Gressenhall & Dale Farm – Tuesday 25th June.
In the morning there will be a figure of 8 walk of 3.4 or 6.2 miles from Gressenhall workhouse. A Light lunch will be available to purchase in the cafe or you can take a packed lunch if you prefer. In The afternoon we have the opportunity to visit Dale Farm gardens in nearby Dereham. This is a hidden gem. For the sum of £7.50 per person (which includes a substantial contribution to charity) we will be given a tour by the owners followed by tea and the most delicious homemade cake. If you don’t wish to do the walk you are welcome to just come along to the gardens or perhaps visit the workhouse in the morning. Pop the date on your calendar.
DALE FARM, Dereham
It is owned and run by Graham and Sally Watts who bought the house and land in 2006. Graham has the respected Kew Diploma and Sally trained in floristry. Sally is responsible for the propagation, the fruit and vegetable while Graham said he manages the ‘pond’.
The garden has shady areas at the front and then a much larger area behind with enormous herbaceous beds as well as the large pond almost a small lake which used to be a gravel pit. This adds immeasurably to the attractiveness of the garden and is a haven for aquatic and bird wildlife. Everywhere was a riot of colour and growth when we visited. It is full of plants and flowers (950 species we were told) and scents. Some of it is perhaps overcrowded but this is a garden whose owners love it and want it to have richness and abundance and to share that with others. The generous hospitality continues with tea and scrumptious cakes.