Plant Heritage

2014 – the Norfolk group had offered to host the National Plant Heritage AGM and the first visit on offer was a tour of the private garden of the Bishop of Norwich.  Although it had rained for us most of the way over from Surrey the sun was shining as a large group walked over to the gate.

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The four acre garden opens in aid of charity several times a year, but was opened specially for our group.  We were greeted by two Simons – the Bishop’s Chaplain, Simon Ward and the Head Gardener, Simon Gaches.

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Large open areas of lawn and woodland lie close to the cathedral with other smaller areas around the 500 year old flint boundary walls.  A rose garden includes Rosa Norwich Cathedral ( = ‘Beacath’) donated by the late Peter Beales to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the cathedral.

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One knowledgeable member of the group commented on the similarity of the…

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