Thakeham Gardeners Club

This very friendly club was founded nearly 44 years ago.  It currently has a membership of 77, and its members 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 low 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 in August and 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 pub.

We meet at Thakeham Village Hall at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month, except January.  The subscription for 2019 will be £10.00.

For more details please telephone our Chairman – Janet Greenhill on 01903 744980 or our Membership Secretary – Linda Turk on 01403 741068

2019 Programme

January           No meeting

February 11th   Saint Mary’s House & Gardens – Jerry Nice
No Competition 

March 11th        Exciting Container Gardening – Stuart Lees
Competition:      A Single Narcissus

April 8th             Growing Under Glass – Ray Broughton
Competition        A Single Tulip

May 13th            Water in the Garden – Amanda Patton BA (Hons)
Competition:       A Small Bunch of Early Flowering Shrubs

May 18th            PLANT SALE
                          Saturday  2.00pm.

June 10th           Medicines & Foods of Hedgerows Laura Uphill
Competition       A Single Rose

July 8th               Defeating Garden Pests & Diseases using Sun Tzu
                           Guy Deakins
No Competition 

August 10th        FLOWER SHOW
                           Saturday     2-4pm

August 12th         Architectural Plants – Guy Watts
Competition          A Vase of Summer Flowers

September 9th     Confessions of a Gardener – Alan Sargent
Competition          A Vase of Autumn Colours

October 12th          PLANT SALE
Saturday             2.00pm.

October 14th       AGM COMMENCES 7pm
                            I’m a Tulip, what are you? – Jacquelene Aviolet
No Competition    

November 11th    Grow your own Canaries – Lesley Chamberlain
No Competition    2020 Subscriptions due

December 9th      CHRISTMAS PARTY
No competition