MAY VISIT TO WESTBROOK HOUSE, WEST BRADLEY
April 27, 2022
May's meeting is no longer as stated in the printed programme because the speaker needed to change the date. So we have swapped May for June and next week is to be a garden visit instead.
We have a private visit on Wednesday May 4th to Westbrook House, West Bradley. We will need to be there at 6.45pm to allow enough daylight to get a good hour and more to look around. Full details have been emailed to members.
See Trips page for details and photo.
23 April 2022
Many thanks to all those that supported us at our Spring 2022 Plant Sale - whether it was helping on the day, bringing along plants, buying some .....or all of the above!
The day was a great success and will provide the funds needed to run our Annual Show and other club activities.
It was great to be back after two years of cancellations due to Covid!
CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
Please note that the talk originally scheduled for 4th May by Bridget Wadey on 'Gardening and Wildlife' will now be held on Wednesday 1st June. Details of the May meeting will be made available shortly.
2022 SHOW SCHEDULE
20 March, 2022
The Schedule for the 2022 Show is now online! See the show tab for details and to download the schedule, or see the classes. Entries can be made online via the website, by emailing the garden club, or giving us a paper copy! We don't mind how you enter, but please do enter!
PLANT SALE 23 APRIL, MARKET HOUSE, 9AM TO MIDDAY
3 March 2022
Our plant sale will return, all being well, on 23 April. We hope to have our usual selection of hardy plants at very reasonable prices. So do come along and take a look. Better still, please feel free to bring along some plants for us to sell - proceeds to club funds.
A VICTORIAN GARDENER
13 Feb 2022
Our February talk was on the Victorian Head Gardener using his father’s stories from his own life. Dr Burroughes’ brilliant and dry humoured delivery had us gasping with astonishment as well as laughing at the bizarre complexity of the whole process. It was a really entertaining evening.
Starting aged 12 as pot boy, his father washed clay plant pots in cold water and soda from 6.30am until 8pm for 6/- a week. Of this, 2/9d went to the head Gardener to pay for his training and he went home with chilblains and bleeding hands but a handsome 3/3d for the family housekeeping. The garden he worked in used 750,000 plants for the summer carpet bedding so there were always dirty pots. This first job involved 24 gardeners and 24 servants for a family of 13! The Head Gardener had to provide sufficient food not only for the family, the servants and around 6 gardeners but also any house guests and their valets/ladies maids! This could be 60 mouths! As well as food, the lawns had to be kept cut and not just striped but chequerboard. So the first thing the gardener has to do is get the stable boy to shoe the horses with leather ‘slippers’, and we were then asked to keep count on the number of men involved on this whole process (I lost count at 8) but the final two boys had to sweep the final grass in such a way that made the stripes. All of this had to be done out of sight of the family and so the Head Gardener had to know which rooms were being used at any one time and work on the other lawns.
As his father worked his way through the ranks, he along with many others, moved around the country to widen his horticultural experience. At one stage he worked for William Robinson! Yes, that William Robinson, the Victorian author and campaigner for a more natural garden style and who worked with Gertrude Jekyll. Robinson’s foible was to pay a man to watch the pears ripen! When one was about to be perfect, he had to pick it and immediately get it to the butler. The butler was expected to interrupt the Master whenever and whatever he was doing and present him with the pear on a saucer, with a knife and fork, so he could eat it at exactly the right moment. The rationale was that pears are only perfect for half an hour! Extraordinary times!
And talking of summer bedding - our next talk is on March 2nd from David Usher, him from Hestercombe, on that very subject!
December 14, 2021
Our entry at the Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival for this year. Thanks to Gillian Parkin for kindly putting this together as our club's contribution to the festivities. Some great ideas - especially the alternative use for sprouts!
22 Nov 2021
Membership cards for the 2022 season will be available at the club's next meeting at Caryford Hall on 1 December (7pm, for 7.30pm start of talk). Membership for 2022 costs just £10. Don't worry if you can't make it, membership cards will be available at our meetings in the New Year!
AGM 3 NOV - YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!
22 Oct 2021
With the AGM fast approaching (on 3 November), our thoughts are turning to the programme for 2022.
We are still a couple of people short on the committee, as several people have decided to step down over the past few months. We have really appreciated their help over the past years and fully understand that they now feel that it is time for others to take over the reins.
