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Northwood Green Gardening Club

Programme 2017

Meetings held at Northwood Green Social Hall at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated. Enquiries: contact Sue Stephens 01452 760773

Visitors welcome to any meetings

Thursday 12 January  - Water in the garden by Jerry Green

We all know Jerry as the head gardener at Westbury Court Gardens. Tonight on a return visit to the club he will tell us about water features and aquatic plants in the garden.

Thursday 9 February - Conifers by Andy Pedrick.

Although the total number of species is relatively small, conifers have immense ecological importance. Andy will be bringing plants for sale

Sunday 12 February      Visit to Painswick Rococo Gardens  2:00pm

Painswick Rococo Garden was designed in the 1740s as a flamboyant pleasure to entertain guests, at a time when gardens were fashionable theatrical sets, providing a stunning backdrop to decadent garden parties.

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Thursday 9 March   -  Inkarho Rhododendron by Ian Sadler

The Inkarho rootstock has taken a good 20 years to develop. Its story began when a self-seeded rhododendron was spotted growing in a quarry with a known limey soil and bedrock.

Thursday 6 April      -  Chrysanthemums for Showing by Arthur Wilks

The Chrysanthemum is a reliable garden plant for flowering late summer through to winter and is the choice of flower for many dedicated and competitive gardeners who fill the show benches in the autumn with their astounding and much admired colourful blooms and sprays.

Thursday 4 May   -  Open Evening with talk  6.45 pm

It’s not all about flowers by Paul Green from Green Leaves Nursery, Newent

Greens Leaves started supplying plants back in 1994 and specialise in rare and unusual plants from around the world, suitable for growing in the UK.

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Members to bring plants for sale and invite guests for the evening

Saturday 10 June    -   Visit to RHS Rosemoor, Devon

Rosemoor is an inspirational garden set in the beautiful Torridge Valley, occupying an impressive 65 acres of gardens and woodland. Rosemoor has much to offer including a stream and rock gulley, woodland garden, fruit and vegetable garden, hot garden, cottage garden, stone garden and more.

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Thursday 22 June   7:00pm      Evening visit to South Lodge Clearwell, Gloucestershire, GL16 8LG

This 2 acre garden is organically managed where wildlife is encouraged in the ponds through ornamental grasses and along steep grassy slopes. High walls provide a backdrop for rambling roses, clematis and honeysuckles. There is a large variety of perennials, annuals, grasses, shrubs and specimen trees with year round colour

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Thursday 6 July          Day time visit to two gardens

Morning         Stockton Bury Gardens, Kimbolton, Herefordshire, HR6 0HA

A sheltered 4 acre garden with colour and interest all year round. An extensive collection of plants, many rare and unusual set amongst medieval buildings, including pigeon house, tithe barn, grotto, cider press, pools, ruined chapel and rill, all surrounded by unspoilt countryside.

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Afternoon      Hampton Court Castle, Gardens and Parkland, Herefordshire, HR6 0PN

The 12 acres of gardens and parkland feature flower gardens, kitchen gardens, herbaceous borders, avenues, island pavilions, canals and 150 yr old wisteria tunnel leading to expanses of sweeping lawns. The 1000 yew maze, with a gothic tower at its centre, offers panoramic views of the garden and a secret tunnel leads to a waterfall in the sunken garden

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Thursday 7 September - Life on a Gardening Magazine by Tamsin Westhope.

Tamsin is from Stockton Bury Gardens which we visited last month. She has previously been deputy editor of Amateur Gardening Magazine and editor of The English Garden magazine. Tamsin will give an insight into what makes a good feature and how gardens are selected to feature in magazines. She will share the latest in gardening trends and tell entertaining stories of life as a green fingered journalist.

Thursday 5 October   - History and Restoration of Rococo Gardens by Steve Quinton

In the 1970’s garden historians became very interested in the period of garden design between 1720 and 1760. It was a time of great change and gardens became very frivolous, they were a place for garden parties, somewhere for Georgian folk to let their hair down. These garden historians named the period Rococo. Their pursuit of a Rococo Garden to restore brought them to the jungle that was this Garden at Painswick.

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Thursday 2 November  (AGM)          A Reflective Journey of the Unexpected by Chris Evans

Chris runs Dundry Nurseries which is famous for its annual potato sale. He is also the author of “The Tale of Tatty Ed and Boggy McGrew”. The talk is about his work over the years in horticulture and he will discuss anything members want to ask him

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The AGM will follow the talk

 Thursday 14 December - Christmas Party with a gardening theme