Category: News

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]

Garden Bugs – Good and Bad

Dr Ian Bedford – Head of Entomology at the John Innes Centre in Norfolk was our Club’s Guest Speaker in October. Ironically his planned computerised talk “got a bug” so “Plan B” was put into operation and members were told about “Garden Bugs – Good and Bad”!! After explaining his job and showing how the [Continue]

The importance of water in the garden

Darren Lerigo gave a talk to our group in September on “Diluted – the importance of water in the garden”. He has found that gardening in Essex, one of the driest areas of the UK with its lower rainfall and the strong, drying winds was a challenge! With so many  patios, drives, new buildings etc, a lot of rainwater [Continue]

Club visit to Piercewebb garden in Clavering

Despite the unseasonal weather during the afternoon by the time members gathered at Piercewebbs in Clavering the weather had improved and an enjoyable time was spent wandering around the garden. In the sheltered walled garden there is a pond and lovely herbaceous borders with unusual hydrangeas and other flowering shrubs. A gate in the wall [Continue]

Coach Trip – Open to Everyone

Mountfitchet Garden Club is organising a coach outing to Furzelea Garden in Danbury, followed by a visit to RHS Hyde Hall (the visit coincides with the Autumn Plant Fair) on Saturday 23rd September 2017. The coach will depart the Day Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet at 08.30hrs   Cost: £18.00 pp   For more information or [Continue]