So if you would be interested in joining the committee or taking responsibility for any of the essential tasks needed to keep the club running, then please do get in touch, if possible, ahead of the AGM on November 3rd.
And if you have any questions about how much time etc it might entail, please do feel free to ask us.
ZOOM TALK SERIES:
GARDENING WITHOUT PLASTIC
We had a fantastic and thought-provoking Zoom talk on 7 October by Sally Nex on 'Gardening without Plastic'. We know some members weren't able to make the talk, so thought you might want to check out the following link where Sally shares a lot of the information and ideas she covered in her talk. https://gardeningwithoutplastic.com/plastic-free-gardening/
2021 SHOW RESULTS
8 August, 2021
After a difficult 18 months due to the pandemic and the cancellation of our 2020 Show, it was fantastic that we could hold our Annual Show in 2021, albeit with a reduced number of classes. Entries in the horticultural classes were a little up on 2019, with a particularly strong showing in veg - with all of you growing at home! Here we see Richard and Jane Needle, who scooped the Banksian Medal for most points in the horticultural classes, as well as the 'Newcomer' award. Full details of the cups and awards are shown on the separate tab on the menu. It was nice to see and catch up with some familiar faces at the show, as well as some new ones.
We also had a well-stocked plant sale outside the hall, as we had not been able to hold our usual spring plant sale.
Photos of some of the wonderful exhibits are shown on the '2021 Show Photos' tab.
May 11, 2021
The Annual Show will be held on the 7th August 2021. The Committee took the decision to run a smaller show this year, subject to any COVID restrictions in place at the time of the show, with just sections A, B & C (Veg, Fruit, Flowers & Foral Arrangement). We hope this will be a safe and enjoyable event. The schedule is now available - see link on main menu. So get planting! Anyone can enter or come and see the show.
ENTRIES CLOSE AT 5PM ON WEDNESDAY 4TH, SO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T MISS OUT!
ZOOM TALKS SERIES: SECRET GARDENS OF SOMERSET
Abigail Ballinger gave a fantastic Zoom presentation to the club in July, based on her recent book 'Secret Gardens of Somerset', with some wonderful photographs by herself and Clive Boursnell. Plenty of inspirational ideas to try in our own gardens, or ideas of places to visit.
Updated June, 2021
We really hope that everyone is remaining well and feels encouraged by the increasing daylight, the bursting buds and the general enthusiasm of spring. Spring has officially sprung and the club has now not met for a year. Obviously, we had to postpone all our speakers in the hope that we would pick up where we left off in 2021! Happily, some of them give their talks by Zoom!
If anyone is interested in hearing these talks and is not already a member, you are very welcome to join our club, we would love to ‘see’ you. Annual membership is only £7. Please get in touch via the contacts page, or via our Facebook page.
ZOOM TALKS SERIES:
DESIGNING WITH PLANTS, BY MARION DALE
& GARDEN FRIENDS AND FOES, CASTLE GARDENS
May & June 2021
Our Zoom talks are gathering pace, as around 30 members are regularly joining us.
Marion Dale talked to us in May about designing with plants. Marion took us through all things she thinks about when choosing the right plant for the right space.
Steve, from Castle Gardens, was our Zoom speaker in June when he took us through some gardening friends and foes. Some fascinating facts emerged. There are 500 plus species of aphids in the UK!!.
ZOOM TALK SERIES: ROSES BY MICKY LITTLE
Micky Little from Avon Bulbs gave us a talk on Roses via Zoom on 1st April. Members had a chance to chat via Zoom from 7.15pm, with the talk starting at 7.30pm and lasting for about 50 minutes. Micky's talk was based on his journey to and from work and the lovely roses that people have been growing in their gardens. Each picture had a cultural note or an amusing anecdote. Micky covered rose selection, planting and maintenance and allowed time for any questions at the end. It was a fun and informative evening, and a successful first foray into Zoom talks by the club.
March 2, 2021
We started off our 2021 Programme with an (online) Quiz on 4th March. Thanks to Erica for organising it and giving us the answers in a 'Zoom' meeting which about 20 members attended. Don't worry if you don't 'Zoom' as answers were sent out to club members via email.