meetings are in the Village Hall
unless otherwise stated
at 7.30 pm
The annual membership subscription is currently £10.00 or for visitors/non-members a contribution of £2.50 per meeting is requested.
We serve tea/coffee and biscuits for a small charge of 50p
We begin our 2018 programme with a talk by Alison Böckh entitled Towards Organic Vegetable Growing. Alison is a garden designer based in North Devon. She has delivered training courses to teachers for RHS Rosemoor on topics including Designing a School Garden, How to grow food and the Edible Garden. On this occasion she will give members some valuable tips and techniques towards having an organic approach to growing tasty fruits and vegetables in their natural environment without pesticides. The talk will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday February 8th in the Village Hall.
This month’s meeting we welcome back Paul Rendell who previously told us so much about the wild plants of Devon. On this occasion his talk will explore the wild animals, birds and creatures to be found in the garden; some easy to spot and others well-hidden. This will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday March 8th in the Village Hall.
April’s meeting is a visit to Marwood Hill Garden, Barnstaple. There are always plants to admire in this Garden at any time of year. The highlights this month are the stunning displays of outdoor Camellias, Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Cherry Blossom that are a riot of colour in the early part of the year. Alpine plants in the Scree bed are also at their best in the spring. Members wishing to share transport please meet in the Village Hall car park on Thursday 12th April at 1:30pm.
The Old Vicarage Garden at West Anstey is our destination in May. A croquet lawn leads to a multi-levelled garden with three large ponds filled by an old irrigation leat. It has winding paths, climbing roses and overviews. Following the spring daffodils, crocus and bluebells there is a substantial display of colourful rhododendrons azaleas and primulas. In Summer Japanese iris, climbing roses and astilbes are prevalent. Then in late summer there is a mass display of deep blue hydrangeas and white paniculate hydrangeas. A thatched summer house, built by the owner, provides a comfortable spot to view the garden and two of the ponds below. In the last year a duck house has also been installed on the lower pond. There are additionally a Kitchen garden and some standing stones echoing local Devon tradition. Members wishing to share transport please meet in the Village Hall car park on Thursday 10th May at 1:30pm.
The visit this month is to the garden of Heather Alford at Woolsey. Hole Farm has 3 acres of exciting gardens with established waterfall, ponds, vegetable and bog garden. The terraces and features including a round house have all been created using natural stone from the original farm quarry. Peaceful walks through Culm grassland and water meadows border R. Torridge and host a range of wildlife. The Farm is also home to a herd of pedigree native Devon cattle. Members wishing to share transport please meet on Thursday 14th June in Village Hall car park at 1:30pm.
July’s meeting is a visit to Cothay Manor garden, which the club first visited in 2000 and then again in 2010. Originally laid out in the 1920’s and restored by Mary-Anne and Alastair Robb since the 1990’s, the gardens now comprise twelve acres surrounding the manor. There are many garden rooms, each a garden in itself, that are set off a 200 yard Yew walk. Additionally there are fine trees, a cottage garden, courtyards and a river walk. The gardens have achieved several accolades in the Good Garden Guide and in June 2012 featured in the Daily Telegraph’s ’20 Best Gardens in Britain’. It will be interesting to see how the garden has since developed. Please meet in Village Hall car park at 1:30pm., on Thursday 12th July if you wish to share transport.
As usual there is no meeting in August
This month’s meeting is a talk by Derek Burdett on “Pruning and Propagation”. Derek is a familiar face to many members of Garden Club. He will speak about how to get the best from our plants by pruning and by propagating to ensure we have replacement stock going forward if the worst happens. Members are requested to bring foliage from their gardens for Derek to talk about and demonstrate the necessary techniques to employ. This will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday September 13th in the Village Hall..
Notice is given of the AGM, which will be held at the Village Hall on Thursday 11th October. Members are requested to limit the number of plants, to one or two, for the Swap-Shop which follows the meeting.
November’s meeting will be a talk by Gavin Haigh. Although he trained and practised as a surgeon and doctor, Gavin has a passion for attracting wildlife into our Gardens. He developed an award–winning Wildlife Garden at Tiverton hospital and will speak to us about “Creating a Wildlife Garden”. The meeting will be at 7.30 pm on Thursday November 8th in the Village Hall. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club is most welcome to join us on the evening. The annual membership subscription* is currently £10.00 or for visitors/non-members a contribution of £2.50 per meeting is requested.
*May be subject to change at 2018 AGM
This month we also welcome back David Squire whose talk, about “The History of Rosemoor” including pictures from the first developments of this our local RHS garden, will round off the year for us. The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday December 13th in the Village Hall.
photos © Tony Smith © Kathy Hollick-Blee