Our monthly meetings are at 7.45pm on the second Monday of the month from September to May. We meet in the small hall attached to Blackhall St. Columba's Church and talks are normally illustrated. We have a cup of tea/coffee at the end which also gives us all a chance to catch up with each other and discuss what is next to be done in the garden.
For 2018-2019 we are looking forward to a wide range of interesting themes ans are delighted to welcome back several speakers from previous years.
Monday 10 September : Our perennial favourite ! Welcome Back with wine & nibbles.
Bring something of interest or cherish from your garden - flower, foliage, fruit , vegetables, photographs !
Monday 8 October : Creating a Garden in the Cleish Hills : Developing a garden from a two acre field
Margaret Kilpatrick. Kinross
Monday 12 November : Ferns for the Garden
Heather McHaffie : RBGE Associate
Monday 10 December: Gardening in the Greenhouse
Jim Williams FNVRS. : President: National Vegetable Society, Scottish Branch.
we will also have our Christmas Raffle at this meeting.
Monday 14 January : Modern Approaches to Tree & Shrub Planting
Kate Colleran: Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh.
(Kate will also discuss the merits of mulching, and soil ameliorartion within her talk)
Monday 11 February : Petticoats and Plants : Scotland's Gardening Women
Unsung heroines of horticulture
Deborah Anne Reid
Monday 11 March : Developments at Saughton Winter Gardens, in conjunction with 'The Caley'
Pam Whittle : Hon. Vice President : Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society
Monday 8 April : Practical Biodiversity - Wildlife in your Garden
Stan da Prato : Chairman - Advisory Group, Aberlady Bay Biodiversity Reserve
and our year concludes on Monday 13 May with our AGM which is followed by a Quiz.
Our autumn & winter months during our session -2017 -2018 were :
Monday 11 September : A Welcome Back : Bring something from your garden , or someone else's. - your favourite flower, fruit or vegetable, or this year's accident. Do also bring a cutting or two to swop or some seeds.
Monday 9 October : Recent Happenings & Developments at Edinburgh's Botanic Garden : Simon Crutchley. Hear about the changes around the Botanics Cottage, Edible Garden and Glasshouses.
Monday 13 November : Permaculture with Kate Everett ; how to develop one's own garden ecosystems that are susaintable and self sufficient.
Monday 11 December : Growing Flowers for Cutting and Using them in the home: Tricia Kennedy : Newhall Walled Garden. Tricia is one of the key players in 'Flowers from the Farm'.
Monday 8 January: The Benefits of Mulching: Fiona Playfair, from Garden Solutions, explains the advantages and major benefits of composted mulches to improve your soil structure and texture.
Monday 12 February: Plants for our climate: How to choose the best hardy plants for the Scottish climate will be the theme from Sue Gray, Damhead Nursery.
Monday 13 March : Fruit Growing- Get experts tips from Euan Cameron, Pittormie Fruit Farm.
Monday 9 April : Simple Garden Design : Fenella Duncan
Monday 14 May: AGM, followed by a Quiz.
Our talks in session 2016-17 were
12 September: Our Welcome Back Night
10 October:Paeony Roses : Billy Carruthers, Binny Plants
14 November :Growing something different in a pot : Lindsay Morrison, Inwood, Carberry
12 December: a hands on meeting
9 January :Kitchen Garden Vegetables : Jim Williams, NVRS
13 February :A World of Gardens :Holiday at & around beautiful gardens : Graeme Mitchell : Brightwater Holidays
13 March: Gardeners Question Time :William A Tait SHM: Simon Crutchley
10 April :Dwarf Bulbs for Garden & Greenhouse : Stan da Prato : NBIB
Annual General Meeting
Our winter talks for 2015-16 were as follows:-
14 September : Social Evening & Welcome Back
12 October : Amisfield Walled Garden : June Tainish, Amisfield Preservation Trust
9 November : How North Berwick became so Blooming Beautiful : Rosie Oberlander , NBIB
14 December : Make Your Own Holly Wreath : Practical Demo
11 January : Using Water Features in Your Garden : NIck Benge
8 February : Growing Vegetables in your garden : Ben Dell : RBGE Edible Project
14 March : Streptocarpus & My Other Pot Plant Favourites : Tom Sneddon, Polmont
11 April : Gardening Quiz
9 May AGM
Our Winter Talks for 2014-15 were as follows:-
October 13: Right Place - Right Plant: Ann Burns & John Smith: SRUC Oatridge
November 10 : Choosing Growing Media, Mulches, and Top Dressings : Fiona Playfair : Garden Solutions
December 8: It's a BugLife: Encouraging Beneficial Bugs into the Garden: Suzanne Bairner: Buglife
January 12: How to Green Up Blackhall! : Tips on Lawncare : William A Tait: Edinburgh
February 9 : The Edible Project: Simple Hints on how to produce food from your garden: Jenny Foulkes : RBGE
March 9: Problem Panel /GQT : Bring your gardening problems and find out !
April 13 : The Amateurs' Greenhouse: Tom Sneddon : Polmont
The winter programme of talks for the session 2013-2014 was as follows:-
Monday 14 October : Fife Gardens : Lindsay Murray : Dairsie
Monday 11 November : Roses - How to Grow and Show Them at their Best: Iain Silver: West Linton
Monday 9 December : Alpines from Near and Far: Robert Unwin : RBGE
Monday 13 January : New Year Quiz : An informal quiz testing our own knowledge, together with New Year mince pies!!
Monday 10 February : Plants in the Home: John MacLennan: Edinburgh
Monday 10 March : Sino Scottish Plant Connections : Simon Crutchley: RBGE
Monday 14 April : Patio Planters -How to Fill, Plant & Maintain: Tom Sneddon : Polmont
Monday 12 May : Annual General Meeting