The April meeting of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will be on SUNDAY 8 APRIL from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. and will take the form of a visit to the garden of Richard Hobbs and Sally Ward at Witton Lane Seeds, 16 Witton Lane, Little Plumstead, NR13 5DL Richard Hobbs was the speaker at the February meeting of the Club and the garden is open as part of the National Gardens Scheme, with light refreshments being served.
Admission will be paid by the Gardening Club for all members who renew their subscription for 2018; otherwise it will be £3.00 for non-members.
The first 2018 meeting of the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will be held at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall on Tuesday 6th February at 7.30 p.m. when the speaker will be Richard Hobbs. He has a particular interest in bulbs, especially daffodils and hyacinths and holds the Plant Heritage National Collection of Muscari, which he inherited from Jenny Robinson. He has been Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society for 10 years plus, a former Director of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and now runs Witton Lane Seeds, specialising in rare and unusual species.
Everyone welcome – you can join the Club on the night for an annual subscription or pay £2.00 on the door on the night for this meeting. Refreshments available.
SATURDAY 17 and SUNDAY 18 JUNE 2017
More than a dozen gardens – both large and small – will be open to visitors during this year’s Open Gardens weekend organised by the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club, some regulars and some new ones to enjoy in what, we hope, will be glorious weather. Tickets and a map of the route, as well as refreshments, will be available in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall (NR16 1AA) and in various gardens – cost £4.00 for adults covering both days; accompanied children free.
All Saints’ Church in Ashwellthorpe will be presenting a Flower Display where you can vote for your favourite and St Nicholas Church, Fundenhall, will be putting on a display of Gardening in a Barrel. Various gardens will also have plants to sell.It is hoped that some local musicians will provide pop-up entertainment in different locations.
Come along yourselves; bring your friends and neighbours; enjoy the weekend; and help the charitable organisations being supported.
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The next meeting of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will be held at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall (Satnav NR16 1AA) on Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 7.30 p.m. for 7.45 p.m. when the speaker will be Hilary Reid talking about making a Wildlife Pond. Please bring friends and neighbours along – all visitors welcome.
Open Gardens Weekend on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June 2017 – if you are able to volunteer in someone else’s garden, please let Debbie de Spon know (01508 488300) – spare pairs of hands selling tickets or giving information always handy. What about growing a few extra plants or dividing a thriving shrub to provide pans to sell on the day? -again, contact Debbie de Spon.
Summer Outing to Raveningham Hall Sunday 13 August 2017 – slight change to meeting time: Muster at 1.45 p.m. for brief talk about the garden and then a tour from 2.00 p.m. o 4.00 p.m.
Tuesday 3 October 2017 -the speaker will be Trevor Harrison from Creake Nursery on ‘The Winter Garden’
The Christmas Party is still the same date as already advertised – Tuesday 5 December 2017
Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club is hoping to increase its membership, so please share this information with friends and family and anyone you think might be interested, especially if they are new to the area. Non-members can pay a£2.00 “drop-in” fee and are very welcome.
Here is the programme for the rest of the year:
Tuesday 4 April 2017 – Speaker: Hilary Read “Making a Wildlife Pond”
Saturday 17/Sunday 18 June 2017 – OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND
Sunday 13 August 2017 – 2.00 p.m. Outing to Raveningham Gardens
Tuesday 3 October 2017 – to be advised
Tuesday 5 December 2017 – Christmas Party
The first meeting of the Gardening Club in 2017 will be on Tuesday 7 February starting at 7.30 p.m. – this time at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall so that the speaker can make use of the fixed large screen for his power point talk. The speaker is Jaime Blake from Bressingham Gardens, talking on ‘Alan Bloom……..a thinker and a doer’ and it will trace Alan Bloom’s life from relatively humble beginnings to the founding of the Bloom name in horticulture and in steam preservation. (Jaime says “don’t worry, the Steam side of things isn’t a key part of the talk”). He hopes “to explore some of Alan Bloom’s motivations and how they came to be formed from his early experiences of his Nursery and farming activities in Cambridgeshire. It also considers some of the personal and professional relationships he had and how they influenced him and were influenced by him.The talk has a broad appeal as it is not plant specific”
The next meeting of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will be at The Piggeries, Hall Farmhouse, Ashwellthorpe at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 11 October. Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, who live in the village and are co-authors of several books including “The Herbalist’s Bible” and “Kitchen Medicine”, will be talking about garden plants and weeds and how we can use them, and will be bringing with them slides, plants and copies of their books.
If you wish to come along to this meeting and join the Gardening Club, phone Debbie de Spon on 01508 488300
DON’T FORGET – the outing on THURSDAY 16 JUNE will be a private tour of Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery, Langmere Road, Dickleburgh (Postcode IP21 4QA starting at 6.30 p.m. Ben Potterton, the owner and Nurseryman, will give a short talk and a tour of the gardens which are home not only to many different plants, but also to kookaburras, cranes, storks, miniature donkeys, squirrel monkeys and alpacas. Please contact the Secretary, Debbie de Spon, on 01508 488300 (a) if you wish to go on this outing and (b) if you also want to car share and (c) if you wish to become a member of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club.
The next meeting of the Gardening Club will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at The Piggeries, Hall Farmhouse, The Street, Ashwellthorpe when the speaker will be John Everett, talking about his subject of beekeeping – for example, on the life cycle of a bee and the different types of bee. He will be happy to answer questions and to suggest bee friendly plants for your gardens.
Subs for 2016 at £12 for the year are now being collected by the Treasurer, Nick de Spon – please drop your sub or a cheque for that amount (made out to Nick de Spon) in the letterbox at 103 The Street, Ashwellthorpe.
The June 2016 will be an evening visit to a place to be announced nearer the time but the Summer Outing is confirmed for Sunday 14 August 2016 at 2.00 p.m. (Cost £4.50) This will be a visit to the garden of Lake House, Brundall, which Janet Muter and her husband have restored and which is occasionally opened under the National Garden Scheme. But the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club visit will be a private tour, given by the Muters, of the garden which includes a series of ponds which descend through a wooded valley to the shore of the lake and which has steep paths winding through the valley planted with a variety of shrubs and seasonal flowers which attract rare birds, dragonflies and mammals. It is planned that there will be tea taken afterwards at a place to be announced.
Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club meets every alternate month at The Piggeries, Hall Farmhouse, The Street, Ashwellthorpe (next the Church), at 7.30 p.m. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be provided. If you wish to join this very friendly Gardening Club, please contact the Secretary – Debbie de Spon – on 01508 488300.
Tuesday 16 February 2016 – Our Speaker is Gabi Reid from Garbriel’s Garden in Gissing, who sows, grows, cuts and arranges beautiful cottage garden flowers, wild flowers, grasses, herbs and foliage for use in the home or special events and weddings. Gabi will tell the story of the development from scratch of her smallholding.
Wednesday 13 April 2016 – Speaker and Subject to be announced
Thursday 16 June 2016 – ‘Summer Special’
Sunday 14 August 2016 – GARDENING CLUB OUTING
Tuesday 11 October 2016 – Speaker and Subject to be announced
Friday 9 December 2016 – CHRISTMAS PARTY
Lynn Preston is arranging the speakers for this year and more details on them and on the Summer Special and Club Outing will follow shortly.