• Protecting historic parks and gardens

    Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 09:15

    By Victoria Plum

    If you weren’t there you missed a real treat! The Reepham & District Gardening Club’s talk in July was by a lively and knowledgeable speaker, Sally Bates, on the Norfolk Gardens Trust. This is a branch of a larger organisation, the Gardens Trust, which aims to conserve, research and promote historic gardens and designed landscapes.

    She assured us that when we make decisions about how and what we garden, we are in fact making our own works of art. And it is placing a value on this skill, now and historically, upon which the Gardens Trust focuses.

    If people don’t understand the value of gardens they can become lost and the energy and ideas, and fashions, of past gardeners can be forgotten.

    Historically interesting gardens are listed as historic houses. In Norfolk we have two grade one gardens, Holkham and Houghton, but there are many grade two gardens that you may have visited.

    One of these is the Venetian Waterways, known locally just as The Waterways, in Great Yarmouth, comprising ornamental gardens and a boating lake. These were built as a work creation project in the 1920s and are a delightful asset to the area.

    Sally Bates also spoke interestingly about Humphry Repton and particularly about his local links.

    Above: The White Garden, Easton Walled Gardens. Below: Sweet peas at Easton Walled Gardens. Photos: Tina Sutton

    Excitement for July? It was the gardening club trip to Easton Walled Gardens. Of course the trip was immaculately organised, but someone forgot to organise the weather and it rained almost continuously.

    Our coach driver looked after us well and carefully explained the safety protocols as we drove past sodden fields. He ensured we knew where the loo was and the emergency exits. There were extra exits in the roof, two handles to release these doors, then you need to attach rope ladders that are stored under the seats. The picture in my mind of gardening club members scrambling up rope ladders and through the exit kept me amused for almost the entire two-hour journey.

    The gardens are famous for their sweet peas and they certainly looked fabulous. They originated from Sicily and much warmer climes so all the more amazing to see them looking so good in the rain.

    We would have appreciated just a small ray of sunshine but although we were cold and wet we still very much enjoyed our visit. The cake was good, and the gift items in the shop very tasteful.

    Join us next month on Tuesday 20 August at 7.30 pm in the Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, for the Summer Show and Social Evening. We will obviously be complaining about the weather, but there will be fierce competition over the vases of grasses and the best cucumber (no whipping up to the Co-op to get one at the last minute; all entries must come from your own garden).

  • Go wild in your garden

    Monday, June 24, 2024 - 20:52

    By Victoria Plum

    Perhaps you were in Cromer last week (in the community centre in Garden Street!) last week when Richard Mabey discussed his book, The Accidental Garden?

    He is allowing his garden to grow and mature in its own way, without the obsessive tidiness which we all (although not I) crave. He is studying the way nature, flora and fauna willingly colonise any space where it can flourish.

    I am fascinated to see what flourishes in my garden when I don’t interfere. Caper spurge, hollyhocks and agapanthus self-sow all over the place with no effort from me whatsoever. If they are too many, I just pull them out – so much easier than trying to get fancy things established when conditions are just not right for them.

    Above: Rare wild flowers in my garden. Below: Hemerocallis: daylilies for dinner! Photos: Tina Sutton

    Perhaps you enjoyed the Reepham & District Gardening Club talk this month, as I did, from Joe Carey on the story of designing and putting together a garden for Chelsea, for which he and his wife won a gold medal in 2023. (The first time you win one it comes free, but any successive wins mean you have to pay £200 for the medal!)

    In association with Talitha Arts, a charity to help people who have suffered trauma of varied sorts, Joe and Laura Carey amplified the concept of change, showing a beautiful sculpture of a chrysalis in conjunction with a mass of marvellous porcelain butterflies and a gorgeous flower planting too.

    It costs £70,000 to bring a garden to Chelsea, and another £10,000 to move it and re-establish it in its final site. Joe and Laura would not consider creating a garden unless it could be moved on to a permanent position. Just imagine having to destroy and “skip” all the plants you have fostered and cherished, it would break your heart.

    Twenty five plants to the square metre are necessary for ground coverage and on planting day each plant is removed from its pot, more soil put in the pot and then the plant returned so that it sits proud of the pot. Judges don’t want to see pot rims!

