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.
Now is the time to book for this year's A.G.M.
Formore information, see your magazine, or
click > HERE <
To help at any of our shows, please visit our EVENTS page.
First up is the Malvern Spring show
9th to 12th May
Our photo competition is now closed.
The winners will be announced at our
A.G.M. in Wales at the start of June.
Also available is our NEW Car Sticker, ONLY 50p
if bought when you buy a Calendar.
As some might know, there is a horrendous problem with Box Tree Moth (Cydalima Perspectalis) at the moment, and it's only getting worse. A search of the R.H.S. site will give more information, and we'll be adding a pest and disease section.
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!
The Cottage Garden Society's Photographic Competition runs from December to April, and is advertised in our magazine. For rules & contact details, please see our Magazine for everything you need to know. Help and advise is also available on the site. Additional help will be given by contacting the email for entries.
Submission by post (shop made prints ONLY)
and email to the address given in the magazine.
Dec 1st 2018 to Apr 7th 2019
More info click > HERE <
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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.
The 2019 Garden Weekend and AGM
June 2rd 2019
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. A NEW version for home printing will be online soon.
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.