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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]

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]

Club News for March 2017

For the first meeting of 2017, the Club invited Clare and Gary Matthews to talk about the on-going restoration of Easton Lodge’s gardens by The Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust. After a brief history of the Lodge and its past owners, especially Darling Daisy, the Countess of Warwick, members were told about how the [Continue]

Club News for February 2017

“Where did that come from?” was the theme of Julie Pollard’s evening of flower arranging.   Every display was accompanied by a brief history of the subject it portrayed, as well as personal memories, anecdotes and general hints on displaying the flowers. The subjects were varied and ranged from Ice Cream to Christmas via John [Continue]

October 2016

Mrs Sue Robinson, our September speaker, gave a talk on “The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll & Edwin Lutyens. Members were given “a photographic tour” around some of the many gardens that these two experts, one in horticulture and the other in architecture, influenced over the decades they worked together. As we visited each garden, the [Continue]