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Gardening Interest Group
Gardening Interest Group
Making St Stephen's even more beautiful . . . . .
gardening Sunday 28th October 2018 from 11.00 am
The Residents' Association has decided to plant up a strip in front of the fence bordering the Almshouses (next to Ye Olde Beverlie) to complement the charming cottage gardens. Sue Herivel is looking for volunteers to help her weed, dig and plant up the border and also to plant some additional daffodils. She will be on site on Sunday 28th October from 11.00 am so if anyone would like to help she will be very grateful. If you have any plants that are surplus to requirements, we may be able to use them for this area. They need to be low growing hardy perennials or bulbs, perhaps evergreen or grey ground cover and needing very little (or no) aftercare but helping to enhance the cottage garden feel.....
If you are able to help out or you have a plant that you think might work there please contact Sue by email.

The first Open Garden Event held on a warm and sunny Sunday in June 2017 was a memorable highlight of the summer when we had the opportunity to visit many beautiful gardens and, more importantly, to get to know many of our neighbours. Thanks are due to everyone who opened their gardens for this extremely enjoyable event and to Graham and Angela Gibbens for offering us a lovely venue for the afternoon teas that were available. We especially thank Pauline Walters and Chris Molony for the effort they put into organising the day which raised £400.00 in total, £300.00 of which has been given to the Canterbury and District Early Years Project and £100.00 to Porchlight. Margaret and Alan Carver also offered teas and a plant sale in aid of the League of Friends. We repeated the event in 2018 when it was the turn of residents living in roads not included in the first event {i.e. St Stephen’s Hill, Green, Road, Close and Court, Manwood Avenue and Hales Drive} to open their gardens and photographs of this occasion can be seen under the 'events' pages.

Here are some more images from the very successful 2017 Open Gardens Day:

open gardens day
Broad Oak Allotment & Garden Group
wheelbarrow For the gardeners in the area, there is already a Broad Oak Allotment and Garden Group, who meet at St Stephens Social Club.
They are a friendly group with one thing in common, growing your own in Allotment, Home Garden, Patio or balcony. Most of all it's a great time to socialise, get to know others, make new friends, your neighbouring plot holders, or local community. After a bit of advice from other Gardeners ? They meet up on the last Friday of every month and it’s free.
They have a Facebook page which you can see : here.