Our KB Bursary for 2014 has been awarded to Jessica Mehers. She is retraining for a career in horticulture. We wish her all the best in her new career and look forward to hearing more next year when she has completed her training.
In her application she explained: I am currently training at Bodnant Gardens having been awarded a bursary by the Heritage Horticultural Skills Scheme (HHSS, administered by Lantra). The aim of the scheme is for students to gain practical heritage horticultural competency through work-based training. As part of the scheme I will also undertake the RHS Level 2 Practical qualification and a Lantra Level 3 qualification in Heritage Horticulture. I previously worked as an academic, but having worked part-time at a nursery I decided that I should try and pursue a career in horticulture. I have always loved gardening and joined The Cottage Garden Society in 2011.
If I were awarded the Kenneth Black Bursary it would allow me to build upon my current training and gain the experience I will need to follow a career in horticulture, carrying my ideal of cottage gardening with me.
Mon 1st Dec 2014, 18:43
Maggie Mason, our wonderful seed person, is about to set out for her second charity walk. Follow her travels on her website. Also, ex CGS president Sue Phillips invites CGS members to Alpine Garden Soc meetings in West Sussex
Thu 30th Oct 2014, 19:42
Seeds ripened well this year. The deadline for sending them to Margaret has now passed. The list will be with you in the December magazine.
Sat 19th Jul 2014, 09:43
The makers of ‘THE GREAT BRITISH GARDEN REVIVAL’ are looking for green-fingered fanatics to take part in a new TV series - read on if you're interested. Also what about a garden at Chelsea, see below for more information about that too
Wed 21st May 2014, 21:12
Are you looking for unusual vegetable seeds, plus stories to go with them? A member gives talks on his trips to collect seeds and offers a selection for a small donation.
Tue 4th Mar 2014, 20:22
GRAND SALE!! Many of our products have now been reduced in price. Take a look at the reductions. The products are also available at shows, along with our new jute bags and single CGS cards.
Sat 25th Jan 2014, 14:35
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
The website now has a section on vegetable growing and more articles on this subject will appear in our magazine. Any articles, information or links you may have for the website please send to us.
Thu 4th Jul 2013, 18:32
Pictures of the shows at Builth Wells - organised and set up by Margaret Mason, and at Gardeners World Live, organised by Sue Clark and Maureen Hersee, can now be seen on the Events pages.
Mon 17th Jun 2013, 21:06
We have changed our insurance policy to the one arranged through the RHS Affiliated Societies scheme. Please check and note the new arrangements when arranging events. Details are on the insurance page of the website.
Sun 5th May 2013, 20:46
Five groups submitted requests for help towards getting a really good speaker at a meeting in 2014. These were Shropshire, Lancashire & NorthWest, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Dorset. All will be given £500 from CGS funds.
Sat 20th Apr 2013, 20:42
Our first bursary has been awarded to Kirsty Dougall. Along with a RHS Coke Trust bursary, it will enable Kirsty to complete a 9 month placement in the gardens of the National Trust's Knighthayes Court.
Fri 5th Apr 2013, 12:45
Calling all Sussex members - A new group is being set up in Sussex, and the first meeting will take place on Saturday June 22nd at 2pm, venue to be announced. Please get in touch with Jane Rimmington on 07846 491079 or email her to make plans
Mon 25th Mar 2013, 22:18
Hope you saw the CGS Snowdrop Group on Gardeners World Live on Friday March 8th
Fri 22nd Feb 2013, 13:03
Anybody having problems renewing online, please notify me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or else just rejoin and tell our administrator (in the comments box) that you are renewing.
Sat 24th Nov 2012, 10:54
The September RHS affiliated societies magazine has an article about the CGS on p15. In addition, Cheshire Life has an article on Clive Lane and his garden. Go to their websites and find them or read "Read more" below and find them through our website.
Thu 30th Aug 2012, 15:26
PLEASE NOTE - there is a printing error on the new membership cards. They show membership ceasing on 27/6/2013. This is not the case, the end date is, as ever, 30/09/2013
Fri 1st Jun 2012, 21:44
Many congratulation to designer Rebecca Lloyd and her helpers for the silver gilt awarded by the RHS to her display for CGS at the Malvern Spring Show. Thanks to Rob Baston for all his organisation too.
Mon 14th May 2012, 13:12
CGS North Wales group will be at Denbigh's ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR on May 12th; CGS Wirral group is having a PLANT SALE in Burton on May 19th.
Fri 4th May 2012, 09:34
The Enduring Gardener website has an interesting blog about cottage gardening. Read it on their website or click the link on the read more page
Mon 23rd Apr 2012, 13:23
Those groups applying to have a KB lecturer in 2013 have now been picked. All were put in a hat and then selected by Irene Skeys of the Worcs group at the last Executive Committee meeting. Congratulations to:
Fri 9th Mar 2012, 15:13
Sadly, in this our 30th Anniversary year, we have to report the passing of our Vice-President, Dina Penrose. She has been a stalwart of The Cottage Garden Society from its very beginnings and a committee member for 25 years.
Mon 27th Feb 2012, 20:00
The North Wales CGS branch was thrilled to host Gardeners' Question Time in Denbigh Town Hall on January 30th 2012 - it was fun. The programme will be aired on Feb 10th.
Fri 30th Dec 2011, 11:31
Marion and Gill are stepping down from running the Snowdrop Group. PLEASE HELP - succesors are needed. If nobody takes over, the group will fold. Succesors now found.
Thu 3rd Nov 2011, 16:41
For the second year running, the Lancashire and NW regional group were awarded a gold medal for their display at Southport. Well done all.
Thu 25th Aug 2011, 17:19
We were, once again, awarded a silver gilt at Tatton. Many congratulations to all concerned.
Thu 21st Jul 2011, 09:48
As part of the celebrations for our 30th anniversary next year, we are hoping to have an exhibition, or event, at the Museum of Garden History in London and we need YOUR help.
Tue 5th Jul 2011, 17:54
Many thanks and well done to all involved, especially to Sue Clarke and her husband Dave, but also many others. Photos on the Events page.
Thu 16th Jun 2011, 18:55
Well done and many thanks to all involved -photos now available on the Events page.
Thu 12th May 2011, 20:20
This will be held on Saturday 21st May at Gladstone Hall, Burton CH64 5TH from 10am - 1pm. ALL WELCOME
Tue 10th May 2011, 22:40
Each member of The Cottage Garden Society who has not joined online can log into our website, by using a special, one time only username and password created for you.
Mon 22nd Nov 2010, 14:16