What's On & News

November 2017    Morton Hall Gardens - Harry Green (change to advertised     programme)

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Due to Mark McCormack leaving his position as head gardener at Arley Arboretum there is a last minute change in speaker and topic this month. On Monday 13th November Harry Green head gardener at Morton Hall Gardens will give an illustrated talk on the eight acres of gardens and park that encircle Morton Hall at Holberrow Green. The house sits on a steep embankment facing west over the Vale of Evesham to the Welsh Mountains. The gardens have been extensively renovated, having been designed by landscape architect Charles Cheshire.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 to include a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits or become a member of the club by joining at the November meeting and paying £9.00 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 

See you all on the 13th

Penny


I received an email from Avoncroft Museum of Buildings. Please see below, if any member is interested in helping please get in touch with them.


Dear Penny

On behalf of Avoncroft Museum of Buildings in Bromsgrove I am enquiring as to whether any of your members would like to join our volunteer gardening team.

We have a large and very beautiful site which requires a lot of maintainence to keep it lovely. 

All volunteers are fully briefed as to what is required, timings are very flexible and expenses are refunded.


If any interested members would contact Julia Morris, our Volunteer Co ordinator, on volunteer @avoncroft.org.uk or ring her on a Wednesday or Friday on 01527 831363

Many thanks

Joy Lloyd Taylor


MP Sajid Javid is holding a Pensioners Advice and Information Fair and Gardening Club has been invited to take part so please come along and say hello on Friday 3rd November between 10.00am and 12.00 noon at Parkside. Entry is FREE


October 2017             Autumn Bulb Planting - Derek Walker

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The Autumn programme of speakers will start on Monday 9th October when Derek will bring along his wealth of knowledge and an assortment of bulbs that can be planted in the autumn. Various containers will be planted up during the evening demonstration, these will be offered for sale at very competitive prices.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 to include a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits or become a member of the club by joining at the October meeting and paying £10.50 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 


See you all on Monday 9th

Penny


If any members have excess apples or pears you can turn them into delicious juice. Apple juicing equipment will be available to use on Sunday 8th October, for more information contact Lorraine or Peter Smith 


Dodford Apple Day



September 2017 - The Dodford Show


The Dodford Show 2017 was a huge success thanks go to all the exhibitors for bringing along their produce which was of excellent quality and to those who came just to have a look and chat over a cup of tea and piece of cake. The plant stall provided a wonderful selection from fruit bushes to herbaceous perennials with many visitors going home with a plant or two. Thanks must also go to our auctioneer Richard Griffin who did a wonderful job of selling off mixed boxes full of fresh veg, fruit, preserves, cakes and flowers.

Penny

August 2017 - No Meeting

There is no meeting in August. The next time we will get together will be at The Dodford Show on Saturday 2nd September. Hopefully members are weeding and nurturing their prize winning fruit, vegetables or flowers. Don’t forget on rainy days if too wet to garden get out the jam pan or bake a cake and enter a WI class as well, the more entries the better the competition! 


July 2017

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An evening group guided tour of the privately owned Walled Gardens at Croome Court has been arranged for Monday 10th July at 6.00pmChris Cronin and his wife Karen have taken on the restoration of the Georgian walled gardens.The gardens covering approximately 7 acres contained a dilapidated gardeners cottage along with several disused greenhouses and was completely overgrown when purchased. The cost is £5.00 per person for club members including hot and cold refreshments and homemade cake. Non members are very welcome to join us at £10.00 per person (usual cost for a guided tour and refreshments). Contact Penny for further details if you wish to join us.


There is no meeting in August. The next time we will get together will be at The Dodford Show on Saturday 2nd September. Hopefully members are weeding and nurturing their prize winning fruit, vegetables or flowers. Don’t forget on rainy days if too wet to garden get out the jam pan or bake a cake and enter a WI class as well, the more entries the better the competition! Show Schedules are available at here

June 2017

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The Club AGM was held last month. The committee remains as last year. The new programme for 2017/2018 is now available. Member uptake of the Gardening Club Plant to take part in the gardening club closed class, Class 37 at this years Dodford Show was great. The plant is a hardy Fuchsia and thanks go to Roy for organising this. There are Fuchsia growing hints in the Tips area of this web site.The Plant Bring and Buy selection was also fantastic, thank you to all members that took part.  

MEMBERS SOCIAL EVENING

The June meeting will take place in Lorraine and Pete Smith’s garden on Monday 12th June from 6.30pm. All members and partners are most welcome to come along and enjoy a glass of wine whilst wandering around the garden. Please contact Penny for directions if needed.


THE WALLED GARDEN’S AT CROOME COURT

A group guided tour of the privately owned Walled Gardens at Croome Court has been arranged for the Evening of Monday 10th July at 6.00pm. Chris Cronin and his wife Karen have taken on the restoration of the Georgian walled gardens at Croome Court. They purchased possibly the largest 18th century walled garden in Britain in 2000. The gardens covering approximately 7 acres contained a dilapidated gardeners cottage along with several disused greenhouses and was completely overgrown when purchased. The cost is £5.00 per person for club members including hot and cold refreshments and homemade cake. Non members are very welcome to join us at £10.00 per person (usual cost for a guided tour and refreshments). 

