Aldborough has benefitted from an active gardening club since the1950's A new structure and format for the Club was set up in 2017. The aims were to build on our historic tradition. Now open to gardeners of all types and persuasions, from beginners to experienced, in and around the North Norfolk village of Aldborough, it is an established, active, community group, swapping expertise, ideas, local knowledge with an informal and lively atmosphere.
The Club benefits from RHS Affiliation, and is an affiliated group with the Norwich & Norfolk Horticulural Society
We meet every month, usually in the Aldborough Church Room, sited just off the village green near the (former) Red Lion.
Membership from 2019 onwards is £10.00 per annum.
Visitors/guests are welcome to most events and meetings at £3 pp.
New members joining later in the year will be charged a pro rata rate.
Membership is renewed annually at the January meeting, which is an open and informal AGM, review of the past year, and upcoming projects for the new year.
All members receive email updates and reminders of all upcoming events and offers.
We have guest speakers covering a wide range of garden/gardening topics as well as garden visits, throughout the year. We often have informal seed swaps, plant swaps, divisions of herbaceous perennials, etc., depending on seasonal availability. These are free to members, anyone wanting to add to club funds can pop some loose change into the pot, no obligation. There are usually garden magazines and books on offer, again, free to members.
We have tea/coffee & biscuits after the speaker/event and Raffle. The newly refurbished Black Boys pub, the Club's official watering hole, is a short walk away where members often continue the chat after meetings. The current committee meets there.
At the April meeting all members are given a plant plug for an annual growing on competition, fuchsias were often a ‘favourite’, 2018 we had a fuschia and begonia face-off (a begonia won). This year we have a face-off between a white impatiens and a yellow begonia. Results are judged by all at the August BBQ meeting.
The BBQ and Christmas Party now include inventive vegetarian dishes from produce grown on the Club's allotment and poly tunnel.
The Club now has a number of Community Gardening Projects, including our own organic no dig half allotment, which were initially funded with a grant of £2,500 from the North Norfolk Big Society Fund. We also work closely with the Patients Group at Aldborough's Surgery. we have a raised bed herb and edible flower display out side the waiting room and further large perrenial herb bed, cut flower bed and wildflower meadow strip in the the car park. Click on the Community Gardening page below to see details.
The Club is the sole funder and organiser of the annual Aldborough Village Flower & Vegetable Show, an important village event with a strong tradition dating back to the 1950’s and before.
Schedule and Entry forms will be published online early Spring, paper copies will still be available in the Post Office/Shop, The Black Boys pub, and at our meetings.
2018 saw a very successful Aldborough Open Gardens day in June, organised and funded by the Club we raised over £3,000, after costs and a donation of £500 to the Aldborough Church Room, othe funds have been allocated to Aldborough's Stepping Stones Nursery school.
The next Open Gardens is scheduled for Sunday June the 14th, 2020.