New Year started in style with a members meeting showing that
the club has many talented and experienced members on different
aspects of gardening.
Susan Holmes showed us some wonderful slides that she had
taken in Devon Gardens including the RHS Rosemoor which is
still being developed. The six acre meadow was left to the
RHS in a legacy by Lady Anne Berry. You get to the garden
by means of a walkway under the road. The Rose garden
in particular looked delightful.
Richard & Caroline Pointz-Wright took us, through some
beautiful slides of the Walled garden at Scampston in Yorkshire.
This is a new garden owned by Sir Charles and Lady Legard
which opened for the first time in 2004. A high wall runs
around the garden and is approximately half a mile long. The
garden, which is still being developed, has 'The Spring
Box garden' and 'Summer Box garden'. The
shrubs will need another year to grow before they can be shaped.
The drifts of grass are best seen in Autumn with the tinted
seed heads. Visitors are given a list of all the plants for
identification, the plants being numbered; this stops the
labels from being taken. Plants for sale are cultivated on
site and there is also a wonderful restaurant in the grounds.
Denis Holmes then gave a talk and showed us examples of his
collection of dwarf Pelargoniums some of which came from a
friend in South Africa. All of our hybrids, we were told originated
from plants brought home from The Cape area in the Victorian
times and given to Kew Gardens. The audience were able to
admire the different coloured foliage. Denis says that he
plants the flowers out in pots during the Spring where they
put on a lovely display all Summer. He then brings them into
the greenhouse before the first frosts.
A Gardener's Question Time, with Keith Pierce and Brian
Deaville gave helpful advice and tips to the audience and
rounded off this very interesting evening.
Members were reminded that the yearly subscriptions of £5
were now due. Membership consists of Monthly meetings with
interesting speakers, Spring, Summer and Autumn shows, with
competitions and trophies to be won, and discounts from various
garden centres throughout the area.
The next meeting will be on Monday 13th February
at 7.45 in the URC Hall. The speaker will be Miss C
Gabler talking on Fuchsias, Refreshments will be served.
New members/ visitors welcome