Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is the October 2018 edition...
Tony Moore, our chairman, welcomed the members to our meeting, gave out the notices, on the after Christmas meal venue, the health /allergens certificate, and also asked if anyone would be willing to come forward to represent the S.G.S at the village hall meetings.
Tony informed us that there were two places on the committee if anyone would like to join the existing member, they would be welcome.
Marion Dale was the speaker for the evening, Tony welcomed her, she has given us great talks in the past, so we all were looking forward to this evening’s talk.
“Designing with plants” was the title of the talk. Marion told us how she became a garden designer, after being made redundant from her job in the city.
She went to college and gained an R.H.S. certificate, she helped students design a garden, and they won a gold medal, she then herself won a gold medal for her own design work’
Marion told us where to start when designing whether you want a themed, modern, contempary or cottage garden.
Then do a P.H test on your garden soil, which might be acid, alkaline or neutral, this will help you greatly when choosing your plants.
Next know your soil type; it is usually one of these three types, sandy, silty or the more difficult clay, this again will help you when choosing trees and shrubs.
Another question to ask yourself is how much shade, or full sun does your garden get?
This will effect what type for plants to put in your garden and where to plant them, for example lavender likes full sun, whereas woodland plants like shade.
Think about trees and shrubs, how big will they get in five or ten years’ time!
There is a good website called “shoot” which lists lots of trees and shrubs, and it is easy to find out how big some of your garden plants will get, so for example, eucalyptus reaches 15ft in ten years or larger, not ideal for small gardens.
Screening do you need plants to screen your property, shed, neighbours, do they need to be evergreen?
What type of leaf shape do you like or need, plants fit for purpose.
Colour, all year round interest, pastel shades, bright hot colours to lift a dark area, pastels to soften a sharp edge, all these things need to be taken into account when designing a garden
Marion gave us the best tip, when going to the garden centre or nursery, chose plants that you like , don’t take any money with you, just a note book and pen, make a note, when you get home check to see if they are right for your garden, do your research, then you can buy.
Finally she told us that she still has not had time to do her own cottage garden, hopefully one day soon!
Marion gave us a super talk with lots of pictures, and lots of information and tips about garden design, we all enjoyed it very much.
Thank you to Chris Wiles and Geoff for judging the lovely display of apples.
The results are as follows:-
Cooking: - 1st Angela Flavell 2nd Tony Moore 3rd Shirley Ketcher h/c Mary Moore
Dessert: - 1st Dennis Ketcher 2nd Tony Moore 3rd Mary Moore
A big thank you to all of you who took part and brought in some of the apple harvest.
Next month we have a talk by Castle Gardens “Looking at Hedges and Barriers”, in the hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th November
Please do come and visit our friendly garden society, you are always welcome.
Time to start bringing in your plants that you wish to overwinter, the dahlias are hanging on giving a splash of colour.
Don’t forget to plants the spring bulbs, and take lots of autumn photos with your cameras of phone, that is if this strong wind has not blown all of the leaves off before they change colour!