Programme of Events

We run a programme of monthly meetings with speakers on gardening related topics from October to April.  Through the summer months, we organise outings to nurseries or garden centres, local gardens and sometimes get together to admire the garden of one of our club members.

Buckden Gardeners Association meetings are held at the Buckden Village Hall, Burberry Road, Buckden, St Neots, PE19 5UY, in either the Millard Suite or the Lincoln Room usually on the 3rd Tuesday in the month from 8:00 pm. Before the talk, at 7:45, we enjoy a chat over coffee/tea and biscuits, which are available for a donation and there is a raffle at each village hall meeting. Visitors are very welcome at meetings at £2.00 per visit – but remember that a year’s subscription is only £6 per household and gives you free entry to all meetings for the year.

Details of forthcoming meetings are published in the Buckden Roundabout. 

 

2019 Programme

Meetings are in Buckden Village hall at 8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month unless otherwise stated
Coffee is served at 7:45pm before the start of talks in the Village Hall and to help with funds there will be a raffle at meetings in the village hall

 

15  Jan       Brampton Wood, wildlife talk -  Flora & Fauna
                   by George Cottam
                   

19  Feb       AGM – Cheese & Wine
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm – bring a glass please

 

19  Mar        Garden Waste Recycling  & pot making 
                    Talk by Jonathon Crisp Amey
                     

16  April       Honey Bees
                    by Roger Wood
                     

21 May       Outing to Paxton Pits or RSPB
                   Meet at Methodist Church at 6.00pm
                   Self-drive/car share £2.50pp

 

18  June     Outing to NGS garden TBC
                   Meet Methodist Church 1.00pm
                   Self-drive/car-share

 

16 July        Pam’s garden party
                    31  Lucks Lane– 7:00pm
                    Bring a plate of food to share and a glass

 

Sat 7  Sept   Autumn Show 
                     Village Hall: staging 9:30 am
                     Show Opens 2:00 pm

 

15  Oct         Quiz evening
                     Fish & Chip supper
                     Village Hall 8:00 pm

 

19  Nov        Fungi
                     by John McDonna

 

10  Dec        Christmas Party
                     Bring a plate of Festive Food to share and a glass
                     Lincoln Room, Village Hall 8:00 pm

 

2020 Advance Dates


21 Jan         History of gardens & gardens plants
                    Talk by Peter Walker

 

 11 Feb         AGM – Cheese & Wine

 

2018 Programme

Meetings are in Buckden Village hall at 8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month unless otherwise stated
Coffee is served at 7:45pm before the start of talks in the Village Hall

 

16 Jan         Wild Flowers and their habitat by Peter Walker
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm 

 

20 Feb         AGM – Cheese & Wine
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm – bring a glass please 

 

Sat 24 Mar   Spring Show                   
                   Village Hall: staging 9:30 - 11 am
                   Show Opens 2:00 pm

 

17 April       Secrets of Growing Clematis by Carol Adams
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm

 

15 May       Visit to Tandee Nursery at Barnwell
                   Meet at Methodist Church 1:30pm, Self-drive/car share

                   Visit their website for details:  www.tandeenursery.co.uk


19 June       Visit to Twin Tarns Gardens at Somersham   CANCELLED

 

19 June      The garden of Claire and Neil Callan of Horseshoe Farm, Chatteris Road, Somersham PE28 3DR

                   Leaving from the Methodist church at 1.30pm

                   Claire and Neil Callan are Members of the National Garden Scheme. They have a 3/4 acre plant lovers garden, with lots of colour throughout the summer, 25
                   different varieties of Irises, a large pond with several species of fish, bog garden, mixed island beds, water features, summer house, 
                   Hazel wooded ares, wildlife meadow, fairy walk, lookout tower with extensive Fenland views, plenty of garden seating.
                   Entrance fee £4.00  per person, tea and coffee  with home made cake £3.00 

                 

17 July        Stan & Rosie's Garden Party
                   2 Springfield Close – 7.00pm
                   Bring a plate of food to share and a glass


Sat 8 Sept   Autumn Show    CANCELLED


16 Oct         Talk on Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and its Birds by Jim Stevenson 
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm


20 Nov        Colour in your Garden all Year by Geoff Hodge
                    Village Hall 8:00 pm 
 

11 Dec        Christmas Social
                   Bring a plate of festive food or bottle to share and a glass
                   Lincoln room, Village Hall 8.00pm

