Thursday, 19 January 2017

Old Buckenham learns of an exotic garden

Breckland Flower and Garden Club
The speaker for the January meeting of the Breckland Flower and Garden Club in Old Buckenham Village Hall was Andrew Brogan with his talk ‘The Making of an Exotic Garden’. It’s difficult to believe that anyone could create an exotic garden close to our east coast but Andrew had a vision that was very evident throughout his talk. With the aid of slides he had a captive audience as he spoke jokingly of his father who had no interest at all in gardening (but more the appearance of a local drug dealer), his tales of growing up in Notting Hill in the 60s, moving to Suffolk, the obstacles he had encountered, including objections from local residents which resulted in planning issues lasting several months. Things finally ended in his favour and the relief was evident as he told his story.
Andrew has created an exotic garden able to survive the British climate. He doesn’t wrap his plants in fleeces and bubble wrap but chooses and positions his plants carefully. The garden has featured in several gardening magazines and been visited by celebrity gardeners. One, Alan Titchmarsh, gave it the accolade of ITV’s Britain’s Best Garden 2015. You can read more about Andrew’s Exotic Garden on his website
Winner of the competition for an arrangement entitled “Winter texture” was Jean Carnwell. The table show for “Winter Colour” was won by Christine Hewson.
The next meeting is at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 9 February starting at 2pm with a floral demonstration.There is a £4 entry fee for visitors who are always welcome.
If you would like further details contact Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

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