Record crowds flock to Creake Abbey plant day

CREAKE ABBEY PLANT LOVERS' DAY
Michaela Boggis who specialises in peonies (left), with Diana Brocklebank-Scott, holding a plant about to burst into flower ANL-160530-155056001
CREAKE ABBEY PLANT LOVERS' DAY Michaela Boggis who specialises in peonies (left), with Diana Brocklebank-Scott, holding a plant about to burst into flower ANL-160530-155056001
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Creake Abbey’s ninth Plant Lovers’ Day attracted a record crowd to the site on Saturday.

Nearly 1,700 visitors packed out the large car park with the 34 exhibitors also benefiting from the publicity given to the Chelsea Flower Show during the week.

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David and Mel Collins who hold a 2,500 strong  national collection of hostas ANL-160530-155107001

CREAKE ABBEY PLANT LOVERS' DAY David and Mel Collins who hold a 2,500 strong national collection of hostas ANL-160530-155107001

The event is now so well known that the day draws green-fingered enthusiasts from far beyond the confines of West Norfolk.

“It’s around the half-term school break and people contact me from adjoining counties wanting to know the date of the day,” said Creake Abbey owner, Diana Brocklebank-Scott.

“Chelsea also helps remind people it’s time to get out in their gardens”.

Some exhibitors also came from as far away as the home counties but most were from West Norfolk businesses and the wider East Anglian region.

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Crowds flocked to the Plant Lovers' Day ANL-160530-155118001

CREAKE ABBEY PLANT LOVERS' DAY Crowds flocked to the Plant Lovers' Day ANL-160530-155118001

Firms including Farndale Plants of Sutton Bridge, Garden Force in South Creake, Palmers Nursery from Clenchwarton, Thistlefield Plants and Design from Shouldham and West Acre Gardens were prominent.

Every type of plant the garden-lover could wish for from peonies to roses, alpines, carnivorous plants, shrubs, fruit trees and ferns was on display as well as the expert advice to go with their planting and care.

The day raised just over £3,000 for Wells Community Hospital.