Tim will talk to garden clubs, horticultural societies, WI etc on a number of horticultural topics, which include; Plants of Seasonal Interest, Winter Gardening, Gardens of New Zealand, Garden Design, Root cuttings (at the nursery because of the mess!). He is booked for 2015 and 2016 and will take bookings for 2017 from July 2015.
Tim will also host visits from clubs – because of the weather and day length, these need to be arranged to take place in the summer.
North Romford Fuchsia Society
We meet on the first Friday of each month at The Catholic Social Club, Lowshoe Lane,
Collier Row, Romford, RM5 2AP.
Our first meeting of the year is held in February when we hold an optional beginners class starting at 7.15pm. Here you can learn the basics of growing. This session provides all beginners or novices with the advice and guidance they need to ensure they enjoy their fuchsias. This class normally ceases with the June meeting.
The full meeting begins at 8pm when we usually have an expert speaker to entertain us. Mainly on the subject of fuchsias, providing many hints and tips on how to grow well, interspersed throughout the year we also have speakers on a variety of different subjects, so our meetings are always a bit lively!
Our shop with pots, baskets fertilizers, perlite etc… All very competitively priced!
We aim to visit a nursery in the Spring for members to purchase plants.
Each year all members are given a free fuchsia cutting and asked to bring them back later in the Season to be judged.
Above all we are a welcoming friendly society, happy to help with a wealth of experienced fuchsia growers, who are keen to pass on their knowledge to old and new members alike.
We are always looking for new members to join, both beginners and experts are equally welcome.
Why not come along to one of our Friday nights as a guest, you are most welcome!
Topiary Arts – James Crebbin-Bailey
We are delighted to have James to start our new season of lectures. He is recognised as a specialist in Sculptural Topiary and he has won many awards at RHS shows and elsewhere since 2002. He was a Gold medallist at RHS Chelsea Flower Shows 2011 and 2012 and a Silver Gilt medallist in 2013. He has appeared on TV and his “topiary and tuition” are featured in several books. Maybe he will be showing us how to create new and innovative shapes or classical designs, re-shape our existing Topiary or our gardens. Come along and see for yourself.
14th April 2015
The World of Flowers – Nick Dobson
Nick’s horticultural talks stem from a lifelong passion for gardening. He is an accomplished speaker and specialist in Fuchsia for which he is a former National Show Champion. However, tonight he will be including Dahlias and Pelargoniums in his slide show. The season allowing, he will bring his plants and cuttings along for sale.
12th May 2015 CHARITY EVENING and Member’s plant sale
Wildlife Gardening Myths and Realities – Dr. Stephen Head
Steve has a PhD in coral reef ecology and has had a lecturing career in Britain and overseas, on zoology, ecology and marine science. He is now a professional conservationist and keen gardener, with a special interest in wildlife gardening. Thus he became the co-ordinator for the Wildlife Gardening Forum Charity. His team won the Gold and Best in Show with a Chelsea show garden in 2010. You may have seen him on TV with Monty Don, Sarah Raven or in the “Great Garden Revival” series. Tonight’s talk is an entertaining and somewhat surprising introduction to the importance of welcoming wildlife into your garden. There is far more wildlife in gardens, which are among the richest places for nature in Britain, than most people realise. There are also several misconceptions and myths circulating, and his talk should help to set our minds at rest.
13th October 2015
Willow in the Landscape – Deborah Hart
Deborah has worked for twenty-five years in horticulture and is currently teaching at Writtle College. She first took up weaving as a hobby about fifteen years ago, and will be sharing some of her experiences with us this evening. Her talk will cover the history and uses of willow and other plants in garden sculptures, weaving and as useful growing plants. She will give us a demonstration of how to propagate and cut the willow. If time allows, there may even be a chance to try your hand.
10th November 2015
The Garden Behind the Wall –Lois Amos
Lois has a lifetime experience in gardening starting from the tender age of six. She had many roles in the education sphere whilst bringing up her family, before becoming a lecturer at Capel Manor College, Enfield, and starting their East London Centre at Upminster Court. Retiring from there she wrote a gardening manual before returning to Upminster Court to protect the listed trees and gardens. “The Garden Behind the Wall” maybe about this or her current passion, the revival of the Georgian Kitchen Garden at Bedfords Park as part of the Bedfords Park Community Food Growing Project. Come along and find out. We are guaranteed a very interesting and informative talk from a local “Guru”.