    These concepts present an interesting juxtaposition with next month’s gardening club talk, when you will hear Sally Bates on Humphry Repton’s work in Norfolk and the work of the Norfolk Gardens Trust, at Reepham Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 16 July.

    Just think about the idea of letting your garden be a wild space and contrast that with the exacting design and execution of a garden for Chelsea, and then consider Repton’s work to manipulate and “improve” on nature on a huge scale.

    Perhaps you have seen the amazing show of oxeye daisies surrounding the A1270, (NDR)? What a show!

    And perhaps you have already booked this year’s gardening club day trip to Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham, Lincolnshire. I have and am very much looking forward to the event on Thursday 11 July.

    And don’t forget that you can serve your beautiful daylily flowers (not a true lily) with a salad as they are edible – and very tasty.

  • What is eating my rhubarb leaves?

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 16:34

    By Victoria Plum

    This month’s mystery is: who did this damage to my rhubarb?

    Above: Who did this damage to my rhubarb? Below: The culprits: what beautiful creatures they are! Photos: Tina Sutton

    Not such a mystery really because it must have been snails, and I know that the wet and relatively mild winter certainly favoured snails and slugs, too. But I have never had such damage to rhubarb before.

    Luckily for me and not too much of a problem, since the only food crops I grow are blueberries and raspberries. If I grew cabbages and lettuces I would be tearing my hair out.

    (Did you know that that all rhubarb is subject to a dwarfing virus and if it were not so then rhubarb would be thirty feet tall?)

    Meanwhile, my bindweed is doing very well, and discussing the speed of weed growth in general with friends I find the majority still use Round up, which contains glyphosate.

    But think on this, if you use Roundup every year – unbelievably, people do – why do they still have the same weeds each year?

    I think that to truly eradicate something like bindweed, or at least keep it under control, you need to be very precise and regular in your application, and most people are not. They believe the advertising and expect instant magic from the product.

    So it’s better to try to be precise and regular in just pulling up the bindweed, and I have found this approach just as effective – and obviously better for the world.

    Can you really believe all that stuff about how glyphosate becomes inactive and safe after application?

    We talk about the weather incessantly and those people from countries with settled climates wonder why. Of course, it is because on our island the weather is always changing.

    When I lived in Greece I could organise a BBQ for two weeks time and know the weather would be good; not so in Norfolk.

    The speaker at the Reepham & District Gardening Club for May was Chris Bell, who taught us much about cloud patterns and their weather indications with interesting photographs, mostly from our home area.

    Pictures of the recent aurora borealis were gorgeous, and those taken over Morston with the colours reflected in the water were fascinating.

    Did you know that in Orkney the aurora borealis is also known as the “Merry Dancers”?

    At the next gardening club meeting, on Tuesday 18 June at 7.30 pm in the Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, we will hear from Joe Carey from Carey Garden Design Studio, Holt, about “The Story of a Gold Winning Chelsea Show Garden”.

    The annual plant sale on Saturday 11 May was, as always, a great success. So much so that more plants were needed, so off I go to the garden to set cuttings for next year’s sale.

  • American homeowner association trumped

    Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 10:47

    By Victoria Plum

    It’s time to be looking out for the Yellow Book in your garden centre – the list of local gardens open for various charities. It contains useful descriptions of local gardens, many of which are only open for the National Garden Scheme, with a useful chronological list on the back page.

    April marks the Reepham & District Gardening Club AGM. As ever, the immaculate organisation of the committee meant that official business was over in about 10 minutes. The only thing you need to know is that due to rising costs, the annual membership rises slightly to £10, but the £1 entry for each meeting remains the same. What a bargain price for excellent-quality speakers of the calibre we have enjoyed this past year and the pleasant society of other keen gardeners, let alone free refreshments.

    Our speaker at the meeting was Ellen Mary, a keen and enthusiastic ambassador for gardening and plants of every sort. She described, with photos, some gardens in America and her own US garden (she lives there for part of the year) in North Carolina.

    Apparently, in some parts of America (the land of the free) there are homeowner associations (HOAs) that decide what you must grow in your front garden. Can you believe it?

    Ellen Mary’s new home had a selection of uninteresting shrubs in the front garden, which she got rid of, not knowing about the local HOA. She replaced them with a lovely selection of new and interesting plants and then received a letter from the HOA admonishing her.

