Programme 2022

Monthly meetings and activities 2022

We usually meet on the first Tuesday of every month at St Peter’s Crypt, De Beauvoir Road. Tea and biscuits are provided from 7:00pm, meetings start at 7.30pm.

Our monthly meetings are in green below, other activities and events are in blue. For more information or to sign up for our monthly newsletter 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 events are listed below.


4th January 2022
Farming a Sicilian Olive Grove  

Archaeologist Sarah her Sicilian husband live in Malmesbury but also run a family farm in Sicily, returning each year to tend to the trees/harvest and process the olives. She is also a qualified olive-oil sommelier (yes, they do exist!). Her talk will cover:

  • The archaeology and history of olive oil production
  • Their experience of rescuing the family’s neglected olive groves, replanting, learning to prune, and setting up a small olive oil business (S. won an EU young entrepreneur award for this) See https://www.alivusicily.com/
  • Olive oil tasting: looking at the differences between some well known Spanish, Italian and Greek oils, and supermarket basic.

1st February 2022
Gardening to encourage and support Birds 

What can we as urban gardeners do to help birds? Mike Priaulx of Islington Swifts will talk about the garden birds we can expect to see in our part of London, the things that we can grow to support them, gardening does and don’ts, and gardening for wildlife in general.


1st March 2022
AGM and the Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston Progress Report

This year we combine our AGM with exciting news and a progress report on the work of our friend Gideon Corby and the Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston. If you don’t already follow them you can keep abreast of activities on their instagram account @wghaggerston.


5th April 2022
Wildflowers 

We are pleased to welcome Terry from the beautiful Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park  to give us a masterclass on growing and identifying wildflowers.


April 2022
Dawn Chorus Bird Walk in Abney Cemetery

Andrew Peel of the RSPB will lead a guided tour of Abney Cemetery park. This event will be ticketed, details to follow.


3rd May 2022
Paul Wood spring tree walk

We welcome back Paul Wood to give us another of his wonderful tree walks – this time as the trees come in to leaf and blossom.


May 2022
Spring plant sale


Tuesday 7th June 2022
Johnny Le Huquet

Johnny talks about his garden on Southgate Road which he opens as part of the National Garden Scheme.


Tuesday 5th July 2022
Garden Walkabout in De Beauvoir

Our annual opportunity to explore some local gardens on foot.


August 2022
Trip to RHS Hyde Hall

We have been postponing this for two years due to Covid-19. We are determined t make it this year – details to follow.


September 2022
Flower and Produce Show
We are back! Full details to follow in 2022.