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Helmingham Hall plant fair makes a great family day out

PUBLISHED: 16:32 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:32 17 August 2015

SUFFOLK PLANT HERITAGE  AUTUMN PLANT FAIR AT HELMINGHAM HALL

SUFFOLK PLANT HERITAGE AUTUMN PLANT FAIR AT HELMINGHAM HALL

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Early visitors to get free iris ‘George’ bulbs

Green-fingered enthusiasts can look forward to an annual plant fair to be held in the beautiful grounds of Helmingham Hall.

The Autumn Plant Fair, organised by Suffolk Plant Heritage, in partnership with Helmingham Hall, will be held on Sunday, September 13, from 10am until 4pm.

There will be over 40 nurseries selling plants including fruit, nuts and ornamental trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and every type of bulb suitable for planting right now.

Hundreds of bulbs of iris George will be given out free to the first 800 visitors who claim them. Suffolk Plant Heritage’s propagation group will be selling a wide range of plants, including from the group’s threatened plant project. There will also be a selection of Sarah Cook’s Chelsea Gold Medal winning irises bred by Sir Cedric Morris, and Jim Marshall with his new collection of historic perpetual flowering carnations.

In the garden marquee, a series of workshops will held to help visitors learn a range of practical gardening tips via the demonstrations, including how to prune, grow herbs for winter use and flowers for the autumn garden.

The plant fair is a family day out, with live music, homemade teas and lunches, as well as a range of food stalls. Visitors can enjoy the Grade 1 listed gardens of Helmingham Hall, with walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, roses and an ancient deer park.

Lady Xa Tollemache, garden designer and RHS gold medallist, will also be providing tours of the gardens at a cost of £10 per ticket, available in advance from the Helmingham Estate Office tel: 01473 890799. Entry to the fair costs £7 per adult and children go free. Helmingham Hall IP14 6EF.

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