Programme 2017

Evening meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (except May and December see below) at 8pm at Fawkham and Hartley Church Centre (formerly known as All Saints Church Centre), Ash Road, Hartley DA3 8DB.

Visitors are welcome at all events (visitor entrance to meetings £1.00, to shows free).

Suggestions for future lectures will be welcomed by our lecture secretary Sue Cox at any of our meetings.
11 January 2017              Spring Flowers - Rafia Sultana Hogg Hopefully by now the first signs of spring, such as snowdrops and winter aconites, will be appearing in our gardens. Ms Hogg works at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend, and will be telling us how to maximise our spring displays.
8 February 2017         A Year in a Cobham Garden - Nigel Gibson Cobham have a well-established garden society, who meet on the same night as us. Mr Gibson will talk us through a year in one of that village’s lovely gardens, which will doubtless share some of the same conditions, joys and difficulties as we cope with in our own area.
08 March 2017 The Flower Villages of Alsace & Lorraine - Chris Stewart
Mr Stewart last spoke to us in 2015 about the ‘good bad and ugly’ beasties to be found in our gardens and soil. This time he will take us to north-eastern France, and its scenic villages, woods and vineyards sloping down to the river Rhine.
This is the first evening show of 2017, and will be judged by our members. Visitors are very welcome to come along and enjoy the exhibits free of charge (but are not permitted to judge). Please see pages 9-11 for show classes and timings and how to enter. Free refreshments will be available. Why not enter your free tulips (as given out by the Society last autumn) in our special class – you may win the prize!
10 May 2017 Daytime trip to Beth Chatto’s garden
Beth Chatto is a well-respected plantswoman and garden designer who has a wonderful garden near Colchester in Essex. It includes famous gravel and shade areas and a water garden. As it is some time since our last visit, we have arranged to return this year. Full details will be available at our early 2017 evening meetings, when bookings and full payment can be made.
14 June 2017 An Evening of Little White Flowers (New Zealand) - Victoria Golding
Victoria is a trustee of Kent Wildlife Trust and an excellent speaker who has visited us several times. She has close family ties with New Zealand and has travelled extensively there. Tonight she will show us its glorious landscapes, wildlife and flowers in what will be an interesting and very enjoyable illustrated talk.
5 July 2017 Daytime trip to Barnsdale
This year we are planning an extra outing, to the late Geoff Hamilton’s garden at Barnsdale in Rutland. Full details will be available in newsletters and at our early Spring meetings, when booking and full payment can be made.
12 July 2017 The Great Improver - Capability Brown & his Gardens - Sally Berkeley
Last year was the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. He is probably the most famous landscape architect and garden creator of the 18th century, and most of us will have visited one of his many grand creations. Mrs Berkeley will tell us more this evening.
9 August 2017 ‘Plant Heritage’ & the National Collections - Jude Lawton
Plant Heritage is the new name for NCCPG (National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens), the charity which works to conserve the diversity of garden plant varieties and operates the National Collections scheme. Ms Lawton, who spoke to us last August, is Chair of the Kent group of Plant Heritage and tonight will talk about its important work.
13 September 2017 AUTUMN EVENING SHOW
At tonight’s show, judging will be carried out by qualified external judges. Please see pages 12-14 for full details of the show classes and how to enter. Come along and see the exhibits, including the lovely floral art classes. We will also be hosting the Inter-Village Cup, an annual horticultural competition between local villages which our society won last year. Visitors are very welcome (free entry), and free refreshments will be available.
11 October 2017 Work at Cobham Woods Dig Site - Andrew Mayfield
As well as its wildlife and landscape interest, Cobham Woods has a long archaeological history. Excavations are currently in progress, and Mr Mayfield will explain his role in the dig and what has been found in this lovely woodland.
20 October 2017 Inter Society Quiz
Each Autumn the garden clubs of our local villages hold an inter-society general knowledge quiz night, raising funds for a good cause. Our Society’s team won last year, so we are hosting this year’s quiz. Further details to follow at meetings and in newsletters.
08 November 2017 AGM and Cheese & Wine Social Evening
The Annual General Meeting will take place, after which we will have our now-customary cheese and wine and a chance to socialise.
December 2017 No Meeting