Suffolk Village of the Year 2023

Thorpe Morieux and District Gardening Club

All meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 19.15 for 19.30 at Thorpe Morieux Village Hall unless stated otherwise.

Membership for the year is £10 per person

Admission, including refreshments, is £2 Members and £3 for Visitors

For more information about the membership and activities of the Club, please email

2024 Programme
January 15thFlower Arranging Brenda McIntyre

Competition: Bottle of Homemade Wine, Liqueur etc
February 19thHelleboresChris Wiley (Sustainable Plant Store)

Competition - Winter Botanic Display from your garden, maximum size 10”x10”, including vase.
March 18thPeter Beales and the Romance of the RoseSimon White

Competition - Baking to a given recipe
April 15thGarden Visit to the Windrush FarmhouseBy kind invitation from Mossy Kennedy
May 20th
HostasMelanie Collins (Mickfield Hostas)

Competition - Spring Botanic Arrangement from your garden to be displayed in a Tea Cup
June 1st
Plant SaleThorpe Morieux Village Hall.
From 10.00am – 11.30am.
June 22ndClub outing to the Rose FestivalPeter Beales Garden Centre
July 15thGarden Party In the garden of a Garden Club Member

Competition - Potato Growing competition of given seed potato.
August 19thAll Muck and Magic. The answer lies in the soilGeoff Hodge

Competition - Vegetable Basket for up to 5 different kinds of Vegetable from your garden plus herbs,
September 16thGreener Gardening - Plastic, Peat and Being SustainableRuth Goudy

Competition - Selection of Fruit from your garden
October 21stAGMBring and share plate of food.

Competition - Home made Jam, Marmalade, Chutney etc.
November 18thAnnual Quiz v Lavenham
At Thorpe Morieux Village Hall
Date to be decided
Christmas Dinner
Date and venue to be arranged

The Club & Its Philosophy

There was a time, when on a quiet stroll through a country village, vegetable patches could be viewed over garden fences with vegetables growing in neat rows proudly maintained and displayed provided food for the family. Sadly perhaps the same stroll today would reveal mechanically mown lawns with beds of pretty flowers imported from a local garden centre and family food obtained from the supermarket. This does not mean that the population of England no longer care about gardens. A plot of land is still a great asset and its appearance is very important tending to display the owners love of the countryside so much enjoyed by all of us. Gardening programmes on the media and family outings to the garden centre or to the nations open garden schemes have become popular pastimes.

Today’s garden club reflects these changes .Some gardeners love a life in wellington boots, back ache and dirt under the finger nails while others love looking at gardens discussing layout, form and colour whilst seated enjoying a cup of tea. Townspeople love their allotments which can cover all aspects of gardening and provide shared joy of a quiet weekend in summer. Club members can enjoy learning from the skill of others whilst proudly displaying the results of their own labours.

Thorpe Morieux Gardening Club has changed over the years to follow gardening trends yet maintained many traditions such as having an annual plant sale and enjoying a quiz with our neighbours of Lavenham Gardening Club. The regular activities include Talks from well known experts on the many aspects of gardening as well as other interesting countryside lovers’ topics. Club trips to well known gardens are included. An annual garden party in one of the member’s gardens adds to the experience. Competitions still exist but are of a smaller member’s only style which conclude each meeting. Friendship and enjoyment through love of a shared interest form the core of the clubs existence.

The programme for the coming year illustrates all that can be currently enjoyed.

For more information about the membership and activities of the Club, please email



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