Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is August's edition...
Tony Moore opened our meeting and reminded everyone to get their entries in for the Show on Saturday 18th August. He then introduced Martin Young & talked about Plant Heritage of which Martin has then job of co-ordinating the keepers of National Collections of Plants. Martin was a Wg Cmdr RAF and during the 80’s he was stationed on Ascension Island. He now runs his own Hortiicultural business and nursery in Upwey,Weymouth. He gave us a very comprehensive talk on Ascension Island. Some key facts are: Ascension Island is in the middle of the Atlantic. It provided a base for the RN to protect St Helena during Napoleon’s imprisonment. Was the location of the world’s first experiment to make it rain. Was a staging post for the retaking of the Falklands in 1982.
Until 2011 was a NASA Tracking Station and Emergency Landing Site for the Space Shuttle. It is now a base for the European Space Agency which tracks Ariane spacecraft.
It remains a British Dependency and is still one of the strangest places on earth, it is essentially the top of a volcano! Martinn gave us a fascinating history of the plants on the island many being introduced from Kew Gardens by the RN in the 1800 after Dawin’s visit in 1836.
Overall a very interesting talk.
- Anne Brown
The July meeting of Stalbridge Garden Society as always is our evening outing, this year I organised a trip to a NGS garden in Dorchester.
Twenty four of us boarded the Vale coach, and we set off to a garden called “Q”, at 113 Bridport road, it was a lovely ride on a beautiful summers evening, when we arrived we were greeted by the owners Heather Robinson and her husband.
The garden consisted of a series of small rooms some of which had a seating area, other sections had a summer house, a shed, green house or just a covered area.
The garden had different themes, Japanese, water, a dry garden, a woodland feel, and lots and lots of climbing plants, including many varieties of “clematis”.
Heather told us that she always opens in spring, as the garden has many types of daffodil, snow drops and iris.
After spending an hour or more touring “Q”,we were then offered some lovely homemade food, and a wide variety of drinks, this was a fitting end to our nice evening garden visit, everyone enjoyed themselves, and we travelled back to Stalbridge, via a different route, watching a beautiful sunset along the way.
The next meeting will be held on August 9th on the ‘Ascension Island’ with Martin Young in the village hall at 7:30 pm.
The annual garden show will be held on August 18th, don’t forget to pick up a program and enter!
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the June 2018 edition...
Tony Moore our chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, he gave out the notices, including the fund raising day to raise money for something useful for Brian, when he told Mike Burkes about Brian’s situation, he very kindly offered to waver his fee so that we could put it to Brian’s collection.
Mike, from Castle Gardens was then introduced, and his talk this evening was entitled, “Growing Your Own”.
He brought in lots of fruit and vegetable plants, for us to see, then he talked about how and where was the most suitable, to plant these.
Mike talked about all of the different seeds which are now on the market, including, lots of unusual varieties, rainbow carrots and beetroot, purple podded peas, red stripped beans, and lots more, including a blue radish, and rainbow chard.
He talked about “healthy eating”, how growing your own was much better for you, because it is organic, with no sprays or chemicals, unlike some supermarket food!
Taste the food that is home grown, also tastes far better, there is nothing like picking your own tomatoes, peas, broad beans and runner beans.
Where to grow this produce, when sowing or planting in the garden, you can always add compost or well-rotted manure, for good results.
If digging is not your thing you can always do the NO dig scheme.
Raised beds , these are great for planting vegetables and also fruit, and all crops usually do really well, as long as there kept moist, also slugs and snails are easier to control.
Finally you can always sow seed, into pots, carrots, peas, French beans , runner beans, salad crops, along with fruit, will do well if kept watered and the pot or container is a good size.
Mike talked a little about bug control, and companion planting, marigolds with tomatoes that type of planting.
This was an interesting and entertaining talk given by Mike from Castle Gardens, as always, and we had the opportunity to by some plants at the end.
It was also our Rose Competition, there were some beautiful roses on display, and Chris Wiles very kindly came along to judge these, with help from Wendy Bailey.
The results are as follows;-
One rose stem;-
1st Karen Robinson, 2nd Michelle Howell, 3rd Shirley Hosea, h/c Mary Moore and Anne Brown
1st Angela Flavell, 2nd Wendy Bailey, 3rd Shirley Hosea, h/c Murray Robinson
Thank you to all of you who took part, it was a beautiful, fragrant display.
Next month is our annual evening outing, and we are going to the NGS garden “Q” near Dorchester, we hope that the weather will be kind to us!
Time to pick flowers and even harvest some crops, like lettuce, spinach, radish and broad beans.
I have just picked ten lovely sweet peas in my own garden, summer seems to be here already!
See you back at the hall on Thursday 9th August 7.30p.m
Stalbridge Garden Society have been running their Annual Flower, Produce and Craft Show since 1892. Come and join them for their 126th show on Saturday 18th August at Stalbridge Hall. Catalogues for the show will be available from Friday 1st June at the following locations: Stalbridge Post Office, The Hub@Stalbridge, Dike & Son Supermarket, Stalbridge Pharmacy, Williams' Florist and Forge Fabrics.
Cash prizes to be won!
Does your garden attract Wildlife? Then why not enter our Free Competition?
The Dorset Wildlife Trust 2018 WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN COMPETITION is open for entries until the END OF MAY 2018.
The competition is FREE to enter and the application form can be found online by clicking on the button below.
All you have to do is tell us about your garden or community space and if you can, send us some pictures too!
There are several categories available to enter: Large, Medium, Small, Rented or Community. We are also looking out for new, innovative ways to do things in the garden!
Once you enter we will get in touch to give you a date when our judges will visit your garden to score your garden. We give feedback to all gardens once the competition is finished.