    She is standing firm, she will not budge and change the garden back, and now there are other homeowners who are taking charge of their front gardens and making their own decisions about what to grow. Can you trump that?

    Saturday 11 May in Reepham Market Place marks the famous gardening club plant sale from 8.30 am until sold out. If you have plants to contribute please bring them to the Bircham Centre on Friday 10 May between 6 pm and 7 pm, suitably labelled if possible: we all like to know what we are buying. There are always unusual bargains to be had.

    Next month’s meeting of the Reepham & District Gardening Club at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 21 May in Reepham Town Hall, Church Street, features BBC Look East presenter Chris Bell; weather and night sky photography is his subject. Personally, I think we’ve had far too much weather this year.

    Above: Black Solomon’s seal growing in my garden. It creeps along underground and emerges in slightly different places each year. I bought it from Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery following an interesting talk at Reepham & District Gardening Club from the proprietor. (The stone is in the bird bath so insects can safely escape drowning.)  Below: Solomon’s seal in my garden. Some years it suffers from sawfly and some years it doesn’t. I don’t spray to get rid of them, it’s just something that happens. Photos: Tina Sutton

  • The Victorian plant hunters who transformed our gardens

    Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 09:14

    By Victoria Plum

    I thought it must be 1 April when a lawncare advertising flyer came through my letterbox. I could have “a lawn that I love”, I could “wow my family and friends”, make “next door jealous” or be “the envy of the neighbourhood”, all for a certain amount of money.

    It has to be said that my lawn, just a bit of grass really, does look more like the Himalayas, but would you spend money on expert treatment to make your lawn the envy of the neighbourhood? Not me.

    When it finally stops raining and you can tidy up outside, please remember to rescue any seedlings, saplings or runners to pot up for the Reepham & District Gardening Club plant sale on Saturday 11 May, when they can be sold in Reepham Market Place from 8.30 am for club funds.

    Hellebores have made a grand show this year, particularly near the Orangery at Felbrigg. Over the years I have bought some of the prettier ones, deep reds and pinks, and those with delicate spattered markings, but they seem to naturalise, set seed and the hellebores that dominate are the pale green and plain ones. They are all lovely but I do like the special ones.

    A friend had had the same disappointment, having been given half a dozen choice varieties, planted them carefully and the next year they were gone. Her answer was to plant some more, but this time in pots. I have tried this too and time will tell. I bought a lovely plant, Helleborus “Star of Passion” (pictured below) with yellow stamens that looks spectacular.

    Photo: Tina Sutton

    Did you know that at Woodgate Nursery, Aylsham, you can get 10% discount if you are a Reepham & District Gardening Club member? Don’t forget to take your card.

    In the British Isles we only have three indigenous conifers: yew, Scots pine and juniper. This month’s gardening club talk was on plant hunters with Kathy Gray, and one of the hunters she mentioned was David Douglas, who collected many more conifers from the west coast of America and truly changed the look of our islands with these introductions.

    We also learned about Joseph Banks who paid his own fare of £10,000 to join Lieutenant James Cook on the HMS Endeavour to sail around the world for three years – his own version of the “grand tour” which many young aristocrats amused themselves with.

    Some plant hunters collected for the Royal Horticultural Society, founded in 1804, and some were funded by nurserymen who hoped to make money out of unusual specialities. One of these, John Veitch, started a famous nursery that is still trading, and has a centre in Exminster near Exeter where I once lived.

    In South Africa, Francis Masson collected many species that we are used to seeing:  Strelitzia, protea, Echium, Zantedeschia, Trillium, Kniphofia, Agapanthus, gladioli, Streptocarpus and many more.

    In the early 20th century Henry Morris Upcher of Sheringham Park obtained rhododendron seeds for his collection from another great collector, Ernest Henry Wilson, who was known as “Chinese” because he collected from China. Clematis armandii was brought in by him; a lovely plant, sadly not happy in my garden. I have killed three and have now given up on them.

    Join us at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 16 April in Reepham Town Hall, Church Street, for a very quick AGM, and then Ellen Mary will encourage us to “Explore Gardens of the USA”. I wonder if Mr Biden and Mr Trump are keen gardeners?

