November 2013


Thurs. 12 December - Charlie Haylock ‘An Eccentric Look at Suffolk’
7.30 pm Kirton Church Hall - (Ticket only )

November meeting
For our November meeting we welcomed back the ever popular Rod Leeds talking on ‘Winter and Spring Bulbs’. Read More...

October 2013

October meeting – ‘Around the Garden Shows’
Stormy winds, people evacuated from their homes along the E A coast, but 58 stalwarts were at the village hall for the visit of Richard Ford. Richard, is now retired, but previously was the owner of the renowned Park Gate Nursery at Mendlesham. The nursery specialised in hosters and offered an incredible 500 different species. In his heyday Richard attended up to 20 major shows a year involving much hard work and devotion to the cause. In his career Park Green was awarded 170 medals, inc 80 gold of which 7 were at Chelsea from 12 entrants. Read More...

September 2013

September meeting - Matthew Tanton-Brown
A regulation 65 members turned up for our Sept. meeting – a talk by Matt Tanton-Brown on winter hanging baskets. Matt, always an entertaining speaker, gave a very professional demo of preparing both baskets and tubs. He recommends fibre baskets with plastic liners and terracotta pots with plastic pot inside for frost protection. There was an array of plants on display which can be used. See Place for Plants website for special October talks.

August 2013

August visit
Our scheduled tour of the Mendlesham Chilli Farm was cancelled at the last minute following a council decision to close the business down. Hopefully you all got the message in time to avoid a wasted trip.
Sat. 7th. Sept. - Late Summer Outing –‘Pensthorpe Gardens and Wildlife Park’ Read More...

July 2013

July visit - Suffolk Punch Trust.
Our long awaited visit to the Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley coincided with a brilliantly sunny evening. We were privileged to have trust chairman Phillip Ryder-Davies as our host and guide for the evening. After an introductory talk we toured the heritage museum, vintage farm machinery, harness room, gardens, paddock and finally up close and personal with the giant Punch stallions, mares and foals in the stud which is over 250 years old . The Suffolk Punch is the oldest breed of working horses in the world. There is so much for all the family to see, including the impressive visitor centre and café. Leaflets will be available at the club from our Sept. meeting for those who wish to visit. Read More...

June 2013

June visit – Woottens of Wenhasten.
The club’s first visit to Woottens of Wenhasten, the plantsman’s nursery and what a gem of a place it is. A bit off the beaten track and within sight of Blythburgh church we were fortunate to have a sunny evening in this miserable Spring for our visit.
Owner Elizabeth has taken on the running of the nursery since the death of her husband last year, assisted by 13 loyal staff. With little or no passing trade there business is split between mail order and on line sales. The main nursery is well stocked and we were able to visit the iris field which was at it’s peak.
There is an excellent website for ordering and if you fancy a drive in the country the nursery is open every day , 9.30 to 5.00 pm. 32 members enjoyed a sunny evening amongst the plants. Read More...

May 2013


May meeting – Graham Procter, Crown Nurseries.
I associate Graham Procter with cold weather. He first came to Kirton on a bitter winter evening for BBC GQT, last May we visited him at Ufford on a very cold night and for our May meeting the cold winds swept around the village hall. No matter, Graham brought along a colourful array of crab apple, Japanese cherry, plum, ribes, rosemary and more, many of which were passed around 48 members for scent testing!

April 2013


April meeting - Michael Perry, Thompson and Morgan . ‘ Exploring New , Different and Unusual Plants.’
Michael is New Product Development Manager for T & M and scours the world to source new and unusual plants. Read More...

February 2013


February meeting – ‘A-Z ‘of Roses - Mr. S. White, Peter Beales Roses.
More records tumble – 77 members present & 106 members already signed up for 2013! Simon and wife Anita arrived with a truck load of roses and climbing plants! Simon’s illustrated talk literally covered roses A –Z plus tips on pruning,grafting, suckers & pests - milk & water effective, but must be semi-skimmed!! Read More...

December 2012


Christmas meeting – Ben Potterton. ‘ The Travelling Horticulturist’
Ben Potterton – zoologist or plantsman? Difficult to tell because he has equal passion for his birds and animals and his plant nursery at Blacksmith’s Cottage.
His Christmas illustrated talk covered some of his conservation work around the world helping to keep rare birds and animals safe from extinction. Read More...

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