The Gardening Club

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME – Guests/Visitors £2 each – We meet at The Village Hall

The Gardening Club

Gardening Club Plant Sale.

Slip End Gardening Club is now in it’s 7th year & has over 30 enthusiastic members. Annual membership remains at £5. New members are always welcome. The year is filled with a variety of activities, meetings in the village hall with a speaker, a Christmas social evening, visits to local gardens, plant sales, Open Gardens & occasional coach trips.

Club meetings
We meet in the village hall 5 times a year on Monday evenings at 8pm.This year we have enjoyed listening to speakers on a variety of topics including “The 12 Month Garden-Colour All Year Round”: “History of the English Garden” and “The Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew”. Past speakers have told us about the Role of the Woburn Abbey Garden Manager, preparing a garden for Chelsea Flower Show & the Bedfordshire Bat group – followed by a walk.
In 2016 we have speakers booked to talk on topics such as “In a Monastery Garden”, “Civic Trees”, “Fieldgate Flowers-Grown not Flown” and “Portrait of a Victorian Garden”. A recent innovation that has proven very popular has been short talks by members at our Annual General Meeting in January. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings for a small fee of £2-coffee/tea and biscuits included!

During the past 7 years we have enjoyed some delightful visits to local gardens open under the National Garden Scheme including the Walled Gardens at Luton Hoo & The Hyde, the Swiss Garden at Old Warden & the King’s Arms Garden in Ampthill. Other visits have included a snowdrop walk, the Gardens of the Rose in St Albans , and Wrest Park. (See program for visits in 2016). Our visits usually take place on a Sunday afternoon, We meet in the Rising Sun car park in Slip End at 1.30pm & ‘double up’ on cars. However visits are also arranged on other days and times.(so do check your programme!) This year a coach trip is being organised to Wisley in June 2016

Plant Sales & Open Gardens
We alternate these 2 events. Last May we had a wonderful plant sale at The Village Hall in Slip End. where we sold hundreds of bedding plants, vegetable plants, hanging baskets & perennials, & raised money for club funds.(see photograph) This year is Open Gardens & there will be many beautiful, local gardens open on 16th July 12th 2016 revealing a wide variety of garden designs & ideas.

For further information please contact committee members below:

Rosemary Wickens Tel.01582 423622 email
Steve LyonsTel 01582 414162 email
Carol Beeton Tel 01582 405597 email
Ruth Hutchings Tel. 01582 450700 email
Sue Sturgeon Tel. 07788 643 610 email
Alan Hughes Tel. 01582 485860 email