  • Confessions of a naked galanthophile

    Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 20:42

    By Victoria Plum

    If you weren’t at the Reepham & District Gardening Club meeting in February you missed a treat!

    Our speaker was Guy Barker, the naked gardener, and before you ask, no he wasn’t, although the town hall was pleasantly warm for the event.

    Do you remember Jamie Oliver, the naked chef, who styled himself in that way to show the straightforward nature of his approach? Guy has a similar approach.

    Neatly edged flower beds and perfectly striped mown lawns are not for him; a more natural look is what he likes.

    His lively, humorous and interested enthusiasm won us over as he entertained us with snowdrop sagas.


    Photo: Tina Sutton


    I always thought a snowdrop was just a snowdrop but a whole world of galanthophilia was opened up to us, and we gasped at the prices: “S. Arnott” at £5 per bulb, “Primrose Warburg” at £7 per bulb and (an “immortal” as named after someone specific) with yellow flowers, “Turncoat” at £50 per bulb.

    “Double Charmer” is available for £20 a pot, while “Moby Dick” is a bit more at £50 per bulb.

    Some snowdrops are infertile, so can only reproduce by bulb formation. Natural hybrids can emerge and if they are pretty or scented, and rare, they soon become sought after.

    “Morgana” will cost £300 per bulb, but these are all topped by “Golden Fleece”, which took 18 years to breed and costs (are you sitting down?) £1,850 per bulb!

    So if you see a figure in camouflage shuffling about in a lonely churchyard, looking furtive, it just might be me looking for a snowdrop with an extra long spathe or unusual green-splashed markings, hoping to make my fortune.

    Snowdrops should be moved “in the green”, but Guy told us that later is best, when the green has pretty well died down, so the plant is dormant or near dormant.

    A useful tip, if you are short of nettles for companion planting, is to let your snowdrops be covered with grass, weeds, etc., through most of the year because that will confuse the Narcissus bulb fly which is likely to burrow down near to your bulbs to allow its larvae to consume the bulb from the inside out, leaving only a husk − disappointing if the bulb is one you have just paid £1,850 for.

    Join us on Tuesday 19 March at 7.30 pm for Kathy Gray’s talk on “Plant Hunters”; she will start with the Tradescants. Several years ago I visited a garden in Walberswick, Suffolk, with links to that family where I won a Clematis montana as a raffle prize.

    There is always a raffle at the gardening club meeting; tea, coffee and homemade cake and biscuits are also available.

  • Controlling pests and diseases without chemicals

    Friday, January 19, 2024 - 17:30

    By Victoria Plum

    Martin Davey, a well-known local horticultural expert who worked for a long time at Easton College, gave us an interesting talk on pests and diseases at this week’s meeting of Reepham & District Gardening Club.

    He noted how times have changed over the past few years because we used to have access to many poisons that are now banned, so now we must resort to other ways of protecting our crops. For example, nematodes and parasites can be bought in to help nature overthrow the onslaught of pests.

    Did you know that one aphid can, in a year, reproduce enough new aphids to fill a cubic metre? These are a vital food source for many birds and other wildlife, and remember that bug-killers are not specific. If you spray to get rid of aphids, the lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies cannot dodge the drops of poison.

    Martin showed us a handy trick with a small plastic pop bottle. Make a slug pub by cutting a window to give slugs and snails access to an inch or two of lager (smellier than ale, so potentially more successful), bury upright just a few inches to stabilise your trap and arrange it with the window at ground level to encourage easy access. Dispose of when full: tip on your lawn for the birds or in your bin.

    One of the best ways to discourage overwintering pests of any sort is to keep the garden tidy; not too many overturned pots for the snails to hide in. My garden is a model of this (ha, ha).

    While I used to tread on slugs and snails or torture them with salt, I now rescue them. I throw them in the bushes; I never kill them; I don’t kill anything now. This summer I was entranced by the beautiful rosemary beetles. I left them and the rosemary bushes are absolutely fine, no damage visible.

    I enjoy my succulents. Last year I was too kind and watered and fertilised too liberally and suffered losses during the two cold snaps we had because of their soft growth.

    This year I am being hard and have only watered once since bringing them in to the conservatory in October. I carefully followed my own good advice (I don’t always do this) and used rainwater. Luckily, I have plenty of this and plunged the pots to give a really good soaking before careful draining.

