California Gardeners’ Club
FIFTYSEVEN members were present to listen to Ray Norton give a talk about Pudding Lane Nursery.
In the early 1970’s, ex-army officer Ray Norton and his wife bought 12½ acres of land in his home village of Arborfield to begin living ‘The Good Life’.
They bought cattle and chickens and sold cabbages, sweetcorn and Christmas trees to the public while living in a
caravan on site.
However, it was the horticultural side of the business which began to thrive and Pudding Lane Nursery was established
Beginning with conifers, they moved on to shrubs and trees gaining a reputation for Japanese acers.
They introduced irrigation systems and sprinklers and soon were selling bedding plants, garden accessories, pots and statues.
The nursery and landscape business now secure, Ray is encouraging wildlife into the remaining land. Fieldfares, Redwings, Tawny Owls and a Barn Owl are all welcome visitors.
He has also invited local apiarists to site their bee hives on the land.
He finished off his talk with slides of different planting schemes and examples of hard landscaping.