Contact Penny for further details if you wish to join us.


Gardening Club received an email from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust who are organising an open garden event that members maybe interested in.

For more information on this wonderful garden take a look at their website; 

www.uptonwoldcotswoldgarden.co.



Gardening Club received information from Ball Colgrave, a supplier of bedding plants to the horticultural industry who are opening their show gardens to the public. Members may be interested in going along. 



See you all on the 12th

Penny


May 2017                             AGM AND BRING AND BUY PLANT STALL

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Our next meeting is our last indoor meeting before the Autumn Programme of speakers starts in October.

Monday 8th May is the AGM. We hope to see as many members as possible, annual subscriptions will be due at this meeting. Details of our outing on Monday 10th July, an  evening guided tour of The Walled Gardens at Croome    will be available. Members will be able to sign up tonight.

The autumn 2017/spring 2018 Indoor Programme will also be available along with the opportunity to buy a plant to enter the Gardening Club members only Class at this years Dodford Show on Saturday 2nd September.

As usual we will run a bring and buy plant stall, so all contributions gratefully accepted.

 We would appreciate if the Ladies could bring along a plate of food and the Gentlemen a bottle of wine. 

April  2017                  Fuchsia Tip Cuttings - Roy James

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On Monday 10th April member Roy James will be bringing along a selection of Fuschia plants from which he will demonstrate how to take tip cuttings, afterwards members will be able to ‘have a go’ themselves. All equipment needed will be provided along with compost, pots etc. The cuttings can then be taken home and grown on.                                                                                                                         

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the demonstration and have a go at taking tip cuttings for £3.00 to include a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. 

For those interested in garden bugs, how they spread, identification, prevention and effective treatment etc. you may be interested in The Big Bug Hunt. Go to their website for more information; www.bigbughunt.com.


See you all on Monday 10th

Penny



March 2017               Ponds, marginal and Bog Gardens - Duncan Coombes

On Monday 13th March Duncan Coombes will be returning to Dodford. Duncan a recently retired lecturer from Pershore College will be giving a digital presentation on ponds, marginals and bog gardens, there will be plenty of advise available on suitable plants and their requirements. Duncan is always keen on audience participation so have plenty of questions ready! Duncan will also bring along a selection of plants for sale. 

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00. 


Gardening Club received an email from the organisers  of Ashton under Hill Open Gardens, I thought it might be of interest to members so take a look below


Ashton under Hill Open Gardens

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June 2017

40th Anniversary Event

www.ashtonopengardens.co.uk


Gardens open from 1.00pm to 6.00pm * Postcode: WR11 7SW 


Singleton Nurseries very kindly donated a prize to the Dodford Show last September and  I was very lucky to win it. A couple of tickets for afternoon tea in The Potting Shed Cafe! At the end of February we went along and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea in a wonderfully cosy wooden chalet. 

see you all on Monday 13th

Penny



February 2017        The Magic of pH - Richard Baldwin

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It is the time of year when the Seville Oranges are in season so as its not particularly great gardening weather get out your preserving equipment, make a few pots of Marmalade to enjoy spread on slices of hot buttered toast but keep a couple back to enter in The Dodford Show later on in the year in September!                              

On Monday 13th February Richard Baldwin a lecturer at Pershore College and will bring his wealth of knowledge along to share with members. Richard will explain the importance of soil pH when growing a range of plants. There will be a demonstration using a BDH soil kit  -  one member’s soil will be selected for this demonstration. All other members of the audience will receive an electronic pH reading of their samples. 

If members can please bring in samples of their own soils, having followed Richards recommended soil sampling technique below:

Collecting a soil sample

·         Select an area of the garden e.g.  lawn, vegetable patch, flower bed etc.

·         Using a garden trowel, take about ten samples from the area, about a trowel full each, down to a depth of 15cm (6 inches).

·         Mix all ten samples together thoroughly, breaking up any large lumps.

·         Put about a cupful of the mixed soil in a suitable container.

·         Bring your soil to the meeting, together with a small glass jar, an old teaspoon and some paper towels.

·         Calculate the area of the site in m2. (eg a roughly rectangular patch measuring 2m x 3m would be 6m2 in area.


The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 or become a member of the club by joining at the February meeting and pay £4.50 for the remainder of the year (up to and including the March meeting ) 


For anyone  interested in growing vegetables please see below:


An Evening with Jim Thompson

 

 The West Midlands District Association (DA) of the National Vegetable Society (NVS) are pleased to advise the first meeting of 2017 to be held at Fairfield Village Hall on Thursday 23 February, hall will be open 7.00 pm. Jim is a top exhibitor of a wide range of vegetables winning at National Championship Level and includes Stump Carrots, Cauliflowers, Long Beetroot, Parsnips, Leeks, the list is endless and his prize winning collections are amazing. He will cover the sowing times as well as his own special mixes for the growing mediums. This is an opportunity not to be missed for anyone who seeks to grow vegetables of the highest quality.

