Litchborough Gardening Club started in 2013; we are a friendly group with an interest in extending our gardening skills and knowledge and at the same time promoting conservation and environmentally-friendly activity.
We offer a range of activities for people who live in the village and nearby. We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and have an annual visit to their flagship gardens in Wisley, Surrey (free entry for club members). We have a monthly meeting or garden visit. For two years running we have organised Open Gardens in Litchborough and hope to again this summer.
In 2018 it was decided, because of the rising costs of speakers and the club’s limited resources, that we would join together with the Maidford in the Garden group for some meetings. This has been very successful, especially as we have been given such a warm welcome by their members. In view of their visitors’ charge of £3.50 per meeting, it was decided by the committee to reduce our annual subscription to reflect the change we have made in this regard. Subscriptions are now £10 per person a year which is excellent value when you consider that just the entrance charge to the RHS gardens at Wisley is over £11. We are continuing with our affiliation to DACT for mini bus hire.
The club is keen to promote conservation and we initiated the Elm Tree Project in 2014 and have planted 2 English elm trees in the village. We had the opportunity to create a small garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2017 and an elm tree was the centrepiece of our display. We are very grateful to the Parish Council and also to South Northants Council for the grants which contributed to the cost of putting together this garden, an ambitious project for such a small club but we felt it was a worthwhile exercise, drawing attention to the plight of the English elm as well as advertising our Gardening Club.
The club planted and maintains the borders around the War Memorial.
Recent garden visits have included Anglesey Abbey, Buscot Park, Kelmarsh, Coton Manor, Evenley Wood, Waterperry Gardens, Wimpole Hall, Garden Organic, Canons Ashby, Hidcote, a Northamptonshire vineyard, Ascot Flower Show and Wisley Flower Show.
Speakers at recent meetings have included pond experts; Waterside Nursery (see below), Andrew Mikolajski on poisonous plants, the RSPB, Professor Jeff Ollerton, ecologist and others on topics including organic gardening, sweet peas, propagation and the cutting garden.
New members (and visitors) are always welcome. There is a charge of £3.50 per meeting for visitors. Garden visits are charged at cost.
Full details of events can be found in the Event Calendar.