Litchborough Gardening Club provides a horticultural and social forum for people interested in gardening and wildlife. We aim to raise awareness of conservation issues locally and promote the benefits of gardening. The club is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and receives its monthly magazine; The Garden, which is circulated to members.
Contacts: committee members:
Chairman: Diane Shaw – 01327 831312 email@example.com
Vice-Chairman: Sheila Melville – 01327 831643 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Teresa Cox – email@example.com
Membership: everyone is welcome whether they live in the village or not, whether they have a garden or not.
Meetings: held in the village hall between 7:30 and 9:00pm when we have an expert speaker on horticulture.
Fees: membership is £15 per annum for an individual or £25 per couple. You do not have to be a member to come to our meetings (entrance charge of £4 to non-members) or to join any of the garden visits – these are charged at cost. We use a Daventry-based community bus for some of our visits, otherwise we go by car and share lifts and costs. For other specific costs see the diary.
We have enjoyed a number of events and visits this year already:
On 24th June several gardens were visited as part of Litchborough Open Gardens. Teas were served in the Church and we had a plant stall, the proceeds were split between Litchborough Church Trust and the Gardening Club.
Sunday, 1st July, at the village fete. We had a plant stall.
Sunday, 15th July, all day visit to Chenies Plant and Garden Fair, Buckinghamshire. Chenies Manor is a beautiful Elizabethan house with a 5 acre garden. The house was open and there were more than 80 plant stalls – the largest plant fair in the country. There is history here too, both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were guests and it was supposedly here that Katherine Howard carried out the liaison with John Culpepper which led to her beheading. The garden is described as having exquisite combinations of plants and there is a similarly spectacular display of dahlias in the autumn.
Sunday, 12th August, a visit to Buscot Park near Oxford. This is a National Trust property.
Sunday, 9th September, a visit to RHS Wisley, Surrey. This coincided with Wisley Flower Show. We took the bus so no one had to drive, a lovely day.
Sunday, 21st October, a visit to Anglesey Abbey. Another National Trust property and another lovely day.
Saturday, 15th December, a visit to Canons Ashby. A tour around the inside of the house, decorate in natural ways of using plants from the garden. Staff will be dressed up from Tudor, Victorian and Elizabethan times too so bring your cameras!
Meetings for 2019 – to be advised.