See you all on Monday 13th

Penny

 



January 2017           Nature and the National Trust

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Happy New Year! Apart from New Years Day which was wet the start of 2017 has been dry sunny and cold, lovely weather for walking. Our first meeting of the New Year is on Monday 9th January when Simon Barker a National Trust Wildlife and Countryside Consultant based at Alcester is going to tell us how the national trust works with nature especially when new properties are taken on. Please come along and join us, you don’t have to be a club member.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk followed by tea or coffee and biscuits for £3.00  or become a member of the club. If joining at the January meeting the subsciption cost is only £6.00 for the remainder of the year. (upto and including the March 2017 meeting)

See you all on Monday 9th

Penny


December 2016  CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT

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It’s December and all groups and societies have a Christmas Party and Dodford Gardening Club will not miss out! Monday 12th December is Christmas Party Night for the Gardening Club. Members partners are very welcome to join us. There will be a prize up for grabs for the person who brings along the largest variety of flowers from their garden, these can be wild or cultivated, there will also be a few drawing competitions and plenty of time to catch up with friends and neighbours. Please can I remind the Ladies to bring along a plate of food and the Gentlemen a bottle of wine.(We don’t have a speaker at this meeting).

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

See you all on the 12th

Penny

November 2016           Restoration of the Walled Kitchen Gardens at Croome Court

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Our next meeting is on Monday 14th November when Chris Cronin is coming to share his passion for The Walled Kitchen Gardens at Croome Court. Chris will give an insight into the mammoth restoration project that he and his wife Karen took on when purchasing the derelict walled gardens in 2000. I’m sure this talk will be interesting to those interested in history as well as gardening, Chris gives few talks outside the Walled Gardens so please come along and join us.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 to include a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits or become a member of the club by joining at the November meeting and pay £9.00 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 

See you all on Monday 14th

Penny


October 2016               Growing and showing Chrysanthemums 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 10th October when Dean Law is coming to share his knowledge of Chrysanthemums. Dean has many years of experience in growing and showing Chrysanthemums and will give us a digital presentation on how to go about nurturing these particular plants which are becoming fashionable once again with the introduction of new cultivars. There will be plants to discuss and look at as well as a selection to buy.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 to include a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits or become a member of the club by joining at the October meeting and pay £10.50 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 

If any members have excess apples or pears you can turn them into delicious juice. Apple juicing equipment will be available to use on Saturday 15th October, for more information see Mrs Kershaw on Monday 10th at our meeting.

See you all on Monday 10th

Penny


September 2016               The Dodford Show

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The Dodford Show 2016 was a huge success thanks go to all the exhibitors for bringing along their produce which was of excellent quality and to those who came just to have a look and chat over a cup of tea and piece of cake. Thanks must also go to our auctioneer  Richard Griffin who did a wonderful job of selling off mixed boxes full of fresh veg, fruit, preserves, cakes and flowers.

Penny






We are looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at The Dodford Show on Saturday 3rd September this year. The Show is being held as usual in the Village Hall. Exhibition tables will be put out and the bunting put up on Friday afternoon ready for Saturday morning. John Guest a National Vegetable Society member will be Judging by examining and deliberating over the vegetable, fruit and flower class exhibits and there will be WI Judges for the cakes, preserves etc. If you haven’t looked at a show schedule yet they are available here, Dodford Show Schedule 2016 Please bring along friends and family the doors of the Village Hall will open at 3.00pm for all to see the wonderful display of home grown or home made produce. The members of the WI will be providing tea and home made cakes so you can sit and chat to neighbours and friends over a cup of tea and slice of cake. There will be a plant stall and a raffle with prizes donated by Burcot Garden Centre, Dodford Gardening Club, Duncombes Master Butchers Catshill, The Fairbourne Dodders and Singletons Nurseries. The Produce Auction will take place at around 4.00pm where everything donated will be up for grabs. 

I look forward to seeing you all at The Show

Penny


August 2016               HOLIDAY TIME - No Meeting

There is no meeting in August. The next time we will get together will be at The Dodford Show on Saturday 3rd September. Hopefully members are weeding and nurturing their prize winning fruit, vegetables or flowers. Don’t forget on rainy days if too wet to garden get out the jam pan or bake a cake and enter a WI class as well, the more entries the better the competition! 




July 2016                    Summer Evening Visit to a Members Garden

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The garden visits that took place in June were fantastic. Hagley Park is a huge on going project lead by Joe Hawkins who is extremely passionate about the project. The guided tour was fascinating and the tea and biscuits served in the Hall afterwards very welcome.

The gardens at White Cottage were beautiful. Mr and Mrs Bates being wonderful hosts, gave as much information on individual plants and planting schemes as possible. There is a very well stocked nursery on site and members were unable to resist buying one or maybe two plants to take home. Tea and home made cake was served and  thoroughly enjoyed by all. This is a garden to return to!

The July meeting will take place in Mr and Mrs Kershaws garden on Monday 11th July. All members and their partners are most welcome to come along and enjoy a glass of wine while wandering around the garden. Please contact me for more details if needed.

See you all on the 11th

Penny


June 2016                   CLUB OUTINGS and AGM update

The Club AGM was held last month, many members attended.The Gardening Club welcomed Lorraine Smith as our new treasurer, following the resignation of Roy James. Bob Perkins also joined as a committee member. Member uptake of the Gardening Club Plant to take part in the gardening club closed class, Class 37 at this years Dodford Show was great. The plant is a hardy Fuchsia and thanks go to Roy for organising this. There are Fushia growing hints in the Tips area of this web site.The Plant Bring and Buy selection was also fantastic, thank you to all members that took part. 

