2018

November 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Christmas meeting - Thurs. 13th. December 7.30 pm Church Hall.

November meeting – Sarah Cook - National Plant Collection of Iris ( Sir Cedric Morris Introductions).
Cedric Morris was best known as an artist and ran an art school with his partner Lett Haines in East Anglia from 1930 to his death in 1982.
Morris also was a keen gardener and plantsman who introduced a number of plants from the wild and is credited by Beth Chatto as being a major influence on her gardening. He was an acclaimed iris breeder, introducing around 90 cultivars between 1940 and 1960, however by the year 2000 only 5 remained in the horticulture trade.
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October 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

NOVEMBER MEETING – SARAH COOK - ‘ SIR CEDRIC MORRIS – IRIS BREEDER, GARDENER AND ARTIST
THURS 8th. NOV 7.30pm Village Hall

OCTOBER MEETING - For our October meeting we welcomed David Mitchell retired planning officer from Mid Suffolk Council with responsibility for trees. David’s
Talk was titled ‘ Right Tree in the Right Place ‘ and his excellent slides illustrated the problems arising when trees are planted without proper thought as to what they would look like in years to come. Research shows that some 50% of trees planted lead to problems and often legal disputes with neighbours. Read More...

September 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

October meeting - Thurs. 11th. October - David Mitchell
‘The Right Tree in the Right Place’.
7.30 pm Village Hall.

September meeting - the Beth Chatto gardens.
For our September meeting we welcomed David Ward and his daughter . David , a caretaker, has been at the gardens for some 35 years and his illustrated talk covered the origins, the present day and plans for the future. Read More...

August 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

September meeting - Thursday 13th. Sept. ‘ The Beth Chatto Gardens’
Talk by Steve Marshall - 7.30pm Village Hall.

September meeting
September means the return to the Village Hall for the start of our autumn programme and what better way to start than welcoming Steve Marshall to the club for an illustrated talk on the famed Beth Chatto gardens.
Beth Chatto OBE VMH is a British plantswoman, garden designer and author who created her gardens near Elmstead Market in Essex.
We expect a good turn out for this, our first meeting of the autumn so come along early to claim your seat and why not bring along a friend, we are still open for new members!
7.30pm start, Thursday 13th. September.
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July 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

August visit - Thurs. 9th. August Swann’s Nursery ,Eyke Rd., Bromeswell IP12 2PN We meet at the nursery 7.00 pm or cars at Village Hall 6.15pm

Summer Garden Party
It was a glorious August day for the club’s annual garden party at Kirton Old Rectory, home of Neil and Gill Garnham. I have lived in Kirton for some 48 years and the gardens have never looked better. Gill was kind enough to give us a conducted tour of the grounds , taking in the perennial beds and admiring the mature trees all looking at their summer best.
On the swimming pool terrace we enjoyed delicious home made cakes, strawberries and cream , teas and cold drinks.
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June 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

July visit - Thurs. 12th. July - The Laburnums Garden, The Street, St James, South Elmham, IP19 0HN –Cars at the Village Hall 6.00pm or meet at the gardens 7.00pm.

May visit - Freston House Gardens
For our May visit we made the short journey to the Shotley peninsula where we were met by Andrew the owner of Freston House. Andrew bought the house in 2006 when there was little in the way of formal gardens and the 20 acres were taken up by mainly pasture and parklands. There has been an amazing transformation in the subsequent years and today there are formal gardens , many protected by hedging . We had a conducted tour of the whole site , taking in the kitchen garden followed by the cottage and rose gardens through the mediterranean , purple, yellow and white gardens and followed by the winter garden which is inspired by Richard Ayres’ garden at Anglesey Abbey.
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May 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

June visit
Thurs. 14th. June -Bourne Garden Centre, Ipswich. Cars Green 6.30 or meet 7.00pm.

May visit - Freston House Freston.
Our first visit of the summer programme was to Freston House gardens but due to the later date we were unable to meet the Review deadline for a report. If there is space hopefully a short report in the July edition. Read More...

April 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB.

May visit
Thurs. 31st May – Freston House, The Street, Freston IP9 1AF
Travel details TBA Jenny’s May email .

April meeting
Karen Kenny - ‘ Water,water everywhere.
Ironically Karen’s talk on water conservation came after a winter of record rainfall and at a time when the land was waterlogged and farmers unable to harvest or plant crops. She is right,of course, since the arrival of mains water we have all taken it for granted – just turn on the tap!
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March 2018

Kirton and Falkenham Gardeners Club

April meeting –Thurs. 12th. April 7.30 pm Village Hall
Karen Kenny -‘ Water,Water Everywhere ‘
followed by AGM.

March meeting – Alan Gray – ‘History of East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens’.
For our March meeting we welcomed Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, owners and creators of the famed East Ruston Old Vicarage 32 acres exotic coastal gardens. Read More...

February 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

March meeting – Thurs. 8th. March 7.30pm, Village Hall,
Alan Gray ‘The History of East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens’.

February meeting – Chris Parfitt ‘A Year in a Suffolk Field’.
Well, more a meadow than a field, but in the 1980’s Chris had the privilege of having this idyllic large meadow with trees and stream (tributary of the Deben) at the bottom of his garden when he lived in Earl Soham.
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January 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

February meeting –Thurs. 8th. February 7.30 pm Village Hall,
Chris Parfitt, A Year in a Suffolk Field
January meeting –

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Christmas meeting
80 members and guests packed the church hall for the visit of Charlie Haylock talking on ‘An eccentric look at Spoken English’. In his inimitable style Charlie covered the origins of language and dialects going back to Roman times and before. He is a champion of Suffolk , Norfolk and other regional dialects which are rich with linguistic traditions, with many ancient words and phrases derived from Anglo/Saxon & old Norse origins, part of our heritage.
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