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
January No meeting
February 11th Saint Mary’s House & Gardens – Jerry Nice
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
June 10th Medicines & Foods of Hedgerows – Laura Uphill
Competition A Single Rose
July 8th Defeating Garden Pests & Diseases using Sun Tzu
August 10th FLOWER SHOW
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
October 14th AGM COMMENCES 7pm
I’m a Tulip, what are you? – Jacquelene Aviolet
November 11th Grow your own Canaries – Lesley Chamberlain
No Competition 2020 Subscriptions due
December 9th CHRISTMAS PARTY