Plant lovers can expect best ever day-long festival

Victoria Peck preparing for Plant Lovers Day at Creake Abbey, North Creake. Picture: Ian Burt Victoria Peck preparing for Plant Lovers Day at Creake Abbey, North Creake. Picture: Ian Burt

Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Chelsea is not the only place where people can enjoy stunning flowers in bloom this month.

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Diana Brocklebank Scott preparing for Plant Lovers Day at Creake Abbey, North Creake. Picture: Ian BurtDiana Brocklebank Scott preparing for Plant Lovers Day at Creake Abbey, North Creake. Picture: Ian Burt

The picturesque setting off Creake Abbey at North Creake, near Fakenham, is set to hold its seventh annual Plant Lovers’ Day on May 31 to raise money for Wells Community Hospital.

More than 26 nurseries including West Acre Gardens, Cottage Memories, Hoecroft Plants, Pottertons Nursery and Redman Hardy Plants return to impress and inspire.

More than 1,400 visitors from throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Lincolnshire are expected.

Wells Community Hospital has a very special link with Plant Lovers’ Day this year.

A new £85,000 dementia-friendly garden has been completed at the hospital as part of a project to develop a dementia hub there, supported by a Department of Health grant.

More than 300 new plants and shrubs, including banks of Norfolk lavender, have been used in the garden.

Creake Abbey owner Diana Scott said: “This year’s Plant Lovers’ Day is shaping up to be a very special one indeed.

“The quality and range of plants and expertise on offer is definitely the best yet.

“We are also delighted that Wells Hospital has achieved its goal of creating a garden especially planned to benefit those with dementia and Creake Abbey is very proud to have been part of the fund-raising process to make the garden happen.

“We will continue to support the hospital and we welcome every visitor to share in our very special day that is Plant Lovers’ Day.”

Experienced and aspiring gardeners can discuss their ideas and issues with experts including Ben Potterton of Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery with his expertise in hardy, herbaceous perennials; Trevor Harrison of the Creake Plant Centre, who specialises in shrubs, trees and roses and Steve Bunclark, an expert in predator plants.

Also in attendance will be Sarah and Ed Godfrey of Cottage Memories who have knowledge of classic and standard roses nurtured for their fragrance and reliability; Simon McWilliams of Hedgehog Gardens near Diss with a plethora of the most unusual varieties of bulbs, flowering shrubs and perennials and Danny Everett from Botanica who specialises in bare root hedging and trees.

The gate opens at 10am, closing at 4pm. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Entrance is £3 per adult, children are free with proceeds going to Wells Community Hospital.

Refreshments will be served in the award-winning Creake Abbey Cafe.

Are you raising money for charity? E mail newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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