Sub Family: Scilloideae
Holder: Mr Richard J T Hobbs
Muscari, a genus of about forty species, originated in the Old World, including the Mediterranean basin, central and southern Europe, northern Africa, western, central and south-western Asia. It is a genus of perennial bulbous plants that produce spikes of dense, most commonly blue, urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of grapes in the spring giving rise to the common name ‘Grape Hyacinth’
The name muscari comes from the Greek muschos, musk, referring to the scent. The National Collection is largely in the garden among other spring bulbs.
Richard Hobbs inherited the national collection of grape hyacinths from the well known Suffolk gardener the late Jenny Robinson. Apparently he was the first and only person to have made an appointment to visit her collection. When her sight began to fail she declared "you shall have them". One always did what you were told by Jenny so an assemblage of pots, bags and boxes arrived at 16 Witton Lane. The collection started off with about twenty five plants which have now grown to over one hundred. The Witton Lane collection is only of the hardy sorts and three or four more are aquired each year. The range of colour is greater than many people realise with white, brown, green, purple, and pink shades in addition to the full range of blues.
Opening times: 2016: Sunday 24th April11am to 4pm and by appointment only
16 Witton Lane
Telephone: 01603 714661
Directions: 6 miles east of Norwich. From B1140 Norwich to Acle road after railway crossing, turn right at second cross roads, signed Little Plumstead, next to Brick Kilns PH. Take second left into School Lane, then second right into Witton Lane. From A47 Norwich to Yarmouth road take left signed
Witton Green & Great Plumstead just past pylons. Then first right into Witton Lane keep going for 1½m, garden on left.
Sub Family: Rosoideae
Holder: Peter Beales Roses
Most species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. There are over 100 species ranging from erect shrubs to climbing or trailing plants often armed with sharp prickles. Three acres of gardens capturing the essence of "The Rose".
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00am - 4.00pm
Entry free, talks by appointment
Peter Beales Roses
Telephone: 01953 454707
Web site: www.classicroses.co.uk
Directions: Turn off A11 to Attleborough at Breckland Lodge Hotel; signposted Classic Rose Gardens 500m on right.