News from the Gold Club

We have received the following statement from the Gold Club regarding the re-opening of their Garden Centres. Click below.

Statement to Gold Club members – Reopening

The idea of a drive-through for compost purchases is excellent.

Wisterias have been spectacular this year;

A sunny spot in Nottinton

Climbing through a greengage tree

Please send any photos of your gardens to

Late Spring Colour

This is a lovely time  of year when our gardens burst into colour. If you have photos of your garden or any special plants, please share them with us by sending them to and we will post them on the web-site. Here are some to begin with.

The tulips have been delightful this year.









Azaleas and acers are at their best now.








A shady border.

Apple blossom.


April News

We have good news if you are struggling to get gardening supplies during the current crisis. The Gardens Group are taking telephone orders for delivery to your home. Everything is available, details on their web-site.

Ros and Terry’s unusual double tulips

With all this extra time spent at home, those of us with gardens are probably taking advantage of the lovely weather. Not a weed in sight!!

Something to Cheer Us

One of our members, Steve, sent us this lovely picture of freesias from his garden in Preston. He says they smell as good as they look.

He has also found out that Dorset Seaweeds is based at 56, Putton Lane, Chickerell. Seaweed extract was mentioned by the panel at our March meeting as being good for roses. Not far to go when things return to normal.

Let’s hope this weather lasts and we can use this extra time at home to enjoy our gardens


Spring Show Cancelled

We have decided today to cancel the Spring Show due to the virus.  We think it is the sensible course of action to take in order to safeguard any vulnerable members, exhibitors and visitors.

Hopefully things will have settled down by August when we can look forward to our Summer Show.

March 5th Meeting

Our meeting on March 5th took the form of a Gardeners’ Question Time. It proved to be a great success with a very good attendance and some interesting questions. The panel, Peter Read, Sarah Studley and Steve Jeffries, each answered every question, with some differing opinions. Lots of information was given in a light-hearted and humorous way Another very enjoyable evening.

Ros Gant introduced the panel and gave the notices but then had to return home as Nottington village was on high flood alert.

View from window

Our Spring Show is the next event on 21st March. Please try to enter, schedules are available from P.&M.Read, Broadwey Village Stores or by ringing 813942. They can also be down-loaded from the ‘Shows’ link. Entries close on Wednesday, 18th and can be e-mailed, if more convenient, to

The A.G.M. will be held on 2nd April at 7.30 pm, this includes the Members Mini Show. Entries on the night.





Owermoigne and District Horticultural Society have invited us to join them on Wednesday August 5th at Owermoigne Cricket Club at 6.30 pm. There will be a talk followed by a barbeque with hot dogs, burgers and a veggie option. This promises to be a pleasant social event and a chance to meet other gardeners. Bockhampton and District Horticultural Society have also been invited.

Julia’s House Hospice have asked if any of our members would like to open their garden this year to support their valuable work. Full details from or call 01202 644220.

Wyke Regis Horticultural Society have seats available on their trip to Powderham Castle on Friday 1st May. Toby’s Garden Festival will be in full swing with Toby .Buckland in attendance. Call 01305 759668 or e-mail






Springtime News

There are signs of Spring already with snowdrops, crocuses and early daffodils appearing all around us.

Our February meeting was very well attended when Clive Groves came to talk about violets. It was very interesting to hear about his family’s involvement with violets, going back to his grandfather. Clive holds the national collection and it was surprising to hear that there are many different colours. He has bred several new varieties and named them after his family members. A fascinating talk.

Our March meeting, on the 5th, will take the form of a Gardener’s Question Time. 

We have three local horticulturalists on the panel. If you have a question, please write it on the form provided on the night and pop it in the pot. Questions will be picked from the pot and answered by each panelist in turn.

The Spring Show takes place on 21st March at the Memorial Hall. Full details on the ‘Shows’ link.

The A.G.M. is on 2nd April. We would be very pleased to welcome new committee members. We especially need a minute secretary and someone willing to organise the tombolas at the shows. It would help for us to know if you are interested by 21st March. Contact any committee member or see us at the show, if you need more information.

Next Meeting, February 6th

Our first meeting of 2020 will be on February 6th at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence School. Clive Groves will give us a talk entitled The Secret World of Violets.

There will be the usual Raffle and Refreshments. Spring Show schedules will also be available. We look forward to seeing you then.


Christmas Quiz and Meal.

Members met on 5th December for our final meeting of 2019. The evening began with a Quiz compiled by Shaun Vallard, while the meal was being prepared. Everyone then tucked in to a turkey supper followed by a mincemeat slice with clotted cream.

A festive raffle completed a very enjoyable evening.

There will  be no members’ meeting in January but the committee will meet to decide on speakers for next year (September onwards). If there is a subject that you are especially interested in, please let us know before 14th January.

Happy Christmas and New Year to all and we look forward to seeing you on February 6th, when Clive Groves will be speaking about The Secret World of Violets.