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What’s new from the North Luffenham Garden Club

North Luffenham Garden Club

Below is the list of Speakers booked until May 2019.

Please note that it is the Christmas Social Gathering/Quiz, on Thursday 13th December at the usual time of 7.30pm in the Community Centre.  Everyone is welcome to this relaxed and friendly evening.  Drinks and food will be available and we hope you will bring a plate of  your favourite food to share.

Programme 2018/19

13 December 2018   Christmas Social and Quiz Evening

10 January 2019   ‘Over the Garden Wall’ – learn about all that goes on in a walled garden
Joe Whitehead, experienced head gardener for many years, including broadcasting, writing and being a panellist on gardening programmes.

14 February 2019     ‘A Garden for All Seasons’ – a detailed look at the planting in Diane’s garden at all times of the year, with practical ideas for increasing the flowering season    Diane Clement, Director of the Seed Exchange for the Alpine, Garden Society, with many years experience growing, showing and judging.


14 March 2019    ‘The Wonderful World of Salvias’ – sharing her extensive knowledge, also covering the rise in popularity of the genus and the origins of many of them.       Janet Buist, Formerly of Pennycross Plants

11 April 2019   Alpines & Bulbs – ‘From Mountain to Market’.   Rob Potterton, Nurseryman, Pottertons Nursery  

9 May  2019   ‘There’s More to that Flower than You See’.   Stephen Ashpole, from North Luffenham, again sharing with us his lifelong experiences of gardening and wildlife            


       

North Luffenham Garden Club

The first meeting of our Autumn Season will be on Thursday 11th October, 2018, with guest speaker Jo Bennison, a specialist Peony nursery grower from Market Rasen, Lincs, talking on “Peonies – covering species peonies and how breeders have improved on older varieties” (http://www.bennisonpeonies.co.uk) 

The following meeting on Thursday 8th November, 2018,  will be with Joe Sharman from Monkslivery Nursery on Snowdrops.  

At meetings we start at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre with refreshments, a raffle, the guest speaker, and sometimes plants for sale.           Annual membership is £10 per person, payable from the October meeting, or £2 per guest for each meeting.  All are welcome, so do bring along a friend.

Garden Club Annual Autumn Show

The Committee regret that due to current circumstances the Autumn Show, scheduled to be held on Sunday 9th September, has been cancelled for this year.  The Show’s success relies on the efforts of the organisers, volunteers & helpers, and we need more of you!

As a Club we are currently looking for someone to take on the role of Secretary, and for more people to join the committee in general.  If you feel you would like to step forward, please contact Katy Ellis by calling 01780 722173, or e mailing:  ktellis1606@gmail.com

The Club has a full, interesting and varied programme of speakers arranged for our monthly meetings from 11th October 2018 through to May 2019 – see  details below.

Outing to RHS Hyde Hall with Easton on the Hill Horticultural Society

On Saturday 21st July there are still places available for anyone who would like to join this outing.  It is a chance to visit these very fine RHS gardens.

Depart Easton on the Hill Village Hall at 08.30.  Return from Hyde Hall at 16.00.                               Non-members pay £17.50                                                                                                                             Please contact Joy Forster on 01780 762156 to book your place.

Garden Club Meeting This Evening -Scented Plants

Don’t forget it’s Garden Club this Thursday 10th May with the final speaker before the summer break! The club  will be welcoming Geoff Hodge with a talk on ,Scented Plants and the Scented Garden’. 

Geoff may be a familiar name as he is a freelance horticultural author, editor and broadcaster, writing regularly for publications such as ‘Garden Answers’.

You’ll learn plenty, have a good laugh, and he donates lots of extra raffle prizes!!

Please feel free to bring any spare seeds/seedling/plants to offer to other members. – 7.30pm at the Community Centre – all welcome – guests £2 per person, with tea/coffee/biscuits to start & raffle at the end

Garden Club – February Meeting

Garden Club meeting this Thursday – 8th February 

We welcome Steve Lovell, a horticultural consultant & former Chairman of the Hardy Plant Society speaking on “Bark, Berry and Leaf – Texture in the Garden” 

Steve will be looking beyond flowers and showing us what else nature provides in the plant kingdom.

The meeting will be at the Community Centre at 7.30pm – anybody can come along (guests £2).

North Luffenham Garden Club Christmas Social, Thursday 14 December

North Luffenham Garden Club will be holding its Christmas social with quiz (optional, being put out on tables, not read out). Please bring food to share. Wine & soft drinks – first glass free then donations.

