The latest meeting of the Gardening Club took place on Thursday 10 April 2014 at The Piggeries, Home Farm House,with 24 members present, hearing Terry Illsley speaking on gardens and gardening in East Anglia. He illustrated his talk with slides showing the background to gardening styles and planting schemes from North Kent to East Anglia.

The next meeting will be on Sunday 15 June 2014 for a group visit to a garden of choice; a list of places to visit which was circulated at the meeting is given below (with the distance in miles from Ashwellthorpe) and perhaps those members who were not at the April meeting could let Debbie de Spon know which one they prefer.  A number of cars will be making the trip, so anyone without transport please contact Debbie – any new members to the Gardening Club are welcome so, again,  please contact Debbie the secretary (Telephone Number 01508 488300)

Bishop’s Garden 10 miles;    Blickling 24 miles;     Bressingham 16;    East Ruston 26;    Fairhaven 21;    Felbrigg Hall 33;    Gooderstone Water Garden 40;    Hales Hall Gardens 20;    Hindringham Hall Gardens  41;     Holkham Hall 48;   Houghton Hall Garden 47;   Hoveton Hall Garden 22;     Lake House Water Gardens 15;     Mannington Hall Gardens 28;    Norfolk Lavender 55;     Norfolk Herbs 15;    Oxburgh Hall Garden 40;    Pensthorpe 35;    Raveningham Hall Gardens 22; The Plantation Garden in Norwich 9;  The Exotic Garden 126 Thorpe Road, Norwich 10;    Hyde Hall (The Royal Horticultural Society Garden in Essex) 85;    Beth Chatto 57;    Peter Beales Roses 14

It is likely that meetings during the summer and early autumn will be out of doors, but plans are already being made for speakers for the winter and spring season ahead. If there are any other things you would like the Gardening Club to be doing, again let Debbie know.

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