We are a gardening group for everyone living around Garth Mountain in South Wales and beyond. We have a full programme of meetings from September to May and run numerous trips throughout the year. We are an RHS affiliated society and are always keen to welcome new members and visitors.
Last Saturday sixty Garth Gardeners set off in lovely autumn weather to visit Thenford Arboretum, Lord Heseltine’s modest little estate, all seventy acres of it. The garden is only open three times a year so we were extremely lucky to have the opportunity.
Everywhere we went had something new to offer. There is a beautifully restored Victorian walled garden and a rill garden with water spouts edged with cone-shaped yews. Around and beyond that is a tree lover’s delight – hundreds of different species from all over the world (collected by many explorers including Roy Lancaster).
You then drift into a series of garden rooms, each surrounded by hedges. Each one contains themed sculptures ranging from an elephant to a huge statue of Lenin.
The house is Georgian and fronted by two life-size Great Dane sculptures. At the rear are two giant cormorants looking out towards the lakes and ponds below the house.
We completed the afternoon with tea and cake in the Church Barn before wending our way back to South Wales. A long journey but well worth the effort to see something so special.
More photos can be found in our Gallery.
If you have been to Malvern Show you will have probably seen this month’s speaker. He is John Matthews, owner of Vintage Garden Tools which specialises in old tools and other garden features. John will be bringing the tools and ornaments of our forebears and telling us all about them.
After the talk, we will be invited to peruse the items on display, many of which will be for sale.
Doors will be open at 7pm. Come and join us for a fun evening.
The days are noticeably shorter and this month the clocks go back. I always think that this signals the transition from autumn to winter but there are still plenty of jobs to do and lots of Autumn colour to enjoy. Take some time to stop and look and maybe take a photo or two – send them to us and we will post them.
One of my favourite jobs at this time of the year is raking up all the leaves and storing them to rot down into leaf mould. It’s a long job and, although I shred the leaves, it still takes two years to make good leaf mould. However it is well worth the wait as the resulting rich crumbly compost makes an excellent soil conditioner and mulch. It is always full of worms so the birds love it when it is spread on the flower beds.
It is also a busy time in the greenhouse and it is a good idea to give it a good clear out and clean. Do this before you start taking cuttings, propagating and sowing seeds for an early start next year. A good tidy will also make room for all those pots of tender plants that you need to overwinter.
Finally, remember to place your Kings Seeds order by the end of October – they are excellent seeds and great value.
A wonderful start to the Garth Gardeners new season with 101 people in the room. A very informative and amusing talk from Paul Green of Greens Leaves Nursery, illustrated with a huge range of plants which members flocked to buy at the end.
It was also time for the Autumn Challenge!
The Kings Seeds catalogue is now available for you to view and place your order. As before, links to the various sections are listed below, together with the order form. Orders need to be decided by the end of October, so that I can place the order early November for delivery before Christmas. You do not need to add the individual packing charge of £1.00 or complete payment details on the order form. Please let me have your payment with order, cheques payable to Dynevor Gardening Association.
- Vegetables A-G
- Vegetables H-P
- Vegetables R-Z
- Flowers A-M
- Flowers N-Z
- Soft Fruit & Trees
- Suffolk Herbs (organic range)
- Sundries & Books
- ORDER FORM
Any queries or problems please let me know.