Gardeners’ Club Reports

  • April 2023
    Last month our speaker was Geoff Hodge with his talk entitled All Muck and Magic. Geoff was a most interesting and knowledgeable speaker on all things soil and plant nutrition based. He explained that just as we need proteins carbohydrates and fats in our diets, plants need nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in theirs. Unlike us they can’t just up and go to their favourite restaurant so… Read more: April 2023
  • March 2023
    Our speaker in March was Claire Muckleston from Bourne Garden Centre. Claire talked about how over her many years in the business sales and approaches at Garden Centres have changed greatly. Spurred on by garden makeover programmes people now want it all. Instant gardens containing evergreen plants that flower all year and smell good into the bargain. More experienced gardeners know that this utopia is more… Read more: March 2023
  • February 2023
    Well Christmas is but a memory and spring still seems a way off yet. The dull damp weather can be depressing enough without the current economic climate, the strikes, world politics, and environmental crisis looming. It’s no surprise then to discover that in the last 3 years mental health issues have increased. Whilst gardening isn’t a miracle cure research has shown that whether you’ve got a… Read more: February 2023
  • December 2022
    The December Garden Club meeting is back in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. Our speaker is Paul Davis the Garden Warrior. Described as the Jamie Oliver of gardening. Known for his approachable, fun and ‘can do’ manner, Paul has led teams across many celebrity gardens and over last 30 years Paul has worked on some of the countries leading gardens. Paul has had his own mental health problems… Read more: December 2022
  • June 2022
    On 9th June members had a guided tour behind the scenes of Katies Garden Plant Centre in Newbourne. In their greenhouses and on the nursery, they grow on a wide range of plants for sale at not only at the plant centre but at farm shops and other outlets across Suffolk. To the left-hand side of the sales greenhouse there is a demonstration garden where you… Read more: June 2022
  • Belgium and Maastricht 2014
    Gardeners Club members visit Belgium – again Thursday 22 May Through the Chunnel and we pick up our intrepid Guide Johan on a busy roundabout. He took us to the wonderful café Verdonck in Veurne for afternoon coffee and surprise gateaux. It was NOT on the schedule!There were also chocolate purchases (as you might expect). Then a not-so-jolly visit to the trenches where Belgium held the line in… Read more: Belgium and Maastricht 2014
  • Belgium 2013
    Thursday Our first visit was to the Halve Maan brewery museum – Maes beer – in Brugge (Bruges). The homebrewery “De Halve Maan” is the only family brewery in the centre of Bruges that is still active. After a climb to the top of the brewery we were rewarded by a panoramic view of the city. A sample of the brew was therefore an essential culmination of this visit.… Read more: Belgium 2013
  • Tour of Normandy, France 2011
    Friday We left the green at 7am on Friday 27 May, passed under the Channel (La Manche) and collected Johan, our Guide, from the terminal at Calais.Then on to Honfleur for a quick tour and refreshment (the th/first of many…) Saturday We visited Le Jardin des Plants in d’Avranches, not much in bloom (camelias, azaleas and rhododendrons were over) apart from a lovely muti-coloured display of… Read more: Tour of Normandy, France 2011
  • 10th birthday
    Cake decorated by Jen Richmond-Hardy and sponge base made by The Bread Basket, Walton.
  • Summer visits 2010
    June visit – Sarah Cook’s Garden, ShelleyNeither the Suffolk Show nor Anglia Water’s burst main could prevent 38 members descending on the idyllic hamlet of Shelley hidden away near the Essex border. An added bonus was probably the warmest summer evening so far this year. Despite the cold Spring Sarah Cook’s private garden was a blaze of colour especially her national collection of Cedric Morris tall… Read more: Summer visits 2010
  • Gardeners’ Club tour of Amiens & Picardie, France 2010
    France 2010 Our 4-day break to Amiens and Picardie Under the guidance of our very popular guide Johan, during 28–31 May 2010, we “did” Picardie, gardens and châteaux en route and in the area of Amiens. Friday: Coffee & croissant at Château de Cocove, evening meal at Arras and on to our base in Amiens.Saturday: Amiens – Jardin des Plantes, the cathedral of St Leu, boat trip through Les Hortillonages… Read more: Gardeners’ Club tour of Amiens & Picardie, France 2010
  • Gardeners’ Visit to France 2009
    Under the guidance of Johan (surely a candidate for Mr Speaker?), during 22–25 May 2009, we packed in a visit to Paris, gardens and châteaux en route and in the area. Les Jardins d’Evea in MaresquelVersailles (above)Monet’s garden at GiveneyFontainebleauLuxembourg Palace GardensA river trip on the Seine + coach tour of Parisand last but by no means least, Les Jardins de Valloires (below) Thanks to Jo, Martyn and… Read more: Gardeners’ Visit to France 2009
  • Coton Manor 27 June 2009
  • March 2009 – Fun with Herbaceous Plants + AGM
    March meeting ‘ Fun with Herbaceous Plants’76, yes 76 members, an all time record for a village hall meeting, turned out in March. The reason – popular speaker Richard Ayres MBE, many years legendary head gardener Anglesey Abbey, Gardener of the Year 2000, and currently designing the gardens at Kirtling Tower for Lord & Lady Fairhaven, talking on ‘ Fun with Herbaceous Plants’. Incidentally the previous… Read more: March 2009 – Fun with Herbaceous Plants + AGM
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