Weardale Flower & Garden Club
Welcome to our website. The Club was formed in 1978, and we have approx 50 members. In 2018 we planted 4,000 daffodils around Wolsingham to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
Our meetings are a mix of talks on gardening, demonstrations by gardeners and florists, day and evening vists to gardens and shows, workshops for those interested in developing skills and related crafts eg willow weaving, floral nights, and social events.
Speakers & Demonstrations
Our speakers and demonstrators are both area and national figures. We also try to support local events and charities. Our programme of events is available here.
Great Social Events
Our meetings are pretty informal and are great social events. We have members from Weardale, Teesdale and Crook/Willington areas.
We are an affiliated Club of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) which gives us group entry to a RHS garden each year, access to free advice from gardening experts, monthly magazine, and group rates for RHS shows.
“If you are not already a member, you are most welcome to come along to any meeting as a visitor.”
We meet on the third Tuesday of each month, February to December, at 7pm, till approx 9-9.30pm. Most meetings are held in the Town Hall (above the library) in the Market Place at Wolsingham (sat nav DL13 3AB). Our Christmas charity meeting in November is held in a larger venue to accommodate at least 200 people.
A Committee is elected each year to plan and manage meetings, organise transport for trips, fund raising etc.
Programme of Events
Our annual programme is available on this site, and copies are available locally, eg from Stanhope Dales Centre, and Libraries. You can also access our monthly newsletter on our website.
Annual membership fees are payable in February each year, but you can join at any time; a reduced membership fee is payable from mid year, and if you come as a visitor your one off payment is deducted from your subscription should you subsequently join.
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Although it seems particularly early to be ‘talking Christmas’, tickets will be on sale at our September meeting for our charity open night. This year it is earlier, and will be held on MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER, 7 PM, AT WOLSINGHAM SCHOOL.
We have moved the date forward to enable us to book NICK GROUNDS as our demonstrator. Nick has not been to our Club before, but he is a celebrity florist, ex horticultural autioneer, and – we are told – a pretty entertaining speaker.
Tickets are again £10, which includes a glass of wine and nibbles. A donation from proceeds will, as usual, be made to charity.
Tickets will first be on sale to members at our September meeting, and then available to the public. We hope to have 200 attend.
DURHAM ORCHID SHOW 8th September, 10 am to 4 pm, free entry. Josephine Butler College, adjacent to the Botanic Garden, Durham.
*HARROGATE AUTUMN FLOWER SHOW 13TH to 15TH September.
*CASTLE HOWARD CHRISTMAS Castle Howard decorated for Christmas, 16th November to 5th January.
* Weardale Travel, Stanhope, are running a coach to both events.
Please remember this meeting will be at St Annes Centre, West End. Its Chairman’s night, which means doing something completely different! On 20th August you have the opportunity to join a bowling competition (under our own rules!), compete in a club quiz, and enjoy a pizza supper and a glass of wine. We hope to see you there. Non members are welcome.
The ladies charity lunch will be on Friday 6th September, 12.30 for 1 pm, in the Catering Marquee at the Showfield. We already have 24 members attending, and if you would like to go there is still time to order your ticket – please contact Susan on 01388 526190 asap. Tickets are £21, which includes three course lunch, plus the usual sales, tombola, bar, etc., in aid of Weardale Community Hospital.