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Northwood Green Gardening Club

Programme 2018

 Meetings held at Northwood Green Social Hall, GL 14 1NB, at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated. Enquiries: contact Sue Stephens 01452 760773

Visitors are welcome to any meetings, cost £3

Thursday 11 January        Wild Orchids of the South Midlands     by Colin Scrutton

Dr Colin Sutton is chairman of the Hardy Orchid Society and will tell us about his search for the beautiful orchid in our area


Thursday 8 February        Buying Abroad for Nurseries      by Mervyn Reed

A look at some of Mervyn’s experiences as a plant buyer when travelling to Italy and Holland.


Sunday 25 February (3pm)          See the Snowdrops

This afternoon a visit to The Naight House, Minsterworth, GL2 8JJ has been arranged to see the snowdrops

Cost:  donation from £5 to include tea and cake.            Numbers needed in advance.

 Thursday 8 March              Flowers flamboyant to demure  by Keith Ferguson

The talk follows the seasons beginning with snowdrops and winter shrubs; and the theme with colourful flowers contrasted with less showy and often less well known but charming counterparts is developed. Many different spring bulbs, poppies, peonies, other herbaceous perennials and shrubs, roses and clematis through to autumn asters, nerines and colchicums followed by foliage colour are featured. Cultural and propagation information is given. 

Thursday 5 April     Entering produce in your local show  by Roger Keyes

Roger, a nursery man from Blaisdon, is well known to the club having entertained us on many previous occasions. Tonight he will let us know how to win at our local shows


7 pm Thursday 3 May       Open Evening with talk

Members to bring plants for sale and invite guests for the evening

Talk:   Ranunculaceae – not just a load of buttercups         by Rachel Salisbury

There are around 1800 species in this Ranunculaceae family. Most of them are well-known wild flowers or garden flowers, including Buttercups, Anemones, Delphiniums, Aquilegias and Clematis. Rachel will tell us all about them.  Rachel is a horticultural graduate with a lifetime of experience working in the industry and teaching. Now retired she enjoys her Herefordshire garden and allotment, together with photography.


7 pm Tuesday 12 June     Social Evening

A relaxing evening in the garden of club members David & Pat Brooke, Appleton House, Northwood Green, GL14 1NB


7 pm Thursday 21 June   Evening visit to Berry’s Place Farm, Bulley Lane,    Churcham, GL2 8AS

A one acre country garden with lawns, herbaceous borders, kitchen garden, rose arbour, lake and summer house.

Cost:               £6 to include tea/coffee and cake


Thursday 5 July     Daytime visit to two gardens

(Lunch to be arranged at a nearby hostelry)

Morning (10 am)      Brobury House Gardens, Brobury by Bedwardine,  Herefordshire, HR3 6BS

Nine acres of gardens set on the banks of an exquisitely beautiful section of the river Wye offer the visitor a delightful combination of Victorian terraces, with mature specimen trees, inspiring water features, architectural planting and woodland areas. Redesign and development is ongoing
Cost:               Entry £6; tea and biscuits £2.50; coffee and biscuits £3.

Afternoon (2 pm)    Midland Farm, Pig Street, Norton Wood, Herefordshire, HR4 7BP

A new 1.2 acre cottage garden begun in 2008. Designed as a series of rooms including bee and kitchen gardens; perennials a speciality. Featured in The Garden and Country Living
£7 to include tea/coffee and cake

Thursday 6 September     Potagers by Mrs Chris Ching

A potager is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden.  The historical design precedent is from the Gardens of the French renaissance and baroque eras.  Often flowers (edible and non-edible) and herbs are planted with the vegetables to enhance the gardens beauty.

Thursday 4 October          Notable Gardens of the National Trust by Dr Hargreaves

Dr Hargreaves is a presenter on a wide range of gardening topics from overseas subjects to general interest. The gardens in tonight’s presentation start in Cornwall and finish in Norfolk. They have been chosen to illustrate the many different styles of gardens managed by the National trust.

Members are invited to bring homemade chutney for others to sample, with cheese provided, after the talk.


Thursday 1 November (AGM)     Gardening for Wildlife       by Philip & Helen Mugridge

Philip and Helen Mugridge are prime movers in the Forest of Dean Area Group of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. They are passionate about wildlife particularly as photographers, travelling all over the world capturing amazing images from their adventures.

The AGM will follow the talk


Thursday 13 December

Christmas Party with a gardening theme