    I delight in the flowers that sit for so long on the plants and the geometrically placed leaves which I find fascinating.

    During my watering some water got spilt onto my Aloe arborescens (below) and I was intrigued to see it spiral down the plant as the leaves effectively funnelled it to the ground immediately around the main stem. What a clever survival technique to make the most of every drop.

    Photo: Tina Sutton

    Next month join us on Tuesday 20 February in the Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, to enjoy Guy Barker, The Naked Gardener, speak on “Snowdrops and Winter Treasures”.

    Be there for a 7.30 pm start and loiter afterwards to chat to friends and the speaker, and enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cake.

    I’m not sure my cake can compete with Karen’s yule log which she brought this month; it was fantastic. You never know what will turn up at the gardening club.

  • Leave those leaves alone

    Wednesday, November 22, 2023 - 20:49

    By Victoria Plum

    “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” or “Useful”… or a “Nuisance”? It’s leaves of course.

    I sweep them up and put them on flowerbeds or my big outdoor pots or compost heap. They provide easy and free soil conditioner, homes for vital little creatures, fertiliser, worm food and insulation for my plants against the worst of the weather.

    Wars are ripping countries and nations apart, people starve on one continent and seek slimming remedies on another and yet we use the world’s precious resources to make leaf blowers, which people seem to love for tidying up their gardens. (Who invented leaf blowers? Is it just me that thinks this is a ludicrous item?)

    Photos: Tina Sutton

    Alvan mentioned the Asian hornet threat at November’s Reepham & District Gardening Club meeting. He keeps bees and explained that we really need to keep a lookout for this alien that voraciously consumes our good insects and has very rapid reproduction.

    This time of year you might find one sleeping peacefully in your shed (notify alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk). Note that the abdomen is very dark with only one yellow stripe. Please resist the temptation to kill any wasps you find; remember, they are our friends.

    Our speaker, Luci Skinner, told us about daylilies, Hemerocallis, which originated from China and have been known since 3000 BC. She showed us the different sorts with some pretty pictures and some diagrams; she had some for sale and some salvias, too.

    And there were many bags of perennials donated by club members to be sold for the bargain price of £1. I bought a Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora “Bampton”. I’ve no idea what it looks like but the label said “hardy”, which is always a plus, but what a prize.

    I also bought an Echium pininana. I have admired these towering giants in other peoples’ gardens and am thrilled to have my own – if I can safeguard it through the winter.

    Note that this year’s Christmas Party is on Sunday 10 December at 1 pm. It’s always good fun and sometimes there is a quiz.

    For the first meeting in 2024 we are lucky to have Martyn Davey as our speaker who knows lots about gardens and gardening. Hope to see you there on Tuesday 16 January. There will as ever be free refreshments and home-made cake.

  • Gardeners show giant vegetables at autumn show

    Friday, October 20, 2023 - 16:33

    By Victoria Plum

    When visiting my children in the West Midlands recently, they showed me photos they took at the Malvern Autumn Show this year: the most jaw-dropping marrows and largest, heaviest, longest vegetable competitions.

    Photos: Ben Sutton

    Many sorts of apples were displayed, too, which reminded me of a fascinating TV programme about apples with garden designer Chris Beardshaw.

    He showed how the traditional orchards of Worcestershire were rooted up and turned over to farmland because France flooded the market with cheap Golden Delicious apples and our farmers couldn’t compete.

    There is now a resurgence of interest in apples and pears, too. There is a new (about 10 years old now, but these things take time) community orchard at Hindolveston, and Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

    The October meeting of the Reepham & District Gardening Club cheered us up with an amusing and lively talk on “Cottage Cures and Superstitions”, mostly from Lincolnshire, from garden designer, nurseryman and lecturer Andrew Sankey.

    We heard about willow and meadowsweet for headaches, mouse pie for whooping cough, cobwebs to bind your cut finger, greater celandine sap for warts and urine for chilblains.

    Ely Markets supplied opium from opium poppies (they also grow in my garden: I enjoy them but I never planted them, they just arrived) for the “ague”, which was malaria, flu and a variety of other ailments.

