This group was launched in April 2009 at Barnsdale Gardens. It provides a network in and around Rutland for both amateur and professional gardeners. The group’s yearly programme includes garden and nursery visits, an annual garden lunch, plant sales and at least one workshop. The atmosphere is informal and informative. The branch is open to anyone belonging to the main Society. Anyone interested is invited to come along to an event. You can decide after two events if you wish to join the Society with its modest subscription of £12 single membership and £15 joint membership (at the same address). Membership provides a 50 page quarterly magazine, annual seed list, plant sales, stands at national shows, gardens to visit, correspondence groups and 35 regional groups organising visits, talks, plant swops and sales. ALL regional groups are open to CGS members. Some branches have their own yearly subscription. The Rutland group has no additional subscription. To be included on the mailing list a current membership number, plus full details: name, address, phone number and (if available an email address) must be sent to Jill Lessey, Co-ordinator, The Old School, Stretton, Oakham LE15 7QZ these details are not used for any outside organisation.
A monthly newsletter, compiled by Jill Lessey with full details, is sent by email or post to all paid up members of the branch – this is NOT available on the CGS website. ALL events are pre-booked. The branch is organised by a working group with an annual Planning Meeting for hosts and helpers. Each event has an organiser.
February FRIDAY 23rd 11.00am GARDEN Hedgehog Hall Tilton On the Hill Leicestershire LE7 9 DE Entrance £5.00 to include soup/roll . Plants for sale .Proceeds to Macmillan
March MONDAY 12th 10.00am WORKSHOP Barnsdale Gardens Exton Rutland with Nick Hamilton Climbers For all Aspects Meet in café Morning Workshop £18/-- to include drink. Lunch can be booked on the day .
April SATURDAY 7th 2.00pm Burghley House Private South Gardens Stamford Lincs PE9 3 AJ Entrance £4.00 NGS opening . Tour gardens with branch member & have tea at 4.00pm
May FRIDAY 25th 2.00pm GARDEN THE OLD BLACK HORSE TANSOR Peterborough Northants PE8 5 HS Meet & tour garden . Private visit . £6.50 include entrance & refreshments. All proceeds to church funds.
June MONDAY 11th 2.00pm GARDEN THE OLD RECTORY Sudborough Kettering Northants NN! 3 BX Private visit Meet & tour Garden Entrance & refreshments £8.00
July WEDNESDAY 4th GARDEN STOKE ALBANY HOUSE Leicestershire LE16 8 PT NGS opening entrance meet 2.00pm £5.00 Plants for sale Proceeds Marie Curie
August MONDAY 6th 11.00am ALLOTMENTS Waterfurlong ( off Tinwell Rd ) Stamford PE9 2 QH Meet ,tour & chat to allotment holders .£3.00 include cold drink . Pub Lunch 12.30
September WEDNESDAY 12th 11.00am GARDEN Beaumont Chase Farm Stockerston Road Rutland LE!5 9 HJ Entrance £5.00 include refreshments . General stall with home made etc Proceeds to Cancer UK
October FRIDAY 5th GARDEN Manor Farm Keisby nr Bourne LIncs PE10 ORZ Entrance £5.50 to include refreshments . Celebrated garden --autumn colours grasses article RHS magazine 2010 Nigel Colburn
November FRIDAY 9th GARDEN LUNCH WITH SPEAKER Dr Andrew Ward of Norwell Nurseries Notts Perennial Pleasures Jackson Stops Country Inn Stretton Rutland LE15 7 RE 12.0 book in lunch 12.30 talk 2.30 Raffle
This is an outline plan for the Rutland branch further details are included in the Rutland branch newsletter which can be obtained from Jill Lessey .The monthly newsletter to CGS members is circulated by email or by post to all current members on the Rutland list. Most events must be pre booked with the listed organiser. Some events require pre booking for place & the entrance fee.