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Stansted goes Bananas

Ever wondered what exotic fruit can be grown in your own back garden? Well how about bananas? One local resident from Forest Hall Park in Stansted, contacted the club to show off the Musa Basjoo banana plants they have been growing in their garden. Planted directly in the ground, the plants have grown to an [Continue]

Gardens of New York and New England

We were very luck to be given a talk by Mr Chris Chadwell on the Gardens of New York and New England. He began by introducing himself as a modern day plant hunter/conservationist and because of his expertise in Himalayan flora, he has been asked by The North America Rock Garden Society (NARGS) to speak to [Continue]

Suffolk Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies, Wild flowers and Orchids

Members were lucky to receive a talk from Mr Alex Bass, a Wildlife Tour Guide who, using a series of slides, told members about the various protected areas found in Suffolk around Minsmere, Dunwich Heath, The Blyth Estuary and the Suffolk Brecklands. The 1,000-hectare site at Minsmere is the largest and has been managed by the RSPB [Continue]

Self-Sufficiency Throughout The Year

After searching for over three years, our guest speaker, Maike Windhorst, finally found a house with a three acre garden located between Wickford and Billericay, that would allow her to garden organically with the aim of becoming self-sufficient. After studying the various methods of crop rotation, her first attempt, using raised beds was unsuccessful – [Continue]

Flowering Shrubs

“Flowering Shrubs” was the title of Mr George Lockwood’s talk earlier this year. Hailing from Enfield, he pursued his love of gardening by attending courses at Capel Manor where, he admits, he managed to get his tongue around Latin Names! He cares for five gardens and is totally organic. The wide variety of flowering shrubs [Continue]

Pin Me To The Wall & Do What You Want With Me

Now did we get your attention? This was the intriguing title of a talk given to the Mountfitchet Garden Club by Andrew Mikolajski who entertained members with his knowledge of climbers and wall shrubs. He gave a wealth of ideas and hints on where to position the plants, how to prune them, easy methods of attaching [Continue]

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]