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!

Visits
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 rosemary.wickens@mypostoffice.co.uk
Steve LyonsTel 01582 414162 email stevesuelyons@aol.com
Carol Beeton Tel 01582 405597 email carolynmary@cbeeton.wandoo.co.uk
Ruth Hutchings Tel. 01582 450700 email ruth.hutchings@gmail.com
Sue Sturgeon Tel. 07788 643 610 email susan_sturgeon@hotmail.com
Alan Hughes Tel. 01582 485860 email alanhughes448@btinternet.com