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.
The June issue of 'The English Garden' magazine has a feature on Cottage Gardening and The Cottage Garden Society.
Congratulations on the Silver Gilt
Our President, Nick Hamilton was at Chelsea this year along with our Treasurer, Sue Clarke and Groups co-ordinator Jean Roscoe. Some people are so lucky.
Calendars are now available from our Admistrator or group representative.
See products in MENU for details.
Is your group's page up to date?
Congratulations to the Cotswold Group for getting Bronze in their first Malvern show.
See their groups page for more.
The 2017\18 results were announced at the A.G.M. Next competition starts DEC 2017 So keep taking those photos.
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 2018 Garden Weekend and AGM
After a great weekend for our 35th Anniversary A.G.M, here is the first view of next year's venue.
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.
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 Ransoms, 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.