Spring gardening


I have updated this post since it was first published on March 12th to take into account the current situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and government advice about social distancing. Our April meeting on 7th April is now cancelled. We hope to bring you Annie Chipchase later in the year and will advise on the May meeting in due course.

If you didn’t make it to our AGM and social on March 3rd our 2019 Annual report is available to download here. The committee for the coming year consists of Judith Parker (chair), Irene Slegt, Avril Broadley, Kirsty Norman and Richard Turnbull (treasurer).

The Club’s history
We have been sent some pics of previous DGB trips including one to Italy. Lynn Brooks pointed out that there are several albums of photos in the gardener’s cupboard and we wonder if anyone has the time to take a look through and write up our history? Did you know the club has been going for 42 years? You can read an interesting orbituary in the Independent for Jude Moraes, who lived on de Beauvoir Square and founded the club in 1978.

Union of Hackney Gardens
The club is now a member of the Union of Hackney Gardens, having joined up with the Capital Growth scheme. We have a few copies of five maps which mark the various community gardens around Hackney divided up into different walks. Please return the maps when you have done your walk. We also have pdfs for anyone interested – just email us. Both the Union of gardens and Capital Growth offer events, talks and workshops so do check out the links.

Union of Hackney Garden walks
RHS Hyde Hall
RHS Hyde Hall

Coach Trip to RHS Hyde Hall
We are running a coach trip to RHS Hyde Hall on Saturday August 1st when the dry garden should be looking spectacular. Entry will be free because we are an RHS affiliated group but we will need to pay for the coach and this is expected to be about £25 per seat depending on the number that book. The trip is open to our members and Islington Gardeners but please let us know if you want to bring a friend. We will have a stop-off at a garden centre on the way home, to be advised. Email us if you want to come.

Bank holiday in de Beauvoir
There is plenty to keep you in de Beauvoir on Sunday May 10th (Friday 8th is the bank holiday to celebrate VE day). We have our fabulous plant sale in the mornings o please get potting up self-seeded plants now. Last year the number and choice of plants was wonderful. Simply drop plants off at 21 Northchurch Road before 11am.

In the afternoon we are organising a litter-pick and spring clean session. The whole community is welcome and depending on how many turn up the idea is to clean up our green spaces and do a bit of weeding and tidying. Cec Darker is very keen that we show a bit of love to the park on the corner of Downham and Ufton Roads where the council have promised a few improvements including a wildflower meadow. At the moment it’s just grass and bushes so we might plant a few perennials if there are any plant sale leftovers.