13th June 2024

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Newtown Linford Gardening Club

The Gardening Club was formed in May 2002 in response to a demand clearly shown in the Village Appraisal. Now we have over 100 members.

We have a full, interesting and varied programme. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the large hall at the Village Hall in Newtown Linford.

We have held our open evenings for several years now and they have proved very popular. We have had talks from David Howard, Head Gardener at Highgrove, and Nick Hamilton from Barnsdale. Since then Christine Walkden and Adam Frost have spoken to a packed room and more recently we have welcomed Chris Beardshaw, Fergus Garett from Great Dixter and Anne Swithinbank. There are several more of these events already planned for future years with other prestigious gardening personalities signed up to come to our village.

We have also visited some fascinating and well-known gardens including RHS Wisley, Kew, John's Garden, Coton Manor, RHS Harlow Carr, RHS Hyde Hall and Highgrove. We have also been behind the scenes at Wyevale and other nurseries which specialise in particular plants of groups of plants.

New members and visitors are welcome, for full details contact the Secretary on email 32couling@gmail.com.

Thank you for visiting our webpage. We had added new information. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to go to Past Activities, Information and our Photo Gallery.

What's been happening

During the summer months our activities move outside with two trips and, every July, with our Summer Garden Party. The garden party was first held some fifteen years ago when our membership was quite low and we needed to engender some spirit and camaraderie into the club.

It was held at the home of secretary and treasurer Anne and David Couling and had an Italian theme of 'Pizza, Pasta, Pimms and Prizes' It was attended by around three dozen people and prove to be popular, especially with Pimms being provided. On another occasion it was 'Puddings, Pimms and Prizes with our secretary Anne making no fewer than nineteen different puddings!!!

By then, membership had increased to around sixty and we moved to the garden owned by our current chairman. Mike Newcombe and his wife Elizabeth. Their home is a more substantial place with two acres of garden, which was ideal to accommodate the increasing number of members.

Gazebos are erected to house the many tables and chairs which need to be laid out.

Every year now, around 100 people attend, some of them bringing their partners with them as guests.

Members do not pay anything to attend but visitors are charged £5 to cover the cost of their food.

We provide a cold salad meal, usually ham and egg with a variety of salads, followed by a sweet, which has now become home made cakes provided by some of the committee. This fare has changed only once when we held a hog roast to celebrate our return after the covid lockdown.

The prizes come from a huge raffle. We ask members to bring a prize for the raffle and so we have almost 100 prizes on offer. As we have a tradition that no one wins more than one prize, it means that everyone goes home with a prize of some sort.

Every year, we hope for fine weather and, more often than not, our prayers have been answered This year it rained on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, but Tuesday was fine and so around 100 members enjoyed their evening as usual.

What's in store 🌳🪻

Our gardening club has developed a reputation for inviting speakers who have a national or international standing. Many are household names through their appearances on television and we are delighted to announce more such visitors in the coming months.


Nick is a regular presenter on Gardeners' World, and we were delighted to welcome him at the first of our two celebrity evenings this year. The title of his talk was 'Reviving your Garden' – something we all have to do from time to time. We thank Nick for an excellent and informative talk.

23rd April is the date of our AGM, which begins at 7.15pm and subs will be due. Our speaker on that date will be Howard Drury, a horticultural speaker, broadcaster and writer who also has had connections with John's Garden. The title of his talk is '50 of the Very Best Gardening Tips' so there should be something for everybody.

28th May is this year's garden visit which is two-centred to Dorothy Clive Garden and Hodnet Hall. Further details of this trip will be circulated later in the year.

Later in the year Adam Frost will make his second visit when he comes in October.

Nick Bailey with our Vice Chair Sue Pritchard (photo T Pickles)

Nick Bailey with our Vice Chair Sue Pritchard (photo T Pickles)

Table of Events





23rd April 2024

Howard Drury

50 of the Very Best Gardening Tips

28th May 2024

Dorothy Clive & Hodnet Hall

Spring Garden Visit - Full Day

There will be a charge for this visit.

25th June 2024

Alan Dayman from Derrys Nurseries

My life at Derrys

23rd July 2024

Summer Garden Party

There will be an additional charge for guests.

27th August 2024

Belgrave Hall

Summer Garden Visit - Evening

There will be a charge for this visit.

24th September 2024

Arthur Parkinson

My Favourite Pots

22nd October 2024



There will be an additional charge for guests.

10th December 2024

Christmas Party

There will be an additional charge for guests.

Last updated: Tue, 26 Mar 2024 21:35