, home made refreshments and flower arranging.

Time: 10am - 1pm

Thursday 26th July

Wild flower walk with Simon Harrap


Over the years we have enjoyed a number of walks with Simon in different habitats. This year we will be exploring the area around Holme-next-the-Sea. Further details of the habitat and flowers, plus booking form can be downloaded here.

Time: 6pm

Sunday, 5th August


Our final garden visit for 2018 is to Brick Kiln House, Shotesham St Mary. Jim and Jenny Clarke acquired the land in 1988 and their house was built in 1990. The garden extends to 2 acres and offers a mixture of different types of planting and sculpture. Near the house one can enjoy a large terrace, lawns and herbaceous borders. There is an intimate rose garden surrounded by a ‘topiaried’ yew hedge, along with a pergola which is home to clematis and wisteria. Further from the house there are mature trees and diverse planting in a woodland garden with a stream. This is a garden which not only boasts colourful planting, but also beautiful shapes and foliage. Cost for this visit is £6 which includes tea and cakes.

Place: Brick Kiln House, Priory Lane, Shotesham St Mary, NR15 1UJ.

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Directions: 6 miles south of Norwich. Shotesham All Saints Church may be approached from Poringland, Stoke Holy Cross or Saxlingham Nethergate. Priory Lane is 200 metres from church on right on Saxlingham Road. Parking will be indicated.

Sunday 26th 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 Mandevilla and we are also fortunate to have Edulis Nursery displaying and selling plants. In addition, there will be a display of Sanguisorbas, 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 16th September


The first of our two autumn lectures at Bawbugh Village Hall is by Leila Jackson who holds the National Collection of Abutilons at T3 Wall End Nursery in Herefordshire where she also specialises in Salvias. Leila won a Gold Medal at Chelsea in 2017 – you may remember her amazing stand based on a fairground helter-skelter. Her lecture will concentrate mainly on Abutilons and she will bring plants for sale.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Sunday 21st October



The second of our autumn lectures is by Val Bourne – well known to many of you as an award-winning garden writer, lecturer and organic gardener. Her books include ‘The Living Jigsaw: the secret life in your garden’ and ‘The Natural Gardener’. She moved with her husband, otherwise known as The Best Beloved, in 2005 to her present garden at Spring Cottage in Gloucestershire. Val’s lecture is entitled ‘Spring Cottage - gardening with the Best Beloved’ and charts its progress from a weed ridden plot to the lovely garden it is today, describing along the way how to garden organically.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.30pm

Wednesday 20th June


This workshop with Richard Hobbs will look at roses and their relatives. Further details plus booking form can be downloaded here.

Place: Sea Mere study Centre, Hingham, NR9 4LP

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

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

Thursday 6th September


A booking form and information can be downloaded here.

Sunday, 8th July



Time: 1pm - 5pm

The gardens we can visit today both belong to members. The first stop from 1pm is with Linda Hall at Birchwood, Roydon. Linda moved there in October 2000 to a virtual blank canvas of just under two acres.  She says her biggest mistake was making too many flowerbeds and she couldn’t keep up with the maintenance as she was working fulltime - weeds, brambles and nettles choked the plants.  On retiring in 2007 Linda really got to grips with the garden and further flower beds were developed.  Her husband has made any wooden structures i.e. raised beds, large pergola and the recent project of ‘decking’ by the pond which actually looks like a landing stage!  For most winters the far end of the garden floods due to raised water table and it has been tricky to plant this area but luckily John Simmons (former Curator at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) came to Linda’s rescue with suggestions and tree donations.  Members have also been most generous giving her plants and she hopes you will recognise them.  At long last the garden is maturing although it has been a case of one step forward and two steps back! Cost for the visit is £2, all of which will be donated to EACH.

Once you have enjoyed Linda’s garden, move on to that belonging to Anita and Nick Hales at Woodpeckers, Bressingham. This is a garden of approximately 2 acres. When Anita and Nick moved there around 5 years ago, ½ acre had been landscaped and planted. There was an overgrown and neglected pond (transpires that it was originally a clay lump extraction pit for local cottages) and a field of 1¼ acres which had been left to its own devices! Since then various changes have been made to the area around the house, both in terms of planting and landscaping. The pond area has been opened up with a path and bridges constructed to allow you to walk around it. The field has been fenced and the boundaries planted with native hedging. In addition, both ornamental and heritage fruit trees have been planted and mixed beds giving all year colour have been created throughout. The cost for this visit is £5 which includes tea and cake. Proceeds to The Friends of Palgrave Church.

Places: Birchwood, Snow Street, Roydon, IP22 5SB

and Woodpeckers, 74 Common Road, Bressingham, IP22 2BB.

Directions: Directions to Birchwood. From Norwich take the A140 south and then turn right at a roundabout onto the A1066 to Diss.  On leaving Diss at top of slight incline turn right into High Road and left into Manor Road (by the primary school). Manor Road leads into Snow Street.  Linda's bungalow is on the right-hand side and parking will be on her neighbours adjoining land which will be signposted.

To get from Birchwood to Woodpeckers (approx 2 miles), turn right from Birchwood and continue along Snow Street which will lead straight on into Bressingham Road.   Continue along Bressingham Road and turn first right into Common Road.  Woodpeckers can be found on the right-hand side after approx .4 mile. Parking will again be indicated.

Wednesday 7th November


This visit to the Herbarium at the Norwich Castle Study Centre, at the Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ is also something new in our programme. We will have the opportunity to be guided round by either Dr David Waterhouse, Senior Curator of Natural History or Dr Tony Irwin, Research Associate and former Senior Curator (or perhaps both along with some botany volunteers). The Herbarium is small so a maximum of 12 people can be accommodated at any one time.

However, if there are more, we can be split into 2 groups and visit other areas of the Study Centre or visit the Natural History Galleries at the Castle. If you are interested in coming along please let me know either by e-mail – kathygrayc@aol.com or by telephone – 01328 701839. I can then let you have further details of this interesting visit. Details will also be given at the autumn meetings and again in the autumn newsletter.

Thursday 14th June



A booking form and information can be downloaded here.

Place: Raveningham Gardens, Raveningham, NR14 6NS.

Time: 6pm - 8pm