Denton Gardening Club
Denton Gardening Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday most months (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: Allan Henderson: 01986 788730, Email
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.
Winter Programme 2017/18
- Tuesday, 17th October
Robert Taylor, our speaker for this evening, is a member of Bungay Camera Club and specialises in garden photography. We are sure he will be able to give us some helpful tips to capture the delights of our gardens and improve the quality of our photos.
- Tuesday, 21st November
Michael Cole is a volunteer working for Suffolk National Garden Scheme. His talk is a new initiative to explain in detail how the Scheme works.
- Tuesday, 13th December
Christmas Social Meeting with a meal and some table quizzes. Cost £3.00 per person (with a subsidy from club funds).
Places must be booked in advance and no later than 1st December. (01986 788352) if you are unable to attend the November meeting.
- Tuesday, 16th January
The speaker this month is Angela Youngman. She will talk about how to garden having regard to water efficiency and recycling.
- Wednesday, 20th February
A welcome return visit from either Chris Deakin or Jason Lock, local landscape designers. Their business, Deakin Lock, is based at Earsham Hall. Their interesting and informative talks were well received on their previous (separate) visits.
- Tuesday, 20th March
David Keleel is the co-owner of Darsham Nursery and its very popular restaurant, which uses home-grown produce to produce delicious meals. He is coming to talk on Container Planting and will demonstrate some practical examples. He promises to be an entertaining speaker.
- Tuesday, 17th April
Our final speaker for this season is John Hewson of Great Barton. He will be talking about his specialist subject of "Sweet Peas, Queens of Annuals".
Summer Programme 2017
Our summer programme began on Tuesday 16th May. and finished with the annual Show in September.
- 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.
The show takes the place of our September meeting.
RESULTS The results from this and previous shows are available on the Show History Page.
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, John Chapman.
The seeds etc. are then delivered to John 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: 01986 788955 - Email.
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 was 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 this and previous Shows appear on the Show History Page.
For further information contact:
Alan Henderson, 788730.
The following photos are from recent shows – click to enlarge.