8th December 2015
60 Years in Horticulture – Jim Buttress
Jim is a very popular speaker in Havering and so we are especially pleased that he has agreed to be with us tonight. He holds the highest award in the gardening world, the Victorian Medal of Honour, is “Associate of Honour” of the RHS, a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and Trustee of “Perennial”. He has judged many horticultural shows including RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court and Britain in Bloom. His work involved being responsible for many of the London Parks. Since then, he has appeared in a number of television series. Drawing from this illustrious career in horticulture, he will give us an amusing account of some of his experiences.
12th January 2016 Annual General Meeting
Speaking up for Wild Plants – Mary Smith
Mary is a local lady, who needs little introduction. She was a science teacher at several Havering schools and colleges. Now retired, she is a competent field botanist, surveying the plants that grow in urban areas, parklands and open agricultural countryside in areas of Havering, Thurrock and Brentwood. Her data add to the sum of information that is the knowledge of how Britain’s wildlife is doing. Mary is here on behalf of “Plantlife”, Britain’s only National Charity dedicated to the conservation of wild plants. The show will tell us about how our wild plants are faring and the strategies that are helping to save them.
8th March 2016
Garden History and Follies – Caroline Holmes
Caroline Holmes is a garden historian, international lecturer, broadcaster and author. Her presentation tonight is sheer folly. A light hearted look at garden history from the 17th to 20th centuries, the design and plantings and in particular the fantasy architecture – the temples, grottos, cascades and rostral columns that pepper landscapes. Then there are the cryptic references to vice and virtue, extravagance and ego, love and jealousy, history and modernism – indeed wherever the mind’s eye chooses to lead you.
2.3.15 All about Lilies (Harry Brickwood)
13.4.15 Rosemoor-RHS Jewel of the South West (Robin Carsberg)
11.5.15 Summer Baskets (John Mead)
1.6.15 Plant Swap and Information Evening (Karen Bennett)
6.7.15 Longhouse Nursery – plants to buy and lots of informationh) by Tim
7.9.15 Restoration of Valentines Park (Simon Litt)
5.10.15 Plants of Interest (Peter Railton)
2.11.15 International Flowers (Nick Dobson)
7.12.15 Christmas Social Evening
1oth March 2015 – Lois Amos, Head Gardener at Bedford’s Park ‘The Garden in the Park’
14th April 2015 – Andrew Turvey, Head Gardener at Middleton House
12th May 2015 – Keith Hayward – Holds the National collection of Canna – includes Plant Sale
09th June 2015 – Dave – fuchsia grower, includes plant sale
13th June 2015 -Salvation Army Summer Fayre 10.30am – 1.30pm
08th July 2015 – Susie & Richard ‘Open Garden’ 2pm-6pm
14th July 2015 – Christopher Honeyman ‘Wildlife & Organic Gardening’
11th August 2015 – Anthony Powel – RHS ‘Scented Gardens’
08th September 2015 – Jackie Aviolet – RHS – Asters – History & Propagation, Plant Sale
13th October 2015 – Tim Carter, Long House Plants ‘Gardening Friends’ favourite, Plant Sale
10th November 2015 – Club social evening with refreshments previewing 2016 programme
08th December 2015 – Carol Service with Phil Goldsmith
Green-Fingers meet on the last Monday each month at The Heathlands Centre, The Heathway, Dagenham, Essex at 7.30 pm. For details call Peter or Kathy 0208 595 6768
26th January 2015 – Plants of interest presented by Peter & plans for outings & events 2015
23rd February 2015 – Nick Dobson ‘Fuchsias the Three Virtues’
30 March 2015 – Tim & Jean from Long House Plants
28 April 2015 – An evening with Steve Bradley broadcaster & writer
18th May 2015 – Plant sale with our friends from Matthews nursery
29th June 2015 – Andrew Turvey head gardener ‘The Hidden Treasure of Myddleton House’
27th July 2015 – Brian Carline, author & broadcaster ‘Growing Pelargoniums’
24th August 2015 – Fuchsia Competition Judge by Nick Dobson
28th September 2015 – Simon Litt, Head Gardener, Valentines Park, Ilford
26th October 2015 – Jean Griffen, Gardeners Question Time
30th November 2015 – Christmas goodies and 2016 programme
27.06.15 – The Saville Gardens, Windsor Great Park, depart 9am, cost £23.50 includes entry, coach, afternoon tea & cream cakes
12.09.15 – Merriments Gardens, cost to be confirmed