Flower and Produce Show 2019:
Winner of the Dick and Joy Knight Memorial Plate for most points in show: Catriona Campbell
Best Rose Bloom in show awarded to Althea Cubitt for her rose which also won the Individual rose bloom class
Congratulations! See the photos on the Gallery page
NGS garden openings in several locations around Cambridge and further afield. See NGS website (Click here to go to the garden search page).
The Hardy Plant Society has meetings in Biggleswade on a Saturday afternoon. They have excellent speakers and a plant sale. For further information have a look at their website: Click here to see in new page
December: AGM - chaired by Catriona. Chairman's report and Treasurer's report agreed. Membership fee to stay the same. A great programme of talks and
visits planned for 2020. Refreshements and a light-hearted quiz followed which was won by the team 'Bourn Again'. Flower of the month was won again by David
Muncey with a beautiful cyclamen. Photos scrolling below.
November: Michael Brown gave an illustrated talk entitled 'Death in the Garden' - about poisonous and toxic plants. We were treated to his encyclopaedic knowledge on the subject about which he has also written a book. Much enjoyed by all
October: We were lucky to have our popular annual talk by Phyllis Baker, this year entitled 'Introducing the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae)' Always an entertaining speaker, her talk was enhanced by samples of food and drink made from plants in the Honeysuckle family (Elderflower, Elderberry etc) and examples of the plants. Photos below.
September: A wonderful tour of the Allotments was held. We admired the work of the Allotment Society and were entertained with cake and Pimms. Photos in the Gallery area
July: The visits to Hyde Hall and Horseshoe Farm were great successes. Photos of both of these visits can be seen in the Gallery.
June: Flower and Produce Show - see above for the trophy winners
May: Neil Callan spoke about the development of Horsehoe Farm Garden over the last 10 years. We were all impressed by the amount of work that had gone into this lovely garden and the interesting plants that are grown there. There is a club visit to this garden in July - limited to 20 places - so apply quickly. Details will have been sent to all members by email.
Flower of the Month was won by Keith and Christine Allison with a beautifully patterned bearded Iris
April: Dr Ian Bedford gave a packed hall a very interesting talk all about slugs, including the Spanish slug, a relative newcomer to the UK. We were enlightened on which slugs should be saved, and how best to minimise damage to our seedlings and plants from others.
Flower of the Month was won by Gill Pountain with a pretty white Narcissus (?Thalia)
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.
Discounts for members are available from Madingley Mulch & Oakington Garden Centre on gardening related goods with proof of membership (you will need your card).