Members table show 2019

Exhibits set up early & the usual friendly rivalry

As usual before a show everybody rushed in early to get their exhibits set up and there was the usual friendly rivalry.

While the judging was taking place we had a short talk on the Plantation Garden in Norwich by one of the gardens trustees. This garden is known as Norwich’s secret garden being in the middle of the city adjacent to the Roman Catholic cathedral . The most easiest route to get there is by train to Norwich station and then a number 26 bus. The land was donated by Sir John Petters to a preachers charity and is still owned by a hospital charity to this day. Henry Trevor son of a farmer built a substantial house and created the garden from a chalk quarry using reclaimed materials to provide niches, ruins, surprises and fountains. No one particular style dominated but an eclectic mix of Victorian, Gothic, Italianate, medieval and rustic, using architectural salvage. As the garden was built in a quarry it had sloping sides and these were heavily planted with trees and shrubs. also bedding plants and chrysanthemums were extensively used. There was also a palm house with tropical and sub tropical plants.

After Henry’s death it became impossible to maintain the garden and the palm house fell in to disrepair with the garden becoming totally overgrown. The house passed through several hands , the NHS and midwives training to becoming an hotel but now is a private home.

The garden is mainly run by volunteers with one part time gardener, it is extremely popular with the towns people and is well used, the entrance fee being only £2 which encourages visitors to visit during their lunch breaks.

PHOTO BY: Sheila Pettett
Gardening Club in Lowestoft

News & Updates

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.