 

2019 Advanced dates

15 Jan          Talk - WIldlife Trust
19 Feb          AGM – Cheese & Wine

 

2017 Programme

Meetings are in Buckden Village hall at 8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month unless otherwise stated

 

17 Jan         Lawn Care by Richard Salmon from ProLawnCare
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm 

 

21 Feb         AGM – Cheese & Wine
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm – bring a glass please 

 

Sat 25 Mar   Spring Showrosa mundi                   
                   Village Hall: staging 9:30 am
                   Show Opens 2:00 pm

 

18 April       Happy Healthy Roses by Geoff Hodge, garden writer and broadcaster
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm

 

29 April       Brampton Bluebells walk
                  Meet at Methodist Church 2:00pm, Self-drive/car share

                  A trip to join a guided walk at Brampton wood with the local Wildlife Trust to view the bluebells and learn about the nature reserve
                  and its Spring wildlife (reported to be one of best bluebell woods in the country). The walk will be on Saturday 29th April and will start at 2.30pm
                  so we will meet at the Methodist Church with vehicles with a view to car share at 2.00pm.


16 May        Visit to Edible Ornamentals Chilli Farm
                   Cost of tour: £5:00 per person
                   Address: Cherwood Nursery Chawston MK44 3BL
                   Meet at Methodist church at 6.00pm, Self-drive/car share


20 June       Visit to Jordan’s Mill - historic flour mill, gardens and café
                   Address: Biggleswade SG18 9JX  
                   Meet at Methodist Church mid-day, Self-drive/car share

 

Sat 1 July    Buckden Festival Fete 
                   Come and support BGA's plant stall - all proceeds to the Village Hall Trust.
                   Donations of plants to sell will be gratefully received. 


18 July        Barbi at the Beehive
                   16 Lucks Lane – 7.00pm
                   Bring a plate of food to share and a glass


Sat 9 Sept   Autumn Showalpaca
                   Village Hall: staging 9:30 am 
                   Show Opens 2:00 pm 


17 Oct         Eccentric Gardens by Steve Jones
                   Village Hall 8:00 pm


21 Nov        All about Alpacas by Nikki Sly
                    Village Hall 8:00 pm 
 

12 Dec        Christmas Social
                   Bring a plate of festive food to share and a glass
                   Lincoln room village hall 8.00pm

 

2018 Advanced dates

16 Jan          Talk Wild Flowers and their habitat in Cambridgeshire
20 Feb          AGM – Cheese & Wine

 

2016 Programme

Meetings are in Buckden Village hall at 8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month unless otherwise stated
 

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Tues 26 Jan     Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey
                       
                       Join us for a Snowdrop Tour at Anglesey Abbey guided by a National Trust volunteer. If you prefer not to join the guided tour,
                       you can still enjoy a stroll around the wonderful Winter Garden

                       
                       Meet at Methodist Church at 12:30 pm
                       Self-drive/car-share

                       Prices: NT members free (remember your NT card!) 
                       Non members  £7.95 each 
                       **If 15 or more people come, group rates will apply for  non-members at £6.70 per person **

16 February      AGM – Cheese & Wine
                       Village Hall 8:00 pm – bring a glass please

 

2 April              Spring Show
                       Village Hall: staging 9:30 am
                       Show Opens 3:00 pm
                       Spade & Fork Supper 8:00 pm

 

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19 April            Hedgehog Friendly Gardens
                       by Mary Burrow & Jeanette Richards
                       of Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity Hedgehog Hospital

We all know that hedgehogs are declining. There seem to be very few around Buckden. Come and find out about how they live, how we can attract them to our gardens and how we can support them.

 

17 May            Visit to Holwood Nursery, Somersham
                       Meet at Methodist Church at 6:00pm for self- drive/car share

 One of our most popular nursery visit venues – an opportunity to buy good quality plants for your garden.

 

21 June **       Visit to Lucy Boston’s Garden, hemingford manor
                       The Manor, Hemingford Grey
                       Meet at Methodist Church at 6:00pm
                       Self-drive/car-share
                       Entry: £4 per person

Address: The Manor, Hemingford Grey PE28 9BN
We need to park in the village and walk to the manor, but there is a parking space at the house reserved for the disabled.

