Bedfield and Monk Soham Gardening Club


Our Garden Visit for our meeting on June 16th

We will be visiting Batteleys Cottage in Wortham to arrive at 7.15pm

The garden is owned by Mr. & Mrs. Simpson.

A varied and one acre garden planted for all seasons with different areas of interest. Light and shade planting with secluded spots to sit. Ponds, stream and densely planted borders with pots and sculptures to inspire you. The garden has featured in Amateur Gardening and the EDP Suffolk Magazine.

If you would like to join us as a non member the cost for the garden entry is £4 plus the cost of refreshments which will be confirmed on booking with all other details for the evening.

Please ring Gloria Bell to book your place by June 9th 01728 685 442 this will enable me to confirm numbers to the garden owners for refreshments.

Past events

March: Propagation evening.

We propagated near to one hundred plants which we will sell at the Garden Club stall on July 8th at the Bedfield & Monk Soham Fete 

February’s meeting was a demonstration by Charlotte Blyth on willow weaving a plant tripod for the garden. Many of us had a go at weaving after instruction from Charlotte. We are now enthusiastic to have a go

September 16th 7.30pm at the Sports Pavilion

September’s Garden Club was a talk on collecting seed from your garden with some history back ground and practical advice on how to do it. There was a great turn out with two new members. The Pavilion was pretty full up. We fin-ished with doing some origami, making seed packets from pretty wrapping paper. We finished with a discussion on ‘Putting the garden to bed’ what it meant to each of us. Most of us did bits of it but not the whole hog.

Bedfield & Monk Soham Gardening Club 19th August held at Bedfield Sports Pavilion 7.30pm

Juliet & Martin Piece recently had a family holiday in Kerala India. They both lived in India for some time and their first son was born there. While they were there Martin and Juliet spent three days with a group who cared about the ancient forests and the biodiversity that was being lost to rapid forest clearance to make way for cash crops such as tea plantations. The Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary helpers led by Suprabha Seshan ‘Subi’ for short, collect the rare plants and orchids from the forests which will be cut down, and re-pot them with love and care to nurse them and bring them on to plant them back into untouched forest. Juliet’s presentation showed us the process that the Sanctuary does with some stunning pictures of the work that is done to save these plants. Subi has done a huge amount of research and passed on her knowledge to many people. Her work has been acknowledged and in 2006 she received the Whitley Award in 2006. This very influential body recognised the importance of her work. This was a thought provoking evening. Although the an-cient forests are thousands of miles from us, cutting them down will have a damaging effect on the whole of the world. We finished with drinks and some home made Indian delights. Thank you Juliet.