Gardening Club

The schedule for the Summer Village Show to be held on Saturday 11th August is now available – HERE – so you have plenty of time to peruse the classes and decide what you would like to enter. The picture for Class Y3 will be available nearer the time.

News for April 2018

By April we are all getting busy in the garden and the winter lectures are over until the autumn. Unfortunately, the first of the flower shows, the Spring Show, had to be cancelled due to the bad weather that upset the season.

The next thing to look forward to is the Summer Show. We have revised parts of the Show Schedule, and anybody interested in entering their vegetables, flowers, fruit, cooking, photography, art, floral art, handicrafts or encouraging their children to enter can check out the schedule which will soon be available.

We hope this is a bumper year for entries, especially from those who are new to the show. The Novice Cup was not awarded last year because of a lack of novices – this really needs to be rectified!

Janet Jeffery 24414

News for March 2018

As we wait for the weather to warm up and dry out so that we can get gardening, there is time to think about show entries for the Spring Show on 24th March. There are classes for narcissi, daffodils and other spring plants and bulbs – if you do not know which type of daffodil you are entering there will be plenty of advice when you take them to the Village Hall. There is even a class for floral art, which can be entered by those whose bulbs failed to get out of their paper bag, as you may buy in flowers for this class only.

There are two cookery classes, and a child’s class for a decorated egg (it is suggested that it is hard-boiled first!).

On March 19th the last talk of the winter will take place in the Spalding Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Rebecca Wells will be talking about ‘Garden Design’. All welcome to attend as guests if not already members.

Janet Jeffery, 24414

News for February 2018

The February meeting is on 19th Feb in the Spalding Hall at 7.30pm, when John Walters will be talking about ‘Minibeasts in the Garden’. I think it will be half-term so some older children could enjoy coming to this and would be very welcome. During February too we revise the show schedule for the Summer Show, so if you have something you would like to enter but it doesn’t seem to fit in any category, let us know and we can adjust the wording. The cooking, handicraft and flower arranging sections especially are all available for adaptation!

Janet Jeffery 01647 24414

News Update December 2017

The January meeting will be our annual quiz with Drewsteignton Gardening Club, taking place at 7.30pm on Monday 15th January. We shall be back in the Spalding Hall again for this.  Just come and enjoy it – you do not need to bring a team, we are all randomly allocated into one team or another by drawing lots on arrival. As usual we shall be serving our guests with coffee and cake.

Janet Jeffery 24414

November 2017 news

At our recent A.G.M. it was suggested that the name ‘Horticultural Society’ sounded very off-putting. It implies that we are all skilful gardeners completely au fait with Latin plant names and self-sufficient in vegetables all year round. There may be one or two members who fit these criteria, but most of us go to meet good friends, learn something from expert speakers and enter the shows for friendly rivalry and are surprised to win. It was decided that we should call ourselves ‘The Gardening Club’, and hope that others interested in, but not yet expert at, gardening, may want to join us.
The Annual Gardening Club Dinner was held on Saturday 11th November 7pm for 7.30pm in Cheriton Bishop Village Hall.
The committee has decided to increase the meal price to £10 per person but we hope that the evening will still offer great value for money, as well as enjoyable company.

Now is a good time for dreaming about how our gardens will be more wonderful next year when we shall be completely on top of mowing and weeding. To help our dreams along, we have seed catalogues from D.T. Brown.  We usually get 40–50 % off our combined seed order, and for most people it more than pays for the £5 family membership of the club.

Anybody wishing to join the club please contact me.

Janet Jeffery, 01647 24414,