'On Tuesday 18th August the Reepham and District Gardening Club had their first live get together since the Coronavirus lockdown forced them to abandon their regular Town Hall meetings and resort to on-line meetings. The 18th August should have seen the members having their annual Summer Show, but instead the Committee organised an outing to Dale Farm, Dereham. Owner Graham Watts had given the club a very interesting talk last year on the gardens of Dale Farm, which whetted the appetite of the members to see the gardens for themselves. The gardens are open on special days under the National Garden Scheme (NGS) with proceeds being split between the charities which are supported by the NGS, but on this occasion the Garden Club was given special access. A superb day ensued with the gardens looking wonderful, weather being very kind and great company - couldn't ask for anything more. 40 members and guests arrived over a 1 hour period ensuring that there were no queues at the gate and social distancing was observed. As it was the first time in 5 months that the members had met up in person there was much to talk about and the walk around the gardens was a slow affair as members bumped into each other (not literally!) and chatted. Graham was also always there to answer the numerous questions that were fired at him. Gate receipts and plant sales ensured that the Garden Club visit raised £357 for the NGS charities.'
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Another great show with 40 attendees. Overall worthy winner Irene Berning and Club Plant winner (Fuchsia) Christine Luck. We were also given an inspirational presentation by Matt Willer and student Lilly from The Allotment Project at Reepham High School - Volunteers are urgently required to impart knowledge about horticultural matters and anyone interested should check out www.thepapillonproject.com
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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