Gardening Club


We meet at the Village Hall in Chignal St James at 7.30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September to November and January to April for fascinating talks on a wide variety of topics.

Diary Dates:
Wednesday 21st March. An in-house session, we will be discovering the merits of Tresco Abbey Gardens located on the island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. The 17 acre gardens are home to species from across the world’s Mediterranean climate zones, from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa. The face of the garden changes throughout the year. In spring flowers bloom weeks ahead of those on the mainland and in the autumn the reds, golds and ambers of the seasonal foliage contrast with the magnificent proteas, aloes and camellias. Come along to find out more!

Wednesday 18th April. This night will be dedicated to our annual AGM, followed by a garden related quiz and a plant swap.

We also organise three garden visits during the summer months (the 2018 dates are below) and the plant stall at the Village Fête.

Monday 21st May at 6.45pm. Rookwoods, Yeldham Road, Sible Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3QG

Rookwoods is a tranquil garden with a mix of mature /young trees and shrubs. The herbaceous borders feature columns of tumbling Madame Alfred Carriere roses. Two pleached hornbeam rooms lead to a wild flower bed, buttercup meadow & ancient oak wood. Cost: £10 to include tea/coffee and cake (all proceeds go to NGS)

Wednesday 20th June at 7pm, Dragons, Boyton Cross, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4LS

A plantswoman's ¾ acre garden, planted to encourage wildlife. Sumptuous colour-themed borders with striking plant combinations, featuring specimen plants, fernery, clematis, and grasses. Meandering paths lead to ponds, patio, scree garden and small vegetable garden. Two summerhouses, one overlooking stream and farmland. Cost: £7 to include tea/coffee and cake (£3 goes to NGS)

Tuesday 17th July at 2pm, Jericho Cottage (and Megarry's Antiques), The Green, Blackmore, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 0RR

Small walled wildlife, woodland garden with mature trees, shrubs, bamboos, palms and ponds. Historic Romany Vardo and Victorian Glasshouse. Primroses, bluebells, camellias, rhododendrons and later hydrangeas, euphorbias and geraniums clothe the ground, while a canopy of wisteria, rambling roses, honeysuckle and kiwi vine shade the patio and pergola. The garden is an untamed hidden oasis. Also has an antique shop. Cost: £8 to include tea/coffee and cake (£3 goes to NGS)


We welcome new members and we're a very friendly club where you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the varied talks, demonstrations and visits. For more information, please contact Graham Andrews (Chairman) on 01245 442625 or email