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 30
Notcutts - the machine you see here is where a lot of it starts. The pots are filled and then planted and set outside. Fields of plants and I also caught some interesting ways of planting. note the roses, all strapped in so they don't fall over in the wind. The waffle like containers are just strips held together so that the roots can grow out through the sides and toughen up the root system, then you unsnap and they are ready to plant.
The large trees are put into these bags that have handles to make it easy to carry, then the bag is yours to use as a carrier bag in your garden.

Now, we visited something quite different from the gardens. Sutton Hoo. This is the second most important site after Stonehenge. We were given a tour through the area and learned much from this important Anglo Saxon burial
site. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/places/suttonhoo/

Afterwards we visited Ipswich. Our first stop was to the Christchurch Mansion with its fine art collection and opening talk by a Blue Badge Guide.
He then took us through Ipswich and pointed out some remarkable buildings to us then we all had some free time to wander ourselves. of course some of the group managed to find a local pub! Aldona was showing us her treasures that she found at a local shop.
http://www.britainexpress.com/counties/suffolk/Christchurch_Mansion.htm

 

 
   


 


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