The Club arranges monthly talks on the 3rd Monday of the month from September to April on a wide variety of subjects from particular plant species to gardening techniques, from individual gardens to the history of gardening. In the summer months there are evening visits to gardens in the local area and usually a longer day trip by coach to further afield. In May each year we hold our renowned Plant Sale on a Saturday morning. We hold an Annual Show, usually in August, open to all Club members and to residents of West Wickham, Streetly End and surrounding villages. The Club has an account with a leading seed company that means that seeds can be purchased at a discount.
The Club is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and Club members can access their advice service free of charge.
PROGRAMME FOR 2021
Due to the covid-19 crisis, the club was not able to hold meetings. However, the club’s committee put together a programme of talks on Zoom and were be happy to welcome non-members who wish to join us. Our talks were as follows:
Monday 18 January. John Anderson, the Keeper of Gardens at Windsor Great Park will talk on the Savill and Valley Gardens.
Monday 15 February. Gardening historian Cherrill Sands from the Guildford Institute will talk on Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most iconic figures in 20th Century garden design.
Monday 15 March. Andrew Ward from Norwell Nurseries in Nottinghamshire will talk on ‘Ringing the Changes with Bell Flowers’ which will include plants such as Foxgloves and Campanula.
Monday 19 April. Gail & John Summerfield from Westshore Nurseries, Lincolnshire will talk on ‘Plot to pot; growing vegetables and fruit for fun and flavour.
Saturday 22 May. Pop-up plant sales. 10.00a.m. and 1.00p.m. The Club sold surplus plants from simple outdoor stalls.
Monday 21 June. Instead of a garden visit, there was an extra zoom talk. ‘Wonderful Weeds’, by Peter Williams.
FROM JULY THE CLUB WAS ABLE TO RECOMMENCE MEETINGS IN THE VILLAGE HALL
Saturday 21 August. Annual Show. 2.30 – 4.30, West Wickham Village Hall. We were delighted to confirm that this years show would go ahead. You can download a copy of the show schedule by clicking on Show Schedule-21 A copy of our ‘Brief guide to exhibiting’ can be downloaded by clicking on Revised brief guide to exhibiting 2021
All meetings start at 7.30pm, in West Wickham Village Hall
Monday 18 October: Flames & feathers. Talk on tulip appreciation and obsession by Andrew Morris.
Monday 15 November: Unusual trees. Talk by Jim Pain from Walnut Tree Nursery, Attleborough.
Monday 20 December: Brussel Sprouts to Tangerines. Talk by Jacqueline Aviolet from Rosies Garden Plants.
WINTER/SPRING 2022 PROGRAMME
Monday 17 January: Ferns and companions. Talk by George Lockwood. STOP PRESS. This will now be an online zoom presentation. Please contact the Chairman for details of how to join this talk. See below for contact details
Monday 21 February: Climate change in our gardens – effects and affects. Talk and discussion, led by Sue & Clive Boase.
Monday 21 March: Growing for showing. Talk by show judge Nigel Start.
Monday 25 April: Shade lovers. Talk by Jay & Simon McWilliams from Hedgehog Plants.
Saturday 21 May. PLANT SALE. 10.30 – 12.00. We hope to be able to hold this in West Wickham Village Hall.
Further details from:
Chairman: Arthur Mawby. 23 Burton End, West Wickham, Cambridge CB21 4SD.
Tel: 01223 290474. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org