North of Norwich

After our visit to Kristopher's we headed out towards the coast to East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden.  'Very flat, Norfolk', as Amanda says to Elyot in Coward's Private Lives and beyond the city lies an area of open expanses, buffeted by gentle zephyrs from the North Sea and ideal for growing carrots.  Forty years ago, Alan …

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Bressingham Gardens

At the AGM weekend in Norfolk, Bressingham Gardens provided a contrast to the visit to The Harralds, but proved equally fascinating, with interesting vistas throughout.  The garden was first developed by Alan Bloom (1906-2005), and opened to the public in 1962, showing the new concept of using perennials in island beds.  These island beds are still evident today …

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People

It's the people who make the AGM so very special: some regulars, some first timers.  This is a round up of some of the faces - not comprehensive by any means and in no particular order, but just a flavour of who you might meet and what you might see. Kris Harper (with Sophie Leguil from …

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Baker’s Dozen?

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens currently holds twelve National Plant Collections, providing interest throughout the year.  For our visit to the garden the 'Members' Weekend' crew were divided into four groups each one to be led by a garden expert. Barry Clarke was allocated group three and I decided that walking backwards must be a …

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