Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
&
Gardens of South East England
Designed for Garden Writers Association June 27-July 6th, 2004

 

 


  Introduction
June 27 London sightseeing
June 28 Beth Chatto, garden of Alex Pankhurst, Place For Plants, Flatford Mill and Constable Country & East of England Tourist Board
June 29 Thompson & Morgan, Garden Writers Region 7 Meeting & tour of the Guildhall
June 30 Notcutts, Sutton Hoo, Christchurch Mansion & local pub
July 1 Blooms of Bressingham & local pub
July 2 RHS Hyde Hall, Glen Chantry & presentation by Michael Warren
July 3 The Old Vicarage & Blickling Hall
July 4 Hadpsen Garden
July 5 Press Day at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
July 6 Group


June 29
We started out the day with a presentation at the hotel on the history of T & M, then coffee and sweets courtesy of T & M, then a short walk to Thompson & Morgan. After being toured through the inside and seeing how the seed comes in, is sorted, packaged, and even tested for germination, it was outside to see the trial beds. Then a walk by the entrance to the retail center and then a treat for us all. seed packets to pick and choose from. and take home for free! Add another 15 minute delay because of this J http://www.thompson-morgan.com/

Since this was the day for our official Garden Writers Region 7 Meeting, Michael and Lois had arranged, along with members of the Garden Writers Guild, a wonderful lunch. We enjoyed wandering through their garden and getting to know one another. Then Larry began the meeting after lunch. I should mention that our desert was fresh strawberries and cream. what a way to end a lunch! Then we were off on a scenic tour through Suffolk with Lindsay Want. We stopped at this beautiful village to get some pictures of this fellow topping up the thatch on a roof. Each one has their own signature style when doing this. Also caught a couple of the local ladies, one was painting and the other just sat down to chat with her. I think she thought us quite silly for wanting a picture of them.

Then it was on to Levenham with a tour of the Guildhall by Jane Gosling,
then time to wander in the village and take a few pictures. 'Holly
Cottage' the garden by Barbara Segall was next. She had wonderful tidbits to munch on and Pimms to drink as we wandered around. We all left this garden in a very relaxed mood.
 

   
 
   


 


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