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Norfolk and Suffolk

About the Group

The group meets at both Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ (map) and Roydon Village Hall, IP22 5RB (map)
Chris Davies
01362 668784
For full details visit the Norfolk and Sufflolk Group Website

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 2-00pm unless otherwise stated

12 January 2019
'Different Ways With Clematis'
Peter Skeggs-Gooch 
9th February, 2019
'Companion Planting'
Matthew Tanton Brown
9th March, 2019
'The Four Seasons' 
Tony Goode
13th September, 2019 14:00 – 16:30
Garden Visit: By The Crossways, Kelsale, Saxmundham
12th October, 2019
'Plants of the Moment'
Joe Whitehead
– Head Gardener, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Hethersett Village Hall
9th November, 2019
'Planting in a Drier Climate'
Tom Hoblyn
– Garden Designer, 
Roydon Village Hall
14th Decembe,r 2019 
'Inspirational Gardening'
Dr Janet Sleep

Hethersett Village Hall

2018 Programme

13th January, 2018
 Joe Sharman
10th February, 2018 
'Plants of the Moment'
Joe Whitehead

Hethersett Village Hall
10th March, 2018 
'Beware of Gifts'
Mel Collins 

Roydon Village Hall
14th April, 2018 
Garden Visit & Plant Sale: Alby Crafts & Garden, Erpingham
12th May, 2018 
Garden Visit: Wretham Lodge, East Wretham
08th June, 2018 
Garden Visit: Manor Farm, Barnham Broom
09th June, 2018 10:00 – 16:30
Plant Fair: East Ruston Old Vicarage
19th June,2018 07:00 – 22 June 2018 20:00
Group Holiday : To Northumberland
07th July, 2018 
Garden Visit: Drinkstone Park, Bury St Edmunds
28th July, 2018 
Summer Social: At Orchard Cottage, Billingford
11th August, 2018 
Garden Visit: Battleleys Cottage, Diss
8th September, 2018 
Garden Visit: Parham Hall, Woodbridge
13th October, 2018 
'How to encourage pollinators into your garden'
John Cullen 

Hethersett Village Hall
10th November, 2018 
 'A Life with Wild Plants'
Richard Mabey

Roydon Village Hall
8th December, 2018 
'Virgins, Weeders & Queens'
Dr Twigs Way 

Hethersett Village Hall

2017 Programme

14 January, 2017
'Flowers in Spring'
John Foster

Roydon Village Hall
We have been at our home, Gable House, for over 50 years and during this time have amassed a large number of plants of interest flowering in every month of the year. John is planning to put together plants of interest for early spring and will bring plants for sale.
11 February, 2017
AGM followed by
'Hoecroft Thru' the Seasons'
Jane Lister

Hethersett Village Hall
Our presentation will include a brief history of the nursery at Severals Grange, Wood Norton. An informative look through the seasons with particular emphasis on getting all year round interest and colour with the use of grasses and coloured foliage plants. "2017 will be my 25th year of running the nursery and so we will be launching an exciting programme to mark that occasion."
11 March, 2017
'Around the World in 80 plants' 
Jaime Blake

Roydon Village Hall
A  look at the wide range of plants we can grow in this country and where they originate in the world, anecdotes and my experience of growing them at Bressingham. The vast majority are herbaceous grown in the Dell Garden at Bressingham.

25 March, 2017 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
HPS AGM & Annual Lecture Day celebrating our Diamond Jubilee
Easton College

The event not to be missed for a variety of reasons, is the AGM, Lecture Day and 60th celebrations. The Norfolk and Suffolk Group were asked to host this as the HPS was inaugurated in Norfolk in 1957 by Alan Bloom.

We have a sub-committee who are making preparations for this event. We are holding this at Easton College which is just off the A47 behind the Norfolk Show Ground. A lot of organising has been done already, spearheaded by Len Speller who is our chief negotiator with the college and Chris Davies who is the chief negotiator with The National – they have both put in a stalwart effort in both negotiation and practical organisation and their determination and patience, especially in informing and listening to our sub-committee; within this sphere has been, and is, exemplary. Other members of the sub-committee have likewise been working just as diligently and we are fortunate that we have such a highly skilled group, whose diverse talents are all pulling towards making March 25th a celebration fit for our sixty years.
As well as sundries, visiting nurseries, and a N&S HPS plant table, there is the HPS plant table to which delegates are invited to donate plants. Speakers are Matthew Biggs and Alan Gray and we are hoping to have Thordis Fridriksson presenting ‘The Garden Party’ live from Easton College on this Saturday.
As well as being able to put faces to the names we have come across in the National newsletters we are hoping to have some of the descendents of the initial committee as invited guests. One of their tasks will be cutting our 60th anniversary cake – yes, there will be enough to go around – may need help from cake makers within our membership. We will be decorating the hall appropriately so may need your help in accessing suitable greenery, flowers etc. We are hoping that some of the students will be able to join with us in this venture, by showcasing some of their work.

Tickets will cost around £22.00, celebration cake and refreshments during the day, with a hot midday meal option - being provided to buoy you up for all that plant buying, interspersed with listening to two erudite speakers

This really is an opportunity not to be missed - is on our doorstep and is a chance for us as a group to make members of HPS other groups from around the country feel welcome and, possibly encourage them to visit our gardens in Norfolk and Suffolk

2016 Programme

Saturday 23rd January, 2016 2.00 pm Roydon Village Hall
'A Very Norfolk Challenge'
John Simmons

Saturday 13th February, 2016 2.00 pm Roydon Village Hall,
'Climbers, Creepers & Crawlers'
Michael Warren

Saturday 12th March, 2016 2.00 pm Hethersett Village Hall
'What Works in the Garden'
Janet Sleep

Saturday 9th April, 2016 2.30 pm
Garden Visit and PLANT SALE
Graham & Sue Allison
Cost: £5.00 inc. tea & cake
and guided tour

Saturday 14th May, 2016 2.30 pm
Garden Visit
with talk and tour by owner, Mrs. Janet Muter
(steep, narrow paths)
Cost: £5.00 (excl. refreshments)

Saturday 18th June, 2016 2.30 pm
Garden Visit
Mr. & Mrs. Don & Carol Darling
Cost: £6.50 inc. tea and cake
Talk and guided tour

Sunday 26th - Wednesday 29th June, 2016 
Details in Spring Newsletter

Saturday 9th July, 2016 2.30 pm
Garden Visit
Miss Rosemary Roe
Cost: £5.00 inc. tea and cake

Saturday 6th August, 2016 
Coach Trip to Hyde Hall, Essex
With Flower Show/Plant Fair
Details in Spring Newsletter

Saturday 20th August, 2016 
Summer Social
Garden of Helen Burtenshaw

Saturday 3rd September, 2016 2.30 pm
Dr. Catherine Horwood Barwise
with talk and guided tour
Cost: £7.50 with tea and cake

Saturday 8th October, 2016 2.00 pm Roydon Village Hall
'New, Different & Unusual Plants'
Michael Perry (T&M)
Change of Speaker 
Due to unknown circumstances Michael Perry has been wihdrawn from the meeting.
He will be replaced by Ken Abel who will talk on 'Pelargoniums'.

Saturday 12th November, 2016 2.00 pm Hethersett Village Hall
'Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll & Lutyens'
Sue Robinson
Change of Speaker
Unfortunately Sue Robinson has decided that she no longer wants to speak to Garden Groups.
She will now be replaced by Geoff Hodge who is a garden writer, broadcaster & horticultural consultant.

Saturday 10th December, 2016 2.00 pm Roydon Village Hall
'Hardy Border Perennials
Barry Gayton


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