Garden Club Newsletter – September 2017 to May 2018

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We haven’t had much of a summer, nights are now drawing in, autumn is just around the corner, but the new Garden Club season is about to start!  At 7.30pm on Thursday 28th September 2017, in Belstone Village Hall, we welcome our very own Robin Hill to introduce us to “Dormice” – I’ve got at least one in my garden, have you?   We look forward to seeing you and your friends.

TALKS:   We continue the season with “Madeira” (26 Oct), “Creating a Wildlife Garden” (23 Nov), “Kenneth Ashburner’s landscapes” (25 Jan), “Lilies” (22 Feb), “Knightshayes” (22 Mar) and “Spring Colour” (26 Apr).  All of these talks are on our usual night, the fourth Thursday of each month.

We hope this range appeals.  If you come across any good speakers let us know and we’ll book him/her.  Or if there’s a subject you find particularly interesting, please tell us and we’ll try to find a speaker for next year.

SOCIAL:   Free tea, coffee and biscuits are available from the kitchen hatch before each evening’s meeting.  November is our “Christmas” meeting, so we will offer coffee, mince pies and clotted cream during the evening.

FEES:        Our annual membership fee remains at £7.00.  We would be grateful if you could pay at the September meeting (or send a cheque).  If you know of family, friends or neighbours who enjoy gardening and the company of like-minded people, do invite them to join us (we also welcome visitors, for £2.00 per visit).

OUTINGS:   On Thursday 12th October we have organised a day’s entry to Rosemoor for autumn colours (it was a fantastic day last year) – there will be a form at the Sept meeting to sign just so we have an idea of numbers, or contact Marion (we actually only need to know about non-RHS members) as soon as possible.  Transport will be by private car, keeping the cost low, but we’d like you to organise yourselves!  Meet at the entrance as close to 11am as you can – the front desk will be expecting us.
We’re looking for a suitable venue for the evening outing on 24 May – any suggestions will be gratefully received. As yet no decisions have been made for the rest of the season’s outings (apart from thoughts of Lukesland & Hill House Nursery in spring and The Garden House & Wildside in summer).   If you have recently been to a garden that you feel the Club would enjoy (and is accessible by coach) please mention it to Malcolm. And if there is anywhere you particularly enjoyed on a previous Club outing, tell us and we’ll consider repeating it.

PLANTS & PLANT SALES:    Although we no longer run our own Plant Sale, we routinely ask speakers to bring plants for sale where possible, and Alan French can be found every Saturday in the centre of Okehampton.   You can get also get 10% discount on plants, trees, shrubs, seeds and bulbs at Eggesford Gardens just by showing your membership card.

The Plant Table will continue at monthly meetings where you can bring any surplus bits, extra seedlings, bulbs, whatever, to pass on to other members: there is often no charge for these but if you would like to make a donation the Club will gratefully receive it!

KEEPING IN TOUCH:   More and more people have access to the internet and I could usefully use this medium to keep Club postage costs down and to advise members of events coming up.  If you would like to receive information this way, would you email me with your address?

Regards, and best wishes for the coming season, from your Committee 2017-18:

Keith Mansfield (Chair), Lucy Finch (Treasurer), Malcolm Brewer (Outings), Robin Hill (Programme), Keith Badman, Mags Long, Barry Starling and Jacqueline Yeates.

Anyone care to join us?  Three committee meetings a year – with coffee and decent biscuits (often cake as well!).

Marion Walpole (Secretary), t: 01837 840498, e:

September 2017


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