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Wickham Skeith Gardening Club


Tuesday 25 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 7:30PM

We will be returning to the village hall after our busy summer of outings and our first speaker is Simon White of Peter Beales Nursery.  He will be presenting a talk on Chrysanthemums.  Members £1/non-members £3.

Tuesday 23 october 2018 – 7:30PM

There will be a timely talk on Spring bulbs from Matt Tanton-Brown of the Walled Garden. 

Members £1/non-members £3.  


Thank you to everyone who entered and/or attended the Produce Show this year.

Entries in the Vegetable and Flower Categories were understandably low due to the scorching summer; still we can’t have everything can we? What we did have was up to the usual high quality and our judges had a few tough choices to make.



And the Show Category Winners are:


Category                        Winner                                Runner Up

Fruit & Vegetables                 Jerry Bassett                                Harriet Bowes
Flowers & Plants                   Harriet Bowes                               Rosie Bassett    

Cookery &Preserves              Romaine Elsden                            Jocelyn Bryant

Eggs                                    Romaine Elsden                            Jerry Bassett
Hobbies/Craft                       Joint winners: Jerry Bassett, Cliff Galsworthy and Sue Hollis
Junior Overall                       Mabel Aldous                                Ellie Aldous

The Donald Horne Trophy for Overall Show Winner went to Romaine Elsden with Harriet Bowes a commendable second.

A special mention should be made for Mabel Aldous who, despite being a junior, was overall 3rd in the Fruit and Vegetable category. Well done Mabel.

Best in show was awarded to Jeanne Mason for her spectacular marrow.

There was a great deal of hard work behind the scenes to ensure all ran as smoothly as possible on the day so thank you to Carol Galsworthy, Jerry Bassett and Dave Challinor.  In particular we would like to thank our judges Val Trivett, Shirley Furze and Andrew Connor as well as our prize giver, Tim Thorogood (unaccustomed as he is to public speaking!)

Congratulations to everyone who took part and remember the more classes you enter the more chance you have of winning so start thinking about what you could do next year.



 About our gardening club

Our gardening club was set up in the summer of 2012 by a group of villagers who were interested in learning more about horticulture. We aim to promote an interest in gardening through our opening meetings offering talks and demonstrations, as well as visits to gardens and nurseries.


Our annual programmes are varied and we try to include visits to gardens, national collections and specialist nurseries as well as talks on all aspects of plants and gardening.


One of our first visits was to Fernatix at Stoke Ash, they are holders of 50 RHS gold medals including quite a few from Chelsea, so many in fact that they are displayed on the walls of the toilet! We usually have a couple of local evening visits per year where we have had a private tour of Foggy Bottom at Blooms, a tour of the facilities at Howard's Nurseries showing how they produce their plants, a look around the national lilac and campanula collections as well as NGS gardens.

We also have one or two full day trips each year which go a little further  afield. Our first trip was to gardeners world live at the NEC, whilst this went down well we have found that our members prefer something not so far afield so we have recently visited Angelsea Abbey to see the winter gardens, Fairhaven Woodland Garden, RHS Hyde Hall and Somerleyton Hall where our coach conked out just as it turned into the drive and blocked all the traffic behind it!

Speakers have included specialists on trees, perennials, roses, garden design, colour, pruning, pests and useful creature – the list goes on – suffice to say that if you have any interest in gardening there will be something you like. In 2016 we organised a talk by Bob Flowerdew from BBC’s gardeners question time. The hall was packed to capacity and Bob talked and answered questions for over 2 hours.

Keep an eye on the monthly newsletter to check what's on.


The club also runs the plant stall for the village fete and organise the annual produce show at the end of August.

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month either in the village hall, during autumn and winter, or at local venues for our visits.

Everyone is welcome, either as a member for just £10 per annum, or as a guest. Our membership has grown over the years to include people from surrounding villages and a few from further afield and currently stands at 37.

If you would like to know more please contact Rosie Bassett at