Peggy Cole

Half Term Treat for East Anglian Women Gardeners

It's no secret that I live mainly in Suffolk and love East Anglia so I was delighted to hear of a new exhibit at a museum I'd never been to - The Museum of East Anglian Life. Tucked away behind a supermarket in the mid-Suffolk town of Stowmarket (not as bad as it sounds - handy for parking!) is the delightful Abbot's Hall, a small estate that has been given to the people of East Anglia to preserve their heritage.

As part of their Heritage Lottery funding redevelopment of Abbot’s Hall – a grade 2* listed Queen Anne House – they have focussed one of their exhibition rooms on gardening in East Anglia.

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The space has been titled ‘How does your garden grow’ and touches on the types of garden in East Anglia, links between farming and gardening on the local landscape, and the benefits of gardening to wellbeing.

One of their key displays relates to people that form the ‘East Anglian Inspiration’ in the garden. I was particularly delighted to see that this included objects relating toten-times gold medal winner Beth Chatto,  Xa Tollemache of Helmingham Hall and countrywoman, Peggy Cole, all of course, great Gardening Women.

There's also a wall covered in extra large plant labels where visitors are encouraged to write about what gardening means to them. 

It would be a terrific half term outing with lots for children to see and do. Full details and opening times at Museum of East Anglian Rural Life