Wednesday, 28 March 2012
The History of the AGC
The Club (AGC) was founded in October 2007 by friends and gardening enthusiasts Dee Bigwood, Mike Moorcroft and Carol Starr. It began with small, monthly meetings at friends' houses and gardens. The membership grew quickly. It was no surprise that there was a huge local interest in gardens and a desire to learn more about gardening in the challenging, mountainous regions 14km inland from the coast.
Unfortunately, Dee, an able and very experienced gardener, could not continue with the day-to-day running of the Club for family reasons. Tragically, the Club's keen academic and scientific advisor, Mike Moorcroft, passed away suddenly in August 2011. He is sadly missed. Carol, who is a UK qualified garden designer, continues to run the club.
As the Club's membership and popularity grew, the members decided they would each subscribe €10 a year. Cindy Jones, one of the earliest members, volunteered to be Treasurer. The Club is run very informally with no committee and the post of Treasurer being the only formal role within the Club.
The AGC meets every second Tuesday of the month throughout the year. Previous events have included a trip to La Concepion in Malaga and El Molino in Torremolinos, as well as a small group visiting the Patio Gardens in Cordoba. Visiting experts have been invited to speak on topics as varied as Insects, Colour in the Garden and a talk by one of our local excavator drivers on the advantages of terracing our hillside gardens.
As can be imagined, Club members themselves are also a fount of professional knowledge and information. Local and more distant garden centres have hosted and given guided tours. The majority of our monthly meetings however, are held in the gardens of members. Members' gardens are as interesting and diverse as the members themselves and are always a source of ideas and inspiration.
A more recent addition to the Club has been a lending library, run by Greg Starr. AGC is now a group member of the Mediterranean Garden Society. The Club also holds two social events in the year; a Summer Picnic and Xmas lunch.
We publish Monthly Financial Statements of Accounts. The money raised pays for visiting speakers and also subsidises some events.