Child Okeford Gardeners’ Club
Hello everyone, and welcome to the Gardeners’ Club web page.
Our Club is an informal and friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of most months at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Our activities include informative talks on various gardening subjects, and problems we encounter.
In the Summer and Winter we have social evenings.
Each Spring there is an informal Spring Show, where all the members are asked to judge the exhibits.
Every August the Club hosts the ‘Annual Village Show’. It is open to all the villagers, members or not, and the children.
All the evening meetings include refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits, for a small charge. There is also a raffle.
The Annual Subscription is £8.00.
Visitors are welcome, and pay £3.00 each evening.There is free entry for friends and guests on their first visit.
We hope to see you soon. If you are new to the village it is a great way to meet new people.
Contact Ann Pearce by email at [email protected] for more information.
Gardeners’ Club Programme
2019 – 2020
All meetings start at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated
Support our Club stall by bringing plants for selling.
Wednesday 4th December
‘Kitchen Garden’ with Steven Candy, from the Kingston Lacey Estate.
Wednesday 5th February
Coppice Demonstration with David Ewers
Wednesday 4th March
‘Propagation’ with a Gold Club speaker.
( some materials may be available to buy)
Followed by The AGM.
Wednesday 1st. April
THE SPRING SHOW.
With members ‘Gardeners Question Time’ on Pots and Containers. Club Plant Sale.
Wednesday 6th May
‘Geraniums’ with Martin Young and Club Plant Sale.
October was a busy and interesting month for the Club and its members.
On 2nd October Edward Parker from Springhead talked about Trees – ancient trees and how they are both `cool’ and important. He introduced the topic by looking at monkey puzzle trees – of which the oldest living specimens are nearly 5000 years old before defining an ancient tree. Interestingly no ancient tree fell in the gales of the 80s and 90s.
Ageing a tree was explained as was why they are important – the older the tree the greater the biodiversity it supports. He continued by mentioning trees connected with historic events and how trees are part of many cultures. The latest research is examining the genetic connections between trees and other creatures including humans.
The point to appreciate is that the United Kingdom has a vast number of ancient trees growing, some of which can be found and visited in Dorset and neighbouring counties. Edward’s talk was long but utterly absorbing and not to be missed.
‘The BBC Comes to Child Okeford BBC Radio Solent‘, arrived on October 14th to record their version of Gardeners’ Question Time, `The Kitchen Garden’.
The experts for the evening, chaired by Rebecca Parker, presenter of the programme, were David Hurrion of `Gardeners’ World Magazine’ and Neil Lucas from Knoll Gardens in Wimborne.
Despite the weather a large audience received excellent advice upon a range of subjects from fruiting difficulties in lemons and tomatoes, pruning and growing problems of trees and shrubs to various fungal diseases including the notorious honey fungus.
It was an evening received as highly informative and hugely entertaining, completed with a delicious selection of cakes.
The recording will be transmitted on Radio Solent in December on a Sunday between 12:00 noon and 1:00pm, the exact date of which I will know later, so watch this space.
The following Forms are for you to order Compost for January 2020, from The Castle Gardens in Sherborne.
Delivery is FREE for Child Okeford and within 25miles of Sherborne.
TheForms can be downloaded to your own computer to print. Please click to open.
There are two pages.
Please click on the links below to open these websites.