2020 Programme (well, it would have been)
January 9th The Weeding of the 5,000 With 2 Hoes & 5 Wishes – Jaime Blake from Bressingham Gardens
February 13th Houseplants – Darren Broooks from Notcutts
March 12th AGM to Start; Natural Pest Control for the Garden – Julian Ives from Dragonfli
April 9th Epimediums – Simon & Jay from Hedgehog Nursery
May 19th VISIT Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses £5 per person
June 11th VISIT Woodwards Garden £6 including refreshments
June 20th Saturday DAY TRIP Capel Manor Gardens Summer Flower Festival
July 9th VISIT Ray Martin’s Rose Allotment
August 13th VISIT Kiln Farm Nursery tea or coffee £2 cake £2
September 12th Dhalias – Robert & Denise Sheriff from Honey Tye Flowers
October 8th Grasses – Joe Sharman from Monk Silver Nursery
November 12th Winter Plant Care – Luci Skinner from Woottens of Wenhaston
December 10th Christmas Party – Ben Potterton from Blacksmiths Nursery & Shorelands Wildlife Gardens

2019 Programme

January 10th - Minsmere a Volunteers' View - Val & Alan Bourne
February 14th - Companion Planting for a Balanced Garden - Dr Ian Bedford
March 14th - Roses - Ray Martin
April 11th - Bees, Flowers & Honey - Chris & Marion Stephens
May 9th - Visit - Material Change Compost Recycling Centre
June 13th - Visit - Swann's Nursery
July 11th - Visit - The Laburnums Garden
August 8th - Visit - Shawsgate Vineyard & Winery
September 4th - - Coach Trip – RHS Wisley Late Flower Show
September 12th - Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses - Jason Salisbury
October 10th - Hodmedods British Pulse Growers - Josiah Meldrum
November 14th - Hyde Hall Past Present & Future - Ian Bull
December 12th - The Make-Do & Mend Gardener - Nick Bailey

2018 Programme

January 11th - Central Royal Parks - Jim Buttress
February 8th - A Year in a Suffolk Field - Chris Parfitt
March 8th - The History of East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens - Alan Gray
April 12th - Water, Water Everywhere - Karen Kenny & AGM
May 31st - VISIT Freston House
June 14th - VISIT Bourne Garden Centre
June 30th - Garden Party The Old Rectory Kirton - Members only
July 12th - VISIT The Laburnums Garden
August 2nd - COACH TRIP - Hyde Hall Flower Show
August 9th - VISIT Swann's Nursery
September 13th - Beth Chatto Gardens - Steve Marshall
October 11th - Right Tree in the Right Place - David Mitchell
November 8th - Sir Cedric Morris, Iris Breeder, Gardener & Artist - Sarah Cook
December 13th - Quiz Night - CHURCH HALL

2017 Programme
12th January Recent Developments In Garden Design Thinking – Nick Nicholson (Otley College)
9th February Butterfly Gardening – Dr Ian Bedford
9th March Chrysanthemum Growing – Simon White AGM to follow
13th April Primroses – Joe Sharman
11th May VISIT Activlives Chantry Park Walled Garden, Ipswich
8th June VISIT The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Levington
Saturday 8th July Garden Party : 41 Westmorland Road, Felixstowe
13th July VISIT Perfect Perennials Nursery, Earl Stonham
Wednesday 26th July Dyson’s Nursery, Sevenoaks & The World Garden, Lullingstone Castle.
10th August VISIT Windmill Cottage, Capel St Mary
14th September Tulips & Complimentary Planting – Neil Bradfield
12th October Winter Interest Plants – Matthew Tanton Brown
10th November Do Plants Where Coats? – Sonya Burrows
14th December CHURCH HALL An Eccentric Look At Spoken English – Charlie Haylock

2016 Programme
14th January  Garden Bugs - Dr Ian Bedford
11th February Malmaison & Perpetual Carnations - Jim Marshall
10th March "Poets & Lizards (Narcissus &Orchids) - Jeremy Pratt
14th April Suffolk Plant Heritage - Maggie Thorpe
12th May Visit - Garnetts Nursery, Hacheston
9th June Visit - Home Farm Nacton- Andrew Williams
11th June Garden Party - Members only - The Old Rectory Church Lane Kirton
9th July Day Trip - Henstead Exotic Garden & Peter Beales Roses
14th July Visit  - Lavender Medicine Farm, Bucklesham
11th August Visit - Foraging Walk, Newbourne - Julie Foster
8th September Succulents - Barry Gayton
13th October Trees and the Law - David Mitchell
11th November The Fragrant Garden Throughout The Year - Matthew Tanton Brown
8th December Christmas Party - Kirton Church Hall - The Perennial Mr Potter - Bryan Thurlow

2015 Programme
January 8: James Baker – The Greenways Project and the importance to wildlife in the garden
February 12: Richard Ayres MBE – Snowdrops and Winter Interest. Plants
March 12: Bob Booker – Getting the best from your tomatoes. Followed by AGM
April 9: Marianne Charles – Making gardening easier
May 14: Fernatix – Visit to The Old Manse, Stoke Ash
June 11: Elizabeth Mobs and Alison Pinn – Visit to Suffolk Seasons Flower farm
June 27 – Garden Party at Jenny Hollinger’s garden
July 9: Visit to Botanica Nursery, Campsea Ash
July 18: Summer Outing – Guided tour of Kings Seeds then on to Marks Hall, Coggeshall
August 13: Bays Farm, Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, IP14 5HU.
September 10: Sonya Burrows – Spring flowering bulbs
October 8: Guy Barker – Winter table displays
November 12: Simon White Holly wreath making
December 10: Christmas get-together, in Church Hall with speaker Tom Hart Dyke – Plant hunter with passion

