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Special plant day at Pensthorpe

Some of Norfolk’s top nurseries will all be in one place and giving expert gardening advice as the annual Specialist Plant Day returns to Pensthorpe Natural Park on Sunday (September 10) between 10am and 5pm .
Organised in conjunction with the Norfolk Nursery Network, visitors will be able to purchase rare and unusual plants alongside traditional favourites, as well as getting inspiration from Pensthorpe’s own stunning gardens.
In addition, the day provides the perfect opportunity for visitors in need of an autumnal pick-me-up and garden refresh to get advice from Norfolk’s top garden experts.
Deb Jordan, co-owner of Pensthorpe Natural Park said: “We’re delighted to host this event for the Norfolk Nursery Network again this year. They will be ready to give visitors a helping hand and offer their advice alongside our own head gardener, Jonathan Pearce, so it’s the perfect opportunity for garden lovers to get some top tips from the professionals.”
The event also offers the chance for guests to experience Pensthorpe Natural Parks famous Millennium Garden , designed by world renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf , in full autumn colour.
Entry to the plant fair is £1 per person (children free/small donation) with money raised being donated to The Escape Project – Family action. Those attending the fair can also take advantage of a some reduced admission into the reserve and the Pensthorpe Explorer.
The Escape Project is a small local charity run by Family Action which promotes wellbeing through community gardening.
Visit www.pensthorpe.com for more details.

Aylsham garden show raises £1,490

Woodgate Nursery’s Garden Show was a success with a great turnout over the weekend, raising £1490 for the Liz Jones Memorial Trust and Dravet Syndrome Charity.

Inspired by this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Woodgate Nursery Garden Show at Aylsham showed off local companies’ gardening skills, with visitors voting for their favourite garden design.

This year’s winner was Thyme For Bed featuring an outdoor room which was designed by the Woodgate team.  A close second went to IFC Landscapes, featuring a paved design, box hedging and a willow fence.

Peter Purdy, founder of Woodgate Nursery, said: “Our garden show raised a staggering amount for local charities and everyone had a fantastic weekend, with the garden show getting better every year! I’m already looking forward to the 2017 designs.”

This year’s show was packed with inspiration for the garden, including for budding young gardeners who enjoyed a fun treasure hunt and for the grown ups a raffle to win a wheelbarrow with more thabn £300 worth of garden goodies (including the  barrow).

See more at www.woodgatenursery.co.uk

Tyme For Bed - Winning show garden 2016