Two Club Outings have been organised this year, the details are below if there are members who have not yet added their name to the list and wish to do so please contact Penny.



HAGLEY PARK

A group guided tour with Joe Hawkins, Head of Landscape at Hagley Park has been arranged for the AFTERNOON of MONDAY 13TH JUNE at 2.00pm. The restoration of this English Heritage grade 1 registered park will be revealed to the general public later this year. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available in the Westcote Suite in the house after the tour. The cost is £8.00 per person for the tour and £2.00 per person for refreshments. 

WHITE COTTAGE

An evening group visit has been arranged to White Cottage, Earls Common Road, Stock Green, Inkberrow, B96 6SZ on Monday 27th June at 7.00pm. This is a rural 2 acre garden developed over the last 30 years with many interesting features and is open under the NGS. The cost is £6.50 per person to include tea or coffee and homemade cake. Members who have not yet added their name to the list and wish to come along, please contact Penny we have until 20th June for final numbers. Partners and guests are also very welcome to join us.

See you all at Hagley Park

Penny

                                                                                                                                               

May 2016                              AGM AND BRING AND BUY PLANT STALL

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Our next meeting is our last indoor meeting before the Autumn Programme of speakers starts in October.

Monday 9th May is the AGM. We hope to see as many members as possible, annual subscriptions will be due at this meeting. Details of our outings in June firstly an afternoon guided tour of Hagley Park on June 13th and then an evening visit to White Cottage, Stock Green on June 27th will be available. Members will be able to sign up tonight - there are limited places available for the tour of Hagley Park. 

The autumn 2016/spring 2017 Indoor Programme will also be available along with the opportunity to buy a plant to enter the Gardening Club members only Class at this years Dodford Show on Saturday 3rd September.

As usual we will run a bring and buy plant stall, so all contributions gratefully accepted.

As Club funds are low we would appreciate if the Ladies could bring along a plate of food and the Gentlemen a bottle of wine. 

I recently received the email below which I thought may be of interest to members.


HARDY PLANT SOCIETY WORCESTERSHIRE BRANCH - 

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

Date.  Saturday 11th June 2016

Time.  2pm - 4pm

Place.  Peopleton Village Hall     WR10 2 EG

Entry is free and refreshments will be available

 

A wide variety of plants will be on offer - some unusual and interesting - all grown by our members with tender love and care, and for sale at very reasonable prices. 

Not to  to be missed!


Entry is free and refreshments will be available. 


See you all on Monday 9th

Penny


April 2016                         IS MY GARDEN GOOD ENOUGH

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Our next meeting is on Monday 11th April when we look forward to welcoming David Morgan. David lives in Marlbrook and is the Worcestershire County Organiser of The National Gardens Scheme and he will be giving us an idea as to what it takes and how to go about opening a private garden for the NGS.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 to include a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.

Members can add their name to the June Outing List at this meeting. We are off for a guided tour of Hagley Park on Monday 13th June. Head of Landscape Joe Hawkins will be our guide.

Gardening Club received an email ( see below ) from Chaddesley Gardeners’ Club that I thought members may be interested in



‘Life as a Gardening Editor’

 

An Evening with Tamsin Westhorpe

 

Chaddesley Corbett Gardeners’ Club would like to invite members of your club to join us on Wednesday May 11th 2016 for the rare opportunity to meet and listen to Tamsin Westhorpe’

 

Tamsin started her gardening career at the age of 16 when she trained under her great uncle John Treasure of Burford House Gardens in Worcestershire.

After working as a garden journalist and editor for over 15 years including deputy editor of Amateur Gardens Magazine Tamsin will give an insight into what makes a good feature and how gardens are selected to feature in magazines. Currently Editor at Large of The English Garden magazine and the volunteer Open Gardens Ambassador for the British Red Cross, she will share the latest in gardening trends and tell entertaining stories of life as a green-fingered journalist.

Tamsin is also a director of Stockton Bury in Herefordshire and writes a weekly article in Amateur Gardening

 

This talk is a little different, light, fun yet informative

 

Wednesday May 11th 2016  - 7.30 for 8.00pm

 

Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall, (A448)

 

 

Tickets £5

Available from: Mrs Jan Ganley

52 Chester Road South

Kidderminster

DY10 1XJ

Tel: 01562 752271

 

Please make cheque out to Chaddesley Gardeners’ Club. 

Please include a SA    

See you all on Monday 11th

Penny


March 2016                      A YEAR ON THE PLOT

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Our next meeting is on Monday 14th March when Mick Poultney will be giving an illustrated talk on ‘ A Year on The Plot.’ Mick is an award winning vegetable grower, lecturer and judge from the Black Country. He is also Chairman of the West Midlands District Association of the National Vegetable Society. This should be a very interesting and entertaining talk given by a passionate vegetable grower.

