Once again we are very pleased to have an array of wonderful gardens open for your enjoyment. We have some very special new gardens open for the first time this year as well as old favourites, which never fail to delight visitors.
Come and explore the hidden delights of other people’s gardens, pick up some ideas and meet the owners who have created and tended them. The range is diverse: we have secret courtyards, old-style cottage gardens, formal and modern, large and small gardens. As ever there is a strong emphasis on wildlife -friendly gardening, as well as style, beauty and imagination.
Afternoon tea with scrumptious cakes will be served at Mahn House (accessible by the Shuttle Bus) and there will be interesting and unusual plants for sale. A fundraising raffle will be held at 6 Hill Farm Road.
Gardens open from 12.00 pm until 4.00 pm. A single payment of £5.00 per adult gives entry to all the gardens (children under 12 are free). Tickets are available in advance (from 16th June) at The Halesworth Library, and on the day from: 6 Hill Farm Road
The free Shuttle Bus Halesworth Library
We recommend that you use the public car parks in the town centre and take advantage of the free Shuttle Bus we are running throughout the afternoon to transfer visitors between gardens. Details of the route of the bus will be provided with the information leaflet when you buy your ticket. This year we are again supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance, with all profits from the day going to support their vital, life-saving work.
We were planting the rhododendrons in the park into new containers especially made for us by the Mens Shed. Last spring the rhododendrons were planted as part of the Hooker Trail, but straight into the soil. Of the seven originally planted five have really struggled to grow, so it was decided to put them into proper ericaceous ie acid soil. We hope to do the last two next winter.
Having to barrow in all the materials made for a long hard job. It was very satisfying being able to water straight from the river though. Hopefully they will start to thrive and we will be able to buy more stock in the autumn to bulk up the display.
Linda Gray, Lisa Simmonds and Alan Witherby on a cold day in the Town park, 24th February 2018.
Guerilla Tree Planting on Saxon Way - Lisa Simmonds and Alan Witherby planting three whitebeams along Saxon Way. Trees supplied by Sandy Lane nursery in Wattisfield. There are two more at the bottom of Wissett Road.
Alan Witherby planting ornamental cherries and crab apples, on the free car park bank and across the road on the right of the entrance to the park.
Gabrielle Maugham beside the magnificent oak in Swan Lane by the allotments. HIB tree wardens are remeasuring all the heritage trees in Halesworth and looking for more specimens to add to the records.
Some 80+ people enjoyed a light-hearted but very informative talk from the new owners of Woottens Nursery at the Cut on Tuesday evening, 14 November.
Just some of the award winners are pictured. In addition Best in Category winners were able to take home and keep for a year some very beautiful glass bowl trophies, donated and individually engraved by Halesworth's very own award-winning glass engraver, Lesley Pyke. It was a lovely occasion to acknowledge the work of individuals and businesses, both in making our market town one that continues to draw new visitors, as well as delight all of us who live and work here; also to mark the tremendous contribution of Tamsyn Imison whose posthumous award for her hugely significant contribution to Halesworth in Bloom was accepted by Stephanie Hammond on behalf of Michael Imison who unfortunately could not be present.
The work of Halesworth in Bloom volunteers continues, if at a somewhat gentler pace as we draw to the year's end. However, bulb planting, maintaining the Thoroughfare planters, planting plans for the new Wherry outline in the town park, these have been a few of the things on the agenda this month. If you'd like to join us to help us, now, or to make a flying start next Spring, or would like to know a bit more about Halesworth in Bloom, you'll find lots of information and photos on halesworthinbloom.com or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org (note, not gmail.com but mail.com)
And for a constant reminder of Halesworth's gardening talent throughout 2018, why not get or give the first ever HiB calendar, photographed by HiB volunteer Anita Gonzales and currently available at "Number Seven Hair" on the Market Place and “Edwards" Restaurant. ALL monies raised will be going directly to "Halesworth in Bloom" to help continue the wonderful work and projects going on in our beautiful town.
For those of you who do not already know, Tamsyn died peacefully at home with us around her on Monday 18th September.
She had enjoyed a lovely weekend with all her children and grandchildren drinking champagne, sharing jokes, music and stories.
In the end her cancer progressed extraordinarily quickly.
She was so thrilled in her last week to have received so many lovely messages from her friends, former colleagues and students about the impact she had on their lives and the strong regard in which everyone held her.
To the end she was focused on the future: she commissioned an engraved glass for a community award in Halesworth and showed her ongoing commitment to the work she started with Halesworth in Bloom by paying for 5 more years of gardening support. Having accomplished all of this she didn't want to hang around. There will be a Humanist Celebration at the New Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, IP19 8BY on Friday 6th October at 2pm. No flowers - donations to http://comprehensivefuture.org.uk/
Votes are now being taken for the best business floral frontage in Halesworth. Do you admire the pretty planters on London Road or enjoy a colourful display in the Thoroughfare? Perhaps a corner of the Market Place makes you stop and stare?
So glad to live in Halesworth. Everyone pulled out all the stops to get the town looking fantastic for the Anglia in Bloom judges, who seemed very impressed with what we've achieved. We won't know the results till September but I feel optimistic! Huge thanks to everyone who has helped and supported us along the way.
Hundreds attended the unveiling of a new montage at Hooker House.
A series of events to celebrate 200 years since the birth of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker took place at the weekend.
The famous 19th century botanist and explorer was born in Halesworth on June 30, 1817, and the town played host to exhibitions, presentations, walks and talks to honour his work and influence. Hooker is regarded by many as one of the most important British men of science, and was the director of Kew Gardens as well as a keen supporter and friend of Charles Darwin. Proceedings got under way on Friday night with a an exhibit showcasing botanical art inspired by Hooker at Halesworth Gallery. On Saturday there were two guided walks around the Hooker Trail, which has been going for the last three years. The walk began on Quay Street at Hooker House which, on Sunday, played host to the unveiling of a newly-designed coloured montage on its window recess.
Following that came one of the weekend’s highlights, an exhibition and presentation at The Cut arts centre on Sunday afternoon. Visitors were able to view exhibitions, books and special commemorative items, whilst Hooker-inspired artwork by Edgar Sewter pupils was also on show. The afternoon’s talks included a Kew presentation with Victoria Mills talking about what Hooker’s letters reveal about the man and his discoveries, whilst Professor John Parker, director of Cambridge Botanical Gardens, gave audience members fascinating insights about what Hooker was really like as a person. The weekend of events was organised by Halesworth in Bloom, and leader of the group Tamsyn Imison expressed her delight at how successful things went. “The pictures exhibited on Friday evening were absolutely stunning and on Saturday we had superb weather for our two guided walks,” said Mrs Imison. “Over 200 people came to the talks on Sunday afternoon to hear our superb speakers, who told some very interesting stories about Hooker.
“Everything we wanted to do went well.” Guided walks along the Hooker Trail will again be available to the public during the bi-annual heritage open days in September, when a number of heritage buildings will also be open.