Plant Lovers’ Day returns to Creake Abbey

Plant Lovers' Day at Creake Abbey is always a popular event
Plant Lovers' Day at Creake Abbey is always a popular event
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Billed as Norfolk’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, the popular Plant Lovers’ Day returns to Creake Abbey on Saturday.

Now in its ninth year, this event will welcome 34 specialist plant nurseries and there will be a stunning array of flowers, shrubs and trees available for gardening enthusiasts from across the region to enjoy.

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

Newcomers this year include Mickfield Hostas, a specialist nursery dedicated to the genus Hosta. Mickfield’s National Collection, which has been developed over the last 40 years, holds over 2,200 different Hosta species and cultivars. More than 1,000 of these varieties are for sale and this year Mickfield Hostas will be bringing some newly available cultivars such as Colored Hulk, Ruffed Up and Sumsational.

Ben Potterton, whose Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery grows over 2,000 different species of perennials, said: “We love attending the Creake Abbey Plant Lovers’ Day. There is a wonderful atmosphere and I’m always impressed by visitors’ enthusiasm, their challenging questions and the range of high quality nurseries from across the region.”

Simon McWilliams of Hedgehog Plants & Gardens, the award-winning nursery based just outside Bury St Edmunds, said: “We’re very much looking forward to Creake Abbey’s spring plant fair this year. We will be showcasing Cornus kousa ‘Copacabana’ with its beautiful dark foliage, Cornus Canadensis - a hard to find and much sought after ground covering cornus, and a new range of stunning iris from renowned French breeder Cayeaux.”

Diana Scott, founder of Creake Abbey, said: “We are really excited about the nurseries attending this year’s Plant Lovers Day, all of whom offer a wide range of plants and specialisms at affordable prices. We look forward to welcoming the region’s budding gardeners to sample the best of Norfolk’s horticultural expertise.”

Creake Abbey is three miles south of Burnham Market and the doors will open at 10am and close at 4pm. Entrance to the plant fair is £3 and there is no charge for children under 16. The rest of the site is free to visitors.

Once again, proceeds from the day will go to Wells Community Hospital at Wells-next-the-Sea, which has been providing health and wellbeing services in Norfolk for more than 100 years.

Alongside clinics such as dentist, physiotherapy, audiology, podiatry and many others, the hospital runs a dementia hub with activities every Wednesday morning and a dementia friendly garden which is open to all. Wells Community Hospital works in conjunction with Age UK Norfolk to create a Wells Dementia Friendly Community which is committed to understanding, respecting and supporting people with dementia.