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News and Events....
Our 2018 programme started well with a most interesting talk by Steve Austin. On a bitterly cold evening over 60 members and guests turned out and were motivated by Steve's enthusiasm and passion to start thinking about planning those parets of our gardens that may be in need of a facelift.
Looking forward, our first show of the year is rapidly approaching. Hopefully the snow, ice and easterly winds at the end of February and early March will soon be past and forgotten and we can put our attention to bringing on those exhibits in time for the show on 17th March.
On Tuesday 27th March we will be welcoming Geoff Stonebanks who will be talking to us about his Driftwood Garden. This garden has won many awards and has helped Geoff to raise many thousands of pounds for charity and has been featured on BBC2 Gardeners World and Good Morning Britain, as well as being featured in several publications. We look forward to an intersting talk and some good photographs.
Members Plant competition
At our February meeting, Steve Austin gave us some of his top tips on growing Dianthus which is our members competition plant this year. Over 30 members have already indicated that they would like to have one of the plants. They will be available as rooted cuttings at the March meeting. The final price is not yet fixed but likely to be about the same as last year, 60p.
Signs of the changing season...
This tiny Goldcrest recently spent some time hunting in the Hebes!
Do you have a photograph that illustrates the season or other aspect of the gardening year. Would you like to share. If you do, please email to email@example.com and we will select one or two each month.
April 12th (Thurs) Ploughman's Feast - St Mary's Centre, Felpham
June 26th *** Members Gardens Open Afternoon *** (NO VISITORS)
30th October Harvest Lunch - St Mary's Centre, Felpham
RHS Wisley, our destination on 7th August
2018 outings have been arranged as follows
May 15th Afternoon (self drive) to NGS garden, 6 Elm Avenue East Preston
June 7th Allday (coach) to Borde Hill Garden and House
August 7th All day (coach) to RHS Wisley, Woking
September 4th Afternoon (self drive) NGS garden, Rymans, Apuldram.
The dates for oputings have been selected to see the gardens at their best.
Further details and booking forms will be avilable at our March evening meeting
Dorothy Clive Gradens
Wollerton Old Hall
This year our holiday is to Warwickshire from 6th July 2018n for 5days. Wer will be staying at the 4 star Stratford Manor Hotel, just a few miles from Srtatford-upon-Avon
Application forms and further details are available from Rhonda Ball
After your taxi pick up from your home, you join the coach and we make our way north to Waterperry Gardens where we have time for lunch and exploration. We then continue our journey north to our hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon, where we have time to settle in before our evening meal.
We begin our day with a visit to Ragley Hall, with 26 acres of formal gardens, created by Victorian designer Robert Marnock. We take lunch and spend a free afternoon in Stratford-upon-Avon. We return to our hotel in time for dinner.
This morning we visit the Dorothy Clive Gardens, the garden
is intimate, informal and inspiring. Located in the woodland quarter of
Staffordshire close to both the Shropshire and the Cheshire borders, this
lovely garden has delights and surprises whatever the season.Additionally, the garden has several notable collections of
plants including: rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, sarcococca and hydrangeas.
This afternoon we visit Wollerton Old Hall Gardens designed by Lesley & John Jenkins, an important modern garden in the English Garden tradition covering 4 acres. Here you get chance to explore the multitude of different garden areas.
After a leisurely breakfast, we travel the short distance to
Hidcote (NT entry not included), an
Arts and Crafts garden created by the talented American horticulturist, Major
Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor 'rooms' are
always full of surprises. Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and
discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour.
Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston's
many plant hunting trips to faraway places.
In the afternoon we make the short drive to Kiftsgate Court Gardens, the creation of 3 generations of women gardeners. We have time to explore before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.
Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel south to Millets Farm Centre in Oxfordshire, where we have time to explore the garden centre, visit the falconry centre, buy some local produce in the farm shop and get lunch, before we then continue our journey homewards, arriving late afternoon.