Permanent and Seasonal Planting for Pots and Containers by Andy McIndoe

Andy McIndoe spoke to a full audience about how year round planting schemes can bring interest close to the house. Buying the best pots you can afford is the best plan and when it comes to terracotta Andy suggested the English made ones are tougher than others and will survive cold weather. Good drainage using […]

How to Easily Raise the Quality of the Lawn by Ray Broughton

Our AGM was held in the Millennium Hall, the first time back there for two years!  It was good to see everyone in person again. We started with the AGM, followed by a lively discussion on how the club moves forward. Instead of the usual comprehensive flower show we had a modified bulb show. Each […]

Skulduggery in the Shrubbery by Stefan White

Our last zoom talk of the pandemic!  We were looking forward to hearing a talk entitled Skulduggery in the Shrubbery, which got us wondering what we were going to hear. Unfortunately, technology got the better of us, and neither our IT coordinator nor Stephan could get the show on the road. This was the only […]

A Buzz in the Garden, Gardening for Bees by Richard Rickitt

Richard is the editor of Beecraft and keeps around 30 of his own hives and is the beekeeper at Westonbirt where he teaches beekeeping courses. His lively and informative talk made us think about the summer ahead and the overwintering queen bees that wake mid February to establish a nest. A new colony begins and […]


Invasive species by Chris Bird

The December meeting was a talk from Chris Bird who is a lecturer at Sparsholt College.Invasive Species was the theme of his informative talk which explained that new invasive species have been introduced to the UK over a long period of time, ground elder has been here since Henry V111. Fly tipping garden waste has […]

Health and well-being by Annabelle Padwick

The talk in November was by Annabelle Padwick on Growing for Health and Well-being. Annabelle had a difficult time at school as she was bullied and then faced mental health issues as a teenager and young woman. Her salvation aged 27 came in the form of an overgrown allotment which she transformed into a productive […]

Composting and Recycling by Kelvin Mason

Our October Zoom meeting was presented by Kelvin Mason.  His talk Composting and Recycling was very helpful to those who do make compost and those who are interested to try.  The benefits are: Saves money on fertiliser Reduces pollution Can be self sufficient in organic matter Good soil improver Good garden husbandry   Containers Pallets […]

Clipping, Pruning and Cuttings in your Garden by Darren Lerigo

Our September Zoom talk by Darren Lerigo was titled Clippings, Pruning and Cuttings in your Garden. Darren has given us a previous talk and his enthusiastic approach makes for a very interesting evening. His main interest is topiary and he had some lovely slides giving examples of his work.  All that is needed are a […]

Plant and Garden Photography by Richard Barnes

Our July Zoom meeting was hosted by Richard Barnes who is a professional garden photographer, writer and speaker on horticultural and garden design. His photographs were stunning and he encouraged amateur photographers to ‘think outside the box’ whether using expensive equipment or simply a phone camera. Below are some of his suggestions for better pictures: […]

Cacti and Succulents, an Introduction by Ian Thwaites

Our June Zoom meeting was Cacti and Succulents, an Introduction, presented by Ian Thwaites who is an award winning professional plant and garden photographer and also Chairman of the British Cacti and Succulent Society.   His beautiful photos were certainly an inspiration to anyone thinking of growing cacti which are proving very popular at the […]