Chesterton Garden Club

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Chesterton Garden Club is a sociable and informative group for anyone with an interest in all things green. They offer topical and specialist talks, garden visits, plant sales and friendship. Everyone is welcome to join, whether you're an expert or a complete beginner.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • It’s a great way to meet other people with similar interests;
  • Growing and gardening can take your mind away from life’s troubles and help sleep and mood;
  • Spending time outdoors in nature is invigorating and has proven benefits for mental health.

“I love coming to the club meetings. In the winter we get to hear from wonderful speakers and in the summer we go on so many excellent visits – to gardens of course! Everyone is really friendly and I like the feeling of belonging. And we sell plants to raise money to give to a local wellbeing charity.”

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What to expect

Chesterton Garden Club meets in Cambridge and has around 60 members. They are a very friendly and welcoming group and welcome everyone, whether you have a thing for courgettes or cacti, or you just want to get your boots muddy!

From September to April the Club hosts meetings on occasional Thursday evenings at St Laurence’s Church Hall on Milton Road. Meetings include illustrated talks or demonstrations by invited speakers, topical tips, gardening questions and table competitions. There is plenty of parking at the venue and there are also bus stops nearby. The venue has toilets and is wheelchair friendly.

In the summer months the Club organises a programme of visits to gardens of interest in Cambridge and further afield. Some members also open their gardens and host plant sales. You need to book your place in advance for these summer outings using the booking form on the Chesterton Garden Club website. For trips outside Cambridge the Club organises car shares.

For details of all upcoming events, and links to the booking form, visit their website.

More information

There is an annual fee to become a member of the Club, which includes nine speaker meetings, a Christmas party and several visits and activities during the summer (some of the visits require an additional fee). New members can join at any time throughout the year. Prospective members are invited to come along to a meeting to try the Club out, for a small fee. For more details visit their website.

Chesterton Garden Club has been running since October 1958 and is affiliated to the Royal Horticulture Society.

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You can become a member of the club for an annual subscription fee, or alternatively pay a small fee to attend an event as a visitor.

How to contact

Where to go

St Laurence’s Church Hall
91 Milton Road

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