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!
Now is the time of year when if you stand in your garden you notice seeds heads have formed. Look around and you see more and more examples. Yes, now and throughout September is the time to collect seeds to submit to the Seed Exchange Scheme.
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Regional Groups and individual Cottage Garden Society members regularly hold events locally to promote the society. Members of the North East Group recently spent a day at a Dobbies Garden Centre handing out leaflets and talking to customers. A picture of this event can be seen here.
The Cottage Garden Society display at the RHS Tatton Flower Show 2015 was up and running from 22-26 July and was well attending by members and vistors alike. Over 50 new members joined and the seeds donated by members were particularly sought after. The display was awarded a bronze medal. To see pictures of the completed stand click HERE.
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.
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 Courgette Nut Loaf, and here for a delicious recipe for Blackberry Pudding. These recipes, like all those in our booklet, have been sent in by CGS members.