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19 November 2017 6°C

Horticulture

Horticulture

BRUTON & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY PROGRAMME 2017

MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY A Head Gardener’s Story – a talk by James Cox.
James will talk about four gardens where he has trained or been head gardener during his career: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Highgrove, The National Trust and Yeo Valley.7.30 in the Community Hall. All welcome.

MONDAY 20 MARCH Plants that should be better known – a talk by Katherine Crouch.
BBC Gardener of the Year in 1999 and Gardener of the Decade in 2008, she now designs gardens all over the South-West.
7.30 in the Community Hall. All welcome.

MONDAY 24 APRIL Why did it die? – a talk by Neil Lovesay.
Neil will be looking at environment, pests, nutrients and everything else that kills our plants. He will bring plants to sell.
7.30 in the Community Hall. All welcome.

THURSDAY 27 APRIL Visit to Castle Gardens for a talk and discount shopping. Booking essential.

SATURDAY 6 MAY from 9.30am. Plant sale in the Community Hall.
Plants, cakes and coffee for sale.

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY, 2pm: visit to the Bishop’s Palace Gardens, Wells.
A tour is included, starting at 2.15pm, and following that you are free to explore the 14 acres of stunning, tranquil gardens. Booking essential.

WEDNESDAY 31 MAY, 11am: visit to Cothay Manor, Greenham, nr Wellington.
In June 2012 it featured in the Daily Telegraph’s ‘20 Best Gardens in Britain’. There are 12 acres of magical gardens with many garden rooms, each a garden in itself, leading off a 200-yard yew walk. Booking essential.

SATURDAY 17 JUNE, 2pm: visit to Cerne Abbas open gardens.
A large number of private gardens (31 in 2015) will be open under the Cerne Abbas open gardens scheme, which raises money for local charities. Teas and a plant stall are available. Booking essential.

MONDAY 26 JUNE, 6.45pm: annual Garden Supper in the garden at Larkhill, Hadspen.
Jane and Ant Hodges have lived at Larkhill for six years and have designed the garden from scratch. This involved a great deal of earth-moving to get the terraced structure in place. Booking essential.

FRIDAY 7 JULY Coach trip to West Dean Gardens, nr Chichester, West Sussex.
West Dean hosts an impressive collection of working Victorian glasshouses, a 300-foot pergola, walled kitchen garden, sunken garden, spring gardens and pond, arboretum and fruit collections. Booking essential.

FRIDAY 14 JULY, 2pm: visit to Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Holt Farm, Blagdon.
This is a beautiful, organically managed garden overlooking the Chew Valley lakes with vegetables, fruit, flowers and meadows, fabulous glasshouses, delicious lunches and teas. Booking essential.

FRIDAY 4 AUGUST, 11am: visit to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey.
The magnificent collection established in 1953 by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier consists of over 42,000 plants from temperate regions around the world, growing in a mixture of formal and informal landscapes set in 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside. Booking essential.

SATURDAY 19 AUGUST The Society’s 93rd Annual Show, 2.30–5pm at King’s School, in the Sports Hall.
Show schedules can be picked up at the plant sale and after that from Bruton shops, library and Community Office. Do consider putting in an entry and of course come and support the show on the day.

MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER Her development of Burrow Farm Gardens – a talk by Mary Benger.
Mary comes to talk about how she developed the garden from a mere field. She will bring plants to sell.
7.30 in the Community Hall. All welcome.

MONDAY 23 OCTOBER Climbers and Wall Shrubs – a talk by Alan Eason.
Alan runs his own garden design and maintenance business. He has been head gardener at Hadspen House and worked for the National Trust.
7.30 in the Community Hall. All welcome.

MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER The Gold Club talk – Houseplants for Christmas.
Selection and care of houseplants including tips on what to grow where and what makes a good present.
7.30 in the Community Hall. All welcome.

MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2018 AGM followed by a talk.

Full details are on www.brutonhorticultural.org.uk or phone Alison Shingler on 01749 812 393.

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