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Welcome to The Cottage Garden Society

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.

What is a Cottage Garden?

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!


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As some members will have noticed already, the Financial Accounts for the year ended Sept 2014 have been misprinted in the June magazine. All those wanting the correct figures please contact Maureen on

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Our Garden Weekend and AGM took place on 20th-21st June, with a talk on Sunday by Andrew Humphris, headgardener of Wollerton Old Hall, followed by a trip to Wollerton (pictured above).  For more details see the Events page

Cheddleton in Bloom. Cheddleton, near Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7HP. July 11-12th, 2015. 21st Open Gardens Weekend, celebrating 800 years of St Edward's Church. Gardens open between 2-6 pm each day. Admission by programme £3.50, under 16s free. Also children's medieval fancy dress, plant sales, teas and more. All proceeds to the parish church. Submitted by Judith Abbott (01538 369510).

Open Gardens at Bradwell - a Peak District village in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire. Saturday 8th August 2015. 10.00am to 5.00pm  About 20 gardens are opening. It is Well Dressing week: there are 4 wells to visit. There will be a plant stall at Nether Moor House, where you can also buy tickets,  £4 for adults, accompanied children free. Submitted by Anna Smallwood (

We will be at the RHS Tatton Flower Show on July 22nd - 26th. Many other events are also taking place - please let Bill Sowerbutts know if you are organising anything and it can be advertised here.

Click HERE to download a CGS poster to advertise the Society at your events. Click HERE to download membership forms to hand out at your event.

Seasonal Recipes

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 Nettle Soup (growing thickly and quickly at the moment!) and click here for a delicious recipe for Rhubarb and Orange Meringue.  Both recipes, like all those in our booklet, have been sent in by members.

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