 The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 or become a member of the club by joining at the March meeting and pay £3.00 for the remainder of the year (up to and including the March meeting )  

Gardening Club received an email from the Warwickshire Group of The Plant Heritage, I thought it might be of interest to members so take a look below


Dear Garden Club,

PLANT FAIR – SATURDAY 4th JUNE 2016

We are writing to tell you about the Plant Fair being run by the Plant Heritage Warwickshire Group on Saturday 4th June 2016 in the Pump Room Gardens at the bottom of The Parade in Leamington Spa.

The event will run from 10.00am until 3:00pm, admission is free, and there will be 16 nurseries in attendance.

We do hope that your garden club members will be interested in this annual event 

With our best wishes,

The Committee

Plant Heritage (Warwickshire Group)                                                                                                      

See you all on Monday 14th

Penny   


February 2016                   CLIMBERS AND WALL SHRUBS

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Our next meeting will be on Monday 8th February when Duncan Coombes will be returning to Dodford to give an illustrated talk on Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Although Duncan has recently retired from lecturing in Decorative Horticulture at Pershore College he remains a passionate plantsman.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 or become a member of the club by joining at the February meeting and pay £4.50 for the remainder of the year (up to and including the March meeting ) 

After our fantastic talk in January by Joe Hawkins Head of Landscape at Hagley Park we have been able to organise a group guided tour of the Park on Monday 13th June 2016. More details will be available at the February meeting.

See you all on Monday 8th

Penny

January 2016                        RESTORATION OF HAGLEY PARK 

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Happy New Year! The weather continues to be very mild, wet and windy. This months photo of Daffodils was taken on a Boxing Day walk in a garden on the egde of Randan Wood, Dodford. We also have a very confused Cowslip and Passion Flower flowering at home. The Gardening Club’s  Christmas Party also provided many flowers for our competition a testement to the unseasonal mild weather we are experiencing at the moment. Mrs Swift found 69 flowers of different plants in her garden a photo of them can be found in the Photo Album.

The first meeting of 2016 will take place on Monday 11th January. We look forward to welcoming Joe Hawkins from Hagley Park. Joe is Head of Landscape and will be giving an illustrated talk on the restoration of this English Heritage grade 1 registered park. Originally pre-dating the Palladian mansion itself, George Lyttelton’s eighteenth century park was in its day considered amongst the greatest of all English landscape gardens, its celebrated beauty drawing praise from some of the century’s most enlightened minds. Today, after almost a century and a half of neglect, a major restoration, part-funded by English Heritage, Natural England and the Hagley Hall Estate (now well underway), is intent on reinstating the park’s former glories, halting its decline and preventing the park joining that long list of historic estates whose former prestige, grandeur and cultural importance are now sadly forever lost to us. This will be a fascinating talk which  may lead to a group visit so come along and join us.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 or become a member of the club by joining at the January meeting and pay £6.00 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 

See you all on Monday 11th

Penny

December 2015                          CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT  

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It’s December and all groups and societies have a Christmas Party and Dodford Gardening Club will not miss out! Monday 14th December is Christmas Party Night for the Gardening Club. Members partners are very welcome to join us. There will be prizes up for grabs with a plant identification quiz and for the person who brings along the largest variety of flowers from their garden, these can be wild or cultivated. Please can I remind the Ladies to bring along a plate of food and the Gentlemen a bottle of wine.(We don’t have a speaker at this meeting).

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

See you all on the 14th

Penny

   

November 2015             LETTING THE LIGHT IN

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Colin Blundell a volunteer speaker with the woodland trust will talk on the ancient tree project that is being undertaken by The Woodlands Trust. The Woodland Trust is working closely with landowners to restore what is left of our ancient woodland by careful management to let in sunlight and encourage native species to thrive once more. The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 or become a member of the club by joining at the November meeting and pay £9.00 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 

See you all on Monday 9th

                                             Penny

 

October 2015                HERBS AND THEIR USES

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Thank you to all members who either exhibited their homegrown produce, helped on the day or came along to The Dodford Show last month. John Guest made a fantastic job of judging the vegetable, fruit and flower classes. There were fewer exhibits this year probably down to the irratic summer weather we have experienced. However, the produce displayed on the show benches was very good quality have a look in the photo album.

The Autumn Programme of speakers starts on Monday 12th October with Guest speaker Angela from Angelica’s Herbs. Angela will give a talk on "Herbs and their Uses,” there will be herb plants for sale as well as herb products. The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 or become a member of the club by joining at the October meeting and pay £10.50 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 

See you all on Monday 12th

Penny

September 2015            THE DODFORD SHOW

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I am looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at The Dodford Show on Saturday 5th September this year. The Show is being held as usual in the Village Hall. Exhibition tables will be put out and the bunting put up on Friday afternoon ready for Saturday morning. John Guest a National Vegetable Society member will be Judging by examining and deliberating over the vegetable, fruit and flower class exhibits and there will be WI Judges for the cakes, preserves etc. If you haven’t looked at a show schedule yet they are available here, Dodford Show Schedule 2015. Please bring along friends and family the doors of the Village Hall will open at 3.00pm for all to see the wonderful display of home grown or home made produce. The members of the WI will be providing tea and home made cakes so you can sit and chat to neighbours and friends over a cup of tea and slice of cake. There  will be a raffle with prizes donated from Beechcroft Nurseries and Garden Centre, Duncombes Master Butchers Catshill, The Fairbourne Dodders and the Dodford Gardening Club. The Produce Auction will take place at around 4.00pm where everything donated will be up for grabs. 

