Diary for meetings and events

All meetings held at 7.30pm at St Vincent’s Community Centre, Girton


Thursday 11th January

Annual General Meeting and Social Evening

Competitions: A foliage plant; A photo of a plant or your own garden

Thursday 8th February

Richard Gant (Head Gardener)

Madingley Hall Gardens

Competitions: Winter flowers from the garden; Three onions or a winter cabbage

Thursday 8th March

Caroline Holmes

Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener

Competitions: A pot of flowering bulbs; Broccoli or spring greens

Thursday 12th April

Andrew Sankey

Making a Garden from Scratch

Competitions: Three stems of any one flowering shrub; Three sticks of rhubarb

Saturday 5th May – Plant Sale at 46 Cambridge Road, Girton – also cakes: from 2pm 

Please grow, split plants, sow seeds or cook. We need helpers on the day, so please get in touch.

Thursday 10th May

George Thorpe

Herbaceous Perennials

Competitions: A vase of Spring/early Summer flowers; Three fresh herbs in a jar

Tuesday 22 May 2018 2.30pm – Visit to Madingley Hall Gardens. Guided tour by Head Gardener for 1.5 hours followed by tea/coffee and cake. Cost £8 – pre-booked members and their friends only, with Chris (tel 277182), by 10 May.

Wednesday 13 June 2018 – Coach trip to East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, Norfolk. A contemporary garden with exotic flowers in stunning combinations. Wide variety of garden styles within 32 acre site. All welcome. Pre-book: ask Janet (tel 276393) for a booking form, or email girtongardensociety@outlook.com Cost is £24 for members, £27 non members. Bookings close on 10 May.

Saturday 14th July Feast Week Fete & Girton Mini Show

Fete stall – we will have ‘spectacular pots and baskets’ for sale. Please can you grow a plant for us? Help also needed on the day. Please get in touch.

Mini Show – the schedule is shown below and will be in the May GPN


SATURDAY JULY 14th 12 – 5pm


The theme of Feast Week will be ‘Pirates’

The Girton Allotment Society and the Girton Garden Society will be organising a mini fruit, flower and vegetable show in the main marquee

The categories chosen for our part of the show represent the fruit, vegetables and flowers most likely to be ready in early July, weather permitting!

Growing your own fruit, flowers and vegetables reduces transport costs and air miles as well as being very satisfying.

We would like to encourage all adults and children living in the village to show off their gardening and growing skills by entering any or all of the following competition categories:

Adults                                        Vegetable/fruit/flower classes          

1v.   3 sticks of rhubarb       


1f. 3 stems of one type of flower in a tall, colourless glass jar or vase    
2v.   5 beans (Runner or French)


2f.  A bunch of garden flowers in a clear  jam jar

 ( no labels)

3v.   5 potatoes (any variety)


3f. A bunch of roses(no more than 7 stems) in a clear 

      Jam jar (no labels)

4v.   3 onions (any variety)


5v.   3 different vegetables


6v.   A small plate of fruit


Children                                         Vegetable/fruit/flower classes

7v.   3 different coloured vegetables



8v.   The funniest looking carrot


9v.   The longest bean


10v/f. An animal modelled from vegetables, fruit

         and/or flowers



Rules .  All entries must be brought to the main marquee between 10 and 11.30am and a small entry card filled in.

.  The vegetables and fruit will be displayed on 22/23cm white paper plates.

.  Judging and awarding of rosettes will take place at 12noon.

. The winners will be announced during the afternoon and entries can be collected after 4pm.

Contacts: Girton Garden Society- Kay Green 01223276819            Girton Allotment Society- Patsy Smith 01223575288


18 July 2018 Helmingham Hall Gardens, Suffolk Gardens surround a moated manor house and include herbaceous borders, rose, knot and walled kitchen gardens. All welcome. Pre-book: ask Janet (tel 276393) for a booking form, or email girtongardensociety@outlook.com Cost is £19 for members, £22 non members. Bookings close on 13 June.

Thursday 11th October 

Rodney Tibbs

Your own Mediterranean Climate

Competitions: Autumn flowers from the garden; A plate of apples or pears(dessert or cooking)

Thursday 8th November

Alan Shipp

A kaleidoscope of colour – hyacinths

Competitions: A flowering pot plant; A vase of dried seed heads

Thursday 13th December

Pippa Temple

Fantastic Gardens – Where there’s a Well, there’s a Way (water and gardens)

Competitions: A Christmas table arrangement; Six Brussels sprouts or 3 leeks



Thursday 10th January

Annual General Meeting and social evening with a light supper

Competitions: A foliage plant; A photo of a plant or your own garden


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