Garden Club


meetings are in the Village Hall
unless otherwise stated
at 7.30 pm

Visitors are always welcome to come along to these meetings and join us just for the evening or if you enjoy it then why not become a member?

The annual membership subscription is currently £10.00 or for visitors/non-members a contribution of £2.50 per meeting is requested.

We serve tea/coffee and biscuits for a small charge of 50p

February 2017
Stumbles Restaurant was our venue for this year’s annual dinner and twenty one members and guests enjoyed a delicious meal.  Norma Latham our Chairman wished everyone a happy new gardening year and thanked the staff at Stumbles for their hard work and a very pleasant evening.

We begin our 2017 programme with a talk by Caradoc Doy entitled Charles Darwin’s Famous Plants.  Caradoc is a horticulturalist by training and has become an authority on the history of the Veitch nurseries and their pioneering plant hunters.  On this occasion he will give us an insight into the life of the naturalist Charles Darwin and the new and important plants that he discovered.  The talk will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday February 9th in the Village Hall.

March 2017
This month’s meeting is a talk by Helen Kearney of the Elderflower Practice. She will speak about herbal medicine from your garden and hedgerows.  This will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday March 9th in the Village Hall.

April 2017
April’s meeting is a visit to Eggesford Garden and Country Centre for a demonstration on planting hanging baskets and containers. There will be the opportunity to purchase plants on the visit or order for collection at a later date.  .  Members wishing to share transport please meet in the Village Hall car park on Thursday 13th April at 1:30pm.

May 2017
This month we have asked Chittlehamholt resident Heather Petherick to talk to us about bee keeping and her experiences with her own hive of bees.  The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday May 11th in the Village Hall

June 2017
The visit this month is to the garden of Martin & Judy Ash at Fremington.  This is a ¾ acre garden, surrounding a thatched mill house and bordered by Fremington water.  The stepped ups and downs and ins and outs give the visitor surprises around every corner.  There is so much on a small scale; bridges, borders, ponds, walkways, rockery, terracing, lawns, bog garden, quarry garden, wild garden, a small gallery and if all that isn’t enough there is also a henge.  Members wishing to share transport please meet on Thursday 8th June in Village Hall car park at 1:30pm.

July 2017
July’s meeting is a visit to “Dayspring Plant’s” at Farringdon, Exeter.  Owned and run by Peter Cantrill it specialises in unusual herbaceous perennials.  Those members who attended his talk last September will no doubt remember the wide range of lovely specimens that he brought with him.  There will surely be much more to tempt us at the nursery.    Please meet in Village Hall car park at 1:30pm., on Thursday 13th July if you wish to share transport.

August 2017
As usual there is no meeting in August; next month a visit to Rosemoor 

September 2017
This visit this month to RHS Garden Rosemoor takes place on a Saturday.  In addition to the Hot Garden’s late summer borders, the Mediterranean, Exotic and Southern Hemisphere Borders should all have great displays.  There is also the opportunity to view the Artist’ Garden Exhibition (Sept. 7-24).  The annual September Craft Fair also takes place over this weekend.  Please meet in Village Hall car park at 1:30pm on Saturday 9th September if you wish to share transport.

October 2017
Notice is given of the AGM, which will be held at the Village Hall on Thursday 12th October. Members are requested to limit the number of plants, to one or two, for the Swap-Shop which follows the meeting.

November 2017
November’s meeting will be a talk by Steve Beech, a volunteer speaker from the Woodland Trust.  He will talk about “The Work of the Woodland Trust” and the importance of woods and trees.  The meeting will be at 7.30 pm on Thursday November 9th in the Village Hall.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club is most welcome to join us on the evening.

December 2017
This year marks thirty five years since Chittlehamholt Garden Club was formed.  Members will celebrate this special anniversary with an informal get-together that will include seasonal music by Ashreigney Handbells and a bring & share buffet supper.  The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday December 14th in the Village Hall.

Next Month the club will be holding the annual dinner on January 18th at Higher Biddacott Farm, Chittlehampton.  Details of the menu will be circulated to all members in December.

(photos by Tony Smith)

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