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 £10.00.

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 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.

March Report

Starting with demonstrations of Propagation Techniques from Mike Burks, our Gold Club speaker, of Castle Gardens, the evening concluded with the AGM.

Mike took the members and visitors on a tour of propagation methods starting with seeds through to the more challenging of grafting and air layering. Each method was demonstrated and advice given. Never, for example compact your seed compost and when pricking out avoid the temptaion of firming in, just gently water. The advantages and disadvantages of equipment was shared – plastic trays can be used many times whilst no-plastic alternatives tend to be single use. Through understanding propagation techniques Mike firmly suggested they helped gardeners learn how plants grew and reproduced. Moreover, never forget it is ‘plants for free’.

With Ann Pearce giving the Treasurere’s Report, Keith Leighton reported once again on a busy and interesting year featuring such events as Hey Day, a wide and varied prgramme of speakers and subjects and , of course the Summer and Spring Shows. New this year was the Wassail Evening and the visit of BBC Radio Solent’s Kitchen Garden programme. As treasurer Ann remarked upon continual rising costs before recommending a subscription. rise to £10 per year, which was approved by the members attending as was the Treasures’s Report. Alan Blackman received a gift for his years of hard service as he stepped down. The remaining committee members were re-elected and are joined by Tina Wright and Linda Whatman.

Next Meeting

Wednesday 1st April at 7:30pm in the Village Hall

The Spring Show, Gardeners’ Question Time, new membership cards and tea.

The Spring Show

There will be 4 classes to enter

Class A 3 Narcissi of the same variety.

Class B 5 Mixed Narcissi of different varieties.

Class C 5 stems of spring flowers (not Narcissi, but including Tulips) or 5 sprays of flowering shrubs.

Class D A home grown Pot Plant (not Narcissi) eg. Tulips, orchids etc, size as for a window sill

Entrants must be club members and entries should be submitted by 7:40pm on the night with only one entry per person per class. Judging to be done by those attending and completed by 8:00pm.

As part of the evening the Club is again offering a ‘Gardener’s Question Time’, the panel for which will be drawn from the expertise of the Club. Our focus this year will be on ‘Pot & Containers’, but questions on all aspects of gardening will be welcome. Please send questions to the Club’s email address [email protected] by Wednesday March 25th

If you receive ‘The Hill’ after this date please do still send in your questions as described above. We look forward to trying to solve your gardening problems.

New annual membership cards will be available at £10 per person – our Treasurer eagerly awaits you!

There will be a ‘Plants for Sale ‘ table and any donations will be gratefully received.

There will be, of course, time (just) for a cup of tea and a chat.

Future Meetings

Wednesday May 6th at 7:30pm in the Village Hall

Martin Young will return to help us with our Geraniums.

There will be a Club Plant Sale

As was mentioned at the AGM ways to keep in touch with the Club include the Club email address (see above) and through the Clubs Section of the Child Okeford Village website – look for the dropdown list.

Your search engine will also find us through the village website.

We look forward to meeting you at our next event and, as always, all are welcome.

Corona virus and Gardeners’ Meetings

Since the writing of the above report circumstances have overtaken us and the situation is entirely different. As a result to follow Government advice The April Meeting is cancelled as is the meeting in May. All meetings are cancelled until further notice. We will notify you when the advice changes and we can resume normal life.


Keith Leighton (Vice-Chair) ph. 01258 8611462


Page updated 18/03/2020







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