The big Reepham & District Gardening Club trip for the year necessitated getting our passports stamped as we travelled first to East Bergholt in Suffolk, where we made a welcome stop at The Place for Plants. There is a garden to visit here, but some of us were keener on looking at the many specialist plants in the sales area (conveniently near the café where, as specialists, we tried the cake). The quality, and varieties, of plants was impressive, and the care with which they were tended was impressive too. I even bought two. We drove on to Hyde Hall in Essex, which is our nearest Royal Horticultural Society garden. As you might expect everything there is done to exemplary standards: plants well labelled, pruned and cared for, and few weeds in sight. The variety of planting and garden style was fascinating and effective. I was particularly intrigued by the Global Growth Vegetable Garden, which is what it says. There were plants growing there I had heard of but had no idea, until my visit, of what they actually looked like. As it was late when we returned to Reepham, we enjoyed a really good Chinese takeaway from the Happy House in Back Street. Reproduced with kind permission from 'Victoria Plum' Reepham Life
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Another great Show and Social Evening. A really good turnout with 39 members attending with 130 entrants. Overall winner Dianne Lambert - well done Dianne and well deserved.
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- Jeff and Carol Johnson spending their hard earned pension on plants at 'The Place for Plants'. But our great outings organiser Celia keeping her purse tightly closed! - Gathering outside Green Island, with tea and cake awaiting for us inside. - Grass snake spotted in the pond at Green Island - All the plants bought at Green Island waiting to travel home.
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A full coach took Reepham Garden Club on the July outing this year. A fine start to the day, Fortunately not too hot as clouds built up during the day, saw us visit Jordans Mill near Biggleswade. The Mill is owned by the same family who now own Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, and has been carefully designed to turn a working mill into a delightful attraction. Massive timbers are a feature of the modern cafe and restaurant with a large terrace right beside the river which works the mill. The cake was good. We drove on to Knebworth House, Knebworth in Hertfordshire. Wonderfull parkland, and then glimpses of the gothic pile, and we were dropped right by the interesting gardens. There were various features to explore,(some of us felt they needed a little help with the weeding) and then some of us went into the house on a guided tour which gave much fascinating insight and background to the family, Lytton, (insignia a Bittern) now Lytton Cobbold. The house is privately owned, by the same family for five hundred years, and the concerts which are famous and popular are one of the ways the family seeks to make money to run and restore this Grade Two listed house.
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