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”.

Norfolk and Suffolk Group HPS AGM Agenda 2019

Written by Linda Hall. Posted in News

HARDY PLANT SOCIETY
NORFOLK & SUFFOLK GROUP
 
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 9th February 2019 at 2pm at Roydon Village Hall
 
AGENDA
 
1. Apologies for absence
 
2. To adopt the Minutes of the last AGM - 10th February 2018
 
3. Chairman’s Report
 
4. Secretary’s Report
 
5. Treasurer’s Report - Proposed subscription increase to £10 single and £15 joint commencing January 2020
 
6. To receive and adopt the Annual Accounts of the preceding financial year
 
7. Election of auditor/examiner
 
8. To deal with any special matters which the committee may wish to bring before the members and to receive suggestions from the members for consideration by the committee
 
9. Election of Officers and other committee members
 
10. Any other business

Indoor Meeting: Talk by Peter Skeggs-Gooch "Different Ways With Clematis"

Written by Cherry Williams. Posted in Events Past

Clematis "Liberty"

Clematis "Pixie"

Peter Skeggs Gooch

Peter Skeggs-Gooch

A talk by Peter Skeggs-Gooch. HPS 12 January 2019

Clematis are such a diverse genus – a collection of climbers, scramblers, herbaceous and evergreen plants flowering all through the seasons that they lend themselves to be used in ways other than the climbers we know.

Companion Planting with another shrub or climber gives them the natural support they need and extends the season of interest. Roses, Conifers, Wisteria, Honeysuckle and Trachelospermum are good examples. Choose colour combinations carefully.

Manmade Supports can screens areas, add height to the border, disguise buildings and fences. Obelisks, walls, porches, tennis courts you can train Clematis up anything.

Cut Flowers, Table Arrangements and Bridal Bouquets. To use the flowers seal the stems with an open flame and put in cold water, they will last for 14 days or so, the large flowered varieties don't last so not advisable to use.

Clematis in Pots. Not all varieties are suitable, some are bred specifically for this culture. Soil in a 2ft diameter pot should be 50/50 John Innes and Multi Purpose, the smaller the pot use more JI to MultiP. Remember to feed. Peter's favourites: Crystal Fountain, Pixie, Liberty and Taiga.

Ground Cover and Herbaceous. These Clematis are non clinging. They make good ground cover or let them scramble naturally over plants and shrubs. Peter's favourites: Arabella, Durandii, Cassandra, Integrifolia vars, Aromatica.

Late Season Flowerers. These Clematis extend the season up to October. Peter's favourites : Gravetye Beauty, Duchess of Albany, Princess Kate, Margot Koster, Venosa Violacea , Redheriana.

Visit www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk for their full catalogue

Indoor Meeting: Talk by Dr. Twigs Way "Virgins, Weeders and Queens - a History of Women Gardeners"

Written by Jenny Hodgson. Posted in Events Past

Virgins, Weeders and Queens - a History of Women Gardeners

A talk by Dr. Twigs Way. HPS 8 December 2018

This talk was based on the fascinating book by Dr. Way encompassing the role of women in gardening from Medieval Times to the present day. The Virgins, Weeders and Queens was added to the original title to make the book more saleable!

In the 1600's lower class women were allowed to grow food and medicinal herbs for money - 3p a day while men were paid 6p plus free herring and ale! If a husband who ran a Market Garden died, his wife could run it until a son could manage it. Mistress Tuggie who wrote The Book of Hours for women was just such a lady.

Queen Eleanor introduced hollyhocks and quinces and Queen Mary installed glasshouses at Hampton Court. She had a collection of exotic plants brought back by Captains from around the world. Princess Augusta continued her dead husband's work at Kew, building the Pagoda and Orangery and a collection of plants from around the world.

In the 1800s Aristocratic Ladies could nurture and water their gardens and conservatories. In the 1900s, Surplus Women whose husbands had died became Lady Gardeners. They were often  daughters of professional parents and  became Head Gardeners of Ladies' Estates.

