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Great Chesterford & District Gardening Society (Affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society)

The Society, which covers seven local villages including  Littlebury, Strethall and Catmere End, organises meetings, talks and events for people interested in gardens and gardening.  New members (including novice gardeners) and visitors always welcome.  Discounts arranged for members through national and local suppliers. Meetings are normally held ‪at 8.00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month.  Venue:   Main Hall, Ickleton Village Hall, Frogge Street, Ickleton.

For further information please contact Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale ‪01799-525543

Forthcoming Meeting

Wednesday 4th July at 7.30

MINI FLOWER SHOW AND SOCIAL EVENING

A light hearted competition - participation is of more importance than the quality of the produce

Open to members and non- members

May Meeting  Fabulous plants for sale.  Plant sale AGM April.  Planting Sorbus  tree in memory of Cynthia Rule at Ickleton

MEETINGS 2018 TO DATE

On a very chilly evening in February,  the members of Chesterford & District Garden Society were warmed by the talk & photographs of Primroses given & shown by Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery. He explained the narrow area of the country where these plants grow well which luckily encompasses our neighbourhood, as well as the history of this genus of plants.  Joe was a fine example of a plantsman who really came to life when talking about his plants! He also brought some beautiful Spring bulbs to sell.

About twenty members of Chesterford & District Garden Society, together with many friends and members of the Rule family, congregated on Ickleton Village Green on the 18th February to plant a Sorbus tree in memory of Cynthia Rule. Cynthia, who died just over a year ago, lived her whole life in Ickleton & had many roles in the village, as well as being secretary of the Garden Society for many years so it was felt that a tree would be a fitting memorial.

Quiz Questions devised by the Chairman, relating to bugs, birds, blooms and brassicas at the March  meeting saw strong competition amongst members.  Cheese and wine were liberally provided during the interval, and the winning team was ‘The Dandelions’. The evening concluded with Sally's raffle, and a good time was had by all.

Chair, Pauline Gale welcomed fifty members to the Annual General Meeting of Great Chesterford & District Garden Society on Wednesday 4th April.  She reported that there was a consistently high attendance at meetings during the past year, due to the excellent range and quality of speakers, plus a record number of entries in last September’s Bi-Annual Flower & Produce Show.  Outings arranged for Summer 2018 will include Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow and Newnham College Garden, Cambridge.  The overall winner of the monthly Best Bloom Competition was Ann Tozer.  Pauline thanked members of the Committee for their consistent involvement during the year - refreshments, and Sally’s Raffle concluded the evening.

Originally a family farm, Swines Meadow Farm Nursery in Market Deeping, has grown from small beginnings sixteen years ago, to a respected specialist of rare and unusual plants from all over the world. A self confessed Plantaholic, owner Colin Ward brought a large selection of interesting specimens to the May Meeting,  describing each one carefully and with obvious passion, together with all those details rarely available on a label!  Gold medal winners from County Shows, Colin and Karan have built up a large customer base via their website, exhibitions and plant fairs.  Following the talk, members enjoyed the opportunity to further discuss and purchase the plants on view.   Colin judged the Monthly Competition - a Spring Flower - which was won by Gerry Birch.

 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2018 - 2019  Full details on the pdf below        ** Plants/Products will be for sale

NO MEETING DURING JANUARY 2018.

7th February 2018  PRIMROSES **  Speaker: Joe Sharman, Monksilver Nursery.  Plantsman, Writer and Broadcaster
 
7th March 2018   SPRING PARTY & QUIZ with a selection of Cheeses, Biscuits & Wine £3 entry (includes refreshments)

2nd May 2018   COLIN'S CHOICE - A talk for plantaholics

6th June 2018    GROW YOUR OWN SUPER INGREDIENTS, PLANTS & SPICES - Claudio Bincoletto

14th June 2018  VISIT TO FULLERS MILL GARDEN, WEST STOW, SUFFOLK, 1P28 6HD

4th July 2018    MINI FLOWER SHOW

5th July 2018 (Thursday) VISIT TO NEWNHAM COLLEGE GARDEN, SIDGWICK AVENUE, CAMBRIDGE, CB3 9DF

5th September 2018  NUTS: CULTIVATION & HISTORY OF NUTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - Jacqueline Aviolet

