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Members Event: How Hill June  2nd  2015

Twenty Norwich Society members braved the rain on a visit to How Hill. We squelched down the field to a hut called ‘Colin’ for an introduction to the gardens by Simon Partridge the Director of the How Hill Trust. Optimistically we thought the rain was easing and entered the Secret Water Garden and drew breath as a heron flew over just in front of us.
            Simon pointed out several of the trees and plants including the Dawn Redwood aka the Fossilised Redwood, which was originally brought from China; the one here is bigger than the one in Kew Gardens!
            The rhododendrons and azaleas were full of colour and scent, the yellow azaleas being especially perfumed. As well as the spectacular spring displays the gardens are also planted for autumn colour and should be at their best in October.  Other stunning plants were the Gunnera, a prehistoric plant with 6ft large flower spikes.
            The heron had been a good omen because as we walked round the lakes the sun came out and we were lucky enough to see a Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly – rarer than the  swallowtail. Many of the plants in the water garden are native and thrive in the clear water.
            In front of the Boardman-designed How Hill house is a 13 ‘roomed’ Edwardian garden which includes a rose border. There is also a mile of yew hedges which are cut once a year.
            The latest garden project is the restoration of the Rose Garden. The roses will be planted in the autumn and will be under planted with bulbs.
We then adjourned to the house for tea and cake and a matchless view of the Broads.
Pat Middleton


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Norwich has been one of Europe’s leading cities for more than a thousand years. For the majority of the last millennium it was England’s second city, after London. In the 1830s, William Cobbett wrote ‘Norwich is a very fine city, and the castle, which stands in the middle of it, on a hill, is truly majestic’ (Norwichborn George Borrow is often cited as the originator of this phrase but he borrowed it from Cobbett). A century later, J B
Priestley described the City as ‘A grand, higgledy-piggledy, sensible old place’.
More recently, Stephen Fry expanded on Cobbett's compliment: ‘Norwich is a
fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the UK with a school of painters
named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for
literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest
Romanesque cathedrals in the world, and an extraordinary new state-of-the-art
library, then I have yet to hear of it.’

So why do we need a vision for the future of the City? Find out more...



Wednesday 5 August 2pm
Self-drive afternoon visit
Hoveton Hall, near Wroxham

3-hour tour of this Regency house and
120-acre garden by Repton, father and son.
Followed by tea.
Members £18. Guests £21.

Wednesday 2 September 2.30pm
Self-drive afternoon visit
Linden House, Eye

Tour of classic country townhouse
based on a 16th century farm house.
Tea included.
Members £14. Guests £17.

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