Castle Camps Village
Castle Camps Village

West Wickham & District Gardening Club

At the first meeting of West Wickham and District Gardening Club for 2016-2017 we were pleased to welcome Aubrey Barker from Hopley's Nursery at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire who gave us a wonderfully entertaining talk on "Bark and Berries".

He had brought with him a large box of branches bearing beautiful berries of all description that he passed around the Members, some of which we were unable to identify. He has 5 acres of shrubs and borders at the nursery including one of the five oldest willow trees in the country.

There were Cornus with strawberry fruits and multicoloured leaves and bark; a Koelreuteria with huge seed pods and golden leaves; willows with red bark; Rubus that have white and furry red stems; arbutus Unedo, the strawberry tree; several Euonymus, Cotoneaster and beautiful Spindles that had quite unusual bark or berries. A most enjoyable evening and if you were lucky you had the chance of buying some of these shrubs half price.

Our Christmas meeting will be a demonstration of making Christmas Garlands by David Holmes when there will be an opportunity to make one of your own. We have our usual glass of wine with nibbles and a raffle for "Beeches" vouchers of £25 and £15.

Anyone wishing to join us will be very welcome and can find out more from Rosemary Yallop (01799 584262)

The West Wickham and District Gardening Club meets on the 3rd Monday of the month between September and April to hear talks on all kinds of gardening topics,7.30 in West Wickham Village Hall.

Wildflowers of Britain by Barry Gayton
Was illustrated with his own photographs. We had been let down by our speaker at the last moment and Barry very kindly agreed to take his place. He is an enthusiastic speaker with a wide knowledge of plants, wild or cultivated. His own garden in Brandon, developed over 30 years or more has one and a half acres of trees, shrubs and borders, along with many glasshouses containing cacti and hothouse plants and which he opens to the public during the year.

Our talk next month on March 20th will be "How to grow dahlias" by Rob and Denise Sherriff. They will bring dahlias for sale so don't forget to put some money in your pocket. Next week sees the end of February and the time when we can begin to look forward to another gardening year. Our Club members will be sowing vegetable and flower seeds and potting up a variety of plants for our Sale in May- so please keep that in mind.

2017 Meetings are as follows:
March 20th: Rob and Denise Sherriff"Dahlias";
April 24th: Carole and John Adams "Caring for plants containers".

Subscriptions are single membership £8, Family £12, if more information is needed please contact Rosemary.