A reminder that we do not meet in August as this is the month of the Wickham Skeith Produce show. Details of show categories and entry forms can be found further on in the newsletter. Can you ensure that you have your entry forms in by 25th as stated on the form?
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 27th September when Ian Seager will be coming to talk to us about Fruits and Berries.
A reminder and timings will be in next month’s magazine.
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 email@example.com