Friday 31 May – Coach Trip to Coton Manor Gardens - £22.00 per person to include entry to the garden and the return coach fare.

Alison Keating has informed us of an outing to Coton Manor ( ) organised by a group she belongs to. She would be happy to share transport to the pick-up point.  Please contact Alison as soon as possible if you are interested in going – 708267.

Wednesday 5 June 2019, 7pm
Visit to Townsend Farmhouse, Steppingley

Townsend Farmhouse, Rectory Road, Steppingley, Bedfordshire, MK45 5AT

“A tree lined driveway with young specimen trees and mature broad leaves. The garden is planted for year-round interest. In May and June, the cottage-garden style herbaceous borders are filled with early perennials while roses wind their way through apple trees and ferns begin to unfurl. Changing colours of acers, hydrangeas, dahlias, asters and other late perennials offer up a final flourish in early autumn.  Situated in the centre is a pretty cobbled courtyard with a glass house for tender specimen plants and a Victorian well 30 metres deep, viewed through a glass top.” 

The cost for the visit to Townsend Farmhouse is £10 per person including refreshments.  There will also be plants for sale in aid of the national Garden Scheme.

Shared transport – leaving Riseley around 6.15pm.  Please contact Sue Davies 708614. if you would like to join us on this visit indicating whether you can offer transport or require a lift.

Please let us know if you will be joining us by Wednesday 29 May.


Spring Walk
Tuesday 30 April 2019

Andrew Gell will lead us on a spring walk through the Riseley woods on Tuesday 30 April.  We will meet at 10.45 at the gate on the Carriage Drive by the turn to Sackville Lodge.  Following the walk we will go to the St John’s Arms in Melchbourne for lunch.  Please contact Sue Davies 708614. if you would like to join us on this walk.  A menu will be circulated to those wishing to come.


Coton Manor
26 February 2019 – shared transport

This visit replaces the proposed visit to Anglesey Abbey.  Anglesey Abbey no longer allow a separate visit to the gardens – the house must be included which makes admission quite pricey! 

Coton Manor, Coton, Northampton, NN6 8RQ. Tel. 01604 740219

“Over the last few years, interest in snowdrops and hellebores, and their varieties, has grown immensely. Coton Manor will be open for 16 days for visitors to come and see the varied selection of snowdrops and hellebores that are grown in the Garden. As usual the whole nursery is open with focus on winter and spring flowers including our own Coton snowdrop, hellebores, erythroniums, primulas, hepaticas and tulips.

We are privileged to be able to offer hellebores and snowdrops from Suffolk based Chelsea gold medal winners, Harvey's Garden Plants, including exclusive supply of Helleborus 'Winter Moonbeam', a selection of Doubles, Primrose Yellows, Slate Blue and new double flowered variety 'Tutu' with enhanced nectaries!”

Coton Manor are offering a special entrance price of £3.50 for this visit.  Their café will be open for light lunches, teas and coffees.

Coton Manor is about an hour away by car.  We will organize shared transport leaving Riseley around 10.00 on Tuesday 26 February.  If you would like to join this trip please contact Sue Davies 708614, indicating whether you require transport or can offer a lift to others.  Please respond by Wednesday 20 February if you would like to join us.


Talk by Andrew Sankey

 Plant Histories

Riseley Village Hall

7.30pm Tuesday 22 January 2019


Riseley Gardening Club

Tuesday 13 February – 7.45pm Riseley Village Hall

Michael Brown – “Death in the Garden”

Michael Brown, garden historian and creator of the medieval gardens at the Prebendal Manor at Nassington, Northamptonshire, will come to give us his talk entitled “Death in the Garden”:  poisonous plants, myths, magic, passion and murder. Be warned, some of these plants may be growing in your garden!  Members free, visitors £3.

Tuesday 13 March 2.30pm, visit to Debby Horsman’s garden in Pavenham.  The snowdrops may be over, but there will be plenty of spring flowers.  Price per person £4 plus cost of refreshments.  We will organize shared transport.  If you would like to join this visit, please let Sue Davies know – 708614, – indicating whether you would like a lift or can offer transport to others.