After the war, ladies became more active. Gertrude Jekyll was the first female garden designer. Many were multi talented as was Vita Sackville West at Sissinghurst. The Land Army changed the role of women gardeners and the clothes they could wear improved their life dramatically.

Dr. Way finished her talk with the inspiring story of Beth Chatto whose wonderful garden many of us will have visited.

Indoor Meeting: Talk by Barry Gayton "Trees and Shrubs"

Written by Anne McCord. Posted in Events Past

 Amelanchier canadensis April flowers in Anne's garden

Barry Gayton

Trees and Shrubs

A talk by Barry Gayton. HPS 10 November 2018 

Mr Gayton’s talk concentrated on trees suitable for small gardens. Numerous slides were shown of examples including Acers, Malus, Sorbus, Cornus, Euonymus and others with recommendations made for specific varieties. I noted audience members busy writing down the names of their favourites but there were several that I was not familiar with but nevertheless looked interesting.

Sorbus scalaris is a spreading tree to 10m tall with leaves downy beneath which turn to orange, red and purple in the autumn. The small white flowers appear in spring and are followed by rounded red fruits.

Aesculus x mutabilis Induta is a small tree or large shrub and is a variety of Horse Chestnut known as Buckeye. It has palmate leaves and many yellow-flushed pink flowers born in panicles with good autumn colour.

Robinia hispida Casque Rouge forms a small tree with delicate Wisteria-like foliage. Fragrant, drooping clusters of, pea-shaped flowers appear in late spring and early summer and are followed by dark red-brown seed pods in the late summer. This variety has large purple pink blooms rather than the rose-pink flowers of the species.

A favourite small tree of mine is Amelanchier canadensis which grows in my small back garden. It has white flowers in spring set off against coppery foliage, black berries which are quickly devoured by the blackbirds and glorious autumn colour. It can also be pruned successfully to keep it within bounds.

HPS Postholder Vacancies

Written by Peter Lyle. Posted in News

Journal Editor

The Hardy Plant is the journal of the Hardy Plant Society. Published twice yearly and sent free to members, it is a prestigious journal with authoritative articles on hardy perennials and colour photographs throughout.

The Editor plans each edition, sourcing articles and being able to assist contributors on aspects of theme, text length and images (ensuring the text accords with HPS house style and the University of Oxford Style Guide, and that images meet current industry standards).

A schedule is agreed with the printers for each stage of preparation, printing and mailing.

Layouts are then prepared for each page, working with the typographer and liaising with the proofreader and contributors to ensure clarity, accuracy and consistency.

The Editor will liaise with HPS colleagues and the HPS Office and manage the advertising.

The Hardy Plant carries a number of advertisements considered to be of interest to members.

An annual rate card is prepared in consultation with the Publications Coordinator and Treasurer.

Appropriate advertisements are solicited, and liaison provided to confirm orders, edit and agree copy, send invoices and payments, as well as keeping accurate records and providing information to the Treasurer and HPS Office.

The post is not subject to a fixed term and attracts a small remuneration.

For more information please contact please contact Jan Vaughan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo Librarian

The Hardy Plant Society maintains a collection of digital images of horticultural subjects. The Photo Librarian is responsible for developing, organising and maintaining this library, and providing copies of the images to members of the Society on request. Images may also be provided to non-members for publication on condition that acknowledgement is given to the Society.

The Librarian will keep an Accession Catalogue of all images, and organise suitable storage so as to facilitate easy retrieval. He/She will work with the Web Manager to ensure the library is displayed to best effect on the national website and with the Coordinators of the Seed Distribution and Conservation Scheme to ensure that both are able to access relevant images.

The Photo Librarian is responsible for organising the annual Photographic Competition for members, appointing suitable judges and publishing the results in the Newsletter, Journal and on the website.

For more information please contact please contact Jan Vaughan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.