Denton Gardening Club
Denton Gardening Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (though there are occasional exceptions). Between October and April meetings with guest speakers are held in the village hall and in the summer meetings include evening outings locally, perhaps a visit to a garden or nursery, as well as meetings in our own members' gardens.
We also hold an Annual Show, summer outings, plant sales and other events. New members are most welcome so do come along and join us. Details of the current programme appear below.
Chairman: Anne Carden
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Between October and April meetings with guest speakers are held in the village hall. Previous meetings have been on subjects such as Garden Design, Perennials, Orchids and Container Gardening. Whatever you are interested in there will be something for you!
The summer schedule includes evening outings locally, perhaps a visit to a garden or nursery, as well as meetings in our own members' gardens.
Summer Programme 2017
Our summer programme will begin on Tuesday 16th May.
- Tuesday, 16th May – Visit to Lake House, Brundall.
An evening visit to Lake House, Postwick Lane, Brundall, NR13 5LU.
The owner, Janet Muter, has opened her garden under the National Open Gardens scheme for more than 25 years and last year published a book about how she and her husband rescued this historic three acre garden. A series of ponds descend through a wooded valley to the shore of a lake. Steep paths wind through a variety of shrubs and flowers, which attract many kinds of rare birds, dragonflies and mammals. There should still be bluebells in bloom as well as azaleas.
The cost of entry is £4.50. There will be no refreshments but there is apparently a local pub serving good food, which might be welcome with our earlier than usual departure from Denton. Meet at the Denton Playing Field car park at 6.20 pm for a 6.30 pm departure, or go direct.
- Tuesday, 20th June – Visit to the Bellflower Nursery, Langham near Bury St Edmunds.
An evening visit to Bellflower Nursery, The Walled Garden, Langham Hall, Langham, Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 3EE.
Sue Wooster is a very knowledgeable horticulturist and RHS gold medal winner and will give a brief introductory talk. She specialises in hardy plants and holds the National Collection of Alpine Campanulas. Her nursery is situated in a three acre walled garden. You will be able to purchase plants, should you wish to.
The cost of entry is £2.50. There will be no refreshments. Meet at the Denton Playing Field car park at 6.20 pm for a 6.30 pm departure, or go direct.
- Tuesday, 18th July – Visit to Three Darrow Green Road Gardens.
Visit to the gardens of members, starting with Sarah and Allan Henderson (The Barn House) Andrea and Mike Fitzgerald (Mill House) and Adele and David Godsmark (Mill Farm), all on Darrow Green Road.
For those of you who have visited these gardens before, it will be an opportunity to see how they have developed since your last visit. Adele and David have offered to serve refreshments and there will also be a plant sale at Mill House to raise extra funds for the Club. If you could start potting up those seedlings and cuttings now, we would be grateful for your contributions. Just bring them along on the evening.
Meet at Denton Playing Field car park at 6.50 pm for a 7 pm start or go direct.
- Tuesday, 15th August – Visit to Chapel Farm, Chapel Hill.
A visit to Chapel Farm (opposite the Chapel), IP20 0AW, the garden of Anne and Richard Carden. Anne is retiring in September as Chairman of the Club, a role she has carried out with admirable dedication for several years.
This large, delightful garden has an expansive lawn, enclosed by meandering beds which are stocked with a huge range of trees, shrubs and perennials. There are also numerous fruit trees and a comprehensive fruit and vegetable garden.
This is the first time the garden has been opened to DGC members.
- Saturday 2nd September Open September Show
Denton Gardening Club’s 2017 Open September Show will be held at Denton Village Hall. As always, this will be our September fixture.
Please do enter and support this important club event. The emphasis is on fun and taking part. Schedules will be available from Anne Carden on 01986 788279, or from our Show Page on the website.
RESULTS The results from previous shows are available on the Show History page.
As usual, the New Season will start again at our October meeting on the third Tuesday, 17th October.
Winter Programme 2016/17
This is what happened last time!
- Tuesday, 18th October
A Talk on ‘Birds, Bees and Butterflies’ by Gen Broad. She will explain why and how we should attract them to our gardens. Gen, a Biodoversity Officer at Ipswich Museum, is going to source information especially for the Denton area.
- Tuesday, 15th November
Pamela Shepherd was due to visit us last year, to give us her talk on ‘Bringing Garden Design up to Date’, with the emphasis on Right Plant, Right Place. But she was unable to come as she was admitted to hospital the day before. We are happy to say that she will now be giving us her talk this evening.
- Tuesday, 13th December
A Dinner to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of the Denton Gardening Club. Full details at the November meeting.
Please note change of date – the second Tuesday in the month, not the third.
- Tuesday, 17th January
Many of you will have heard of, if not visited, Henstead Exotic Gardens. Andrew Brogan, the proprietor will be giving us ‘The Story of the Making of Henstead Exotic Garden’ from a field of nettles to Alan Titchmarsh’s favourite .
- Wednesday, 22nd February
Our speaker this evening is Ian Roofe, who comes highly recommended. A member of the Gardeners’ Guild, he will be talking on ‘Jewels of the Winter Garden’.
NB Please note change of date to a Wednesday as Ian cannot manage Tuesday evenings.
- Tuesday, 21st March
Tim Fuller of the Plantsman’s Preference in South Lopham will give a talk on Ornamental Grasses and how to use them effectively in the garden. His nursery also specialises in Hardy Geraniums, unusual Perennials and Woodland plants. Some of us were able to view his range of plants a couple of summers ago during one of our Club visits.
- Tuesday, 18th April
Our old favourite, Charlotte Phillcox, will be returning to give a talk on ‘Secrets of the Soil’. This subject is a recent new avenue for Charlotte and from her description should prove very interesting,. She will tell us everything we need to know about soil and give special advice on clay soil which should be extremely helpful to most of us.
Every year the Club organises a bulk-buying scheme for seed purchases and obtains a substantial discount on most prices.
Catalogues are provided for members who pass their individual orders, by the deadline - normally the end of November, to the scheme organiser, George Porter.
The seeds etc. are then delivered to George and distributed to members early in the New Year.
The company involved, Fothergills of Suffolk, add a delivery charge to each individual order so for small quantities it may be worth members combining their orders.
For further details contact John Chapman: 788955.
Just click on any of the small pictures below if you would like a larger image!
The Annual Show
An Annual Open Show is held either in July or, more commonly, at the beginning of September.
The 2017 Show will be held on 2nd September.
Full details of the Show Schedule etc. together with an entry form appear on the Show Page.
Records of the winners at previous Shows appear on the Show History Page.
For further information contact:
Anne Carden, 788279.
The following photos are from recent shows – click to enlarge.