If you are interested in plants, or enjoy exchanging gardening ideas and experiences with fellow gardeners, why not join The Cottage Garden Society?
You don't have to live in a cottage, or even in the country. Cottage gardens can be created in the small plots of modern houses or in the narrow gardens of older terraces. The traditional, informal style lends itself to any situation, rural or urban, large or small.
Sunday 8th July
Woodseaves Garden Plants,
Market Drayton, Shropshire.
It was a very hot day, but enjoyed
by all. Photos coming soon.
The Cottage Garden Society managed a BRONZE for their
information stand at this year's G.W.L.
As for our President, Nick Hamilton,
he won a GOLD for his Barnsdale Stand.
Congratulations to all on a job well done.
> Photos are coming soon. <
Winners were revealed at the
A.G.M. and Garden Weekend
3rd June at Woodhall Spa
> CLICK HERE < to see who won.
Congratulations to the Deryshire group for their
SILVER medal at this year's Chatsworth Show.
Photos now on the North Derbyshire group's page.
> CLICK HERE <
Congratulations to the Cotswold group for their
SILVER medal at this year's Malvern Show.
Photos now on the Colswold group's page.
> CLICK HERE <
Is your group's page up to date?
Originally, the purpose of the cottage garden was to provide food. It contained livestock, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Flowers were an optional extra and tended to be ones that had some practical value, such as seasoning food or repelling bugs. The cottager's small plot did not allow for any wasted space, so the garden was abundantly packed, but well tended.
The cottage garden later moved away from being an utilitarian space and became an area to be enjoyed. These days, food-crops and chicken-keeping are returning and environmental concerns are being incorporated by the conscientious cottage gardener.
Although there are no hard and fast rules as to what should be grown, the hallmarks of this style are informality, abundance and diversity. That means lots of colour, scent, bees, birds and butterflies, not to mention fruit, herbs, vegetables, frogs and hedgehogs!
Our Cottage Garden Recipes booklet will give you lots of ideas for cooking up all the wonderful seasonal fruit and vegetables from your garden.Why not order a copy? Meanwhile you can click here for the recipe for Tabbouleh with Ramsoms, and here for a delicious recipe for Rhubarb & Orange Meringue. These recipes, like all those in our booklet, have been sent in by CGS members.
The 2019 Garden Weekend and AGM
June 2rd 2018
Applications for the 2019 A.G.M. &
Garden Weekend will be taken from
the March\Spring 2019 Magazine.
More information can be found >HERE<
Including photographs of previous A.G.M. & Garden Weekends.
For Membership leaflets, download both parts. Print one page, then turn paper over and print the second. Can be printed in batches or singly.
Members of The Cottage Garden Society who have not joined online can log into the website using the log in box to the bottom left of this announcement.
In the field marked "USERNAME" please type your surname including any capital letters.
In the field marked "PASSWORD" please type in your postcode including any spaces.
Then click on the button marked "log in".
Once you have done this, please update your details with a valid email. This email address will act as your username from now on. Also, please type in a new password and verify it.
When you have done this, please click "update details". You are then welcome to buy Cottage Garden Society products or amend your details or even renew your membership online using our new PayPal system.
NOTE: At present there is no need to log in unless you want to buy products or renew your membership using PayPal. The members area will eventually grow to include a chat area and other items exclusive to our members. Work to expand the members area will include sugested items. If you would like to see something added for members, like a special downloads section, then send an email to any committee member.