The Manor House at Hemingford Grey was recreated and made famous as the house of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston in her series of children's books, now regarded as classics. BGA has organised a guided tour of the four acres of garden which surround the Manor and which are renowned for the collection of over 200 old roses and a collection of irises containing many famous Dykes medal winners, most of them dating from the 1950s. We will then have an opportunity to explore further if time allows.

** We will collect numbers in advance for this outing

 

19 July             Summer Social Judith Alban’s garden
                       Address on your programme - start 7pm
                       Bring a plate of food to share and a glass

 

3 Sept              Autumn Show
                       Village Hall: staging 9:30 am
                       Show Opens 3:00 pm
                       Spade & Fork Supper 8:00 pm

 

18 Oct              A bulb for every season
                       by Hilary Thomas

As the title suggests, Hilary will show us how to use bulbs to keep our gardens colourful around the year

 


15 Nov              Chelsea Bronze to Gold
                        by Stephen Hall

 Stephen is a local garden designer from Upper Dean. His talk is about his experiences at Chelsea and covers his gardens and the celebrities he has met in the  process.

 


20 Dec              Christmas Social
                        NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FROM 13TH DECEMBER TO 20TH DECEMBER
                        Bring a plate of Festive Food to share and a glass
                        Lincoln Room, Village Hall 8:00 pm

 

 


 

 

2015 Programme

Meetings are in Buckden Village hall at 8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month unless otherwise stateddahlias

20 January       How to grow Prize-Winning Dahlias 
                       by Fred Daniels

Buckden's very own dahlia expert, Fred Daniels, talks to us about why and how to grow dahlias!  A chance to find out how all Fred's secrets about how he wins so many Dahlia classes in the BGA Autumn Show!
 

17 February     AGM – Cheese & Wine
 

28 March         Spring Show

                      Village Hall: staging 10:00 am
                      Show Opens 3:00 pm
                      Spade & Fork Supper 8:00 pm

 

21 April           Colour for Summer
                      by David White MHort(RHS) DipHort(Kew)

David White is an expert in the horticulture field and an experienced speaker.  Perfect timing for David's talk which he describes as "A chance to look at bedding plants, container and basket plants, herbaceous perennials and other plants, that will give joy over the summer months and how to care for them to keep them looking their best for the longest period possible."

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19 May **       Guided Tour of Buckden Towers and Knot Garden

                      Meet 1:50pm at Buckden Towers gate lodge.
                      Entry £4 per member, non-members £6.  Payment in advance please.

BGA will be treating you to Tea & Cake!

A rare opportunity to take a short guided tour of Buckden Towers and a more in-depth tour of Katherine of Aragon's Knot Garden, followed by tea and cake.  Hope for a warm sunny day! 

 

16 June **       Visit to Moggerberry including BBQ
                       Plants for sale. No admission charge but all donations to Moldova charity
                       Meet at Methodist Church at 6:00pm. Self-drive/car-share

John Law runs the small soft-fruit enterprise, Moggerberry, at Park (Home) Farm, Moggerhanger.  Join us for a tour, chat and BBQ at Moggerberry - plants for sale and donations please which will go to John's UK Charity - www.moldovamatters.org/en/ - running a small experimental farm in the very poor country of Moldova.
 

** We will need to provide numbers in advance for the above two outings. We will contact members nearer the time.
 

21 July            Drinks & Nibbles on Oak Lawn -
                     
                      Arrive 7pm
                      Bring a plate of food to share and a glass
 

5 September    Autumn Show

                      Village Hall: staging 10:00 am
                      Show Opens 3:00 pm
                      Spade & Fork Supper 8:00 pm
 

20 October      Garden Design
                      by Di Jarvis

Many people already know local garden designer, Di Jarvis - she will be talking about her work and ideas, something to inspire us all.

 

17 November   Winter wonders and December delights
                      by Peter Walker

Winter Wonders & December Delights is Peter's personal view of the winter season, mid October to the beginning of March. He will cover wildlife, winter landscapes, include some art and look at the winter festivals (Halloween, Bonfire Night, Armistice Day , Christmas and New Year)


8  December    Christmas Social 

Lincoln Room, Buckden Village Hall
Bring a plate of Festive Food to share and a glass

                        


 

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