Freeland Gardening Club is a very friendly and successful club with nearly 100 members and is led by an enthusiastic committee.
It was formed to promote interest in gardening and horticulture in general.
Membership is open to anyone interested in gardening on payment of a joining fee of £5 and an annual subscription fee of £12 (junior members are welcome free).
Visitors are welcomed at £3.00 per meeting.
The Club enjoyed a great outing to Packwood House
and Gardens in July 2016
There is a programme of talks, discussions, demonstrations and visits to places of horticultural interest, and numerous other Club activities are promoted as appropriate events arise.
We meet regularly on the fourth Monday of most months, except when the date coincides with a Bank Holiday. There is no meeting in December and the August meeting is a social event. The Club meets in Freeland Hall at 7.30 p.m.
Meetings consist of talks or demonstrations followed by a social time for refreshments. There is a Bring and Buy Stall and proceeds are donated to local charities.
The Club also enjoyed a lovely trip to Exbury Gardens in May 2016
The 2017 programme is:
January, Monday 23rd: “Plants, Borders and Gardens" by Timothy Walker
February, Monday 27th: "Growing a healthy garden without using pesticides" by Pauline Pears
March, Monday 27th “Gardening as we get older" by Howard Drury
April, Monday 24th: "Spring flowering perennials" by Rosy Hardy
May, Saturday 22nd: Who wants to be a Gardinaire" by Steve Brookes
June, Wednesday 14th: DAY VISIT to Mottisfont gardens (N.T.) (Note: Change from printed programme)
Monday 26th: "Pin me to the wall and do what you like with me" by Andrew Mikolajski
July, Monday 24th: "Knots and Bowers in Tudor Gardens" by Michael Brown
August, Monday 21st: CLUB SOCIAL
September, Saturday 16th DAY VISIT to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Monday 25th: “The good the bad and the ugly" by Roger Umpleby
October, Monday 23rd : ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Refreshments included
November, Monday 27th: “Organic gardening and Bridewell" by Ian Gourlay
The Club participates in local community events: Some members produce flower arrangements for St Mary’s Church Annual Flower Festival while others maintain the Village Pump at the Green and decorate it with seasonal flowers.
We have an on-going spring bulb planting project with thousands of bulbs now enhancing the roadside throughout the Village and around the flower beds of the new Freeland Hall.
Boarding the bus for home after a great day out in Exbury Gardens
The 2016-2017 Committee is:
Chairperson: Jill Evans tel: 881-420
Secretary: Janet Dalton tel: 881-742
Treasurer: Brian Wildblood tel: 883-968
Programme Secretary: Ray Evans Tel: 881-420
Committee: June Counsell, Diane Fairfield; Wendy Fowler; Margaret Hewitt; Terry Jones; Peter Newell; Caroline Taylor.
Photos © Peter Newell 2016
One of many spectacular flowers at Packwood House