I look forward to seeing you all at The Show

Penny


August 2015                HOLIDAY TIME - NO MEETING

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There is no meeting in August. The next time we will get together will be at The Dodford Show on Saturday 5th September. Hopefully members are weeding and nurturing their prize winning fruit, vegetables and flowers. Don’t forget on rainy days if too wet to garden get out the jam pan or bake a cake and enter a WI Class as well. The more entries we have the better the competition. Show schedules are available here, Dodford Show Schedule 2015





July 2015                    VISIT TO A MEMBERS GARDEN

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The July meeting will take place in a members garden on Monday 13th July. All members and their partners are most welcome to come along and enjoy a glass of wine while wandering around the garden. Please contact me for more details if needed.

See you all on the 13th

Penny





June 2015                    CLUB OUTING - THE WOODLANDS, DUNCLENT

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The Club Outing has been organised - a group visit to The Woodlands, Dunclent, Stone, Kidderminster DY10 4AY has been arranged for the evening of Monday 8th June starting at 7.00pm. The cost is £6.00 per person to include tea or coffee and homemade cake.This is an Intriguing approx ¾-acre garden in rural woodland, open fields haven. Developed last 9yrs, designed on various levels, with secret winding paths, steps to coloured themed herbaceous/shrub borders, large vegetable garden, tomato/cucumber greenhouses. Courtyard, waterfall, pergola walk, pond, swimming pool, hanging baskets and tubs of flowers, a very attractive colourful garden.

Attractive and unusual waterfall linking one level of the garden to another. Interesting garden on many levels. There will be plenty of parking available in an ajoining field.Members who have not yet added their name to the list and wish to come along, please contact Penny or Josie, we have until 1st June for final numbers. Partners and guests are also very welcome to join us. 

See you on the 8th

Penny


May 2015                    AGM PLUS BRING & BUY PLANT STALL

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Our next meeting is our last indoor meeting before the Autumn Programme of speakers starts in October.

Monday 11th  May is the AGM. We hope to see as many members as possible, annual subscriptions will be due at this meeting. Details of our outing in June and the autumn 2015/spring 2016 Indoor Programme will be available along with this years Show Schedules for Saturday 5th September.

As usual we will run a bring and buy plant stall, so all contributions gratefully accepted.

As Club funds are low we would appreciate if the Ladies could bring along a plate of food and the Gentlemen a bottle of wine. 

I recentley received the email below which I thought may be of interest to members.

Dear Garden Club,

We are writing to tell you about the Feckenham Flower and Garden Festival on the weekend of 16th and 17th May 2015.  On both days from 12 noon to 6.00pm there will be about 30 gardens open, a flower festival in the church, local nurseries selling plants on the Village Square, a pig roast, a barbeque and home-made teas by the WI.  This popular event is only held once every three years, and we would be grateful if you would make an announcement at your next meeting.


The event is in the centre of Feckenham village and admission to all the gardens is £5.00 (children under 16 free).  More information can be found on www.feckenham.com.  

We do hope that your garden club members will be interested in the event and look forward to seeing you there.

With our best wishes,

Rob and Diane Cole Meadow Farm Garden and Nursery Feckenham


 April 2015                  CONTAINER GARDENING - AT BURCOT GARDEN CENTRE

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Alcester Rd, Burcot, Bromsgrove, B60 1PW

Our next meeting is on Monday 13th April At Burcot Garden Centre. The Club have been invited to Burcot Garden Centre where we will firstly have a talk on container gardening followed by tea, coffee and hopefully a piece of cake. Members will then have the opportunity to look around the garden centre and a 10%  discount will be available on items purchased on the night. The garden centre gates will be open from 6.30pm the talk will commence at 7.00pm




I recieved the following email, which I thought may be of interest to members. Robin from Worlds End Garden Nursery gave a very interesting talk on ornamental grasses last October.

 

 

           

                                           

                                                         

 

 

Worlds End Nurseries, Moseley Road,

Hallow, WORCESTER, WR2 6NJ

 

Closing Down Sale

 

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2015 10.00am to 5.00pm

 

 

Wide selection of Hardy Plants and Grasses at Bargain Prices

 

 

 

Telephone: 01905 640977

Email: info@worldsendgarden.co.uk

Web: www.worldsendgarden.co.uk


                                                                                                                    


March 2015               TAKING CUTTINGS - A PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION

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The first few days of March have been very windy with a very old plum tree in my garden falling victim, I will investigate the possibility of taking some of last years growth off and grafting it onto another root stock. There are I feel signs of Spring with warmth in the Sun now and Crocus coming into flower in my garden. 

Our next meeting is on Monday 9th MARCH. This will be a practical demonstration given by Hilary Twigg. Hilary is an experienced horticulturalist and a full time lecturer at Pershore College. Please come along and join us. Hilary will unravel the mysteries of taking cuttings and hopefully show us new methods of how to propagate new plants cheaply.The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk followed by tea, coffee and biscuits for £3.00  or become a member of the club.