Time and place: 7.30pm at the Community Centre

Date: Thursday 14 December

Once again, just a reminder, it is time to pay annual membership fees of £10.00 for which we have interesting speakers from October to May each year and organised outings each summer.

Christmas Flower Arranging Workshop

Sally Lambert has again kindly agreed to run a workshop on Sat 25th November from 10am – 1pm @the Community Centre, where she will guide us in making our own wreath, and other arrangements.

Cost is £5 per person, which includes tea/coffee & a mince pie.

You will need to bring any equipment you have – oasis, secateurs, vase/container you intend to use, pine cones, ribbons, decorations – plus foliage & flowers. Prunings of woody clematis stems, dogwoods etc make a great basis for wreaths – we all share bits and pieces too.

Please book your place with Katy Ellis on 01780 722173 as soon as possible.

North Luffenham Garden Club

November Meeting

NB:  The next meeting is to be held a week later than usual, on Thursday 16th November, at 7.30pm.

It is also the AGM, followed by Stephen Ashpole from the village, to present a talk on Organic Gardening, which will be full of information about the whys and wherefores on this subject.

 

 

North Luffenham Garden Club Autumn Show Sunday 10 September

The Show is a celebration of local talent and is Open For All to enter with many categories: plants, painting, needlework, card craft, woodwork, photography, baking, jam making, vegetables, flowers and fruit for example.

At North Luffenham Community Centre

On Sunday 10th September

Entries are open to everyone and if possible should be made before the show using the attached Schedule or you can get a hard copy of the Schedule from The Fox or Edith Weston Village Shop.

There are some simple guidelines in the Schedule and we will help you with any queries beforehand and on the day (contact details inside back page).  We’d love to see what you can do – be proud and show it off!

Photography.   Here are this year’s categories to keep in mind over the coming month so you can get snapping:                                                                                                                                 Flowers and Plants,  Gardens,  Sky,  Countryside  Activities,   Animals (wild or tame),  Linked theme (one set of three phtos linked together in some way),   Open (includes anything not already covered already).    There is a also a class for U16s, which is free, for any of these themes.

How to enter:

  1. Complete the entry form in the middle of the Schedule
  2. Take your Entry Form and money, either to Katy Ellis, 24 Sycamore Road, North Luffenham,  before show day, OR to the Community Centre between 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 9th September
  3. On Show day bring your entries to the Community Centre between 8.30am and 10.30am. Judging starts at 11am,  then open to the public from 2.00pm for viewing, afternoon teas and Prizegiving.

Autumn Show Schedule 2017 V3 copy

Garden Visit to Coton Manor, Northamptonshire on Saturday 22 July

Easton-on-the-Hill Horticultural & Crafts Society have some spare seats available for their visit to Coton Manor on Saturday 22 July departing 10.30 from Easton-on-the-Hill Village Hall and returning at 16.00 from Coton Manor.

Tickets are £17.50 for non-members for entry to Coton Manor and include transport.

Please contact Joy Forster on 01780 762156 if you are interested.

Colton Manor is a peaceful 10 acre garden occupying a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house. Landscaped on different levels, it comprises a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing variety and interest throughout the season, and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds. Beyond the confines of the garden there is a magical 5 acre bluebell wood and colourful wildflower meadow at its best in June and July.

The Stableyard cafe offers a great selection for lunch. You may bring your own food, however picnicking is not permitted at the garden.

 

Hurry – spaces left for day trip to two stunning Cotswold gardens

The Garden Club are running an outing to Hidcote (morning) & Kiftsgate (afternoon), two stunning gardens in the same village in the Cotswolds on Sunday 9th July, leaving Empingham @ 8.30am/North Luffenham 8.45am.  Open to all – take a picnic or eat at either of the gardens.

Tickets are for coach travel plus entry –  £22.50 if you have National Trust membership (you must bring your own card on the day) or £33.50 without.

For information or to book places on the trips, please contact Katy Ellis on 01780 722173 or email ktellis1606@gmail.comBY FRIDAY 30th June

Garden Club Autumn Show – Photography Competition

At the Garden Club Autumn Show, to be held on Sunday 10th September 2017, there will once again be a photography section. Here are this year’s categories to keep in mind over the coming months so you can get snapping!

  • Flowers & Plants
  • Gardens
  • Sky
  • Countryside Activities
  • Animals (wild or tame)
  • Linked theme (one set of three photos linked together in some way)
  • Open (includes anything not already covered)

There is also a class for under 16s for photos on any of these themes.

