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.


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.


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.


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

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