Child Okeford Gardeners’ Club

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 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


With members ‘Gardeners Question Time’ on Pots and Containers.  Club Plant Sale. 

Wednesday 6th May 

‘Geraniums’ with Martin Young   and   Club Plant Sale.

                 Decmber Report

The evenings presentation was given by Steven Candy, the Head Gardener of the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy Estate on the topic of the Kitchen Garden.

As Steven explained, the term Kitchen Garden was somewhat wide of the mark when applied to Kingston Lacy because it was used for far more than merely supplying the kitchen with fruit and vegetables. The triple hedges provided shelter for a factory producing hundreds of flowering plants, hot houses produced orchids, grapes and exotic fruits.

When the Bankes family bequeathed the whole estate to the Trust in 1982, the glass houses had fallen into serious disrepair and although some have been restored to their former glory, the ‘quad’ will require a huge investment and effort to rebuild and maybe never will.

The flower beds and nurseries are now given over to rental allotment plots to reduce the effort required by the Trust’s gardening staff and volunteers maintenance of the whole estate, which is a fraction of the staffing levels enjoyed at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Steven’s presentation slides showed the garden in its nadir, when Henrietta Bankes was the architect of the gardens in the late 19th and early 20th centuries along with the restoration activities from when the Trust took ownership, right up to the present day.

It is refreshing to see and hear someone who is genuinely enthusiastic about his chosen career and who cares passionately for the estate he is responsible for.

Radio Solent Gardener’s Questions.

Although this will be old news by the time you read this, but the Radio Solent kitchen Garden Questions that was recorded here in Child Okeford on 14 October is being broadcasted on Sunday 29 December at 12:00 midday. The programme will be available through the Radio Solent website for several weeks after.


Photos of The Wassail evening supper. 




























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