I love twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and the way they have helped gardeners and plant lovers to connect. But, you STILL can’t beat real-life interaction.. an entertaining evening with a speaker (i.e. me, or some of the other available speakers!), plant and seed swaps, a nice cup of tea and a gossip, the bouncing of ideas amongst gardening friends.. But, most importantly, that’s all with members who may or may not have internet use at home..!
Some of our garden clubs are in crisis, as the gap between the 2 types of gardeners seems to widen; the online and offline communities. What can be done? Well, I regularly visit garden clubs and see many different styles of organisation; some with too few members and some with waiting lists; some filled with vivid, bouncy personalities with loads of new ideas and some with despondent, less keen personalities; some that are testing new ideas and some that are doing the same old thing (which, importantly, doesn’t always attract new members, the one thing they want!)
So, I am considering building my own blueprint for advising garden clubs across the UK on how to create a much-loved, thriving, well-attended garden club or horticultural society, and I need your ideas…
Please leave your comments in the box below..
a) You might be a member of a garden club at the moment and you want to tell me what your club is actively doing to attract new members, as well as keep existing members happy..
b) You might be a member of a garden club that isn’t so buzzing, and seldom attracts new members; why do you think this is…?
c) You may not be a member of a garden club or horticultural society. Why is that? Cost? Location? Lack of activities that attract you?
When giving me your thoughts, think about: speakers, activities and visits, refreshments, plant sales, competitions, member incentives, the cost of membership, social media interaction, charity partnerships… let your mind wander freely…!
Thanks- let’s see what we can do to review the garden clubs of the UK!