National Garden Scheme Events in Norfolk

Written by Claire Reinhold. Posted in News

I am writing to let you know about two horticultural events which are taking place in Norfolk in February that you and your members may be interested in. Firstly, we are organising a fundraising talk.  Peter Skeggs-Gooch from Thorncroft Clematis will be giving us the benefit of his expertise on how to use Clematis in your garden all year round.  The talk is taking place at 10.30 on Monday 24th February at Garvestone Village Hall (near Dereham). Tickets are £12.08 each, include coffee and cake, and can be bought from https://ngs.org.uk/ngs_event/clematis-through-the-year/

 
Secondly, Raveningham Hall, near-ish Bungay, is going to be opening for a Snowdrop Walk on Tuesday 18th February. Sir Nicholas Bacon, who is President of the RHS, will be leading a tour around his private park and a short talk, coffee and cake are included in the price of £20 pp. This is a ticket only event and can be prebooked at: https://ngs.org.uk/ngs_event/raveningham-hall-snowdrop-walk-and-talk/

 
 
All profits from these events will go to the National Garden Scheme's beneficiaries which include Hospice UK, Carer's Trust & Parkinsons UK as well as other smaller, local community groups. 
 
As well as the beautiful snowdrops at Raveningham Hall, we also have three other private gardens opening for their Snowdrop Walks in Feburary:
Horstead House nr Coltishall Sat 15th Feb 11-4
Bagthorpe Hall nr Docking / King's Lynn Sun 23rd Feb 11-4
Chestnut Farm nr Sheringham Park Sun 23 Feb 11-4 & also Thurs 27th Feb 11-4. 

 
Our yellow booklet is being officially launched on Saturday 8th February but we will start distributing it across the county over the next few days so please do keep an eye out for it at garden centres, plant nurseries, local libraries and tourist information offices. We hope you enjoy your garden visiting in 2020 and thank you so much for your wonderful, continued support! 
 
With best wishes
Claire Reinhold 
National Garden Scheme, Norfolk

Snowdrops bloom at Gable House, Redisham, Suffolk

Written by Peter Lyle. Posted in News

GABLE HOUSE, Halesworth Road, Redisham, Suffolk NR34 8NE.
John & Brenda Foster. 01502 575298. 
Sun 16 Feb (11-4 ) entry £4.50, children free, groups by appointment 
(share to St Peter'Church, Redisham).
please note parking is limited in the village
refreshments available.
1-acre plantsman’s garden of all-year interest. For the winter opening a vast collection of snowdrops, cyclamen, hellebores etc. plus greenhouses containing rare bulbs and tender plants

PR Events

Written by Linda Hall. Posted in News

PR events
 
We have been very active this year attending plant fairs and promoting Norfolk & Suffolk Group HPS.
 
Saturday 27th April:  NNHS talk by Adrian Bloom on The Bressingham Gardens at the John Innes Conference Centre.  Jan Oakley and Susan Oglesby represented us where we had a publicity stand.  This was well received by visitors especially as we were giving away free seeds from the HPS Seed Distribution Scheme.  It was also the first time our new display board was used.
 
 
 
 
South Suffolk Show on 29th and 30th May – due to unforeseen circumstances we did not attend this event.
 
 
Saturday 8th June: East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden Plant Fair.  Chris Davies, Jan Oakley, Susan Oglesby, Barbra Back and myself attended.  Now I know we are hardy planters but this was pushing it to the limit!  The weather was atrocious – extremely wet and windy which necessitated four of us each hanging on to a leg of the gazebo to prevent it being blown away whilst one person served customers.  Despite being soaked and cold we still kept up the banter and smiling and managed to raise £234 for group funds.
 

 
 
Sunday 7th July: Hatten Farm Nurseries 40th Anniversary Celebration.  Liz Bloom, Graham Boutell and myself attended on this sunny day to sell plants.  Unfortunately this was not a financial success as there weren’t many ‘plants people’ and we only raised £34.
 

 
 
Sunday 14th July: NGS Open Day at Jan Oakley’s garden.  Chris Davies and myself attended on this beautiful warm day.  Many visitors were pleased to receive free seeds, donated by National as leftovers from the Seed Distribution.  A few people seemed very keen to join our group and took away application forms to complete so fingers crossed that we might gain some new members.  We also raised £159 from the plant sales.
 

 
 
Sunday 28th July: Aestival 2019 Summer Fair held at Raveningham Gardens.  Chris Davies, Jan Oakley, Susan Oglesby, Pamela Clark and myself attended at this well arranged event organised by CPRE Norfolk (Campaign to Protect Rural England).  We were placed at an excellent location and there were very few ‘plants’ stalls – we made a profit of £178.  Copies of our 2019 Programme and free seeds were handed out to members of the public. 
 

 
Linda
Chairman

LOOKING BACK: THE FOGGY BOTTOM STORY

Written by Peter Lyle. Posted in News

NORFOLK AND NORWICH HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (NNHS) AND NEWLY APPOINTED PRESIDENT, ADRIAN BLOOM, ANNOUNCE NEW EVENTS AND REVITALISED MISSION:

  • NEW INITIATIVE in 2019 “Gardening for Everyone”.   NNHS reach out to a wider audience with a new, more inclusive mission.
  • NEW PRESIDENT, horticulturist Adrian Bloom, is working with General Secretary Lesley Webdale and the NNHS committee to take the new mission forward
  • TALK & MISSION INTRODUCTION, 27th April 2019, 6.30pm, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich:A Special Event held by the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society (NNHS) with a presentation by the new President of the Society, Adrian Bloom followed by a Forum to discuss the present and future of gardening and horticulture.
  • HOW TO BOOK: places at the talk cost £10 per person, including welcome drinks and an opportunity to engage with local gardening organisations before the talk. Booking form available at www.nnhs.org.uk/events or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-talk-discussion-with-adrian-bloom-the-foggy-bottom-story-tickets-57923744479?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

THE TALK:

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!

THE FORUM: 

Adrian Bloom will chair and we will hear from a group of enthusiastic and representative people, including:

  1. 2018 RHS School Gardening Champion, Matt Willer
  2. No Fear Gardening representative.
  3. NNHS chairman
  4. Local gardening club representative
  5. Local Horticulturalists Simon White (Peter Beales Roses) and Barry Gayton (Desert World Garden)
  6. HAVE YOUR SAY – Comments from the audience. 

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.  

EVENING PROGRAMME:

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

BOOKING PROCESS:

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”.