See you all on Monday 9th

Penny

   

February 2015           A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE GARDENS AT RAGLEY HALL

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Although February has started with an icy blast of weather there are signs of spring with Snowdrops and Hellebores flowering in my garden now.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 9th February when Ross Barbour will be giving a virtual tour of the gardens at Ragley Hall. Ross has great knowledge of the Ragley Hall gardens having been Head Gardener there for the last 16 years. The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk followed by tea, coffee and biscuits for £3.00  or become a member of the club. If joining at the February meeting the subsciption cost is only £4.50 for the remainder of the year. (upto and including the March 2015 meeting)

See you all on Monday 9th

Penny


January 2015            THE MAGIC OF MOTHS

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Our first meeting of the New Year is on Monday 12th January when Patrick Clement will be giving an illustrated talk about British Moths covering techniques for finding, attracting and identifying some of our 2500 species. Moths are a colourful and fascinating group of insects, please come along and join us.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk followed by tea, coffee and biscuits for £3.00  or become a member of the club. If joining at the January meeting the subsciption cost is only £6.00 for the remainder of the year. (upto and including the March 2015 meeting)



December 2014          CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT

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As its December and all groups and societies have a Christmas Party,  Dodford Gardening Club will not miss out! Monday 8th December is Christmas Party Night for the Gardening Club. Members partners are very welcome to join us. There is not a speaker for this meeting but we have been promised a quiz. The ladies have been asked to bring along a plate of delicious food and the gentlemen a good bottle of wine.

 The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

See you all on the 8th

Penny



November 2014          TALK & WINE TASTING         

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An extremely mild October has resulted in Apples still clinging onto the trees in November. A few members took advantage of the apple press which was hired last month and turned their surplus apples into delicious fruit.

Our next meeting is on Monday 10th November. Richard Tomkinson from Rose Bank Vineyard in Worcester is coming to talk on the establishment of his own vineyard followed by tasting of the wine he produces.There will also be cheese and biscuits. The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk and some wine this month for £3.00 or become a member of the club. If joining at the November meeting the cost is £9.00 for the remainder of the year. (upto and including the March 2015 meeting)

See you all on Monday 10th

Penny

October 2014              ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

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Thank you to all our members who either exhibited their homegrown produce, helped on the day or came along to The Dodford Show last month. John Guest made a fantastic job of judging the vegetable, fruit and flower classes and it was great to see some new faces having a go and entering exhibits maybe for the first time.

The Autumn Programme of speakers starts on Monday 13th October with a talk and presentation by Robin Pearce, ‘Ornamental Grasses’ being the title. Robin from Wolds End Garden Nursery in Hallow just outside Worcester specialises in the production of herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. There will be examples of grasses on display and plants will be for sale on the night. The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Non members can come along and enjoy the talk for £3.00 or become a member of the club by joining at the October meeting and pay £10.50 for the remainder of the year ( up to and including the March meeting ) 

See you all on Monday 13th 

Penny

September 2014                 THE DODFORD SHOW

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As we did not meet in August, we hope to see as many members and none members as possible at The Dodford Show on Saturday 6th September. We look forward to welcoming many of you on the day either exhibiting or just supporting this annual event. John Guest is this years Show Judge for the vegetable, fruit, and flower classes so lets try and put on a fantastic display of our home grown produce and don’t forget that you can also enter the WI Classes as well!



August 2014

There is no meeting in August. The next time we will get together will be at The Dodford Show on Saturday 6th September. Hopefully members are weeding and nurturing their prize winning fruit, vegetables and flowers. Don’t forget on rainy days if too wet to garden get out the jam pan or bake a cake and enter a WI Class as well. The more entries we have the better the competition. Show schedules are available here, Dodford Show Schedule 2014

July 2014

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The July meeting will take place in a members garden on Monday 14th July. All members and their partners are most welcome to come along and enjoy a glass of wine while wandering around the garden. Please contact me for more details if needed.

See you all on the 14th

Penny



June 2014

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All members who attended the Club Outing to John Massey’s private garden were given a superb tour, reasons behind planting schemes were explained and some exceptional plants were highlighted. Afterwards members made their way to the restaurant enjoying a late lunch, followed, in many cases by a buying spree in the very well stocked nursery. This is a garden that can be enjoyed throughout the year as the planting is so varied, maybe the Club will return in the future to experience the planting in a different season.

May 2014

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Spring is finally here. The Swallows and Cuckoo have arrived and can be seen flying over Dodford and there is a magnificent carpet of Bluebells in our local woods.

The Club Outing has been organised - An Escorted Garden Tour around John Massey's Private Garden behind Ashwood Nurseries has been arranged for Monday 9th June at 12.00 noon. This is a three acre private garden created by nursery owner John Massey and is planted with an abundance of rare plants as well as many familiar ones. The guided tour takes approx. 1hr and 15 mins. The cost  is £5.50 per person which allows admission to the garden only. There is an excellent Tea Room where lunches, snacks, cakes etc  can be purchased. Members who have not yet added their name to the list and wish to come along, please contact Penny or Josie, we have until 4th June for final numbers. Partners and guests are also very welcome to join us.

