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FRAMINGHAM ARBORETUM

17th May 2015

NORFOLK PLANT HERITAGE

PAST EVENTS

Our visit began with an introduction by Sir Timothy Colman who was largely responsible for the development of the arboretum since 1986.  The established planting on the estate dates from the eighteenth century and by 1841 Grigor was commenting on the fine cedars here.  Sadly one has recently been removed which had a diameter of at least 5 feet.  Sir Timothy has an eye to the future and has planted young cedars to continue the tradition.  Some of the original planting does still remain and John Simmons pointed out the wonderful Picea smithiana which he had written about in Borderline.  Amongst other notable trees were some huge cedars, a fine Acer griseum, a Davidia and a Halesia both in full flower, Bird cherries, an Acer Campbellii, a good example of a Wollemia nobilis and many oaks and horse chestnuts, and, as the soil is acidic some beautiful rhododendron. Many thanks to Sir Timothy and John for a wonderful afternoon.

Brian Ellis

Pictures by David King