Welcome to Baldernock Gardening Club’s website.
Our Club, which has been going strong for nearly 30 years, started in the parish of Baldernock but moved into neighbouring Milngavie in 2011 when we outgrew our original premises. We have now outgrown the Fraser Centre in Milngavie, which has been a good home for us over the past ten years. As from December 2021 our new hall will be Baljaffray Parish Church Hall, Baljaffray, which is eminently big enough to cope with our growing Membership. We look forward to a long association with Baljaffray Parish Church Hall.
For the present 2021/22 season all our speakers have agreed to speak either on Zoom only or, will appear on stage in person! As in the past, we invite and listen to excellent speakers from all over the UK talking on a wide range of horticulturally and garden related topics (see programmes pages) plus, there is always the opportunity to ask questions at the end of every talk.
Throughout the many months of restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic, the Club maintained its Speakers’ programme by using Zoom. We are currently offering hybrid meetings, with the majority of our audience remaining on Zoom, but a small number meeting together and viewing the talk on a big screen. We anticipate that with our new hall, the greater balance of the audience will attend in person, but we will still offer Zoom viewing to any who prefer. With Zoom, we are also able to attract Speakers from further away and avoid travel. The emphasis of the Club is very much on learning about and enjoying plants, gardens and gardening in a relaxed, informal and very friendly atmosphere. Our Christmas Party will be happening this year in our new hall: we did manage it in December last year over Zoom, but it wasn’t quite the same. Our annual Summer Social gathering has had to be postponed for the past two years, but the venue is still booked for the coming year and we are confident that this will occur. We plan, too, to recommence our Member Outings
We are proud to be financially independent. In May, in order to raise funds for all of the above, the whole club throws its collective energy into the renowned Baldernock Gardening Club Annual Plant Sale, at which, apart from a few Bedding Plants, all the plants offered for sale (at very reasonable prices) are grown in the gardens of our members. The range on offer is extensive, sometimes exotic, always tried and tested and there is usually a plant suitable for every garden! Unfortunately, we have been unable to hold the Sale over the past two years; we are optimistic that in May 2022 we will make a startling return.
Membership numbers are growing, so if you are interested in joining our vibrant Club, let us know and we will put you on our waiting list. In the interim all is not lost, as visitors are very welcome to attend talks via Zoom, as long as you are on our E-Mailing List and, if space available and when we can again embark upon them, some of the outings.
If you have email and wish to be notified of these, just contact us and we will put you on our non-member e-mailing list. It is free and you can ‘unsubscribe’ at any time. We do not send out any e-mails to you other than details concerning the Club. Unless otherwise advised, there is no need to book in advance for meetings.
Willie Anderson – Chairman Baldernock Club