Event Details

A day of learning and exploration for volunteer gardeners who care for the region’s museum gardens. An opportunity for the volunteers to meet other gardeners from around the region, enjoy a visit to Wrest Park and garden, and learn about the restoration of the garden.

We will be hosted by Andrew Luke, the Head Gardener, and his team there who will help us to understand and explore the 92 acres of gardens.

We will also meet Alec White of Primrose Hall Peonies who has worked with the Wrest Park team to source some of the plants for the gardens there. See below for a great offer from Alec.


Taking ownership of the estate in 2006, English Heritage launched a 20-year master plan for Wrest Park which started with the Revitalisation Project.

The garden aspects of this included the restoration of the rose garden and the Italian garden. In 2012 the French Parterre was restored and a new sculpture gallery opened. Autumn 2019 sees the completion of the restoration of the 18th century Bath House area. This has drastically changed the look and feel of this area of the grounds and we will be able to see it and find out more about the work involved.


During the day there will also be an opportunity for a seed swap if any gardeners has extra seed they have collected beyond their own site’s needs and would be interested in exchanging it with others.

There are a maximum of 40 places on the day, so initally we need to restrict places to volunteer gardeners only please and initially  maximum of six people per venue initially on a first come first served basis. 

Tickets for this are free to all volunteer gardeners at heritage sites in the East of England. Please ignore the wording in the tickets which refers to museum accreditation. For this event please ignore the wording which refers to Museum Accreditation.

If you are paid gardener at at heritage site and would like to come please get in touch with us. (sally.ackroyd@norfolk.gov.uk)

Refreshments will be provided on arrival but please bring your own lunch.   Please arrive from 10.30am for an 11am start.

Alec White, the peony specialist has kindly offered you all a 25%  discount on peonies ordered before the day. ( It has come from Caron Saunders who works with Alec, so please ask her if you have any queries.) – you can see what is available on the website https://primrosehallpeonies.co.uk/peonies/ , it will be 25% off the online price. Alec will then bring these peonies with him to the talk and take the money on the day.

Once you have looked at the Website do not order on there but please email on caron@brittprandconsulting.co.uk  to place your order before March 14th. 

We nurture all of our plants until they are at least 5 years old ensuring they are well established mature flowering Paeonia plants when they are sent off to their new home which means a Primrose Hall Peony will flower from its very first season in your garden.

Why choose to grow a Primrose Hall Peony in your garden?

  • Primrose Hall Peonies are well-established and mature plants with a huge range of colours and flower shapes to choose from

  • Primrose Hall Peonies are EASY to grow and are LOW MAINTENANCE and don’t generally get troubled by slugs, snails, rabbits or deer

  • A Primrose Hall Peony will last for decades in the garden, producing more and more blooms each year. Primrose Hall Peonies can flower from April until July – look at the flowering times of each variety to ensure you have a continuous flower in the garden!

  • Intersectional or Itoh peonies will often flower for twice as long as a tree peony

  • Many Primrose Hall Peonies peonies are FRAGRANT and lots of varieties produce great cut flowers

Note from SHARE Museums East.

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  • That you are from an East of England museum or heritage organisation which is in the Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme. Where this is not applicable you acknowledge that so that we can aim to facilitate your attendance if we can. (This may involve a fee).

  • It is a condition of receiving this ACE funded training that the online evaluation sent to the email address provided at the point of booking is completed by the specified deadline. This deadline is in the email notification unless a paper evaluation is specifically requested and submitted on the day of the training session.

  • By booking a place you agree that you are booking as a representative of your organisation and should you cancel your booking without sufficient notice your organisation is responsible for paying the late cancellation fee of £50.

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