Programme 2020

Meetings are held at either Fowlmere Village Hall (FVH) or Thriplow Village Hall (TVH) and commence at 7:45pm on the first Thursday of each month except January and September when the Show will be held (FVH). £2 admission for visitors at most meetings.

Date Event Location
6 February

 AGM & Group Fun Quiz & AGM – Glen Link

After a brief look at the last Club year and the election of officers, we move swiftly on to another year, another Quiz. Glen Link will be in charge of the Quiz and will provide a variety of questions on general knowledge as well as gardening know-how.  You can enjoy a glass of wine – a lovely evening when you have the opportunity to socialise with fellow Club members.

5 March  Interesting Plants – Simon and Jay McWilliams

Hedgehog Plants and Gardens are run by a husband and wife team situated near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. In their own words…..”Though not the biggest, we do our level best to find the most interesting plants we can and introduce them to other gardeners.” They also attend many plant fairs and shows. Highly recommended by other Gardening Clubs!

Hedgehog Plants specialises in unusual plants unavailable from other nurseries.

Competition – Five daffodils/narcissi

2 April                                                                                     CANCELLED – All Meetings, Visits & Tours Planned from March until further notice due to  Covid-19 Lockdown

Flowers and Bees – a perfect partnership – David Coop

David impressed and charmed our members a couple of years ago when he gave a talk about compost. Who knew that such a subject could be so fascinating! He is now the research, development and marketing director at Elsoms Seeds who are the major suppliers of seed into the garden packet seed trade via brands such as Unwins, Marshalls, T & M, Suttons and Fothergills. David has a wealth of experience in the horticultural trade having spent many years with Westlands. David shares his knowledge in an engaging way  – we can guarantee that you will enjoy this talk! 

7 May The History of Growing Tropical Plants in the UK and Their Influence on Our LivesZsuzsa Serer 

Such an interesting speaker, such an interesting life! Zsuzsa delights in sharing her memories of her Romanian upbringing, especially their very special Christmas traditions. She spent many years at Herbal Havens and knows all there is to know about herbs! But tonight we will hear about her orchids. She is fast becoming well-known for her blooms and attends many shows. She will weave us through the UK’s love affair with tropical plants.

13 May  Club visit to Ousden House – Tour of gardens and tea!                                                                                     
4 June Summer Planting with Summer bedding and/or perennials – Lamorna Thomas  

Lamorna describes herself as a “plantaholic garden and allotment owner with a degree in Botany”. Over the years she has built up a successful garden design service, responding to the differing needs of her clients – from those who seek less labour-intensive gardens to others who just want a colourful space in which to relax. Lamorna has built up a fine reputation for giving talks on gardening subjects – recently three in one month! We are very proud of our ‘local girl’ who began her gardening career in Fowlmere

19-22 June                      Club tour to Yorkshire                                                                                        
2 July  Soiree Courtesy of Mrs A Eccles, The Old Vicarage, Church Street, Thriplow

Tickets on sale at May and June Club meetings                                                                                               

6 August The Rose – Wilderness to Wonder – Anne Luder

One of our members has a friend in another Club who recommended Anne and after a look at her website I have no doubts that we will enjoy her talk. Anne began her horticultural career in charge of propogation at an Essex nursery, moved on to be a lecturer at Capel Manor, fitting in time to work as a garden designer!

Tonight Anne will take us on a journey around the ancient world of the rose, from the age of the dinosaur to about 2,000 years ago. For although one talks of the “English Rose” that’s not quite the case….

19     September ANNUAL SHOW – Doors open at 2.00pm

Refreshments, including home-made cakes, raffle, tombola and auction, plus glorious exhibits to admire!

1 October Hostas from Mickfield Hostas  – Melanie Collins             

I can do no better than refer you to the Mickfield Hostas website! What a story is told there. From surviving the 1987 Great Storm, rebuilding a market garden business, moving into creating a hosta collection – now the largest in the country with more than a thousand varieties! Mickfield Hostas now proudly own RHS Gold medals. Do come along and hear the story of Melanie, a partner of this thriving business.

 5 November  A Year in the Allotment – Fred Wilding    

Now a popular member of our Club, Fred used to be Chairman of a neighbouring Horticultural Society, winning many prizes for his exhibits at the Annual Shows. Who better than Fred to tell us about good practice throughout the year on the allotment. I guarantee that you will get some good tips for growing your vegetables!

  3 December  Weeds and the Weed-free Garden – Geoff Hodge

Look at Geoff’s website for information on his experiences across the horticultural world:        

Suffice it to record here that Geoff is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker who always holds the attention of his audience. This subject was requested by our members and we have every hope that Geoff will have all the answers so that we can deal effectively with every weed which may have the audacity to attack our garden!

Join us for our annual Christmas buffet – full of seasonal delicacies and a glass of wine!