Plants That Should Be Better Known By Katherine Crouch
Katherine has provided the useful list of plants and suppliers in the file below:
John Tucker was the speaker in January talking about architectural planting. The use of different height, colours and textures to set the mood of the garden was very enjoyable.
Chairman Jill Chittenden welcomed 35 member and guests and a reminder was given for the trip to Trench Hill Sheepscombe to see snowdrops and hellebores on 21st February. Jill also asked members to prepare for the plant sale which will be held on Saturday 16th May by sowing seeds and preparing cuttings.
There was no meeting in the Selwyn Hall for members of Box Gardening club in December. Instead member enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant.
Gardening outside at this time of year is strictly limited particularly after the wet autumn experienced this year. However pruning and tidying can continue on dry days and seed sown under glass.
Members have had a chance to see the programme for 2020. A full range of activities have been arranged. Notably the talk in October about Sissinghirst. This is an open meeting so all are welcome.
Other interesting talks are ‘Plant for Shade’ ‘Special Place in March’ and ‘Gardening for Butterflies and Moths in April’.
The plant sale in May and flower show in July remain key important events in the garden club year.
Outings are another activity enjoyed and looked forward to by members they include, coach trips to David Austin Roses in June and National Trust Garden Dyffryn in the vale of Glamorgan.
Gardening has its fair share of old wives tales, in their book Old Wives Lore one for gardeners the Boland sisters have many examples. They suggest when planting cabbages, twist a spiral of narrow tinfoil around the roots of young plants to inhibit the larvae of cabbage root fly.
His lectures are like sparkling champagne, reported the Oxford Times. They were referring to Timothy Walker who was the speaker at Box Gardening Club’s October meeting.
Timothy who is described as a botanist /gardener/ presenter/author and speaker talked about how to be a twenty first century gardner. Climate change does occur and gardeners do well to work with these changes. For example Dalia’s were always lifted and stored in a frost proof place. Now many gardeners mulch well and leave them in the ground and most years suffer few losses. Gardens can provide a wildlife corner, particularly if planted with insect friendly plants. Timothy stressed even small gardens and a few trees will make a difference.
As Timothy is such a popular speaker, members from neighboring Gardening Clubs were invited and we welcomed many guests for the evening.
Katherine Crouch gave an amusing talk on new tricks for old gardeners.
Annual General Meeting
The new committee is:
Chair: Jill Chittenden
Secretary: Barbara Curtis
Treasurer: Ann Naraway
Programme Secretary: Veronica Wheeler
Show Secretaries: Carol Millard & Lyn Stacy
For their June meeting the members of Box Gardening Club visited the Botanic Nursery at Atworth. https://www.thebotanicnursery.co.uk/
Members were shown around the gardens by owner Terry Baker who has planted the site with a wide variety of trees, with foxgloves and other shade loving plants. The botanic nursery specialises in foxgloves and many styles, varieties and colours were on display. The nursery exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show and were featured in the recent television coverage. Members enjoyed the refreshments afterwards with the opportunity of purchasing plants. The visit raised valuable funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The speaker for the May meeting was Becca Flintham who talked about Water Water Everywhere. Water is calming to both people and wildlife in the garden and should be included in the garden plans. Becca asked “How many water butts do the garden club members have in their gardens?” This years dry Spring may not be unique. It may become normal, so saving water in butts will become more important.
Club member Eric Burgess gave us the benefit of his considerable knowledge of growing and using ferns in those shady areas of our gardens. Anyone who has been lucky enough to see his garden will know how versatile these plants can be and how they can make a wonderful foil to our other plants.
The visit to Exbury Gardens was a great success enjoyed by 30 members
Paul Alexander, Head Gardener at The Courts, Holt came to tell us about the history of the garden, and the ways in which the different owners created the gardens.
The National Trust now owns the property which is divided into a series of garden rooms , kitchen garden , arboretum, water garden, and herbaceous borders some of which were influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. Paul told members that several large trees had to be removed because of honey fungus in recent years but sad as this was it did open up space for new planting ideas . The Courts is open from February until October and is well worth a visit.