 Our next meeting on Monday 12th May is the last of our indoor meetings until the Autumn. Although the May meeting is the AGM we hope to see as many members as possible. Annual subscriptions are due at this meeting and the Autumn 2014/Spring 2015 Indoor Programme will be available along with this years Dodford Show Schedules. As usual we will run a Bring and Buy Plant Stall. 

The meeting will open at 7.30pm with a 7.45pm start

Members are to provide a light supper with wine

See you all on the 12th

Penny


April 2014

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On Monday 14th April we look forward to welcoming John Tilt. John is a Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Reserve Warden for Grafton Wood  and the Chairman of the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation and will be giving a talk, 'Butterflies - Worcestershire Woodland and Meadows',  

The meeting will open at 7.30pm with a 7.45pm start

Non members will be made very welcome, there is a £3.00 per meeting visitor fee which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.


See you all on the 14th

Penny


March 2014

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The rain is becoming less frequent although the ground is still saturated. Here in Dodford my raised vegetable beds have really paid off as the soil within the beds is workable whereas the flower borders and the lawn are still completely out of bounds. Last months speaker, Rob Cole gave a fantastic talking demonstration all members present went home with a new sowing method for perennial seeds.

Our speaker this month, Monday 10th March, is Duncan Coombes who is a lecturer at Pershore Horticultural College. Duncan will be giving  a talk,'Liliums for your Garden'.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm with a 7.45pm start

Non members will be made very welcome, there is a £3.00 per meeting visitor fee which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

See you all on the 10th

Penny


February 2014

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The weather continues to be very wet, windy and mild. Our speaker in January Dr John Page gave a very interesting talk which may result in the club visiting one of the gardens for our club outing. The Horticultural Classes for this years Dodford Show have been discussed and will remain as last year apart from the Shallot Classes which have been replaced by a class for Peas and one for Garlic.

Our Speaker this month, Monday 10th February, is Rob Cole from Meadow Farm Garden and Nursery. Rob will be giving a talking demonstration "Perennials from Seed" this is a hands on demonstration of their seed sowing secrets. Meadow Farm Nursery is renowned for the wide range of herbaceous perennial plants that are grown at the nursery from seed and sold through plant fairs across the Midlands.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm with a  7.45pm start.

Non members will be made very welcome, there is a £3.00 per meeting visitor fee which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

See you all on the 10th

Penny


January 2014

Happy New Year! The year has started with extremely wet and windy weather, not good for gardening but allowing plenty of time to peruse seed catalogues.The first speaker of 2014 will be Dr John Page, on Monday 13th January, John will be giving a talk and digital presentation,' Choice Gardens of the Midlands.' Hopefully members will be inspired to visit one or more of the gardens that are discussed during the long sunny months we all long for.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm with a  7.45pm start.

Non members will be made very welcome, there is a £3.00 per meeting visitor fee which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

See you all on the 13th

Penny


December 2013

The December meeting is a very sociable occasion, we do not have a speaker but entertainment is usually in the form of a quiz, bingo or other games. A fantastic supper is provided by the ladies and the gentlemen provide the wine. Partners, husbands and wives are very welcome to join us on this occasion  


November 2013

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The Autumn Programme of speakers got off to a fantastic start in October with a very entertaining as well as informative talk by Mick Poultney. If members need a reminder of his hints and tips please look at the National Vegetable Society website. www.nvsuk.org.uk where there is an article by Mick on "Raised Bed and No Dig Cultivation." 

On Monday 11th November we look forward to welcoming Julia and Will Scott from The Walled Garden in Worcester. They will be giving a talk and demonstration, " Tool Sharpening for the Terrified." Members can bring along a selection of tools that could do with sharpening. However, please don't bring the complete contents of your garden shed!                   

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a  7.45pm Start.

Non members will be made very welcome, there is a £3.00 per meeting visitor fee which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

See you all on the 11th

Penny


October 2013

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The Dodford Show in September was a great success with many entries  from both Gardening Club and WI members as well as from non members from within and outside the village taking part. Mixed boxes of vegetables, fruitand usually a cake were sold off at the end of the day just before the raffle was drawn. The WI ladies serving tea and homemade cake were kept extremely busy all afternoon. Thankyou to everyone involved in The Show especially to those who exhibited.


Our Autumn programme of speakers starts on Monday 14th October when Mick Poultney who is a judge and speaker for The National Vegetable Society will come and give a talk and presentation on "Raised Bed and No Dig Cultivation." Mick is a very enthusiastic vegetable grower and allotment owner who will I am sure inspire those reluctant vegetable growers to have a go and grow their own veg for the Kitchen as well as the Show Bench.

The meeting will open at 7.30pm for a  7.45pm Start.

Non members will be made very welcome, there is a £3.00 per meeting visitor fee which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.


Saturday 19th October will be Fruit Pressing day. The Worcesterhire Orchard Workers 36litre Fruit Press and Electric Scrutter has been hired. A couple of our members have volunteered to collect the equipment, more details of the time and siting of the equipment will be given at our meeting earlier in the month. I hope members have been collecting containers to freeze their juice in, unless making cider, as fresh juice will only keep for a couple of days in the fridge. Pears can also be pressed their juice is equally delicious either fresh or as Perry! 

See you all on Monday 14th 

Penny