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Great Chesterford and District Garden Society

DECEMBER REPORT
Dr Twigs Way is a lecturer and writer with a fascination for the history of gardens and gardeners.  Her talk at the December meeting entitled Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson – Edwardian Plant Hunter Extraordinaire was stimulating, portraying the man, and the years given to discovering the locations of plants that we consider, today, to  be part of our garden landscape in the West. Interested in plants from an early age he had the opportunity to travel to China in the latter 19th century.  Experiencing torturous terrain, political unrest and threat of tropical disease, he nevertheless over the period of eleven years introduced 2000 species, including Lilium Regale, Rhododendron, Acer, Berberis, Clematis and the fascinating Handkerchief Tree.  His photographs of the locations remain as well as the meticulous records of his discoveries and the terrain in which they were found. The Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden is now a permanent reminder of his early years and is open daily in his birthplace, Chipping Campden.  This last meeting of 2018 ended with mulled wine and seasonal refreshments.  Ann Tozer won the competition for ‘Something Seasonal’ with a sparkling table decoration.

REMINDER:  NO MEETING DURING JANUARY
The February Meeting on Wednesday 6th will be the SPRING PARTY & QUIZ – £3 entry includes refreshments. 
The AGM & PLANT SALE in April, and on Saturday 7th September the colourful Bi-Annual SOCIETY FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW will be held at Chesterfords Community Centre. Don’t be Shy! Enter some exhibits! Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and Afternoon Tea! 
As always the monthly speakers are interesting and knowledgeable, imparting enthusiasm for their chosen subject.  Look forward to return visits from Geoff Hodge, Dr Twigs Way – and Summer Visits to some beautiful formal gardens
New members (including novice gardeners) and visitors are always welcome to Meetings. Members are entitled to discounts through national and local garden suppliers.  For further information please contact the Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543. Meetings are normally held at 8.00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month (except January & August).Venue:Main Hall, Ickleton Village Hall, Frogge Street, Ickleton.

 

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

 

MEETINGS 2018

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 2019  Full details on the pdf below        ** Plants/Products will be for sale

GREAT CHESTERFORD & DISTRICT GARDENING SOCIETY PROGRAMME 2019

NOTE:  NO MEETING DURING JANUARY

Wednesday 6th February 2019
SPRING PARTY & QUIZ with a selection of Cheeses, Biscuits & Wine
£3 entry (includes refreshments)
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

Wednesday 6th March 2019
AN EYE FOR A BIRD
Speaker: Colin Day  -  local amateur naturalist with tips for encouraging birds into the garden.
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

Wednesday 3rd April 2019
AGM & PLANT SALE with Tea & Cake
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543
 (Annual Subscription now due)
                                                
Wednesday 1st May 2019    
BEAUTIFUL NEW ZEALAND – THE FLORA OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE        
Speaker: Robin Carsberg – has been involved in horticulture both as a keen amateur grower and an Essex Guild Horticultural Judge.  Has been speaking to Clubs and Societies for many years where his photographs have been widely admired.                                        
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

Wednesday 5th June 2019
GARDENING IN DRY AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS, AND DROUGHT-RESISTING PLANTS
Speaker: Geoff Hodge – A welcome return for this writer, author and broadcaster, and regular contributor to gardening magazines 1websites                    
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
JUDGING OF HORTICULTURAL EXHIBITS IS NOT AND NEVER CAN BE AN EXACT SCIENCE
Speaker: Kate Chambers, Essex Guild of Horticulture Judge - welcome advice on how to prepare and display produce for exhibition.
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

NOTE:  NO MEETING DURING AUGUST

Wednesday 4th September 2019
PRE-SHOW SOCIAL MEETING
An opportunity to socialise with other members and to register exhibits for the Show.  Refreshments provided.
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

Saturday 7th September 2019 at 2.00 p.m.
SOCIETY FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW
Main Hall, Chesterfords Community Centre.  
Please do enter some exhibits or come along to view the wonderful displays.
Enjoy afternoon tea, chat to your friends, and take part in the excellent raffle, as this all adds to the friendly atmosphere of the afternoon!

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
SUNFLOWERS IN ART AND CULTURE
Speaker Dr.Twigs Way – this entertaining researcher into historic gardens and designed landscapes often explores the quirkier aspects of garden history                
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

Wednesday 6th November 2019
VARIEGATION – ORIGINS AND TYPES
Speaker Joe Sharman, Monksilver Nursery – writer, broadcaster and nurseryman, Joe is a popular returning speaker, known as ‘Mr. Snowdrop’.  Plants will be for sale.            
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

Wednesday 4th December 2019
CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
Speaker Janette Merilion – exploring the folklore of mistletoe, holly, and what looks good in the garden at Christmas.  Plants will be for sale.
8.00 pm MAIN HALL, ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL, FROGGE STREET
Further information, Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543

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 the Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799 525543

Garden Club meeting Autumn 2018

 The first speaker of the autumn was Jacqueline Aviolet, nurseryman and owner of Rosie’s garden plants. A specialist in a wide variety of hardy plants and of propagation, she was a natural and enthusiastic speaker. Jacqueline gave an amusing and informative talk on the subject of ‘Nuts, Cultivation and History from around the World’.

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July Social Evening and Mini Flower Show 2018

There was a good turnout and 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.

 

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.