Past Meetings & Events
'Delightful, Delovely, Deranged'
Back by popluar demand, all the way from Scotland, Nancy will give a talk with wonderful photos of strange horticultural delights. From the Superbloom of the Atacama and the Flying Duck Orchid of Australia to the 'Apple of Death' (yes really) of Central America, the Red Spider Lily of Japan and all points in between.
Professor Tom Williamson
‘Humphry Repton and his Norfolk Parks and Gardens’
Tom is a Professor of History at the UEA and is a landscape historian and landscape archaeologist. He is currently involved with the Gardens Trusts of Hertfordshire and Norfolk in researching the work of the designer Humphry Repton in these two counties.
Our speaker for our next on-line meeting on 19th January will be by Nancy Stevens an experienced Garden Club speaker of many years and the title of the talk is 'A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever' - Japanese Gardens. Nancy is from north of the border living near Glasgow, but she assures me that she doesn't speak with a strong Glaswegian accent!
Our meeting will start at 7.30pm with Nancy giving her talk at about 7.40pm, followed by questions and answers.
Zoom invites will be sent out nearer the time with log-on available from 7.15.
‘The Wonderful Medlar, Our Forgotten Fruit’
Jane is owner of Eastgate Larder, specialist grower and producer of medlar preserves. Jane will talk about her passion for reviving the medlar and the orchard they have planted at Eastgate.
Dr Ian Bedford
Dr Ian Bedford is a Research Entomologist & Speaker. Ian has been fascinated by insects and other invertebrates for most of his life. From studying butterflies on the South Downs as a youngster, he went on to pursue a career in Research Entomology and ran the Entomology Dept at the John Innes Centre in Norwich up to his recent retirement after 42 yrs. Following his retirement Ian now provides independent entomological advice to companies that are developing environmentally safe plant protection products and he also promotes and encourage wildlife-friendly home gardening.
In addition Ian talks on a number of radio shows and currently has the great honour of being the resident 'Go To' Entomologist for BBC Radio Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. He is also the 'Entomologist who Entertains' on Toby Buckland's Sunday morning show for gardeners on BBC Radio Devon where he tells a different insect story each week!!!
Ian has also featured on BBC Gardeners Question Time and appeared on TV shows such as BBC Gardeners' World, Inside Out, Tonight, Horizon, BBC Breakfast, A to Z of TV Gardening, The Great British Garden Revival and even Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule!
This should not only be fun talk but a very informative one on how we can encourage butterflies to enjoy our gardens.
WebEx invites will be sent out nearer the meeting.
‘The A-Z of Bulbs’
Johnny has worked at Taylors Bulbs for more than 25 years. Johnny is known as having the “Midas Touch” for his huge haul of awards at both Chelsea and Harrogate flower shows, where he has racked up 23 consecutive Chelsea Gold Medals and numerous Premier Awards at the Harrogate Flower Show for displays of multiple daffodil varieties, many of which are flowering out of season.
Autumn Bag Sale
Please bring surplus plants in one or more bags to be sold at £1 per bag.
Dear Garden Club Members,
It will not come as a surprise that our October meeting at the Town Hall is now cancelled, BUT we will have an on-line meeting on 20 October and I will post details when a speaker has been booked.
Our on-line meeting on Tuesday was very good with Joe Whitehead, Head Gardener at Burghley giving us a very informative, fascinating and very amusing insight into the history of the gardens. He also provided us with a presentation on the work he and his team have carried out during his 3 year tenure. The talk has definitely whetted our appetite to hopefully organise a club visit next year (COVID permitting!)
Watch this space for details of next months speaker.
Hello Fellow Gardeners,
Now the weather has turned I am back indoors catching up on 'office work'.
As per my earlier email not surprisingly we have had to cancel our October Town Hall meeting, but I am pleased to advise you that for our replacement on-line meeting I have arranged for Dr. Tony Leech, Norfolk County Recorder of Fungi, to give us a talk entitled 'Fungal Friends and Foes', which will describe the role of fungi in our gardens.
Tony has given the Club a number of lively talks over the years and no doubt this will be no exception.
As normal I will send a WebEx invitation and when I do I will send a separate email asking you to confirm whether you have received the invitation or not.
Our meeting will start at 7.30pm (however, please try and log-on at anytime between 7.15-7.30) with Tony giving his talk at 7.45pm, followed by questions and then (if we have time) as in the past, we will open it up to all members to:-
'Show and Tell' (anything or plants of the moment that they are proud of),
'Plant Identification' (we all have plants that we don't know the name of, either we have thrown away the label or they have just popped up and we can't find them on the net - but I am sure that someone in the club will probably know exactly what they are)
'Questions Regarding any Gardening Problems'.
If you could please send any photos to me in advance, as I will then, during the meeting, share with the group when you are ready to talk, therefore eliminating the need for you to learn how to bring up the photo or photos yourself.
I am sure you will not want to miss this talk and if you haven't joined us before for an on-line meeting I would urge you to do so this time.
Mrs Robin McDonald CANCELLED
‘Botanic and other Gardens’
Robin is the President of the Orchid Society and founder of the Paphiopedilum Society. Robin is also a member of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society and has run their shows for several years. Robin has expanded her interest in plants, especially wild plants to such an extent that she is able to give talks on many horticultural subjects. But for us she will be talking about the wonderful gardens from around the world, including Gothenburg Botanic and Keukenhof Gardens.