Programme 2021

Monthly meetings and activities 2021

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 dbgardeners@gmail.com

Meetings are free to members (details of how to join can be found here). Non-members are very welcome at our meetings at the Crypt – a charge of £4 is made to cover costs (sometimes £5 if there is wine). 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
John Little on creating wild landscapes 
Zoom meeting

We are so pleased to welcome back John Little who will talk about his innovative work in planting brownfield sites and experimenting with alternative growing mediums.

‘I’ve always liked a plant, especially the wild sort. Ever since I was a kid I’ve used our native flowers, and then finally in 1998 I started the Grass Roof Company. Since then we have introduced wild landscapes into schools, public space and onto roofs. We can use this love of plants as a tool to change places for people and for other wildlife. Greenspace is key in making places liveable and good. We are privileged to work in public space as the potential to change and improve our towns and cities is huge and so underplayed.’

grassroofcompany.co.uk


16th May 2021
DBG Plant Sale as part of the De Beauvoir spring shopping trail

We will be selling plants in Northchurch Road so please get dividing, potting up and sowing seed to sell. Proceeds will help us to return to normal service and hold our meetings back in the Crypt.


Tuesday 18th May 2021
Alison Benjamin, Helping bees in the city
Rainbow Park / Ufton Gardens 6.30pm

The author of The Good Bee teaches us how to provide for pollinators as gardeners. This is a special outdoor event in Ufton Gardens organised to coincide with outdoor group activities becoming legal again. If things change this will be a zoom meeting.

urbanbees.co.uk


Tuesday 15th June 2021
A Tour of Arlington Square Gardens


Tuesday 13th July 2021
Garden Walkabout in E8 and N1

Meet at Albion Drive 6.30pm to explore four local gardens on foot


There is no August meeting 

DBG_Sept2021Tuesday 7th September 2021
Wolves Lane Flower Company

We are back in the Crypt at last. Marianne and Camila run a micro urban flower farm in Wood Green with a sustainable and organic approach. They will talk about how they got started, what they grow and how their ethos developed. http://www.wolveslaneflowercompany.com


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18th September 2021
DBG Natural World Art Exhibition

19th September 2021
DBG Plant Sale as part of the De Beauvoir autumn shopping trail

We will be selling plants outside 22 Northchurch Terrace between 11am and 3pm.


5th October 2021
Paul Wood’s guided Tree Walk 

Paul Wood is the author of London Tree Walks. This is a walk around de Beauvoir at the earlier time of 5.30pm and ending with a glass of wine and questions in the Crypt. Meeting place to be confirmed.


2nd November 2021
Preparing for Autumn and Grafting masterclass with head gardener Andrew Luke


7th December 2021
HouseplantQ&A with Maddie Bailey

Join us for an interview with Maddie Bailey from South London’s cult plant shop @Forest. She will be discussing her passion for indoor plants, talking about her books and sharing her tips to make your plants thrive. Our festive meeting includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.