The Interesting Gardening Club

The joy of gardening in France
Supporting Open Gardens
Jardins Ouverts

The Interesting Gardening Club

The joy of gardening in France
Supporting Open Gardens
Jardins Ouverts

Please  check our Events Calendar to stay up-to-date.

Please  check our Events Calendar to stay up-to-date.



 Dear Members,

This week saw us back at our new venue for the start of the winter season.

What a great start it was! Ian Warden gave us an amazing presentation on variegated foliage. He had us mesmerised for nearly an hour and a half finishing with a description of the many plants he had brought with him, proceeds of which he generously donated to the club funds.

A list of his recommended variegated plants has been sent to you but click on PLANTS page above to see the illustrations.

The club has been given Michael Hicken’s wonderful collection of gardening books. Jane Hickey has sorted some of the best reference books and these will be beside the signing-in desk, on loan each month.

Thank you to those who donated towards a tree in memory for Michael. The Acer 'Crimson King' will be planted next to Heather’s on Wednesday and we plan to organise a trip to visit Les Jardins Tranquilles In Brantôme in the spring.

We have a spicy treat coming up next month with Gill Howl’s talk entitled the LORE OF SPICES. My mouth is watering already ! How they grow, what they are used for and the history behind them. Perhaps some of you could prepare a spicy dish for our bring and share lunch?

Best wishes Cilla Pickett


Next talk on November 14th, 2019 at the Coutures Salle des Fêtes starts at 11.00 sharp.

Gill Howl on the LORE OF SPICES, a colourful and interesting look at the fascinating plants that savour our food.

September Harvest lunch


Prize winning entries

Given the extreme conditions for all our gardeners this year every entry was to be congratulated.

List of  the winners in each class follows the Photo Gallery below.


Squash and pumpkins

Winner was Meryl Evans


Vegetable Baskets

Winner was Lynda Creegan



Best in Show - Carelle

3  x Tomatoes - Meryl Evans

6 x Beans  -Joy Collett

3 x Potatoes - Joy Collett

3 x Courgettes - Carelle Sherwood

1 lettuce - Gary Shipley

1 squash or pumpkin - Meryl Evans

Basket/box of 5 different vegetables-  Lynda Creegan

Most unusual vegetable - Carelle Sherwood

Mixed herbs - Carelle Sherwood

Plate of fruit (s)-  Sue Bateman

1 stem rose or roses - Carelle Sherwood

Vase or arrangement of flowers - Carelle Sherwood

Jar of fruit jam or conserve - Cilla Pickett

Jar of chutney or pickle - Helen Eyles