Events Past

Reports of previous HPS Norfolk and Suffolk Group events, as told by our members.

Garden visits

Written by Super User. Posted in Events Past

Garden visits in Suffolk - Saturday, 26th June 

On a very hot day, and when hasn't it been lately, we visited some more wonderful gardens.  In the morning we visited the garden of our past Chairman, Anne McCord in Horringer, who only moved there five years ago.  Anne completely removed anything offending to start this garden from scratch, and what a transformation it was as evidenced by photos for us to peruse.  Anne, a keen plantswomen, designed the garden for easy maintenance in retirement, but with planting to give something of interest throughout the year. 

Later in the morning we visited Millfields House in Chevington.  This is a 30-year-old garden with a range of interesting trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in about 2.5acres and includes a water garden.  It was most pleasant to stroll around the perimeter of the meadow to see the specimen trees.  The herbaceous border had been planted with advice and help from Notcutts.  The owners generously allowed us to picnic in their garden. 

Our afternoon visit was to Depden and Paugers Plants and small private garden.  I think this nursery is one of Suffolk's best kept secrets!  This is a small family business developed over the last few years where they grow everything themselves and specialise in hardy shrubs and perennials.    At the end of a very busy day our members treated themselves to a little retail therapy!  I can highly recommend a visit to this nursery which can be found on the A143. 

Full reports on these visits will be found in our Autumn newsletter later in the year.

Plants and Propagating - the Hardy Plant Society

Written by John Metcalf. Posted in Events Past

a talk by Sue Pinsent.

thumb_sue-pinsentSue is the current Chairman of the Hardy Plant Society. 
Her talk enlightened us about the work of the National Body.

Sue structured her talk around the pleasures of being a member of the Hardy Plant Society.

To begin with we were shown historic pictures of some of the founding members and how they spread the spirit of growing hardy plants and their delights. Then moving on to specialist groups, such as conservation and how the Society is helping to conserve the older cultivars. How to contact the local groups and how we could all learn by exchanging ideas -  those that worked and those that did not. Sue touched on many aspects of the Society including publications, seed distribution, shows - the Hardy Plant Society being awarded the Holford Medal from the  Royal Horticultural Society (best exhibit in 2009 by an amateur group - staged at Chelsea) just to mention a few.
A lively discussion followed with members making suggestions as how we might entice more members. Let us hope this combined with the much improved website will lead to more discovering how much pleasure we can all get from growing hardy perennials.
At the conclusion of Sue's talk she was presented, by our chair Linda Hall, with some plants born and raised in this fine County of Norfolk, Baptisia 'Nelson's Navy', Kniphofia 'Toffee Nosed' and Nepeta 'Little Titch' and Chrysanthemum 'Buxton Ruby'