All about Plants

Among the 14 gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk during May, Hill Cottage squeezes a remarkable cottage garden into a small plot. Clermont House and Chestnut Farm focus on some of the more unusual  plants and trees you can find in Britain and Warborough House features colourful borders, using alliums to full effect.

Monday 6th May Shirley Gilbert opens her renowned cottage garden at HILL COTTAGE, Edingthorpe NR28 9SY. The garden is organically cultivated, never watered and a master class on how to achieve the maximum interest and production in a quarter acre plot. Shirley is also holding her popular monthly garden workshops throughout 2013. This will be the last year, so if do not want to miss out book without delay on 01692 403519.

On Sunday 12th May at Clermont House,Little Cressingham IP25 6LY you have the opportunity to explore a collection of rare trees and shrubs making up the arboretum garden owner John Davies has created in 13 acres of naturalistic gardens over the last 30 years. The collection now attracts visitors and interest worldwide and contains over 800 species of trees and shrubs, so something for everyone!

On Sunday 19th May at Chestnut Farm, West Beckham NR25 6NX. John and Judy McNeil Wilson are opening a real plant paradise carefully developed and nurtured over many years and regularly featured in the national and local gardening press, both in Britain and Europe.Their 3 acre plot has many rarities and a particular highlight is a Davidia involucrata (Handkerchief Tree), some early flowering specie roses will also be at their best.  Plants grown by Judy and from specialist visiting nurseries will surely tempt you to buy!

 On Monday 27th May WARBOROUGH HOUSE, Stiffkey NR23 1QH has some great plant combinations in colourful borders, a particular feature is the use of alliums to provide an extra dimension to the displays. This family of ornamental onions is one of the unsung heroes in border planting, cheap to buy and they last for years without taking up much room! Formal terraces and a walled garden complete the picture.



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