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.
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!
All members details have now been updated on the online list, so everybody with an email should be able to easily rejoin provided they do so within a month of their membership lapsing on 30th Sept each year.
Wed 21st Aug 2013, 21:41
It's that time of the year again! Support our Society and make sure you send CGS membership to all your friends. Add selected products (available only to members) as gifts.
A new television series designed to awaken our interest in "real" gardening will be broadcast in 10 parts, starting on December 9th. Look out for Clive Lane and the CGS in the episode featuring cottage gardening on December 11th.
Click HERE to dowload a CGS poster to advertise the Society at your events
Tickets are now available for the Kenneth Black talk by Chris Beardshaw on Wednesday 12th March 2014 arranged by the Wirral group. Click here for more information and book early to avoid disappointment. The Dorset group has invited Neil Lucas to be their KB lecturer on March 2nd 2014.
The Lancashire and NW group won a gold medal at Southport Flower Show. See their website for details.