The gardens at Brinton Hall may date to before the 1800’s, when landscaping in Norfolk was influenced by Humphrey Repton, garden designer for the wealthy. The ha ha and curving carriage drive are the bones of the garden, while the walled garden is dated 1808. Formal beds specimen trees and large shrubberies were the main elements of the garden until fairly recently. The owners have created woodland gardens and enlarged beds and borders in order to allow for a more diverse range of bulbs,plants, special shrubs and trees that have been chosen for scent,foliage,flower and seasonal colour. Other areas of interest include an orchard, the park,a County Wildlife site due to its diversity of habitats and wildlife, comprising meadow, lake, stream and woodland.
The large hot and cold greenhouses are in full use from Autumn to Summer with cuttings,seedlings and plants. Over in the walled garden,strawberries,raspberries and wall fruit ,asparagus and vegetables are a mainstay, complemented by a wide range cut flowers. Finally, the orchards have been planted with medlar, mulberry, quince, apples, plums, pears and various soft fruit. Bees are kept for honey and pollination.
There will be a guided tour of the main garden, park, stew pond plantation and different areas of woodland ranging from stream side and lake edge to higher more exposed parts with a variety of trees and shrubs. A lot of information will be given, so notebooks are recommended. The workshop will cover the following:- planning and design, systems and management, why plant trees, choice of trees, source of trees, tree planting, protection, maintenance and aftercare, discussion on pollarding/coppicing, pest and diseases and suggested reading material. Types of planting will be shown from specimen trees, ornamental trees, woodland mixes to hedges and boundaries. There will be an opportunity to participate in planning, preparation and planting, protection and aftercare of some new trees and shrubs in the wood.
There will be a rare opportunity to see mature Elm trees, which have seemingly proved resistant to dutch elm disease.
The cost of this workshop is £50. Refreshments are included including tea/coffee and cake, but please bring a packed lunch. You will need weather appropriate clothing, including gloves and footwear, pen and notebook.