Welcome to the website of the Blofield and District Gardening Club. If you live in Blofield in Norfolk or one of the surrounding areas and have an interest in gardening then this is the club for you. We meet once a month on the second Wednesday of the month for a presentation on some aspect of gardening provided by good quality speakers. These meetings are also an opportunity to socialise with other members with similar interests, to gain advice on gardening matters and to compete with other members in our monthly competition. We have also arranged discounts at local gardening suppliers. Why not join us at one of our meetings to try us out.
We hope all had a productive summer in spite of the heat and lack of water. We are pleased to say the July Show was very successful and after our usual summer break we are now looking forward to the autumn meetings, held at the Margaret Harker Hall (7:30 pm).
On Wednesday evening, 14th September, we will welcome Simon White to speak to us again, this time discussing “Peter Beales : the Romance of Roses”. The members’ competition is “one stem of a chrysanthemum” and please remember to bring along something for our £1 Bring and Buy Stall. New members and guests will be made very welcome.
It was so lovely to see lots of people in the Margaret Harker Hall on Saturday afternoon, 16th July, for our Golden Anniversary Summer Show. There were a good number of entries in all the vegetable, fruit, flowers and plants categories – so well done members, considering the very strange weather conditions we have seen this year. The home produce section was also well supplied with jams, marmalades, chutneys, breads both hand made and machine made, cheese scones, jam tarts, chocolate muffins and a new idea – a honey and walnut cake made to a specified recipe.
Refreshments were available and the raffle, cake and tombola stalls were popular. It was a pleasure to see so many people including retired club members able to visit and stay for a chat.
At the end of the afternoon the prizes were presented to much applause, then Peter Mackness kindly acted as auctioneer again to sell off produce donated by Club members.
The Club is very grateful to the children of Blofield School who put together a stunning collage of a garden and woodland scene, that was shown to great effect within the hall.
The centre piece of the afternoon was the floral display shown by Club Chair June Drake: the title was “All that glitters” and she made the most of highlighting the Club’s 50th anniversary with her golden display.
The Show Secretary, Sylvia Nelthorpe, added “I would like to thank everyone that helped in any way to make the day so enjoyable.”
A date for your diary! The popular Bird in Hand Open Gardens return again this year on Saturday and Sunday 13th/14th August, 11am until 4pm each day. There will be a wonderful selection of plants for sale, cakes & refreshments, ales, wine and Pimms. Entrance fee will be £3. Proceeds go to Heathlands and Hemblington Church. Bird in Hand is at 80, Mill Road, Blofield Heath, NR13 4QS.