    Our speaker made the point that many of these “cures”, which we might think of as old wives’ tales, have been scientifically investigated and substantiated. If you think about it you can see that the cures that worked would be reused; those that didn’t wouldn’t.

    It was vital for girls to find a husband, so many games were employed to try to find out who you might marry.

    One way was to peel an apple without breaking the skin, turn around twice, then drop the peel over your left shoulder onto the ground: the shape made revealed the letter starting the name of your future beau.

    After at the last gardening club meeting, many hands made light work of the refreshments as the kitchen was heaving with helpers. (Thanks to you all. It wasn’t hard work was it?)

    Some of our new visitors expected to pay and I had to explain that they didn’t need to: free refreshments are all part of the fun.

    I look forward to seeing the kitchen full again on 21 November after the next talk on daylilies by Luci Skinner from Woottens of Wenhaston. If you visit her nursery make time to visit St Peter’s church to see the amazing 16th-century doom painting, which shows Adam and Eve entering the Kingdom of Heaven and the Devil filling the bowels of Hell with bad people.

    After the talk, which starts at 7.30 pm in the Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, there will be the famous bag sale. Bring your surplus plants, labelled in a bag for someone else to enjoy, £1 each for club funds. Real bargains can be had.

  • Forward-thinking estate saves marshland birds

    Sunday, September 24, 2023 - 15:55

    By Victoria Plum

    I very much enjoyed September’s talk at the Reepham & District Gardening Club by Andrew Bloomfield, a Holkham man, which was about the 10,000-acre National Nature Reserve formed in 1967 and part of the massive Holkham Estate.

    Historically, significant barriers, dams and land drains were put in place to dry out and drain the marshes, turning the saltwater brackish, and then eventually to freshwater to enable the land to be farmed and grazed with cattle.

    The now-iconic pines were planted in the 1870s to stop sand being blown from the dunes onto the marshland and spoiling the grazing, and about 100 years later, with new interest in returning the land to a more natural state, it was proposed to remove the pines.

    They are such a popular landmark and I am pleased they are still there, but some thinning has been done to allow more light and therefore wildflowers to break up the dark mass.

    Pine seedlings are prevented from colonising too much of the beach by the wardens during the winter months, who are then given a break from their summer tasks of chasing the naturists and protecting ground-nesting birds from holidaymakers, dogs and foxes.

    In the 1980s it had became apparent that bird life was becoming scarce and big changes were instigated. It was decided to raise water levels to restore the extensive marsh network to provide a better habitat for wetland-loving birds.

    An extensive system to allow natural spring water onto the marshes is now carefully managed, but of course a significant change in water levels brings further difficulties, and the trees that provided valuable nesting sites for spoonbills, egrets and rare European cormorants were under threat by rising water. A redundant duck decoy had become their valuable nesting place, but the trees were dying.

    So now, with tremendous industry, the wardens are making an entirely new replication of the nesting facility that those birds require, but one which is at a level that should be viable in the long term. I see this as another example of how forward thinking and dynamic Holkham has always been.

    Another part of the remit of the wardens and volunteers is regular counts and checks of wildlife and creatures. If this is not done there is no way of assessing the value or progress of any of the work they undertake.

    Severals Grange

    There was more excitement on Thursday 21 September as 30 members of the Reepham & District Gardening Club visited Severals Grange at Wood Norton (pictured below) to see the lovely examples of well-grown grasses and well-coloured foliage plants there.

    This used to be the Hoecroft Plants nursery, and its specialism was grasses and foliage plants. I remember a talk from one of the owners some years ago, so I was pleased to see evidence of their work in practice.

    Photos: Tina Sutton

    There were many lovely views, and the planting of occasional blasts of colourful flowers was very effective. I bought a good, bright yellow rudbeckia in the hopes that it will cheer up my garden in the same way.

    We enjoyed tea and cake in the garden, and there will be more tea (and coffee) and cake for keen gardening club members and guests on Tuesday 17 October 7.30 pm in the Town Hall, Reepham.

    Andrew Sankey will talk to us about “Cottage Cures and Superstitions – plants and their uses”.

    Where else would you find an interesting live talk, keen gardeners to chat with and refreshments, including home-made cake, all for just £1 (if you are a member that is)?

    I shall dust off my witches hat; why not wear yours, too?