NGS garden openings in several locations start in earnest in March. See NGS website (Click here to go to the garden search page).
Winter gardens in Cambridge are among the the best in the UK: Anglesey Abbey has a wonderful wheelchair and pushchair friendly winter trail, as have the Cambridge Botanical Gardens. A bit further away Hyde Hall is developing a new Winter Garden and its already beginning to show its colours.
March: Lucinda Skinner from Woottens of Wenhaston Ltd gave us lots of ideas about growing and caring for Pelargoniums and showed us examples of some of the the different species and varieties. She also brought a selection of plants for sale which were much appreciated by members.Flower of the Month was won by Catriona Campbell with a rich purple coloured pansy.
February: A very entertaining talk was given by Dr Tim Wreghitt OBE about his work with the Royal College of Pathologists to make a stand at Chelsea. Full of information and amusing anecdotes it was much enjoyed by a big turnout from the club. He has written a book about Low Allergy Gardening which was for sale at the meeting and can also be bought on the internet.
Flower of the Month was won by Barbara Dyson with a beautifully coloured Hellebore.
Flower and Produce Show:
Winner of the Rose Bowl for most points in show: Catriona Campbell
Best Rose Bloom awarded to Annie Davenport for her prize winning Gertrude Jekyll rose
Joint winners of the 2018 Flower of the month competition were Jenni Connell and Keith & Christine Allison. Congratulations!
Discounts for members are available from Madingley Mulch & Oakington Garden Centre on gardening related goods with proof of membership (you will need your card).