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 2016 and 2017 and will take bookings for 201 from July 2016.

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.

If your club would like a mention here, send an email with your details.
Braintree Organic Gardening Club
Meet at The Braintree Community Centre, Bocking End, Braintree  CM7 9AH  at 8pm unless other time given
£10/ year membership and £2.00 per meeting, includes tea/coffee and cake, visitors £4.00, first meeting free
22.08.15 – Guided tour or biodynamic Lauriston Farm, 10.30am
08.09.15 – Tim Carter, Plants of Seasonal Interest
13.10.15 – Andrew Sankey – Companion Planting
10.11.15 – Mark D’Roy – Lavender Farm in Essex
08.12.15 – Christmas dinner, 7.00pm
12.01.16 – John Taylor on weeds – Our Bane or Bedfellows
09.02.16 – Mark Wood – Butterflies
08.03.16 – AGM, quiz, tips and advice
12.04.16 – Brian Carline on Soil, Sweat and Tears
30.04.16 – Coppice Designs, 6.00pm
14.05.16 – Market Stall
21.05.16 – Guided tour of Marks Hall, 2pm
June – members gardens
12.07.16 – Cants Rose Centre, 7pm
August – TBC
13.09.16 – TBC
11.10.16 – Michael Abel on Biological and non chemical control of pests
08.11.16 – TBC
13.12.16 – Christmas dinner, 7pm

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!


Upminster and District Horticultural Society
Lectures are held on the second Tuesday evening of the month from October to May inclusive (except February).  They are held in the New Windmill Hall, St. Mary’s Lane, Upminster from 7.45pm to 9.45pm with a tea interval.  Doors open at 7.15pm.  Admission is normally free to members but a charge of £2.00 is made to non-members.
10th March 2015

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.

Greenfingers Gardening Club, Marlborough Gardens, Cranham is a small friendly club which meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. (No meeting in Jan and Aug). Horticultural talks, plant sales, outings etc. Newcomers most welcome. Phone Sheila for info 01708 228752
Please follow the links for details


Gardening Friends meet on the second Tuesday each month at The Salvation Army Centre, Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, RM3 9PP at 7.30 pm. For details call Richard or Suzi 01708 701096.
Next meetings;
12th January 2016 – Peter Railton
09th February 2016 – Brian Carling.  Soil, Sweat and Tears
08th March 2016 – Steve Bradley from Radio Kent.  Patio Growing and getting the Best from Containers
12th April 2016 – Simon White from Peter Beales Nursery – Bulbs including plant sale
10th May 2016 – Nick Dobson. Dazzling Dahlias
14th June 2016 – Bill Butcher.  Garden People, Places and Poisons
12th July 2016 Maike Winhorst.  Growing Flowers all Year Round for Arrangements
09th August Robin Carlsberg.  ‘Eden Project’ and ‘West Garden of Heligan’.  Please return your Fuchsia for judging
13th September 2016 – Tim Carter, Long House Plants – Plant Sale
11th October 2016 – Melanie Colins from Mickfield Hostas – Plant Sale
08th November 2016 – Club Social Evening with refreshments – preview of 2017 programme
13th December 2016 – Carols 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

Next meetings;

25th January 2016 – Brian Carline: Soil, Sweat and Tears

239th February 2016 – Bill Butcher: Broadcaster and Former Head Gardener at Bressingham

21st March 2016 – Lois Amos, Head Gardener, Bedfords Park: The Garden in the Park

25th April 2016 – An evening with Dave: It’s Fuchsia Time

23rd May 2016 – Keith and Christine Hart, National Collection of Cannas.  Plant sale of Cannas

29th June 2016 – Plant Sale with Matthews Plants

25th July 2016 – An evening sharing plants and ideas

22nd August 2016 – Fuchsia Competition Judged by Brian Carline

26th September 2016 – Tim Carter, Long House Plants.  Plant Sale

31st October 2016 – Anne Luders: A Taste of Capel Manor

28th November 2016 – Christmas goodies and 2017 programme


Guild of Brentwood Gardeners
Meetings held at St Georges Church, Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, commencing at 7.45pm – third Friday each month
Shotgate Garden Club
Meet on the third Wednesday of each month at The Community Hall, Bruce Grove, Shotgate, 8pm – 10pm Entry £2 including refreshments, non members £3. New members very welcome.  For Any Info Phone Carol 01268 571249 or Brenda 01268 472163.


Whittingham Roots & Shoots Gardening Club
The club meets on the first Friday of the Month (except for April when the club meets on 10th April) between 8 and 10 pm at Unity Hall, 144 Bramley Close E17 6EG. No parking restrictions, the W15 bus stops nearby.  Membership is £8 pa, with a £2 entry fee for members and £3 for non members, refreshments included. Your first visit is FREE.

April’s Speaker is Kathy Lancaster talking about London’s Parks and Gardens.
The club offers interesting Speakers talking about a variety of gardening topics & related subjects, including Wildlife & Nature. We also hold demonstrations & offer horticulture advice, issue a monthly Newsletter and offer Outings.
If you have any questions please email whittingham.gardenclub@yahoo.co.uk or visit: www.whittinghamgardeningclub.blogspot.com