October 2015


Next meeting : Thurs. 12th. November – Simon White –‘Holly Wreath Making’
Meeting 7.30pm Village Hall.

October meeting
Guy Barker ‘ Winter Table Displays ‘
For our October meeting it was the ever popular Guy Barker talking on winter table displays. Self taught but guided by his awesome sounding grandmother Guy put together some impressive displays using a variety of plants and shrubs. Guy , of course, is now a self employed gardener and trained at Otley and lives at Wilby with his dog and two cats. He cares for three large gardens in the area and hopefully we may be able to arrange a summer evening visit in 2017.
An entertaining speaker , the evening passed all too quickly. Read More...

September 2015

Next meeting : Thurs. 8th. October - Guy Barker ‘ Winter Table Displays’.
Meeting - 7.30pm Village Hall.

September meeting
The summer season is now behind us and we are quickly left with fond memories of garden visits, a great summer outing to King’s Seeds and Marks Hall gardens, a mid summer garden party at Jenny Hollinger’s, and of course another successful venture into Euroland when again we were blessed with good weather – all now distant memories.
So for September it was back to the business of evening talks in the village hall with a welcome return of Sonya Burrows whose illustrated talk was ‘ Spring Flowering Bulbs ‘ .
Flowering bulbs bring the first colours of Spring after the dark days of winter. First bulbs to flower are the snowdrops followed by aconites, Suffolk name ‘Choirboys’!
Then the crocuses appear (from corms rather than bulbs) with many coloured Dutch hybrids, and then the Irises.
My favourites come next , the daffodils, and I grow these on my allotment for cut flowers in the house.
Hyacinths, grape hyacinths and anemones all add their colours before the mass of tulips and finally in May the bluebells decorate our woodlands with a carpet of blue.
Sonya’s pictures gave us a taste of the wonderful colours provided by Spring bulbs from Christmas onwards and we thank her for this great start to our winter programme.
Special thanks to our WI colleagues who left us some tasty cakes from their centenary party. Read More...

August 2015

Thurs. 10th. Sept. - Sonya Burrows – Spring Flowering Bulbs,
Village Hall 7.30 pm.

July 2015

Thurs. 13th. August – Visit to Lux Farm, Rushmere St. Andrew
Cars Green 6.30 or assemble 7.00pm.

June 2015

Thurs. 9th. July Visit Botanica Nursey, Campsea Ashe
Green 6.15pm assemble 7.00pm.

June visit – Suffolk Seasons Flower Farm.
More an endurance test than a visit, the flower farm at Cratfield is hidden away in sleepy mid Suffolk but 38 intrepid members, who used almost as many routes, finally reached their goal. Elizabeth Mobbs and Alison Pim started this enterprise on the family farm and grow 80 different varieties of flowers for all occasions and also offer a full floristry service. This is not easy on exposed land consisting of heavy, clay soil. After a tour around the farm we are tempted by homemade cakes and coffee before setting off home through the still sun bathed countryside. Read More...

May 2015


Thurs. 11th. June – visit – ‘ Suffolk Seasons Flower Farm, Cratfield,
Meet the Green 6.00pm or assemble 7.00pm.

May visit – ‘Fernatix’

A damp evening for our first visit of the summer, but we received a warm welcome from Fernatix ( pronounced ‘ fanatics’ ) joint owners Steve and Kerry on our arrival at Stoke Ash. Read More...

April 2015


Next meeting: Thurs. 14
th. May - Visit – ‘Fernatix’, The Old Manse, Stoke Ashe.
Meet the Green 6.00pm for car share.

April meeting - Marianne Charles.
For our April meeting we welcomed Marianne Charles from Gardening with Disabilities ( Norfolk) , (GDN), who had made the long journey from Holme next Sea, West Norfolk to be with us, quite a trek. GDN is a club with a strong membership which was set up 20 years ago and is now a registered charity. Read More...

March 2015

Next meeting: Thurs. 9th. April – Marianne Charles –‘Making Gardening Easier’
7.30pm Village hall

March meeting - Bob Booker – Ladybird Nurseries
For our March meeting we welcomed Bob Booker from Ladybird Nurseries, Snape talking on getting the best from tomatoes, peppers, chillis and aubergines. Read More...

Dec 2014 + Jan 2015


Thurs. 12th. Feb – Richard Ayres MBE – ‘Snowdrops and Winter Interest Plants’
7.30pm Village Hall.

January meeting – James Baker – The Greenways Project and the importance of gardens for wildlife.
Christmas meeting – Nick Hamilton ‘Barnesdale after Geoff’.