Past Events

An Archive of Events from 2022 onwards

Roses, Growing Them at Their Best
A talk by Daniel Myhill

25 January 2024 at 7:30pm

Daniel is Treasurer of The Rose Society UK, and a judge for the Rochford International Rose Trials.  He is holder of the National Collection of Persica Roses and was invited to design and plant a feature bed at the most recent RHS Hampton Court Festival.

 Mileham Village Hall. £3 on the door including refreshments. 

Everyone is welcome, no booking required.

Photo of Daniel Myhill

'A Complete Guide to Clematis'.  A talk by Peter Skeggs-Gooch.

19 October 2023 at 7:30pm

Peter is Director of Thorncroft Clematis Ltd.  He is a leading expert on Clematis and a winner of many Gold Medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Shows.  Peter is an accomplished public speaker and the evening promises to be both entertaining and informative.

 Mileham Village Hall. £3 on the door including refreshments. 

Everyone is welcome, no booking required.

Holme Hale Garden Visit

14 September 2023 at 2pm

A private visit to Holme Hale Hall owned by Mr and Mrs Simon Broke. This is a delightful walled kitchen garden designed by Arne Maynard and replanted in 2016/17 with a soft palette of herbaceous plants, including some unusual varieties, that provides a long season of interest. There is a greenhouse, vegetables, trained fruits, roses and topiary. A wildflower meadow and a recently renovated island pond add interest, along with the historic buildings. We will have a short introductory talk on arrival and then be free to wander with either the owners or their gardener on hand to answer any questions. Tea/coffee and cake complete the visit.  The cost per person is £12 and proceeds will go to Holme Hale Church. 

Summer Social

13 July 2023

Our annual summer social event.  Further details via email.

Picture of refreshments in a garden

Pruning Workshop

20 June 2023

Pruning is a subject that people are sometimes wary of, so... Brenda Hines will talk us through the basics of pruning by explaining why we prune, how we should prune and when we should prune.   The cost per person will be £10 per head to include the workshop and tea and cakes with a maximum of 15 participants.

Picture of pruning instructor

Old Hall Farmhouse Visit

11 May 2023

We had a delightful visit to the gardens of  Old Hall Farmhouse in Swanton Novers.  The garden, which is noteworthy for its collections of Camassia and Auricula, has previously featured in Country Living magazine.

Camassia sp.

Gardening for Wildlife

16 March 2023

A talk by Simon Harrap.

Simon is an accomplished speaker, photographer and author. His books include Harrap's Wild Flowers and the Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland.  He runs Natural Surroundings in N.Norfolk with Anne Harrap.

Everyone is welcome.

Picture of a common spotted orchid
Common spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)Image by Betty Stewies

Snowdrops and Winter Garden Treasures

26 January 2023

A talk by Guy Barker, Head Gardener from Shropham Vicarage.

Mileham Village Hall. 7:30pm. £3 on the door. 

Guy is an excellent speaker who will bring plant material to illustrate his talk. 

Everyone is welcome.

Edgeworthia chrysantha flower

Hardy Exotics

27 October 2022

A talk by Richard Clarke, proprietor of Panache Plants.

Mileham Village Hall. 7:30pm. £3 on the door. 

Richard has a background in horticulture, as a College Lecturer in Plant Science and as a Plant Breeder for a commercial grower.  He is holder of the National Collection of Eucomis.

Richard is an entertaining speaker who will bring examples of hardy exotic plants, some of which may be more unusual. 

Everyone is welcome.

Eucomis flower

The Wonderful Medlar, Our Forgotten Fruit

21 September 2022

A talk by Jane Steward. 

Mileham Village Hall. 7:30pm. £3 on the door.  

Jane is holder of the National Collection of medlars (Mespilus germanica) and owner of Eastgate Larder, makers of award winning medlar preserves.  Jane will talk about her passion for reviving the medlar and the Norfolk orchard they have planted.  She will bring samples of her medlar cheese and other medlar produce.

Copy to my Calendar.  Everyone is welcome.


Exhibition Dahlia Growers Visit

30 August 2022

Two members of the British Dahlia Society who live in Mileham have kindly offered to let us see what is involved in growing dahlias to show standard;  the different stages that one has to go through to get the plants in perfect condition, and how to present them on the day. 
Limited to sixteen places.  UNG members only.

Mileham Open Gardens

3 July 2022

We were lucky to have fine weather for our fourth Open Gardens event.  Fourteen gardens in Mileham opened and we had around 160 visitors.  Mileham WI did a sterling job of providing tea and cake.  

A very successful day, and we were able to make a substantial donation to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Natural Surroundings

12 May 2022

We have organised a private late-afternoon visit to Natural Surroundings, Norfolk's Wildflower Centre.  The visit includes a guided tour and tea & cake. Details to follow via email.

A Little Bit of Chile

10 March 2022

A talk by Kathy Gray

Kathy will illustrate her talk about the flora, fauna, landscape and history of Chile with photos taken on her visits to the country.  

10th March at 7:30 pm in Mileham Village Hall.  £3 on the door. 

Everyone is welcome.

Photos: © Tony Gray