Events in previous years

 Programme 2017-18

Tuesday 14th March 2017
PLANT HUNTERS with Hilary Newman, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 11th April 2017
AURICULAS with Rachael Castle, with plants to sell, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Competition: Vase of spring flowers
£10 voucher to the winner

Tuesday 9th May 2017
UNUSUAL PLANTS with Ylva MacKenzie, with plants to sell, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details) 

Saturday 20th May 2017
PLANT SALE
Marden Vestry Hall 9.00am to 11.00am (details)
All home-grown plants donated to sell much appreciated.
Cake stall by the WI and Exhibition by Marden History Group

Tuesday 6th June 2017
VISIT TO PEONY FARM (details)

Saturday 17th June 2017
COACH TRIP TO HYDE HALL (free to members) (details)
Celebration of Roses Weekend

Tuesday 11th July 2017
PENSHURST with Tony Wiseman, Acting Head Gardener, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Sunday 23rd July 2017
Cream Tea in  John and Mary Elphick’s garden. Proceeds to charity.

Sunday 6th August 2017
Cream Tea in  Carol and Lindsay Edward’s garden. Proceeds to charity.

 Sunday 10th September 2017
COACH TRIP TO OLYMPIC PARK (£10 per person) (details later)

Tuesday 12th September 2017
MEDICAL HERBS with Lynda Jones, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Competition: A plate of produce from the Garden
£10 voucher to the winner

Tuesday 10th October 2017
FROM CUTTING TO GARDEN CENTRE with Graham Spencer, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 14th November 2017
AN EVENING WITH JEAN GRIFFIN  from Radio Kent at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 12th December 2017
WILLOW CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS with Deb Hart, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
Competition: Seasonal table decoration
£10 voucher to the winner

Tuesday 9th January 2018
LEEDS CASTLE GARDEN with Matt Jackson, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 13th February 2018
AGM and 50 GREYS OF SHADE with Colin Moat, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Photographic competition: My favourite rose
£10 voucher and the Caryn Bird trophy will be presented to the winner

Programme 2016-17

Tuesday 9th February 2016
AGM
VERTICAL GARDENING by Hilary Newman, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Caryn Bird Trophy (Photographic Competition) “Gates” – £10 garden voucher to the winner

 Tuesday 8th March  2016
SWEET PEAS  by Darren Everest, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 12th April 2016
THE BARNSDALE YEARS by Nick Hamilton  in the Memorial Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Please note entry will be with ticket only and the meeting will be held in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm

Tuesday 10th May2016
ALL THINGS NUTTY by Alexander Hunt of Potash Farm,  at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Competion – Vase of Cut Flowers from your Garden – £10 garden voucher to the winner

Saturday 14th May 2016
PLANT SALE at Marden Vestry Hall 9.00 – 11.00 am (details)
All home grown plants donated to sell are very much appreciated. 

Tuesday 7th June 2016
VISIT TO KING JOHN’S NURSERY, Etchingham at 11.00am

Tuesday 14th June 2016
FRONT GARDENS, MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR HOUSE by Alison Marsden at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm

Tuesday 5th July 2016
VISIT TO ORCHARD END GARDEN, Horsmonden at 7pm

Saturday 16th July 2016
VISIT TO THE SAVILL GARDEN

CREAM TEAS will be held again during the summer

Tuesday 6th September 2016
TRIP TO RHS WISLEY FLOWER SHOW

Tuesday 13th September 2016
NEW PLANTS, THE FUTURE OF YOUR GARDEN by Graham Spencer, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm
Competion – A Plate of Produce from your garden – £10 voucher to the winner

Tuesday 11th October 2016
HOPS with Peter Darby from Wye Hops,  at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 8th November 2016
COLOUR THEORY by Caroline Halfpenny, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm

Tuesday 13th December 2016
QUIZ NIGHT AND CHRISTMAS SOCIAL at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm
Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
Competition –Seasonal Table Decoration – £10 garden voucher to the winner

Tuesday 10th January 2017 
STORY OF FOUQUET AND VAUX LE VICOMTE  by Steve Harmer, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 14th February 2017
AGM
PRODUCE FROM THE GARDEN by Jo Manser, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Caryn Bird Trophy (Photographic Competition) “The Garden Shed” – £10 garden voucher to the winner

Programme 2015-16

Tuesday 10th March 2015  
TALES FROM THE POTTING SHED  by Jean Griffin – BBC Radio Kent

Tuesday 14th April 2015
BUTTERFLIES by Peter Riley (details)
Competion – Vase of Spring Flowers – £10 garden voucher to the winner

Tuesday 12th May 2015
PESTS AND DISEASES by Pippa Greenwood Broadcaster and Author (details)
Please note entry will be with ticket only and the meeting will be held in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm

Saturday 16th May 2015
PLANT SALE at Marden Vestry Hall 9.00 – 11.00 am. (details)
All home grown plants donated to sell are very much appreciated. Cake Stall by the WI and exhibition by the Marden History Group

Tuesday 9th June 2015
DAHLIAS by Darren Everest at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Dahlias will be available to buy on the night

Tuesday 23rd June 2015
TOUR OF GOLDEN HILL NURSERY AND SOCIAL EVENING at 7.30pm (details)

Saturday 4th July 2015
COACH TRIP TO PAINSHILL PARK organised by Steve Harmer (£22.50 per person) (details)

CREAM TEAS were held during the summer

Tuesday 14th July 2015
VISIT TO WHEELGATE NURSERY with talk by Jeanette Lerwell on Ornamental Grasses (details)

Tuesday 8th September 2015
JOBS IN THE GARDEN IN SEPTEMBER by Caroline Halfpenny, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Competion – A plate produce from the garden – £10 voucher to the winner

Sunday 11th October 2015
TRIP TO RHS HYDE HALL for Forest and Food Autumn Festival.