2014 Programme

January 9 Sonya Burrows – Drought gardening
February 13 Green Thumb – Lawn care
March 13 Anne Etheridge – Spring Gems
April 10 AGM (change of date)Tracy (Anglia Bulbs) – Bulbs
May 8 Dr James visit to two gardens, Brightwell
May 22–25 Belgium trip
June 12 Trudy Willis – Visit to Priors Oak Butterfly Garden
June 28 Garden Party, Keepers Cottage
July 10 Nigel Turner – Visit to Rendlesham Forest
August 14 Visit to Fernatrix
September 11 Richard Ford – Ornamental Gardens
October 9 John Burrows – Preparation and presentation of horticultural exhibits
November 13 Andy Williams – Organic vegetables
December 11 Christmas get-together with Nick Hamilton – Barnesdale after Geoff

2013 Programme
January 10 Alan Ship – Hyacinths
February 14 Mrs S White – A to Z of Roses
March 14 Richard Ayres – The Gibberd Garden, Harlow, followed by AGM
April 11 Graham Procter – Spring in the garden
May 9 Graham Procter-‘Spring in the Garden’.
June 13 Visit: Woottens of Wenhaston nursery
June 23 Kirton Open Gardens
July 11 Visit: Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley – guided tour plus wagon ride
August 8 Visit: The Chilli Farm, Mendlesham – guided tour
September 12 Matthew Tanton-Brown.
October 10 Richard Ford – Around the Garden Shows
November 11 Rod Leeds – Winter and Spring bulbs
December 12 CharlieHaycock – An eccentric look at Suffolk (Church Hall)

2012 Programme
January 12 Matthew Tanton-Brown – Evergreens
February 9 Visit: Bosch, Stowmarket
March 8 Adam Paul – Sowing seeds
April 12 Guy Barker – Spring flowers and shrubs
May 10 Visit: Bourne Bridge Nursery
June 14 Visit : Crown Nursery, Ufford
July 7 Karen Allison & Heather Baxter – Summer Garden Party
July 12 Visit : Triffid Nurseries, Stoke Ash
August 9 Visit : Newbourne Springs
September 8 Annual outing : RHS Garden, Wisley
September 13 Peter Webb – The good life
October 11 Anne Etheridge – Autumn colours
November 8 Ken Crowther – BBC Essex
December 13 Christmas Meeting with Ben Potterton – The travelling horticulturalist

2011 Programme
January 13 Roger Hance : Wild flowers and birds
February 10 Guy Ackers : Survey of Hedgerows in the County of Suffolk
March 10 Roger Harvey (Harvey’s Nurseries) : Perennial flowers for cutting
April 14 Visit : Parham Hall – Meadow flowers and daffodil collection
May 12 Visit : K Plants Garden Centre
June 9 Visit : Flatford – Guided Tour
June 18 Summer outing : East Ruston Gardens
July 9 Hester and Mick Doggett – Garden Party
July 14 Visit : Ladybird Nurseries Snape
August 11 Visit : Green Island Gardens, Arldleigh
September 8 Ben Potterton (Blacksmith’s Cottage Nurseries) – Late Summer Colour
October 13 Clare, Bourne Nurseries – Seasonal Plants
November 10 Richard Ayres MBE – History of his work at Anglesey Abbey
December 8 Adrian Bloom – Blooms of Bressingham

2010 Programme

January 14 Roses (was Mike Hardy : Archaeology of the Thornham Estate)
February 11 Michael Warren : Photography through the year
March 11 Janet Parsons : Talk on Orchids
April 8 Mr B B Dewhurst : Tools with a mission
May 13 Visit : Little Blakenham Woodland Gardens (Bluebells, Azaleas, Rhododendrons)
June 3 Visit : Hullwood Barn (irises)
June 19 Summer outing : Hyde Hall
July 8 Pat Adams : Old gardening tools
August 12 Visit : Parham Hall.
September 9 Guy Barker (Naked Gardener) : Herbaceous plants
October 14 Jo Hammond : Willow Weaving
November 11 Ken Crowther: Winter shrubs and his experiences working in London parks.
December 9 Matthew Wilson : RHS Harlow Carr

2009 Programme

Jan 8 Michael Stagg : Wild Flowers
Feb 12 David Adams : Bees
Mar 12 Mr R Ayres MBE : Fun with herbaceous plants
Apr 9 Mr R Staines : Gardener’s Question Time
May 14 Visit : Goslings Farm, Trimley St Martin
Jun 11 Visit : Katie’s Garden, Newbourne
Jul 9 Visit : Christchurch Park, Ipswich
Aug 13 Visit : Mickfield Hostas
Sept 10 Mr Miller : Suffolk Punches
Oct 8 Mr G Ackers : Beetlemania
Nov 12 Mr B Bevans : Pelargoniums
Dec 10 Christine Walkden : Christmas meeting

2008 Programme

Date Speaker : Subject
Jan 10 Mr R Ayres MBE : Kirtling Towers
Feb 14 Mr R Staines : Pruning
Mar 13 Karen Kenny : Composting, worms & comfrey for fertility
Apr 10 TBA
May 8 Visit : Ben Potterton, Blacksmith’s Cottage, Langmere
Jun 12 Visit : John Coles, Roselea Nursery – growing tom’s & cu’s
Jul 10 Visit : Mr R Ayres MBE, Lode Road, Lode CB5 9ER
Aug 14 Ben Potterton : Birds of the more exotic type
Sept 11 Bob Flowerdew : No work
Oct 9 Andrew Tokely (Thompson & Morgan) : Show & Grow
Nov 13 TBA
Dec 13 Barrie Stephenson : Horticultural Antiques Roadshow