Denton Gardening Club
Denton Gardening Club normally 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 2018/19
- Tuesday, 16th October
Hilary Reid, will talk about 'Making a Wildlife Pond'.
- Tuesday, 20th November
'The Perennial Mr. Potter'! - Bryan Thurlow is travelling some distance this evening to entertain you. He takes on the role of Mr. Potter, a true man of Suffolk, complete with authentic Suffolk accent.
He talks about his working life as a gardener in a big Suffolk garden, where he started work in the summer of 1913 and remained working there until 1963. Working under two successive owners he thought he would continue to work in the garden at Glebe House forever, but owner number three did not come up to his expectations, as you will hear!
- Tuesday, 18th December
- Tuesday, 15th January
Our Speaker is Ben Witchell of Flint Vineyard, Earsham. Ben and his wife, Hannah, started the vineyard just three years ago but already they have established themselves as producers of fine wines, winning both National and International awards.
His talk will focus in particular on the cultivation of vines and the processes involved in wine-making.
- Tuesday, 19th February
The subject of our talk this evening is 'Garden Bugs: Cohabit, Conserve or Control?' Our Speaker is Dr. Ian Bedford from the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
- Tuesday, 19th March
David Keleel of Darsham Nursery will give a talk and practical demonstration on 'Planting Spring and Summer Containers'.
David had to cancel his talk last year due to illness, but we were grateful to him for managing to find us a replacement speaker at short notice.
He will be bringing some plants along for sale.
- Tuesday, 16th April
Richard Hobbs last visited our Club in 2014. He has a particular interest in bulbs and holds the National Collection of Muscari.
He also runs a small mail order seed company, has written articles for gardening publications and has led many botanical tours around the world.
This evening the subject of his talk is 'Tulips – the History and Cultivation'. He will bring along some plants for sale.
Summer Programme 2019
Please note the different starting times for each meeting.
- Tuesday 21st May at 7.30 pm - Our first visit of the summer is to Gabriel’s Garden, 4 Common Road, Gissing, IP22 5UR.
This is a ‘cut flowers’ enterprise, where they grow, gather and arrange seasonal British flowers, wild flowers, grasses, herbs and foliage for gifts and special events.
Their flowers reflect the changing colours and scents of our seasons, from the first delicate notes of spring to the heady heights of summer through to the rich, vibrant colours of autumn.
There is a charge of £4 for this visit.
- Tuesday 18th June at 7.00 pm - A visit to Glebe Farm Denton, IP20 0BB.
One of our founder members, Janet Skinner, has kindly offered to host our Club this evening.
Glebe Farm has a well-established garden that wraps around the farmhouse with borders, shrubbery and vegetable gardens, also including a wildlife pond.
You will no doubt be aware that the Church has organised a Denton Open Gardens event for Sunday 16th June and Janet’s garden is one of those which will be on show on that day.
However, it can be quite difficult and tiring to visit all the open gardens on one day and do them justice. May we therefore suggest that you savour Janet’s beautiful garden in a more leisurely fashion on Tuesday 18th.
- Tuesday 16th July at 7.00 pm - Our July visit will see us visiting the gardens of two of our Alburgh members.
We will begin the evening at the home of Gill and Richard Gedge at Pied Bridge Cottage, Burntoak Lane, Alburgh, IP20 0DT.
Members can park at the top of the meadow (there will be a sign up) and see the trees planted in the last 8 years, walk down past the fruit trees and then into the vegetable garden with greenhouse and fruit cage.
The garden around the house is 'work in progress' but Gill and Richard do have a plan which will be available for people to see. The borders in front of the house will be planted up in March so by July there should be some early growth to see.
To continue our evening we will progress to Greenfields, Station Road, Alburgh, IP20 0BT the home of Maureen and Bernard Coe.
Parking will through the yard gate adjacent to the property and will be signed.
Greenfields’ garden is still in its infancy. Six years ago the gardens at the rear were nothing but large patches of nettles and brambles. Today the highlights of the garden are the views over the Waveney Valley and the vegetable patch.
There are some flower and shrub borders, a large greenhouse housing the more delicate vegetables and a net tunnel to keep off the pigeons and pests.
Over 700 native hedging have been planted over the last three years, the intention is to let some grow to full maturity thereby enhancing the area for the many birds which can be seen in the garden.
The summer house is the focal point where many summer evenings are enjoyed. It is a lovely place to relax after a hard day’s work in the garden and to enjoy refreshments at the end of our evening.
- Tuesday 20th August at 7.30 pm - Ditchingham Hall Gardens, NR35 2JX.
The Hall Gardens are occasionally open to the public and indeed some of you may have had the good fortune to have visited them in the past.
As they have very kindly agreed to open their garden for a private visit, in order to make it worth their while, we have decided to extend the visit to our wider Denton community.
This magnificent garden consists of an old two-acre walled garden with colour-themed borders, a rose garden and a pergola. There is also a woodland garden, an arboretum of rare and interesting trees and a parterre.
Please feel free to invite friends who are not members of Gardening Club
We assume members are happy to make their own way to our summer meetings and will arrange to car share with others. If you have any questions or need a lift please telephone:
- Allan Henderson 01986 788730
- Andrea Fitzgerald 01986 788766
- Adele Godsmark 01986 788352
- Saturday 7th September - Open Show
Denton Gardening Club’s 2019 Open September Show will be held at Denton Village Hall. As always, this will be our September fixture.
Further details can be found on the Show 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 2019 Show will be held on Saturday 7th September.
The 2018 Show was held on Saturday 8th September.
Full details of the Show Schedule etc. together with the 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.