NORFOLK AND NORWICH HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (NNHS) AND NEWLY APPOINTED PRESIDENT, ADRIAN BLOOM, ANNOUNCE NEW EVENTS AND REVITALISED MISSION:
THE NNHS HERITAGE:
1829 - the year NNHS was formed, one of the earliest horticultural societies in Britain. Since then the society has organised yearly shows and garden visits and helped with the education of the general public in gardening.
2019 - NNHS still very active, a registered charity with HRH The Prince of Wales as patron, 46 affiliated societies in Norfolk and 260 members. Concern about gradual decline of membership in societies all over the UK and few younger people becoming involved.
On his appointment as President Adrian said: “NNHS have a long history and proud place in horticulture. With primarily volunteer help the intention of the “Gardening for Everyone” mission is obvious, but it will take time to achieve. However with support and close cooperation with other horticulturists, keen gardeners and organisations we hope NNHS can act as a catalyst to encourage more people into gardening at all levels.”
THE BRESSINGHAM GARDENS HERITAGE:
1946 - Adrian Bloom’s father Alan established what became a famous nursery and gardens at Bressingham. Alan created the six acre Dell Garden devoted to hardy perennials, first opening to the public in 1962, the year Adrian and his brother Robert joined the family business.
1967 - Adrian began planting his own garden, which he and his wife Rosemary called Foggy Bottom.
2017 - Celebration of the 50 year old Foggy Bottom garden…and still growing.
2019 - The Bressingham Gardens now extends to 17 acres and is highly acclaimed by horticulturists and visitors, who are also able to enjoy the results of Alan Bloom's other passion… the Steam Museum. The gardens were featured on BBC Gardeners World in 2017 and 2019
A LANDMARK EVENT. … not to be missed! 27 April 2019, 6.30pm at the John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich:
A Special Event held by the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society (NNHS) with a presentation by Adrian Bloom, President of the Society, followed by a Forum with a panel of wide ranging experience to discuss the present and future of gardening and horticulture.
LOOKING BACK: THE FOGGY BOTTOM STORY
Adrian Bloom is presenting in a talk some of his own experiences in creating Foggy Bottom, his own 50 year old 6 acre garden, now renowned for year round colour, and featured in books and on many television programmes over the years. Since the garden began in 1967, Adrian has been ‘on trend’ with innovative plantings of conifers and heathers, ornamental grasses and perennials, plant combinations and rivers, as well as the always in vogue ...container grown plants.
The Smaller garden: since 1975, Adrian has always championed the average gardener with a smaller garden, and his talk will include some that he has designed in the UK, the USA and Canada - and “Given Away”. Many of these are shown in his books and on TV.
It’s all about the plants....
...and how you put them together. Adrian’s talk will also highlight some of the most reliable plants and will give recommendations, as well as plants for containers.
LOOKING FORWARD: A FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF GARDENING AND HORTICULTURE
A grandiose subject of course, the future is ongoing ...How can we inspire?
The benefits of gardening could be briefly described as offering activity for mind and body, include edibles and ornamentals and plants in nature and the wild, as part of the living world of insects, birds and animals, the environment. A potential for lifelong interest, creativity and therapy for all...
So why are there fewer gardeners by far than there used to be? Perhaps many reasons- space (or lack of), time, no childhood connection, too many distractions and competition for the consumer’s attention. Changes in communication - TV, Smart Phones, Social Media etc.
So what, if anything, can be done about it? We can’t halt societal changes but gardeners and horticulturists can have a voice. Building needs to be done from the top and the bottom, young and old (....and particularly middle aged.)
Let the debate begin!
Adrian Bloom will chair and we will hear from a group of enthusiastic and representative people, including:
Overall theme... Gardening for everyone ...a beginning ...creating a platform and structure for moving forward.
Aim: eventual database of Horticultural Organisations and Garden Clubs, and resources for learning and sharing.
6.30pm – doors open for registration, welcome drinks and an opportunity to engage with local societies and organisations
7.30 pm Adrian Bloom talk “The Foggy Bottom Story”
8.30 pm break
8.45 pm—9.45pm Forum
Tickets £10 per person in advance. Booking form on NNHS website: www.nnhs.org.uk/events or book through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-talk-discussion-with-adrian-bloom-the-foggy-bottom-story-tickets-57923744479?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete
NNHS EVENTS IN 2019:
NNHS has a full programme of events for 2019, details of which are on their website and Facebook page. These include evening visits, coach trips and a garden holiday. The highlight of the year will be the President’s Evening at The Bressingham Gardens on Wednesday 17 July during which we will celebrate our achievements over the last 190 years and look forward to continuing our mission of “Gardening for All”.
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