Thorpe Morieux Gardening Club has changed over the years to follow gardening trends yet maintained many traditions such as having an annual plant sale and enjoying a quiz with our neighbours at Lavenham Gardening Club.

The regular activities include talks from well known experts on the many aspects of gardening as well as other interesting countryside lovers’ topics. Club trips to well known gardens are included. An annual garden party in one of the member’s gardens adds to the experience. Competitions still exist but are of a smaller member’s only style which conclude each meeting. Friendship and enjoyment through love of a shared interest form the core of the clubs existence.

All meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 19.15 for 19.30 at Thorpe Morieux Village Hall unless stated otherwise. Admission, including refreshment and raffle, is £1 members and £2 visitors.

For further information, please email gardening.club@cockfield.org.uk

Meeting Reports

Following any of the gardening club meetings, a write up follows which is also published in the Thorpe Times village newspaper.

September 2018

For the regular monthly meeting of The Thorpe Morieux and District Gardening Club on the 17th September Luci Skinner from Woottens of Wenhaston came to Thorpe Village Hall and gave an excellent illustrated talk on the popular garden feature known as The Herbaceous Border.

Luci brought along quite a large range of plants which when set up along the stage looked remarkably like an Herbaceous Border in Autumn. The talk, however, covered all seasons of the year. The term, Herbaceous, covers those plants which can generally be cut down before Winter and they duly would appear again in Spring from the dormant roots. The border could, of course, include some plants like shrubs or trees to give added structure which would require regular pruning to maintain a good year long appearance of the border. It is often felt that these borders possess “Low Maintenance” properties but there really is no such thing in gardening which still calls for weeding, controlling the virulent spread of some plants and Dead heading together with new growth propagation.

Planning the border is essential to maintain a year-round good appearance and it need not be flowers only since colour from foliaged plant stems together with grasses that sway in the breeze all add to become an all-season glorious display. Not everything is cut down in winter since some dry leaves or plant stems give good protection against frost damage.

In her very engaging talk Luci traced the history of gardens in this country since the !7th century when formal geometric shapes were common. This was followed by Landscapes to look natural over large parkland. The Arts and Crafts era produced annual flower beds in strong colours looking rather like an oil painting. All of this meant the employment of many gardeners at quite a high cost. It follows that the herbaceous border today can be enjoyed in a pleasurable manner on relatively small garden plots. Luci suggested that in the spring the border might display a range of bulbs to be followed by a summer of Geraniums or Day Lilies leading to Autumns Dahlia and flowering grasses terminating with Hellebores and Cyclamen before resting for the Winter. A wide choice of plants is available today to suit soil properties and general plot positioning.

Luci displayed a thorough knowledge of her subject which she presented in a way in which club members could enjoy without complicated gardening terminology, very kindly our speaker judged this month’s competition which was to present Three Dahlias from your garden. Sid Boughton’s entry was declared the eventual winner from this months well-presented array of blooms.

The club chairman, Linda Shotbolt, thanked Luci for this rather special evening and the members ,as usual, responded with a warm burst of applause.

Sid Broughton