Programme 2021

Monthly meetings and activities 2021

Covid-19 Pandemic: monthly meetings are being held by online by Zoom until further notice. These are open to DBG members only. Details of how to join can be found here.

We usually meet on the first Tuesday of every month at St Peter’s Crypt, De Beauvoir Road. Tea and biscuits are provided from 7:30pm, meetings start at 8pm.

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

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

5th January 2021
Plants, fruit and flowers for Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Kirsty Norman hosts our first meeting of the New Year and gives us a glimpse of how Plants, fruit and flowers form part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in tropical Hong Kong.

2nd February 2021
How to Make a Wormery

Mark Ridsdill Smith of Vertical Veg returns to give us a masterclass in setting up and running a home made wormery.  A wormery will recycle your waste food to make a superb fertiliser for your crops and a living soil in your containers. Wormeries are perfect for small spaces: they’re small, don’t smell and make compost faster than conventional composters.

2nd March 2021
AGM and Irene’s Nature Reserve

This year we combine our AGM with a talk from committee member and journalist Irene Slegt. During lockdown Irene has kept many of us entertained with stories from her garden which she treats as a mini nature reserve.  She will share some of her ideas and tips on how our gardens can become a haven for wildlife.

6th April 2021
The need for nature in an urban environment
Annie Chipchase, Hackney ecologist

We have waited a whole year for this talk which was originally scheduled in April 2020. 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.