Horticultural Club

The Horticultural Club are delighted to be putting on a show at the Dennington Village Fete on Saturday, 27th June – though that date is of course subject to confirmation nearer the time. If you would like enter anything for the show, we have 10 different categories covering baking and preserving; flowers and produce and categories for children. We’re looking forward to seeing your entries on the day! The entry form has been distributed with the Dennington News issue 20 (sent out at the end of March), and is also available to view here. If you have any queries please email jo.henry@hotmail.co.uk. Entry forms must be returned by 10pm on Saturday, 20th June 2020.

The Dennington Horticultural Club was founded in 2019, with the first meeting taking place in the village hall on Wednesday 22nd May. The purpose of the Club is to provide a forum for those interested in horticulture and gardening to meet and learn on a regular basis, and covers all aspects of gardening, flower and vegetable growing, landscaping and display. Membership is open to anyone who lives in or near the village of Dennington in Suffolk.
The Club meets on a bi-monthly basis, usually on the second to last Wednesday of the month, in the Dennington village hall. Meetings usually start at 7pm and finish at around 8.30pm. Members enjoy talks and presentations on interesting topics and garden visits in the summer months as well as taking part in other events from time to time. After meetings, members are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and a general chat with the speaker and fellow members.

There are currently around 35 people in membership of the Club, and a committee of four, comprising:
• Penelope Evers, Chair
• Jo Denton, Secretary/Treasurer
• Roderick Roy, Meeting Organiser
• Pamela Turner, Committee Member

The Horticultural Club is affiliated to the RHS and thus member can each year enjoy an outing to a garden within the RHS scheme.

2019 Meetings

In 2019, meetings covered such diverse topics as Climbing and Rambling Roses (a talk by Simon White from Peter Beale Roses); Planting for Autumn Hanging Baskets (from David Garnett of Garnetts Gardens) and Bees, Honey and Flowers (by Marian Cannell, Leiston & District Beekeepers’ Association), as well as a talk by the Chair, Penny Evers, on some exceptional gardens in France, Spain and Italy visited while she was living in Brittany. For more details about past meetings, please see here.

2020 Meetings

Date and timeSpeakerTopic
Wednesday, 22nd January @ 7pmHoward Jones, Orchards EastThe History of Orchards
Wednesday, 5th FebruaryPruning course available via Orchards East. For details please contact Howard Jones on Howard.jones@uea.ac.uk
Wednesday, 25th March @ 7pm
Frances Boscawen, Moat Farm FlowersBritish Cut Flowers and growing flowers for cutting, with illustrations
Wednesday, 20th MayTBATBA
Saturday, 27th June, 2pmVillage feteProduce show – details to be announced
No July meeting due to June Produce Show instead
Wednesday, 23rd SeptemberTBATBA
Wednesday, 18th NovemberTBATBA

In addition, an outing to an RHS garden will be organised for summer 2020.

Membership Fees

Annual membership fees are £20 for an individual and £30 for a couple. A discount will be offered for those joining more than half-way through the year. Non-members are welcome as guests for a small fee of £5 per meeting.

The Club is non-profit making; any surplus each year will be spent as directed by vote of the membership based on recommendations made by the Committee. For the full Rules and Regulations, please see here.

For further details about how to join the Horticultural Club, or about our activities, please contact the Chair, Penny Evers on penelopeevers@gmail.com or the Secretary, Jo Denton, on jo.henry@hotmail.com.