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Programme of Events 2024

Our Speakers for 2024

9th January 7:30pm (note date!)

Helen Chen

Helen has been collecting bamboos for over 20 years since falling in love with them whilst living in China.
Bamboos: The good, the bad and the ugly
How they grow, runners and 
clumpers, growing bamboos in containers and which to grow.

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6th February 7.30pm

John Ashton

Dating for Gardeners
Where did our plants and trees come from? How and when?

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5th March 7.30pm

Debbie Cooke

Gardening with Wildlife in mind.
Debbie is an award winning garden designer, adviser, gardener, lover of nature and all things beautiful....

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2nd April 7.30pm

Simon and Jay McWilliams

Woodland Perennials
Simon and Jay are from "Hedgehog Plants and Gardens"


7th May 7.30pm

Brian Carline

Brian is author of "Soil, Sweat and Tears" a book of advice for the reluctant gardener.
Fuchsias, Pelargoniums and organic Vegetable Grower. He is also a broadcaster.


4th June 7.30pm

Ed Burger

Herbs for Health and Healing.
He has been a Herbalist Medicine Practitioner and Teacher for 25 years. He has written features about herbs and healing for a number of magazines and is a dedicated plantsman, growing a wide variety of herbal medicines in his woodland garden in Suffolk. 


2nd July  7.30pm

Marc McHearne

Five Gardens at Beth's - all different soils and conditions.
Marc McHearne is Growing Manager at Beth’s Chatto’s and is the Product Team Leader responsible for raising plants in the stock beds.


6th August  7.30pm

Tim Wreghitt

A Pathologist at Chelsea - Allergies, Intolerances and Poisons.
Virologist and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, Dr Tim Wreghitt put together a stand at Chelsea to teach visitors more about what pathologists actually do. He enjoyed it so much, he went on to stage several more displays, winning Gold and meeting Royalty along the way. 
He tells us how plants work as allergens, poisons, diagnostic tools and clues, as well as what it was like to meet Prince Phillip and Princess Anne


3rd September 7.30pm

Matthew Tanton Brown

Climbers and Wall Shrubs - Clothe your walls with an array of plants.
Experienced horticulturalist Matthew Tanton Brown trained at Wisley, Merrist Wood and Hadlow colleges.  He now runs his own garden consultancy, is on the committee of Suffolk Plant Heritage, and is a familiar figure as expert gardener at local horticultural shows and radio. 
Climbing plants have all sorts of uses in the garden, whether hiding unsightly features, growing through other plants to extend their season of interest, or packing more plants into a garden that seems full by going up.  Matthew will look at choosing the right climber for the space, supports, planting techniques, pruning and pest control.


1st October 7.30pm

Luci Skinner

Auriculas - a discussion on the history, growing and propagation of a perfect little plant.

Luci Skinner trained as a florist, before becoming co-owner of Suffolk nursery Woottens, and now runs her own garden consultancy. 
Her talk will explain how to grow auriculas successfully, covering potting, pest control, and propagation, and looks at the history and range of colours and types of these beautiful plants, and their origins in the wild.


5th November 7.30pm

AGM and Social

End of Year get-together for members

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Visits 2024

1.  Tuesday 18th June. 

An evening get-together and visit to a garden in Bower House Tye, CO6 5BZ. The visit starts at 6pm, the cost is £5 per person. There will be wine and soft drinks but please bring a plate of nibbles to share if you can. 


2. Thursday 27th June

Visit to a garden in East Bergholt, CO7 6TF. This starts at 11am and coffee and cake will be provided. Cost: £9


3. Saturday 6th July

Spud Day at Poplars Farm, Groton, CO10 5EX. Meet there at 4pm with your bucket of spuds and as usual, please bring a plate of tea-time treats to share. For new members, this is a fun competition to see who can grow the most spuds in a builders bucket. Crops vary from ounces to pounds!


4. Wednesday 23rd October

Visit to Green Island Gardens, Ardleigh, CO7 7SP for beautiful Autumn Colours. 11am. Cost £9

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