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Northwood Green Gardening Club

Things to do in April (Sunshine and showers)

Spring is finally in evidence as daffodils, bluebells and flowering trees start to bloom.  Expect the inevitable April showers but with sunny days too, when you can turn your attention to the lawn.  It's an exiting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it's also time to start sowing outdoors.  Just watch out for frosts...

Tasks:

  • Keep weeds under control.
  • Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses.
  • Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wildflower seed outdoors.
  • Start to feed citrus plants.
  • Increase the water given to house plants.
  • Feed hungry shrubs and roses.
  • Sow new lawns and/or repair bare prches.
  • Prune fig trees.
  • Divide bamboo and water lilies..

Programme 2019

Meetings held at Northwood Green Social Hall at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated. Enquiries: contact Sue Stephens 01452 760773

Visitors welcome to any meetings

Thursday 4 April      -  Green Manures, Catch Crops and Cover Crops by Lois Philips

Lois, a consultant with over 30 years experience, specialises in envronmental practices, in particular, resource protection and protection of the soil habitat and ecology.  Lois will explain the differences between Greeen Manures, Catch Crops and Cover Crops and their benefits.

Thursday 2 May   -  Open Evening with talk and plant sale.  7 pm

Talk:  Finding the Angle at Chelsea by Mandy Bradshaw

Mandy is a qualified journalist and life-long gardener.  She is interested in anything to do with gardens, growing and the people involved.  She produces copy for newspapers, magazines and websites, and runs social media accounts for gardening firms and the blog at "The Chatty Gardener".  Mandy will talk about the flower show from a journalist's perspective.

Members to bring plants for sale and invite guests for the evening

Thursday 6 June      Social Evening

A relaxing evening in the garden of club member Penny Collick.  Aisholt (the Old Post Office), Westbury-on-Severn, GL14 1PA.

Thursday 20 June      Summer Evening Garden visit to Sarah Gault at Chestnut Farm, The Slad, Popes Hill, GL14 1LB.

Sarah is a gardener and planting designer.  Cost 5 includes entrance, tea/coffee and cake.  Proceeds to Riding for the Disabled.

Saturday 13 July          All day coach trip to Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool.

            These world-renowned gardens are an eclectis mix of Italianate terraces filled with herbaceous borders, a formal garden with clipped yews and a woodland area which boasts a number of champion trees.  This is a National trust property.  The Caslte is furnished with sumptious fabrics and exquisite works of art from around the world and is the UK's largest private collection of Indian treasures.  The property has a licensed restaurant and garden tea-room.

               Cost:  Coach 12 per person.  Entrance to Garden and Castle: National Trust Members free, others 12 per person.

Thursday 5 September - Going for Gold by Chris and Carol Wheeler.

A year in the life of "Mathern with Pwllmeyric and Mounton in Bloom".  This community near Chepstow went for gold after it became one of the 72 finalists from towns, villages and cities across Britain taking part in the RHS Britain in Bloom competion 2016.  The group was selected in the village category for its outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement.

Thursday 3 October   - The curious history of vegetables by Bill Laws

Bill, autor of Spae, Skirret and Parsnip - The Curious History of Vegetables, will give us a back-story of our vegetables from guinea gardens to GM seeds and aphrodisiacs to naked allotment holders.

Members are invited to bring home-made chutney for others to sample, with cheese provided, after the talk.

Thursday 14 November  (AGM)          The Isles of Scilly by Alan Clarke

Alan developed an interest in the Isles of Scilly through being employed to do promotional work for the IoS Tourist Board.  He has returned several times and has a special interest in wild flowers from areas at home and abroad. 

The AGM will follow the talk

 Thursday 12 December - Christmas Party with a gardening theme

Committee:         Chair:    Marylyn Nelson    01452 760187

                            Secretary:    Sue stephens    01452 760773

                            Treasurer:    Bryan Bamber    01594 516323

                             Programme:    Thelma Williams    01452 762948

                             Visits:    Christine Bamber    01594 516323

                             Member:    Pat Brooke    01452 760405

                             Member:    Jean Griffin    01594 827007

                              Member:    Janet Barker    01452 760365