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!
CGS member Carrie Thomas, holder of the National Plant Collection of aquilegias, is warning all gardeners to be on the look out for downy mildew in these plants.
Sun 15th Feb 2015, 20:11
Hope you've all RENEWED your MEMBERSHIP by now? If not, your March magazine won't arrive! Subscriptions fell due on OCTOBER 1ST. As of 25th January 2015, anybody wanting to renew online will now have to rejoin as their details have been deleted from the database. Ideally, please consider taking out a standing order, then you won't have to remember in future
The only reasons to login to the members' area are to renew membership or buy products. Only those who have an email registered online with us can do this. If you can't login, that means we don't have your email listed online.
To get this remedied, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone willing to organise a show at Malvern in spring 2015 or at Gardeners World Live, please get in touch with Caroline Harcourt (email@example.com) as soon as possible. Tatton will be organised by the Cheshire group in 2015. Also let her know if you are opening your garden or having a plant sale.
Click HERE to download a CGS poster to advertise the Society at your events