Category: News

What Do I Do with this Space?

This was the subject of our September speaker, Mr Darren Lerigo. Whatever your age, everyone enjoys their personal space, and in a garden you can enjoy creating and making this space your very own. Using a series of slides from around the world, members were shown the different “spaces” and how the individuals’ needs have [Continue]

Change to August Meeting

Due to a family illness the scheduled visit to Chrishall Garden on Wednesday 1st August has been CANCELLED. We are of course saddened by the news, and wish them a quick recovery Instead we have managed to secure Clare Kneen from Saffron Walden, who will give members a talk at the Day Centre. Further details [Continue]

Keeping Chickens

  Members were introduced to ‘Keeping Chickens’ by Claudia Audley of Bury Green Poultry. Claudia started keeping chickens when she was six and over the years has turned her hobby into a successful poultry breeding business. The presentation covered the equipment needed, type of food: from ‘just hatched’ to ‘layers’, pellets to treats, medical issues [Continue]

Fun & Flair with Flowers

Fun and FLair with flowers - demonstration

Over 130 people attended the flower arranging display at The Forest Hall School on 25th April. Gill McGregor, a National Association of Flower Arranger Societies (NAFAS) National Teacher has demonstrated flower arranging to audiences around the UK. Gill showed the audience six outstanding displays using a variety of flowers in stunning colours. Her skills in [Continue]

Our 2018-19 Season is here

Now is the ideal time to become a member of our club as the new season starts next month on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings (there is a nominal charge of £3.00 per person), but by joining the club as a member you will pay just £15.00 per person [Continue]

Notes from our AGM 2018

The Chairman reported that membership numbers had fallen slightly over the year as several members had moved away. From feedback received the monthly talks and arranged trips had been enjoyed. The Treasurer outlined the club’s finances and confirmed support was needed at the forthcoming fundraising event “Fun & Flair with Flowers”. The cost of speakers [Continue]

Our Mini-Spring Show 2018

Despite the weather being fickle, and some spring plants being at least 2-3 weeks behind, the Day Centre was transformed by a colourful display of flowers, shrubs and a wide variety of houseplants. The mini-show was well supported with over 67 entries across the 15 Classes.   The full-list of winners will be published on [Continue]

Mexico – A Land of Contrasts

After spending 16 years at Kew, our speaker, Mr Graham Pattison became Director of the Mexican Botanic Gardens based in Mexico City. He spent several years working and training local staff alongside visiting students on horticulture, plant conservation and botanic garden management, before returning to the UK to lecture, be involved with the National Collections [Continue]

Rethink your Garden

This was the topic of Mr Andrew Sankey’s talk in November. “Rethinking” is very different from “redesigning” where you start with a blank canvas. Using examples from his own and his mother’s garden members were shown how little by little an area in a garden can be altered so that the right plant grows in the right [Continue]