Debby’s garden, together with her friend’s, will be open for the National Garden Scheme fund raising scheme on 5, 11, 14, 15, 22 and 24 February should anyone wish to visit independently in time to view the snowdrops. 1 – 4.30pm

Future dates:

Tuesday 24 April 2018 – morning Spring walk guided by Andrew Gell, to end with pub lunch – details to be arranged

Tuesday 29 May 2018 – Joint event with Riseley Historical Society.  Andrew Sankey will come and talk to us about the history of the “Harvest Festival”.

Friday 13 July 2018 - Riseley garden walk and social – cheese and wine (provisional date)


Just a quick reminder of the next Riseley Gardening Club talks – hope to see you there!

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 7.45 pm Village Hall – Debby Horsman from Pavenham will come and talk to us about her snowdrops.  We hope to arrange to visit Debby’s garden in late February to see the snowdrops in flower.

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 7.45 Village Hall – Michael Brown will come to give us his talk entitled “Death in the Garden”:  poisonous plants, myths, magic, passion and murder.

The Garden in Autumn and Winter
Margaret Easter Plant List
Helianthus 'Gullick's Variety'
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Aconitum napellus
Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Bressingham Glow'
Anemone × hybrida 'Robustissima'
Anemone × hybrida 'Whirlwind'
Arum italiacum subsp. italiacum 'Marmoratum'
Aster amellus 'King George'
Aster novae-angliae 'Andenken an Alma Pötschke'
Aster novae-angliae 'Herbstschnee'
Aster novae-angliae 'Lye End Beauty'
Aster novae-angliae 'Pride of Rougham'
Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
Aster novi-belgii 'Lassie'
Caryopteris 'Kew Blue'
Cephalaria gigantea
Chrysanthemum 'Aunt Millicent'
Chrysanthemum 'Perry's Peach'
Chrysanthemum 'Spartan Seagull'
Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Norwich Canary'
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Geranium × oxonianum 'Katherine Adele' Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bright Eyes'
Geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Variety'
Verbascum blattaria f. albiflorum
Iris foetidissima
Kniphofia rooperi
Leucanthemella serotina
Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'
Stipa tenuissima
Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire'
Verbena bonariensis
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
Salvia 'Amistad'
Salvia 'Love and Wishes'
Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'
Salvia uliginosa
Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Satureja spinosa
Strobilanthes wallichii
Teucrium hircanicum
Verbascum blattaria f. albiflorum
Vinca difformis
Carex oshimensis 'Everoro'
Elymus magelanicus
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Anemanthele lessoniana (syn. Stipa arundinacea)
Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Overdam'
Hystrix patula
Miscanthus nepalensis
Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Rotsilber'
Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Weserbergland'
Pennisetum macrourum
Setaria macrostachya
Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
Colchicum 'Waterlily'
Colchicum speciosum 'Album'
Crocus nudiflorus
Crocus speciosus
Crocus speciosus 'Albus'
Crocus tournefortii
Cyclamen graecum
Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium f. albiflorum
Cyclamen mirabile
Nerine 'Clarabel'
Rosa 'Highfield'
Jasminum nudiflorum
Photinia davidiana 'Palette'
Viburnum farreri 'Nanum'
Iris unguicularis
Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'
Galanthus 'Silverwells'
Pulmonaria 'Cleeton Red'
Galanthus 'Bitton'
Galanthus 'Backhouse Spectacles'
Galanthus 'Jacquenetta'
Galanthus plicatus subsp. byzantinus
Galanthus 'S. Arnott'
Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue' Helleborus × hybridus
Helleborus cyclophyllus
Helleborus foetidus
Crocus tommasinianus
Crocus tommasinianus 'Roseus'
Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'
Crocus ancyrensis
Crocus biflorus 'Miss Vain'
Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'
Scilla bifolia
Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'
Primula vulgaris
Pennisetum villosum
Harpenden Common
Jardin des Plantes, Paris
RHS Garden, Wisley
Bennington Lordship

Mrs. Margaret Easter
23 Wroxham Way,
Herts. AL5 4PP
01582 768467 
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Holder of 3 National Plant Collections ®; Thymus (Scientific Status), Hyssopus, Satureja. (Plant Heritage).
Thymus ICRA (International Cultivar Registration Authority).
Brickell Award 2011; for excellence in cultivated plant conservation.
Professional Garden Photographers' Association and Garden Media Guild member.
Thymus NPC Visits
Between early May and late August, by appointment only.  Admission £4.00.
Private visits
By appointment only.  Admission £5.00, minimum 15 or £75.00 per group if less than 15.  Includes donation to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.