Grow with Uckfield Horticulture Society

The joys of having a bustling garden full of life are second to none, hearing the buzz of the bees and the chirps of the birds can give you an unparalleled sense of serenity in your own backyard; not to mention few things are tastier than a home grown tomato or strawberry.

 

It’s not easy to get that perfect garden, and it’s definitely a trial and error sort of practice, but to help with a few tips, we caught up with Chair of Uckfield Horticulture Society, Annie Lock.

 

Like many societies and groups, the COVID lockdown had a profound effect and membership numbers were low at Uckfield Horticulture Society, and the end felt unavoidable. However, with some hard work from Annie as the new Chair and members of the group, numbers grew again and they now have over 50 members and the society is going strong once again. We asked Annie a few questions to find out a few tips and more about the Uckfield Horticulture Society.

 

As we move in to the summer months, can you give some local residents a few helpful gardening tips?

Our climate is definitely changing so we need to have plants that are going to be more resilient in these hotter dryer summers, things like Verbena, Hardy Salvias, Lavenders and Sedums which are also great at attracting pollinating insects.

Now is a great time for taking cuttings from perennials and increasing you plant stock for free and having spares if you do lose a plant.

Dead heading – it has been a great year for roses but to keep them and other flowers blooming trim off the dead head.

 

Why should any local residents with an interest think about joining the Uckfield Gardeners Group?

If you have any interest in gardening you should come and join us. We have professional gardeners and college lecturers in the group as well as very keen amateurs to the complete beginner and some members who just enjoy the social part and having a punt in the raffle! Everyone is welcome to come along and share their knowledge if they wish.

As well as a speaker, we have a monthly slot on tips for the garden for the next month, so we can actively build up our skills. We also have a monthly competition for members, including the best rose in your garden today, your smallest tomato, longest broad bean or the prettiest posy!

We also visit local gardens and even have some exclusive visits lined up. We have a Christmas and midsummer social event for members in July.

The Society meet at the Luxford Centre, Library Way Uckfield TN22 1AR, on the second Thursday of the month apart from January and July at 7pm/7:30pm.

Membership is £10 for a calendar year or £3 to attend as a guest.

 

Schedule for the remainder of 2023

Thursday 10th August: Gardening for Mental Wellbeing

Competition: Longest runner bean and smallest tomato

 

Thursday 14th September: Neal our Local Ranger – Veteran Trees in our woodlands

Competition: Your photograph of a tree

 

Thursday 12th October: Carole Farmer – The Love of Gardening

Starting from Scratch to a NGS Garden!

Competition: Best Dahlia for today & largest pumpkin

 

Thursday 9th November: Cody for Christmas – Our favourite flower arranger sharing his tips for seasonal fauna and flora

Competition: Item of craft or artwork inspired by your garden

 

Thursday 14th December: Social evening with Quiz

Competition: Christmas Arrangement with a candle – not more than 30cm (12”) in any direction can include choice or materials including artificial, dried, alive and purchased

 

For more information about these events or Uckfield Horticulture Society in general, contact Chair – Annie Lock  [email protected] or Secretary – Bridget Sanger [email protected]. You can also check out the group Uckfield Gardeners’ Club on Facebook.

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