TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018 – 6:00pm BLACKSMITH MEADOW
A Cream Tea in Rosie and Jerry’s beautiful garden at Blacksmith Meadow, Wickham Skeith. Note the earlier start time! Members £3/Non-members £5. (Balance of payment due for visit to Beth Chatto’s garden.)
TUESDAY 26 JUNE 2018 – VISIT TO BETH CHATTO GARDEN
Coach leaves Wickham Skeith 10:30am; departs Beth Chatto’s 3pm.
TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018 – 6:30PM EVENING VISIT TO WOODWARDS, AN NGS garden in CODDENHAM
We will be using our own transport for this visit. Members £7/Non-members £9. This will include a welcome talk, tour of the garden and refreshments.
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 run 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.