Garden Club Programme for 2017

Garden Club Programme for 2017

**Next meeting – this Thursday 12th January @7.30pm in the Community Centre**

Stuart Dixon on ‘Ramblers ‘n’ Scramblers’ (roses and clematis)

With an increasing number of reports stating that Gardening is good for the mind, body and soul, why not come to our informal meetings where we welcome speakers on a variety of subjects in horticulture!

This month we look forward to the return of Stuart Dixon, a seasoned speaker who is a Horticultural lecturer, writer and broadcaster, featuring on BBC Radio Nottingham for the gardening show.

Programme 2017

9th Feb – ‘Improving your Garden’ by Jeanette Merillon

9th Mar – ‘Suburban Garden throughout the Year’ by Mike Davey

13th Apr – ‘Plants that Excite!’ by Andrew Ward

11th May – ‘Easton Walled Gardens’ by Jackie Murray

22nd June – evening outing to Leicester Botanic Gardens

9th July – day outing to Hidcote garden (jointly with Empingham Garden Club)

9th September – Annual Autumn Show

 

All welcome – annual membership £10 per person or pay £2 on the night with refreshments, raffle and plant sales.  All enquiries to Katy Ellis on 01780 722173.

Apple Days – press your own juice!

On Sunday 16th October (10am – 5pm), the Garden Club are inviting people to come and press their own apple juice outside the Cricket Pavilion on the Oval.  They will have equipment on loan to enable you to press your apples, whether home-grown or bought, and make tasty juice (which can also be pasteurised to lengthen shelf life).  Teamwork will be needed so please be prepared to help muck in to help each other out. The Pavilion will be open for use of the toilet & making hot drinks.

Just turn up on the day – first come, first served basis so you may have to wait, or come back later in the day.  All queries to Katy Ellis on 01780 722173  (ktellis@fsmail.net).  

North Luffenham Garden Club

The Garden Club holds a monthly meeting so that members can share their knowledge, interest & passion for gardens and gardening.  At meetings we have a guest speaker, followed by refreshments and a raffle, plus plants for sale.

Our regular monthly meetings will begin on Thursday October 13th @7.30pm in the Community Centre when guest speaker David Thornton will be talking about

‘Growing Better Vegetables’ followed by a talk by local grower Penny Dawson on Harvington Hellbores on November 10th,  and Garden Designer, Andrew Mikolajski,

joining us for our Christmas social evening on December 8th. Annual membership is £10 per person or £2 per meeting – all are most welcome.

North Luffenham Garden Club Autumn Show – A chance to show case your talent!

Please see below details of our Autumn Show:-

  • On Sunday 11th September
  • Open to the public from 2 pm (admission £1, children/Garden Club members free)
  • Homemade cakes & refreshments available from 2 pm
  • Prize giving at 3.45 pm
  • @ the Community Centre, Church Street, North Luffenham

ANYONE can enter our annual show – it’s a celebration of local talent and you don’t have to be a member of the Garden Club to participate!

Entries to be set up on the day between 8.30 – 10.30 am.

Classes include:-

  • Fruit & Veg
  • Flowers
  • Pot plants
  • Home produce
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Photography
  • Flower arranging
  • Children’s classes (under 8’s, 8-12’s & under 16’s Photography)

Copies of the full Schedule are available from The Fox, Edith Weston Shop or Katy Ellis on 01780 722173.  Alternatively, you can download here.

Garden Club Autumn Show Schedule 2016

 

North Luffenham Garden Club Autumn Show 2015

Sunday September 13th – from 2pm at the Community Centre

Tea/coffee & homemade cakes & raffle, with prize giving at 3.45pm

Admission £1 (members/children free)

Katy Ellis with Grenfell Medal

Katy Ellis with Grenfell Medal

All are welcome to come along and view the fine display of this year’s local produce and crafts – our annual show is a celebration of what people have achieved in their gardens and allotments and a showcase for hidden talents in cookery, flower arranging, painting, crafts and photography!

The show is open to EVERYONE, not just members.  Please come and show off your handiwork – there is a wide variety of classes to enter covering fruit and vegetables; pot plants and cut flowers; flower arranging; home produce; arts and crafts; and photography.Brancaster beach

Get the children to join in as well (age groups under 8s and 8-12s).  

Hall full of entries

Hall full of entries

ALL CHILDREN’S CLASSES ARE FREE TO ENTER – with CASH prizes to be won!

Schedules are now available, and entry is easy.  Choose the classes you wish to enter, fill in the entry form in the middle of the schedule and return it to us with your entry fees by 5pm the day before the show (Sat 12th), bring your entries to us on the morning of the show between 8.30-10.30am then come back in the afternoon to see if you won!

For schedules, queries or advice please contact Katy Ellis on 01780 722173