A new group in Cheltenham serving north and east Gloucestershire.
A 'hands-on' approach based around practical workshops, relevant tutorials, monthly meetings plus interesting garden and nursery visits. An email address is essential for communication.
Tuesday 27th June
Pruning Workshop & Tutorial by Victoria Logue,
2pm Whitehall Farmhouse Plants, Sevenhampton, Cheltenham.
Learn how to prune early flowering shrubs such as Weigelia, Forsythia, Mahonia properly to promote growth and flowering next year.
Saturday 1st July
Summer Garden Party for members and guests at 27 Highland Road, Cheltenham, 12 noon.
Informal 'bring and share' event for members to meet and socialise at David's garden.
Best 'grown & shown' container of Sweet Peas competition. Big Prizes for winners!
Monday 10th July
Group visit to Harrells Hardy Plants NGS Open Day 10am - 12pm
Not an organised visit but a nice way to support friends of the Group.
Members to make their own way to Liz & Kate's nursery to enjoy their one acre stock garden. Plants for sale and refreshments available.
Thursday 27th July
AM. Group visit to Melcourt Industries, Tetbury to see how peat free Sylvagrow compost is made and other potting mediums and mulches. A learning experience and interesting visit to see how potting composts are processed.
PM. Group visit to Highgrove Garden 1.45pm
A rare treat to see Prince Charles' private gardens at Highgrove. This is a private organised tour just for our group.
Tuesday 1st August
AM. Group visit to Morton Hall Gardens, Redditch. The eight acres of gardens and park encircling the house were designed by landscape architect Charles Chesshire as a succession of distinct ‘garden rooms’. While each of these rooms has its individual character, defined by landscape, planting style and colour scheme, there is a strong sense of continuity which creates the notion of taking a journey with a clear beginning and end.
PM. Group visit to Rob & Diane Cole's Meadow Farm Nursery and Garden, Feckenham. A real treat to see Rob Cole's trials of Echinacea and their wonderful garden on an acre of former farmland in beautiful Worcestershire countryside.
Saturday 2nd September
Seed Saving Workshop. A 'hands-on' tutorial on the best ways to save seed from your garden for the CGS Seed Exchange. Tips and examples of how to collect, clean and store seeds of various kinds. Venue TBA
Saturday 14th October
10.30am Meeting at David's garden for a session on 'End of Season Garden Tools Cleaning & Maintenance'. Don't just put dirty blunt tools back in the shed for the winter, clean, sharpen and store them correctly to make the start of next season more effective. Tutor TBA.
2pm Group visit to Plant Heritage meeting in Shurdington to hear the wonderful Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers talk on 'New Garden-Worthy Plants'. Plants for sale. Refreshments available. David on the tea rota!
November and December 2017 Meetings and Events TBA but will definitely include a Christmas Party!
First time showing and getting Bronze
David Simpson & Liz Ward.