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    Exotic and tropical plants and flowers at Wannock Gardens in Polegate, East Sussex.

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    M/S of a man walking through a conservatory at Wannock Gardens at Polegate near Eastbourne, East Sussex; lots of exotic and tropical plants are seen. C/U as he strokes the leaves of a plant which contract and quickly fold in around the stem; it has little pink pom-pom flowers. M/S and C/U of a man cross-pollinating some pink flowers; could be Gloxinias.

    M/Ss and C/U of the first man spraying the leaves of an Elephant Ears plant with water. C/U of the delicate pink flower of the Dipladenia Sanderai; C/U of the Hibiscus flower, panning left to show the man spraying lower parts of the plant with water. C/Us of Anthurium.

    M/S of a bearded man in another greenhouse; he stops to look at Begonias; C/U of this "specially propagated" variety with very large blooms in a peachy-pink colour. M/Ss and C/Us of other Begonias in bright colours. C/Us of the Golden Shower variety of Begonia in a hanging basket as the man climbs up to puff some plant insecticide on it.

    M/Ss and C/Us of oranges growing on a tree as a girl cuts some off and puts them in a basket. M/S of a man walking through a gate into a glass house; the Gloxinias House. He walks along past the pink flowers we saw being pollinated and stops to look at the Lillium Auratum from Japan. C/U of this flower, a lovely white lily with a yellow stripe along each petal and red speckles.

    He then turns round a hanging pot to show us the Nepenthes or Pitcher Plant from South East Asia. This is a carnivorous plant with bulbous pods hanging down that contain poison to catch and digest insects. C/Us of the pods as the man pours out the liquid.

    Note: There are notes on file about Wannock Gardens plus a newspaper article from the Eastbourne Herald about the gardens.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:13:00 / 01:56:56:00
    CP 299

Comments (1)

  1. Rodsteel says

    The gentleman stroking the fern and spraying the elephant ears plant is a Mr Frank Boniface, father of George Boniface who is my uncle. Frank worked at Wannock gardens from 1953 until 1968. George, who still lives in Wannock also worked at the gardens as a gardener from 1960 until it closed in 1969. Franks wife, 'Babs' worked in the tea rooms until 1969. George tells me that the gentleman at the end of the clip, shown handling the pitcher plant, is Mr John Much who was the head gardener.

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