Tuesday 13th October 2015
THE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER’S YEAR with Robert Canis, Photographer, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 10th November 2015
THE ITALIAN INFLUENCE ON THE GARDENS OF KENT by Ann Kneif, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 8th December 2015
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS with Steve Bradley, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
Competition –Season Table Decoration – £10 garden voucher to the winner

 Tuesday 12th January 2016
MOLES by Chris Stewart, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)

Tuesday 9th February 2016
AGM
VERTICAL GARDENING by Hilary Newman, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm (details)
Photographic Competition – Gates – £10 garden voucher to the winner

 Programme 2014 – 15 

Fruit in the Garden by Don Vaughan (Tuesday January 14th)

Plant Heritage and National Garden Collection by Jude Lawton (Tuesday February 11th)

The National Garden Scheme by Jacqueline Anthony (Tuesday March 11th)

Land Army by Ann Kneif (Tuesday April 8th)
Competition:  A Vase of Spring Flowers

Gardening at Sissinghurst by Alexis Datta – Ticket Event (Tuesday May 13th)

Plant Sale  in Marden Vestry Hall 9.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. (Saturday 17th May)
Cake Stall by the WI and exhibition by the Marden history Group

Blooming Green – a Social Event with Pick Your Own Flowers (Tuesday 10th June

Evening visit to Great Dixter (Tuesday 8th July)

Coach Trip to RHSGarden, Wisley (Sunday July 20th)

Leeds Castle by Ann Kneif (Tuesday September  9th)
Competition: ‘A  10 ” Plate of Produce from the Garden’

The Arts and Crafts Movement and its Gardens by Steve Harmer, Hadlow College (Tuesday October 14th)

Hopping by Chris Stewart (Tuesday November 11th)

An evening with Helen Yemm (Tuesday December 9th)
Competition:  ‘Seasonal Table Decoration’

Cream Teas were  held  during the summer.

 Programme 2013 – 14

Wildlife through the Seasons by John Buckingham (Tuesday January 8th)  

An Overview of garden styles from 4000BC to the present day by Stephen Harmer, Lecturer  Horticulture Hadlow College (Tuesday February 12th) 

Bonsai using conifers by Roger Butler from Golden Hill Nurseries (Tuesday March 12th )

Salutation Garden Sandwich by Steve Edney Head Gardener (Tuesday April 9th)
Competition:  ‘A Vase of Spring Flowers’

Competition:  ‘A Vase of Spring Flowers’

The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll by Graham Usher (Tuesday May 14th) 

Plant Sale  with Cake Stall by the WI and exhibition by the Marden history Group (Saturday May 18th)

Good Planting – Designing with plants by Fergus Garrett Head Gardener, Great Dixter (Tuesday 11th June)

Guided Tour of Bedgebury Pinetum (Tuesday 25th June)

Visit to Walled Nursery and Social, Hawkhurst (Tuesday 9th July)

Coach Trip to The Salutation Garden Sandwich and The Pines St Margaret’s Bay (Sunday July 14th) 

Marden Garden Walk  visit seven local gardens, open to all.  NEW EVENT !!! (Sunday August 4th)

Churchill’s Garden by Giles Palmer,  Head Gardener Chartwell (Tuesday September  10th)
Competition: ‘A 10” Plate of Produce from the Garden’ £10 voucher for the winner

Legacies left by the Head Gardeners of Benenden Hospital by Carol Head (Tuesday October 8th )

Demonstration on Xmas flower arrangements by Fiona Butler Golden Hill Nurseries (Tuesday November 12th) 

AGM AND CHRISTMAS SOCIAL (December 10th)
Competition:  ‘Seasonal Table Decoration’
Photographic Competition :  Garden Structures

Cream Teas were held during the summer.

 Programme 2012 – 13

‘An English Love Affair with Iris’ by Sue Marshall (Tuesday January 10th)

‘Road to Chelsea’ by Sue Shaw (Tuesday  February 14th)

Plant Filled Tales from Tom Hart Dyke – ‘The Plant Nut’  from Lullingstone Castle and Gardens (Tuesday March 13th)

‘Me, My Life and My Allotment’ by Andy Garland from Radio Kent (Tuesday April 10th) Competition: ‘Vase of Spring Flowers’

Plants that are Dangerous by David Godden (Tuesday May 8th)

 Plant Sale (Saturday May 19th)

Garden Visit –   Balmoral, Benenden garden noted for topiary (Tuesday June 12th)

 Vineyard Visit. Tour with Nick Hall of Herbert Hall and wine tasting (Tuesday June 26th) 

Summer Social to Marle Place Garden Guided tour and ploughmans supper (Tuesday July 17th)

Coach trip to RHS Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto’s Garden, Essex. Free trip to members,  guests £10 (Sunday July 22nd)

Back Gardens of Britain by Matthew Biggs from BBC Radio Four Gardeners Question Time.  (Tuesday  September 11th)
Competition ‘A Plate of Produce from the Garden’

Mystery Animals of Kent by Neil Arnold (Tuesday October 9th)

Winter Tubs’ by George Puddifoot (Tuesday November 13th)

AGM AND CHRISTMAS SOCIAL  with ’Ceramics for your garden’  activity for those who want to have a go! (Tuesday December 11th)
Competition: ‘Seasonal Table Decoration’
Photographic Competition:  ‘Summer in the Garden’ Caryn Bird Trophy