Programme 2020

Monthly meetings and activities 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic Update: monthly meetings are being held by Zoom online until further notice. If you would like an invite to join these Zoom meetings, please email us at:

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise stated DBG meetings are held at St Peter’s Crypt, De Beauvoir Road. Tea is available from 7:30pm, meetings start at 8pm.

The meetings are in green below, other activities are in blue. For more information or to sign up for the activities email us:

Non-members are welcome at our meetings a charge of £4 is made to cover costs. Our programme is open to members of Islington Gardeners at a charge of £2. Any additional charges for activities are listed below.

Monthly Programme

7th January 2020
Reflections on Organic Growing

Claire Ratinon is an organic grower and writer, previously based in Hackney, now in East Sussex. She has worked in a range of roles from growing salad on a small organic site in Stoke Newington to delivering growing workshops throughout London.  She is passionate about the act of growing plants – especially edible ones – and the potential for this to be nourishing, connecting and healing.

She has been invited to share her growing journey and experiences in talks for organisations including The Garden Museum, the Royal College of Art and Abergavenny Food Festival.  She recently presented two features on Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time.

You can read an article about her, Garden Talent, in Gardens Illustrated September 2019

4th February 2020
A patio jungle in Barnsbury

Juan Carlos Cure talks about his exotic garden which he has created in an impossibly small space. He was featured on Gardener’s World and you can see the feature here: Islington Jungle. 
We have a plant list for the garden which you can view and download HERE.

3rd March 2020
AGM, social and seed swap

This year we combine our AGM with our yearly social event plus a seed swap. Please join us and bring along a plate of savoury or sweet food to share and, if you have, some spare seeds. We will provide the wine. After a short annual report, we will be swapping seeds, gardening tips and ideas for community planting and have a bite to eat and a glass to drink. And for anyone with ideas for future events, you are very welcome to bring these to the meeting too.

7th April 2020 CANCELLED due to Covid-19
The need for nature in an urban environment
Annie Chipchase, Hackney ecologist
The plants that populate our urban areas are generally, much loved and appreciated. The value of close proximity to nature has long been recognised as towns and cities started to grow. Now, the growing climate crisis has thrown a spotlight on the natural world, particularly trees as a potential saviour.

5th May 2020 – 7.30pm
Gardeners Question Time
A zoom meeting during lockdown, please email with your questions and to receive the zoom meeting invitation if you have not already had it.

2nd June 2020
Practical gardening
A zoom meeting featuring a series of practical videos and each followed by group discussion. Topics include Clematis, dead heading, sharpening secateurs and the Chelsea Chop. Please email with your questions and to receive the zoom meeting invitation if you have not already had it.

7th July 2020
Virtual walkabout TBC due to the Coronavirus pandemic
A zoom meeting virtual tours of four member’s gardens: Juliet and Tigger show us their gardens, Kirsty reveals her indoor farm and Cec takes us round the garden she would have been opening for the National Garden Scheme. Please email with your questions and to receive the zoom meeting invitation if you have not already had it.