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Trip to Hyde Hall RHS Gardens Click here to see Photos

On Saturday 3rd August the Society had a coach trip to the RHS Gardens at Hyde Hall in Essex. 
We had a full coach of travelers which was brilliant and arrived at our destination at around 11.00am
to be met by a warm day without any threat of rain! 
Our trip also coincided with the Annual Plant Fair which meant lots of opportunities to but plants
directly from a wide range of nurseries. 

Hydrangeas and Salvia's seem to be the “in plants” this year and many stalls offered a bewildering
choice of colours and varieties.  The gardens and facilities had been vastly improved since we last
visited which meant a more enjoyable experience for us all. 
We left at 4.30pm with a coach boot full of plants and garden sundries for our journey back to Norfolk. 
A thank you to Joanna Berry, Susan Carter and Susan Howard for all their efforts in organising the trip.

Garden in a Seed Tray Competition see photo's

At our May Meeting we held our annual “Garden in a Seed Tray” competition which ties in nicely with the start of the Chelsea Flower Show.  John Howard, our Vice-Chairman came up with the idea last year and as it proved popular we thought we would make it a regular event.  This year we had four gardens, John and his wife Susan made a Japanese inspired garden complete with red pagoda, Liz made a miniature garden complete with tree’s and garden furniture, Susan C produced a dry garden with cacti, coupled with an area of lawn and herbs and Janice made a wonderful garden in a large brick, type tray.  The gardens were judged by Helen Hillier who was our speaker for the evening and she chose Janice’s who was then presented with her winning certificate by our Chairwoman – Joanna Berry.

East Anglian Alpine Garden Society Show - May 2019 see photos

On Saturday 4th May, the Annual East Anglian Alpine Garden Show was held at Wymondham High School and what a treat it was too!  Lots of lovely alpines to buy, so much choice and often ones that you would simply not see at a conventional garden centre.  Two of our lady  members, Angela Prager and Cecilia Coller entered and achieved some great results, a big well done to them!

Annual Spring Show  - Saturday 6th April  See Photos here

Despite the difficult weather conditions, which meant most daffodil blooms were a month in front, members pulled out all the stops which enabled us to have a wonderful display of daffodils, tulips & other Spring flowers. 

Joanna Berry was a real force to be reckoned with and dominated in the cut flower classes by winning Most Points in Section, with Brian Cogan taking the Best in Section for his daffodils.  
This year we have a new award - 'Best Daffodil Bloom in Show' which was kindly donated by Julian Woodrow  and was deservedly won by Brian Cogan.
Fruit & vegetable entries were good with over 10 entries for one of the rhubarb classes alone. Margaret Wait won Best in Section for her stunning leeks with Graham Makepeace winning for the Most Points in Section. 

New member Cecilia Coller was on blistering form and won Most Points in Section and Best in Section for her Pot Plants.  She produced some beautiful flowering alpines & succulents which really caught the judge’s eye.   Cecilia’s winning ways continued by winning the People’s Choice Award (voted for by the visitors).

There was no holding Margaret Wait who was on fine form and won Best in Section Cookery for her chocolate cake and Most Points in Section. 

Joanna Berry and Tracy Chapman were close competitors in the Floral Art Section but Tracy just beat Joanna for Best in Section with Joanna winning Most Points in Section. 

Margaret also went on to win Best in Show for Non-Horticulture for her chocolate cake  & Brian Cogan won Best in Show for Horticulture for his immaculate daffodils . 
Tim Taylor had a good day and won Best in Section for Wine and Most Points in the Wine Section too.

Valerie Dixon had a great show by Winning Most Points in Show for Craft with Ricky Prager winning Best in Section for Craft with his stunning and intricate model of an aeroplane made from metal. 

In the childrens entries William Steward did well by scooping the Best in Show
(for 6-10 years old) and also won the Most Points in this Section.

Terry Smith triumphed in the “Lucky Dip Daff” competition (a bulb bought at last year’s Autumn Show, & to be grown for this show).

In our Novice classes, which give individuals the chance to enter but not against seasoned show veterans.  Liz Coller won Best in Section and Most Points in Section with Pat Reid a close runner up.   

The final awards were for Most Points in Show which was won by Joanna Berry & the Runner Up was Margaret Wait.

 A special thank you to all the people who gave up their time to help make the Show possible and to all the individuals and local businesses who kindly donated raffle and tombola prizes.