Bretforton Garden Club

Following the Government Announcement recently we have decided to cancel the trip to Cardiff Show on Saturday 18 April , the April and May Club Meetings, this years Open Gardens event and BBC Gardenersí World Live at the NEC.  

Alison and Celia are going to† return any monies you have paid as soon as possible. Please note no cheques have been presented to the bank so this should be quite easy.We have taken these decisions as a Committee because our membersí health and well being are of the upmost importance to us. 

 

We will be monitoring the situation in case any other cancellations are necessary and will keep in close touch with you all.

 

We are in unchartered waters but please be assured normal service will resume as soon as possible.

 

Take care, stay safe  &  keep gardening!

With all best wishes

Your Committee

 

 

Please donít forget our local businesses at this  difficult time.  Station Road Nurseries at Blackminster have a wonderful quality range of plants and shrubs available.

I visited them today and they told me that they are setting up a delivery service for those of us who are self isolating.

Their email : angie.tolkien@yahoo.co.uk  and they would be pleased to hear from you.

 

February saw our AGM when we were delighted to welcome over 60 members who had ventured out on such a miserable night.

The usual business of the Secretary and Treasurerís reports were applauded as were Alisonís programme for 2020/21, to which we are all looking forward.† Open Gardens is earlier than usual this year so we will all need to pull together to make this a success.†† Volunteers very welcome.

Business over, we welcomed Cathy Smith, our speaker for the

Evening, advising on Ď Problem Areas in the Gardení.† With the help of slides Cathy had bullet pointed numerous problems that most of us have encountered in our own gardens at some point.

Dark areas, being overlooked, long narrow spaces and wind tunnels were some of the problems she addressed with a number of interesting ideas. For example: Dark areas can be brightened up by planting white or bright plants and painting fences and structures in light colours. Long narrow areas can be broken up† by adding a focal point such as a bench, pergola or fountain part way down the garden to take the view away from the length.

Being overlooked by neighbours is also a problem and Cathy suggested building small, screened areas for more privacy. Wind tunnels can cause damage in the garden and a wind break is a possible answer but it is vital that the wind can blow through.

A most interesting and enjoyable talk.

 

Our last meeting was March 5th, with our speaker Roger Umpelby talking about Kitchen Gardens.† Fuller report to be posted soon.

 

 

Longstock Water Gardens, one of the fabulous gardens we visited last year.