Aldborough has benefitted from an active gardening club for many years, the new structure and format of the club aims to build on this solid tradition, inviting gardeners of all persuasions, in and around the North Norfolk village of Aldborough, to get together and swap expertise, ideas and local knowledge.
We meet every month, usually in the Church Room, sited just off the village green near the (former) Red Lion. We usually have guest speakers covering a wide range of garden/gardening topics as well as garden visits.
Membership for 2019 will be £10.00 per annum, visitors/guests £3 New members joining later in the year will be charged pro rata. Membership is renewed annually at the January meeting, which is an informal AGM, review of the past year, and projects for the new year.
At meetings we often have informal seed swaps, plant swaps of veg seedlings, 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 resort to after meetings
At the April meeting members are given a plant plug for the 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. Next year's plant will be decided by members vote
The club now has a number of Community Gardening Projects, inculding 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 are now well placed to start new practical gardening projects. 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, the club now has funds for future projects. The next Open Gardens is scheduled for 2020.