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.