Newton St Cyres Gardening Club
On Friday 3rd & 4th May 2019 Powderham Castle hosted the Toby Buckland Garden Festival and several members of the Gardening Club (& friends) took advantage of the reduced price tickets that we were able to obtain. The weather was kinder than in 2018 and there was so much on offer, to inspire us. There were talks covering a wide range of topics including Growing Great Clematis, Caring for your Roses and the Secrets of Orchid Growing. In addition to the many local nurseries selling wonderful plants, there was also an opportunity to make a head garland of fresh flowers. This resulted in many May Queen lookalikes walking around the show (myself included!!) Also plenty of local food & drink stalls with very tempting selections of produce.
Also in May, Upton Pyne Gardening Club held their Flower Show and there were a few entries from members of NSCGC. It was a lovely friendly show, and very informal, with exhibits being judged by those attending placing penny coins by their ‘personal choice winners’ It would be really good if next year we could enter a few more categories to support their show.
FUTURE EVENTS (Open to the General Public)
• Saturday 1st June – Buckfast Abbey Garden Fayre. Over 120 stalls plus activities & displays. 10am – 5pm Free Entry & Parking. www.buckfast.org.uk/garden-fayre. There will also be a Gardeners’ Question Time, where budding gardeners will have the chance to ask the green-fingered panellists their pressing questions. Panelists are: Toby Buckland, Charlotte Rathbone, Owen Lane, Maia Hall, Aaron Southgate. This is a public event, and not an organised visit through the club.
• Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd of June the beautiful private gardens and grounds of Coombe Trenchard, an Edwardian Arts and Crafts country house on the fringes of Dartmoor, is open to the public for the 8th year whilst owners Sarah and Philip Marsh host their much loved annual summer spectacular - the English Country Garden Festival.
60 plus stall holders Gates Open 10am-5pm Admission £6.00 ~ children under 14 FREE
Dogs on leads most welcome, Free & Plentiful Car Parking
https://www.evensi.uk/english-country-garden-festival-2019-coombe-trenchard-gardens/288519421 This is a public event, and not an organised visit through the club.
Gardening Club Visits (all welcome – advance booking required)
• Sunday June 16th afternoon – Members of the Gardening Club have been invited back to Sherwood. This replaces the previously advertised visit to Lower Ebbear, which was shown in the Club programme, but which is sadly no longer possible. Places must be booked for this visit to Sherwood with Nicola (01329 851985) by Monday 10th June, giving details of whether you wish to walk or take a car - as there is limited parking. Visitors can take their own informal self-guided walk around the grounds and bring their own picnic. Please note that we are unable to take dogs on this occasion. Our previous visit was most enjoyable and the photo shows members of Newton St Cyres and Upton Pyne Gardening Club in the grounds of Sherwood.
Pictured are (from the left) Chris, Nick and June from Upton Pyne Garden Club with Nicola, Jean and Roger and Graeme from Newton Club
• Saturday 13th July afternoon visit to John West’s + Cream Tea. Numbers are limited and several places are already booked. If you wish to join our group’s visit please contact Nicola 01392 851985. Timings will be confirmed nearer the date, together with car sharing, where possible.