7th September 2018 VISIT TO HYDE HALL, CREEPHEDGE LANE, RETTENDON, CHELMSFORD, ESSEX CM3 8RA

3rd October 2018 THE GARDENS OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE  Steve Elstub

7th November 2018  GROWING FRO THE FLOWER ARRAGNER ALL YEAR Maike Windhorst

5th December 2018 ERNEST 'CHINESE' WILSON - EDWARDIAN PLANT HUNTER EXTRAORDINAIRE  Dr Twigs Way

6th February 2019  AN EYE FOR A BIRD COLIN DAY

6th March 2019  SPRING PARTY & QUIZ with a selection of cheeses, biscuits and wine   £3 entry (includes refreshments)

3rd April 2019  AGM PLANT SALE WITH TEA & CAKE, AND MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

For further information please contact Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799 525543

Attachments:
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Download this file (Calendar 2018_2019.pdf)Calendar 2018_2019.pdf

6th June 2018 meeting



Recent Meeting
The Members at the June meeting enjoyed a return visit from Claudio Bincoletto - professional forager, chef, horticulturist. His interest in botany began during his childhood years in Northern Italy.  His primary profession was a chef, but during his national service, he became a trained forager in order to feed the troops when they were all out on exercise.  During the last twenty years, as a chef and gardener in London he studied botany, herbal traditions and wild foods.  He has an obvious passion for his subject, and brought with him wild plants, and seeds to taste, as well as examples of insects beneficial to the everyday gardener.  This month’s competition featured a display of colourful and fragrant roses.

June visit to Fullers Mill - Garden Society

The sun shone for the visit in June to Fullers Mill Garden, in Suffolk.  The River Lark runs through the enchanted and tranquil waterside and woodland garden, which sixty years ago was merely rough scrub and trees.  Now it is seven acres of  year round interest, with a fabulous collection of unusual shrubs, perennials and marginal plants.  The riverbanks and Mill Pond were a haven for dancing dragonflies ...the perfect week to see them.  The Garden was gifted to Perennial, The Gardeners Benevolent Society five years ago, and is open to visitors from April to September.

           

 

July meeting of the Garden Society - and a visit

There was a good turnout for the Social Evening and Mini Flower Show in early July.  Exhibits included colourful and fragrant stems of Roses, Clematis, Flowering Herbaceous Plants, as well as Fruit, Herbs, Vegetables, and decorative Foliage.  As always the emphasis was on participation rather than the quality of produce, and members brought a variety of species for inclusion in each of the ten classes.  Best in Show was Gill Gates with Sweet Pea “Almost Black”, and Overall Winner with the maximum number of votes for her combined entries was Catherine Cocks.  Please note that there will not be a meeting during August.

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Club visits 2016

In May, we visited R & R Saggers Nursery in Newport to hear about its development over the years. Roger & Roz kindly provided us with refreshments & both took groups around the Nursery pointing out interesting features.  In addition we were invited to explore the lovely garden next door, which is maintained by Roger.

In June we braved torrential rain & thunder, as we were shown round the beautiful garden at Parsonage House, Helions Bumpstead by the owner, Mrs Annie Turner. Despite the weather, the members were delighted to have the opportunity to see the wildflower meadow, stunning borders and unusual plants.

  

We were treated to an enjoyable & informative tour of Clare College Garden, on a July evening, when Steve Elstub, Head Gardener, told us the history of the garden, as well as some of the difficulties faced by his team, when trying to maintain the garden alongside university events!         

Do please come and join us!

24th Flower & Produce Show

The Great Chesterford & District Gardening Society held its 24th Flower & Produce Show on Saturday 9th September. More than 80 classes of colourful exhibits were on display, proving that the achievement of a perfect rose and impressive produce is possible, in spite of this year’s variable temperatures.

  

Plant a pot for Christmas           Produce           First prize for a 'Perfect Rose'

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