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Lydden Vale

Gardening Club

You don't need to have a large garden to be

interested in plants and like growing them.

Window sills, pots and containers and

house plants can provide year round scope

for the enthusiast. So why don't you come

along and meet us?

Anyone interested in joining, please contact: VivianeBernhard Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook
Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset
If you like gardening and nature, then the Lydden Vale Gardening Club is for you! In autumn and winter we meet in Buckland Newton village hall, on a Wednesday evening starting at 7.30pm, to enjoy a variety of talks from guest speakers. As the weather warms up in spring and summer we go further afield and visit gardens in the region on Wednesday afternoons. Our programme for the year is shown below. All our meetings are held in Buckland Newton Village Hall starting at 7.15 pm for 7.30 p.m., with plant sales, raffle and refreshments.  An annual membership of £8.00 gives you access to all meetings or you can choose to pay an entrance fee of £3.00 per meeting.  Times and charges for garden visits are as stated individually.

Village Apple Tree Survey

The Apple Day held on 30th September 2017 produced a fascinating analysis of the apple trees within the parish of Buckland Newton.  The results include (click for details): Location of apple trees  Apple tree varieties at Higher Farm House 1897 Parish Map

2017 Meetings

Wednesday 25th January, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club AGM, plus Bob Gibbons ‘A Lifetime in Flowers’.  For our first meeting of the year we will hold our AGM before the arrival of our guest speaker, therefore please note the EARLIER START TIME OF 6.30PM. We’re delighted to welcome back renowned author and naturalist Bob Gibbons who will guide us through “A lifetime of flowers”. Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 7.00pm, Village Hall.  Please note the change of date for our annual dinner: Wednesday, 22nd February.  As in previous years, it will be held in Buckland Newton village hall with Helen Furness catering for us. Wednesday 22nd March, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.  Sally Gregson “Hydrangeas”.  Did you know that hydrangeas originate from Japan, where they grow among clumps of tall bamboo?  They look so at home in an English garden I never thought they came from the other side of the world!  After a fall from fashion they are undergoing a renaissance partly due to Sally Gregson’s Mill Cottage Plant nursery.  Her talk covers the different species, their growing conditions, as well as care and propagation, and will show you some of the new varieties that are coming in now from Japan.  Wednesday 19th April, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Mike Burks of Castle Gardens “Gardening trends”.  We are members of Castle Gardens’ Gold Club and Mike Burks’ talks are always entertaining as well as informative. Wednesday 17th May, 2.15pm.  Visit to Longstock Water Garden, Stockbridge, Hampshire  SO20 6EH.  One of the best water gardens in the country.  Please note that the visit will start at 11.00am and the drive to get there takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Buckland Newton. The seven- acre garden is part of the Leckford Estate owned and managed by the John Lewis Partnership. It has earned a universal reputation amongst horticulturists for its two and a half acre lake and also for its collection of buddleias, clematis and penstemons. We have been there before, but it was 7 years ago!   Wednesday 28th June, 2.15 pm.   Visit to “Laughing Water”, Weir Lane, Yeovilton BA22 8EU, followed by tea & cake at Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, TA11 7HU.  Joyce Warne was one of our founder members until 2011 when she and husband Peter moved to “Laughing Water” which is now opened as part of the National Garden Scheme, but we’ll have exclusive access on 28th June at 2.15pm.  She had a beautiful garden in Buckland Newton and I’m sure Laughing Water will be just as delightful.  We’ll then head on to nearby Lytes Cary Manor, one of the National Trust’s more intimate manor houses, where you will of course find a fine garden and an equally fine tea room.  Entrance to Joyce’s garden is £3.50.  Lytes Cary is free to National Trust members, otherwise about £9.00.   Wednesday 19th July, 6.30 pm, Village Hall.  Social Evening “Food from the Garden” a demonstration by Jane Hildred.  This year we will be holding our social evening in Buckland Newton Village Hall, the weather will therefore not be a problem!  Please note that we will start at 6.30pm with Jane Hildred who will share with us her lifetime experience in cookery with her talk “Food from the Garden”.  This will be followed by our supper so please remember to bring a plate of finger food to share.  Click here for Jane’s recipes from this evening. Wednesday 23rd August, 2.15 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  Visit to Sally Gregson’s garden at Henley Mill, Wookey, Somerset BA5 1AW.  We all enjoyed Sally Gregson’s talk on hydrangeas last March and we now have the opportunity to see the plants in situ.  Henley Mill nursery is located within a 2 acre garden which she has gradually developed over the last 25 years.  Please note that the river Axe runs through the property with steep banks and open bridges.  Saturday 30th September, 2.15pm, Village Hall.  “Apple day” with James Franklin.  Sometimes it’s good to have a change and this month our meeting will take place on a Saturday afternoon; it’s all about apples!  Wednesday 18th October, 7.30 pm, Vilage Hall.  Marcus Dancer “New & exciting plants.”  Our speaker this month, Marcus Dancer, is well known for the wide range of clematis on offer in his Hampshire nursery and markets throughout Dorset. We are delighted to welcome him again and look forward to his talk on “New & Exciting Plants”. Do you have space for more plants in your garden?   Wednesday 29th November7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Coralie Hill “Making Wreaths.”  Come and learn how to use what is available in your garden to create a festive wreath with florist Coralie Hill!  We will start the evening with a short talk and follow with a practical session.  You don’t have to join in, but if you do want to make a wreath please contact me for the list of materials you will need to bring with you.  Grab your secateurs, trim your holly and bring your baubles!     Wednesday 24th January 2018, 6.30pm, Village Hall.  We start earlier to accommodate our AGM, which we like to keep short and will be followed by “Peonies & Irises” with Susannah Applegate, a colourful presentation to liven up a dull grey month. Our annual membership is only £8.00 and gives access to all talks in the village hall (garden visits are extra) or £3.00 per meeting. For more information, email vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk. Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook