The Gardening Group was formed in December 2009 and members meet at least monthly through the year(except December). An annual programme of events/garden visits is drawn up in consultation with group members. This will include visits to members’ own gardens, plant nurseries, specialist growers and famous and less well-known gardens within striking distance of Downham. An opportunity for at least a cup of tea and a cake is de rigueur.
The events are usually scheduled for a Tuesday starting at 11-00am at the venue but this can be varied to fit with opening dates/times of particular venues. Destinations can be as far as 45 miles from Downham so lift sharing is encouraged though in 2019 I have tried to use venues nearer to Downham.
The programme for 2019 has been completed and issued to members. It can also viewed or downloaded from this webpage The programme includes some old favourites and new venues. In 2017 we organised a very successful all day coach trip to Lyveden New Bield and the famous gardens at Barnsdale created by the late Geoff Hamilton and in June 2018 there was a coach trip to the wonderful gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage. In 2019 we will be organising a coach trip to the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Hyde Hall in Essex
Members don’t need to be expert gardeners, just interested in gardens and gardening and enjoy visiting fine gardens in good friendly company. New members are always welcome as are suggestions for additions to the programme.
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