The competition is sponsored by the GARDENS GROUP and will culminate in an AWARDS EVENING AT CASTLE GARDENS, SHERBORNE IN JULY which every competition applicant is invited to. Winners of each category will receive a wooden winners plaque and a bag of goodies from the Gardens Group.
This year our speaker at the awards evening is NEIL LUCAS from KNOLL GARDENS talking about his experience of wildlife friendly or ‘naturalistic’ gardening at Knoll Gardens. Neil is the leading expert in grasses in the UK and has been on the committee for the RHS for a number of years and is sure to be an entertaining talk!
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the May 2018 edition...
Tony Moore our chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, he gave out the notices and introduced this month’s speaker who was Neil Lovesy from “Pickett lane” nursery.
Neil is always a fountain of knowledge, this evening his talk was entitled “Bee Friendly Garden”, Neil explained to us all about the many different species of bee.
There are carder bees, bufftail bees, red tail, white tail, colony bees, a tree bee which nests in bird boxes, mining bees, leaf cutter bees, solitary bees, ground bees which quite often make their home in an old mouse nest.
There are hundreds more, but also there is the “Asian bee”, this is a cross breed, which, comes with a virus that attaches itself to our native bees, and it kills them.
There is also the cooko bee which lays its egg in a bumble bee nest when the young hatch, they feed on the native bumble bees offspring, the giant hornet will destroy as many bumble bee nests as it can find, so this is some of the reasons why are bees are in decline.
The native “Queen bee” will lay her own body weight in eggs every day, whilst the female worker bees look after her, the males or drone bees just try to take all of the food!
Neil showed us slides of his hives and explained to us how you would go about building one in layers, so that the bees could make the most of the space inside.
We saw lots of pictures of bees collecting pollen, producing the wax cells, in which they put the nectar, how the bees feed their young.
He showed us how to make somewhere for the bees to hibernate, using bamboo, and how it is good to have flowering plants, in the garden from January onwards, even the humble snowdrop is a good source of pollen.
Wasps, they are also a garden friendly creature, because they will feed on , aphids, greenfly, they will finds lots of garden pests and get rid of these for you, but they are however addicted to sugar!
Hornets are not a garden friendly visitor.
Neil finished by showing us lots of plants which are great for bees, such as, capitulums, umbelifors, buddleias, daises, and lots more.
We then had the opportunity to buy some of these plants from Neil.
This was a fantastic talk, and made us all really think about our native bee family.
Tony thanked Neil for coming, and then reminded everyone about out “plant and jumble sale” on Saturday.
The next meeting is on Thursday 14th June, 7.30pm in the hall
The talk is “Growing Your Own” with Castle Gardens so do come and join us.
I have just heard from Carolyn our new treasurer that we have made over £400 at the plant and jumble sale which is fantastic thank you to everyone who helped out and donated all of the items. There was a good turn out, and it was lovely to see our previous chairman Brian Spiller there.
Enjoy your garden this time of year it gets very busy, but just made time to stop sit out in the garden with a cup of tea!
If you walk around Stalbridge you will surely be struck by the beauty of the blossoms, shrubs and flowers on display. Have a look at the photos below, taken around the town, that show what a beautiful place Stalbridge really is...
WATCH THE SLIDESHOW ABOVE OR CLICK ON A PHOTO BELOW TO ENLARGE EACH PICTURE IN THE GALLERY
Stalbridge Garden Society are holding a Plant and Jumble Sale on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Stalbridge Village Hall from 10.30am. – 12.30pm.
Plants, Books, Cakes, Bric-a-Brac & Jumble
ENTRY 50p Tea & Coffee available
Donations needed. Please deliver your donations of plants, jumble, bric-a-brac, books, cakes etc. to the hall between 9.00am and 9.30am on the morning of the Jumble Sale.
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the February 2018 edition...
STALBRIDGE GARDEN SOCIETY 2018 February Meeting
Geoff Jeans our vice chairman welcomed us all to the January meeting, he gave out information on how our chairman Brian was doing, and we all signed a get well card for him.
Geoff asked the members if anyone would like to become chairperson at our AGM in March, as the whole committee will be standing down, some will be standing for re-election, and others wish to come off, as they have been on the committee for a many number of years.
Tony Moore gave out announcements, and welcomed this evening’s speaker, being Judith Stewart, this talk was entitled “Bach Flower Remedies”.
Judith explained all about the history of the “Bach “Company. How Mr Bach was born in the 18.80’s, and studied to become a doctor and surgeon, whilst he understood conventional medicine, he also wanted to discover, the herbal possibilities.
When he had finished his studies at Birmingham university, qualified as a doctor, on his time off, he began walking the fields and hills in wales, collecting ,wild herbs , plants and flowers, only when the sun shone, this was very important, to catch the natural dew.
At his home in Brightwell, he set about preserving, his collections in spring water and brandy, thus, creating the natural remedies, that we can still buy today.
In all he kept finding new remedies up until two months before he died, in total 38 remedies were produced, helping people and pets, with all manner of problems, such as agoraphobia, fear of heights, flying, panic attacks, healing after operations, stress, low self-esteem.
The Bacteriology found in these remedies, to date works well alongside conventional medicine.
Judith has also trained in massage and reiki healing and along with other volunteers she gives her time to places like St Margaret’s Hospice.
This was an inspiring talk, and we all learnt much more about the little yellow bottle of “rescue remedy” that I’m sure we all have in our cupboard, if not we need to purchase a bottle to use on those tricky days that we all have!
Next month is our A.G.M. so if you think that you would like to join the committee you are most welcome.
This is also the “Spring Show” so if you have any daffodils or spring bulbs in bloom please do bring them along, they will make a lovely show.
Date Thursday March 8th Time 7.30pm Venue the Hall