This very friendly club was founded nearly 43 years ago. It currently has a membership of 77, and its member come from Thakeham and the neighbouring villages of Storrington, West Chiltington, Washington, Findon, Ashington, Pulborough and High Salvington. We all garden on different soil, which presents different problems, so tips and ideas are shared amongst us. Some of us are new to gardening and some are seasoned gardeners.
We have a variety of very interesting speakers each month – see this year’s programme of events below. Our guest speakers bring slides, and some have plants for us to buy at a very lost cost.
The end of year is celebrated with a Christmas Party in December. This includes wine, a 2 course meal and after dinner entertainment – all for a very modest charge.
The club holds 2 Plant Sales each year in May and October. These Sales are well known throughout the neighbouring villages, and we have a very large stock of plants for sale, plus a tombola and a cake stall. There is usually a long queue outside the hall before opening time, and the plants sell in a short and very busy time.
The Club also holds a Flower Show usually the 3rd Saturday in July which has sections for vegetables, flowers, photography, handicraft, art and cookery. The show is open to all members and non members.
We also have an after Christmas luncheon in January at a local venue. In 2018 this was at the Old Tollgate in Bramber.
We have 2 outings each year, and in 2017 we went to Sissinghurst, and we did a boat trip on the Thames with lunch on board to view the Autumn colours.
We meet at Thakeham Village Hall at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month, except January.
For more details please telephone our Chairman – Bruce Wallace on 01903 892466 or our Membership Secretary – Linda Turk on 01403 741068
|January No meeting|
|February 12th Plant Propagation David Hide
March 12th Dianthus Emma & David Sumner-Wilson
Competition: A Single Narcissus
|April 9th Baskets & Tubs Mark Dobell
Competition A Single Tulip
|May 14th Growing and Care of Dahlias Richard Ramsey
Competition: A Small Branch of Early Flowering Shrub
|May 19th PLANT SALE Saturday 2.00pm.|
|June 11th Clematis Liz Gibbison
Competition A Single Rose
|July 9th Fruit Growing in the Garden Paul Templeton
|July 21st FLOWER SHOW Saturday 2-4 pm|
|August 13th Secrets of Hever Castle Neil Miller
Competition A Vase of Summer Flowers
|September 10th Hydrangeas Roger Butler
|October 8th AGM
Competition A Vase of Autumn Colours
|October 13th PLANT SALE Saturday 2.00pm.|
|November 12th Creating Movement Whilst Still Frozen Benjamin Pope
No Competition 2019 Subscriptions due
|December 10th CHRISTMAS PARTY|