Snowdrops and Winter Treasures

Guy Barker

Guy is a thirty-something plantsman and gardener based in Norfolk where he manages a range of large, private country gardens including Shropham Vicarage which we are due to visit in July. Guy will bring a selection of winter treasures to illustrate his talk, some well known and some that may be new to us. In addition he will also use a power point presentation to highlight some plants, including snowdrops.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.00pm


York Gate through a Head Gardener’s Eye

Ben Preston

Ben has been the Head Gardener at York Gate for just over 4 years and he will tell us how he is steering this magical garden in a new direction by over seeing an expansion to secure the garden’s future. He will talk about the ever growing collection of rare and wonderful plants at York Gate and his philosophies over moving a historic garden forward in time, whilst being true to its origins.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.00pm

SUNDAY, 20th MARCH 2022

Reviving the Medlar

Jane Steward

Jane is the holder of our latest National Collection in Norfolk – that of Mespilus germanica. Better known as Medlars, this fruit was popular in the UK and Europe for hundreds of years. It is mentioned in the works of Shakespear, Chaucer and D H Lawrence. However, Medlars lost popularity in the early 20th century when a wider range of fruit became available. We will hear how Jane is now helping to reverse that decline in her enthusiastic and interactive lecture.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.00pm

SUNDAY, 10th APRIL 2022

Gala:Designing with Plants

For our day long Gala we will welcome James Alexander Sinclair who will give a lecture entitled ‘Garden Design is not Witchcraft’ and John Grimshaw who will talk on ‘Combining Plants’. In addition there will be plant sales from Twelve Nunns Nursery and our own plant stand, masterminded by our Chair, Janet Sleep.

Place: East Tuddenham Jubilee Hall, NR20 3LR

Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Booking form here

SUNDAY, 1st MAY 2022


Our Plant Fairs are a major event in our calendar. 20 plus professional nurseries will attend along with our own plant stall. In the Hall, there will be a focus on Woodland Plants by Hedgehog Nursery and we will also have plant sales from the Beth Chatto Nursery and from Janet Sleep, with Janet’s emphasis being on Woodland Iris. Our Plant Doctor will be in residence offering advice and there will be home-made refreshments. Something for everyone. Entry is free for members and £1 for non members.

Place: Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ

Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm

SUNDAY, 15th MAY 2022

Garden visit

to the garden of

Mr and Mrs Peter Cook

Mr and Mrs Cook have lived at Quaker Farm for 40 years and have developed the one acre garden. During our visit we will see rooms of herbaceous borders, a gravel garden, an avenue of shrubs and a recently created woodland garden. An outstanding feature is the beautiful pale yellow Rosa banksia, along with the opportunity for a bluebell walk. Entry will cost £7.50 to include tea and cakes with the proceeds going to the charity Help Tibet.

Directions: The garden is 3 miles north of Norwich. From Norwich take Buxton Road towards Spixworth through Old Catton. The turning is signposted Quaker Lane on the left just over the NDR. There is room for 40 cars.

Place: Quaker Farm, Spixworth,

Norwich, NR10 3FL.

Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm


Summer Social

Eastgate House: Home of the

National Collection of Mespilus germanica


Starting with a welcome drink, there will be a finger buffet with wine and soft drinks in the Dutch Barn. Please bring your own chairs. Afterwards wander round the garden, orchard and Medlar collection.

Place: Eastgate House, NR10 4HF

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

SUNDAY, 19th JUNE 2022


a walk with Richard Hobbs

From 10.30am


Garden visit

to the garden of

Mr and Mrs Napier

We are going to enjoy an early evening visit to this 6 acre garden and we will be welcomed with a glass of wine and nibbles before taking a guided tour of the garden with Guy Barker, Head Gardener. Roses abound, along with the herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs. There is a magnificent Copper Beech tree planted to commemorate the coronation of George V and the wild flower meadow should be at its best. Entry will cost £7 to include the wine and nibbles. The owners have requested that no photographs are taken during the visit.

Directions to follow.

Place: Shropham Vicarage, Church Road, Shropham, NR17 1EJ

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

TUESDAY, 26h JULY 2022


with Tony Kirkham, VMH, MBE

Details including booking form can be downloaded here.

Place: Raveningham Estate and Gardens, NR14 6NSJ

Time: 11.00am and 2.00pm

SUNDAY, 28th AUGUST 2022


Our second Plant Fair for 2022 will offer 20 plus professional nurseries on the field, along with our own plant stand. There will also be specialist nurseries in the Hall, along with the Plant Doctor, home made refreshments and the second hand book stall. Entry is free for members and £2 for non members.

Place: Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ

Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm



with Simon Harrap

Follow this link for a booking form and more information.

From 10.30am


‘Plantaholics and Transylvanian

Wild Flower Meadows’

Razvan Chisu

Razvan grew up in Transylvania in a town surrounded by vast woodlands and wildflower meadows and he is also passionate about gardens and plants. Currently Razvan lives in Cheshire where he designs and maintains gardens. He is also the National Plant Collections co-ordinator and a Plant Guardian for Plant Heritage. All in all Razvan is well qualified to speak on both subjects and having already heard his short lecture on Plantaholics, I am sure many of you will recognise yourselves! Razvan will bring plants for sale.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.00pm


‘Iford Manor Garden’

Troy Scott-Smith

Troy Scott Smith is known to many of you, not least from his lecture at our Gala in 2017 and also his excellent zoom lecture on Roses in January 2021. He was the Head Gardener at Iford Manor for two years, and in his lecture will bring to life the gardens which were created by Harold Peto who lived there between 1899 and 1933. Peto was particularly influenced by Italian design and this is evident within the garden. Iford Manor was restored by the current owner’s family after World War 2 and continues to delight today.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.00pm


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 refreshments, displays and plant sales. As ever, a fitting end to our year.

Place: Bawburgh Village Hall, NR9 3LL

Time: 2.00pm