Plant Lovers Day sows the seeds of success

CREAKE PLANT LOVERS' DAY                                                                 ''Diana Brocklebank-Scott in the herb garden where edible marigolds are flowering profusely ANL-140515-130431001
CREAKE PLANT LOVERS' DAY ''Diana Brocklebank-Scott in the herb garden where edible marigolds are flowering profusely ANL-140515-130431001
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After the success of last year’s Plant Lovers Day at Creake Abbey saw visitors travelling from far and wide, this year’s event is set to be the biggest and most beautiful yet.

Sunday will see almost 30 of the most respected nurseries and growers from across East Anglia welcoming almost 1,500 visitors to the North Norfolk venue.

Diana Brocklebank-Scott, Creake Abbey owner, 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.”

Visitors travel from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Lincolnshire to soak up the atmosphere, browse and learn, purchase and plan their gardens in these historic surroundings.

While experts from West Acre Gardens, Cottage Memories, Hoecroft Plants, Pottertons Nursery, Redman Hardy Plants and many more return to impress and inspire those travelling to marvel at their produce and creations.

Practical and aspiring gardeners be able discuss their gardens with those with expertise in dealing with in hardy, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, trees and roses, predator plants, and even roses nurtured for their fragrance.

While others will bring a plethora of the most unusual varieties of bulbs, flowering shrubs and perennials, bare root hedging and trees.

The award-winning Creake Abbey Café will be tempting tastebuds with a range of delicacies such as slow-cooked rare-breed beef brisket in ciabatta rolls, Ploughman’s made with the café’s own sweet cured Norfolk black ham or speciality cheese from the Food Hall.

There will also be a summery vegetable and mozzarella tart, delicious and naughty cakes complimented by the highest quality teas and coffees – or a gardeners’ special cordial made from rhubarb, hawthorn and oranges all designed to revive the eagle-eyed plantsman.

The annual event has helped Wells Community Hospital reach its goal of completing an £85,000 dementia-friendly garden through fundraising which has helped contribute towards the 300 plants, shrubs and banks of Norfolk lavender used in the garden.

Diana added: “We are delighted that Wells Hospital have achieved their goal of creating a garden especially planned to benefit those with dementia and Creake Abbey is very proud to have been part of the fundraising process to make the garden happen.

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

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The Abbey is open from 10am to 4pm and entrance costs £3 for adults, with free entry for children.