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 2013 and 2014 and will take bookings for 2015 from July 2013.

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.

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!

Our dates until the end of 2014 are:
Friday 3rd October, Speaker George Puddifoot – Fuchsias into winter.
Friday 7th November, A.G.M.
Friday 5th December, a Christmas social evening to round off our year.
Friday 6th February, G. Bendall, Gamekeeper Tales.
Friday 6th March Sid Garcia, Fuchsias.
For further information, please email info@romford-fuchsias.co.uk

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.
Tuesday 14th October 2014 – A Banquet for Pollinators – Susan Young
Susan has loved the countryside and wildlife since childhood.  It Was an aspiration achieved to train in horticulture with the Royal Horticultural Society and then garden design, later in life.  With her landscaping and garden design business, Susan takes every opportunity to advise, plant and manage her clients’ gardens in a wildlife-friendly manner and to encourage biodiversity in these habitats wherever possible.  With her own half-acre cottage garden open for the National Garden Scheme, a full size allotment and as a major contributor to a book on local history of her parish, it was a natural progression to develop her interest in food plants for pollinating insects
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Grandad’s Garded+I am Grandad – Bill Blossom
‘The Rose Man’, Bill is an amateur horticulturalist, flower show judge and rose breeder.  He has been lecturing for many years and has appeared on film, radio and television.  tonight we shall get a glimpse of his own garden
Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Pruning fruit trees – Michael Abel
Michael has an MSc in Horticulture, ten years commercial fruit and vegetable growing, twenty hears lecturing in horticulture at Writtle College in Chelmsford and a lifetime of gardening experience.  He is currently working for Agralan Ltd, who are suppliers of bumblebees for pollination and biological controls to commercial growers and amateur gardeners.  this evening we shall learn how and when we should be pruning our fruit trees to improve our crops.
Tuesday 13th January 2015 – Annual General Meeting
Wildlife of Havering – Tony Gunton
Tony is eminently qualified to speak on our local wildlife.  He is chairman of the local group of the Essex Wildlife Trust and of the Havering Wildlife Project concerning wildlife sites and biodiversity.  he is also the author of books and smartphone apps on the Essex countryside and wildlife.  He has been resident in Havering for more than thirty years.  Some of you may have visited his garden, which he opens each year in aid of the Essex Wildlife Trust.  Who knows, you may be inspired to create your own wildlife garden!
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.Next Meetings:
03.02.14 Barbara Lewis – Gardening with Clematis, other Climbers and Wall Shrubs
03.03.14 Jim Buttress – Gardeners’ Question Time
07.04.14 Robin Carsberg – Growing and Using Plants in Containers
12.05.14 Plant Swap and Horticultural Information
02.06.14 Jacqueline Aviolet – Hardy Geraniums
07.07.14 Tim Carter – Long House Plants (and plants for sale)
01.09.14 An evening in Carol Brewster’s Garden, Moor Lane
06.10.14 Brian Carline – Soil, Sweat and Tears
03.11.14 Harry Brickwood – A Gardener’s Year (slide show)
01.12.14 Club Christmas Social Evening


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;

11 March 2014 – Dominic Shields – Day in the Life of a Gardener

08 April 2014 – Debbie Hart – Propagation of Plants

13 May 2014 – Tim Carter, Long House Plants

10 June 2014 – Peter Railton – Containers and Baskets

08 July 2014 – Geoff Hodge – Pruning

12 August 2014 – Jean Griffin plus Fuchsia Competition

09 September 2014 – Simon White – Roses from Peter Beale

11 October 2014 – Kevin Tooher, from Hadlow College

11 November 2014 – Christmas Goodies & 2015 club programme

09 December 2014 – 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

Next meetings;

27 January 2014 – Members Night/Members Share their work within the community and garden

24 February 2014 – Steve Bradley, broadcaster and writer for the Sun

31 March 2014 – an evening with Jim Buttress

28 April 2014 – An evening workshop with Dave & John, it’s Fuchsia time

19 May 2014 – Plant sale with our friends from Matthews nursery

30 June 2014 – Jean Griffin, broadcaster & judge, in her own words ‘I am a plant-a-holic’

28 July 2014 – Kevin Tooher, Hadlow College, more questions answered on Clematis, queen of the climbers

18 August 2014 – our annual Fuchsia competition

29 September 2014 – Tim Carter, Long House Plants

27 October 2014 – Harry Brickwood, lilies true and false

24 November 2014 – Christmas goodies and 2015 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. Newcomers Very Welcome.For Any Info Phone Carol 01268 571249 or Brenda 01268 472163.