We are a very sociable and happy club with a variety of activities.
Members are not fanatical experts but enjoy gardening, listening to talks about gardens, gardeners and plants, visiting gardens and meeting up with like-minded people. Going to our meetings is a good way to meet people not only from the Thriplow and Fowlmere but also from neighbouring villages. In addition to the meetings, the Club holds a Summer Soiree in a member’s garden, a social evening to start the Club’s Gardening Year in February which includes a group quiz, and a Christmas buffet to celebrate the end of the Club year.
We are one of the fastest growing Clubs in the area. Membership is only £7 a year and visitors can sample a meeting for just £2.
We meet on the first Thursday of the month – except for January and September (when we have the Annual Show). Check the ‘Programme’ site or the printed card, for the venue as we meet in both Fowlmere and Thriplow Village Halls.
Most years we organise a weekend tour – look in our ‘Active Items’ and ‘Programme’ sites for the next one, and the ‘Archive’ site for accounts of previous years’ trips with special memorable ones as below.
We have hosted ‘BBC Radio 4s – Gardeners Question Time’ – listen to the ‘Podcast’ also as below.
The Club is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society with access to their shows including the famous Chelsea Flower Show.
Thanks to Daffodil Weekend Trust, we have an admirable sound system so our members can hear every word. In addition, the Trust has enabled us to purchase very professional looking vases for use at our Annual Show – this year 2019 the Show will not be held but we are planning one in September 2020 in Fowlmere Village Hall. The current Show ‘Guide-Lines’ can be found in our ‘Active Items’, ‘Programme’ sites and below here. There are classes to suit everyone – flowers, fruit, vegetables, plants, arts, crafts, home produce and classes for children, with many trophies to be awarded.
At most meetings, we have a well-stocked plant stall. We hold raffles for Perennial, the charity which supports horticulturalists when they face personal or financial hardship.
More information from:
Mary Duff, Chair Fowlmere & Thriplow Gardening Club