GARDEN PARTY, JULY 12TH 2018

Held this year in the lovely shaded garden with sweeping views of cornfields at Chez Vignas, Vanxains. A welcome glass of bubbly on arrival plus a ‘Bring and Share’ tea.

Competition for best floral table decoration and a tombola for a worthy charity.

Musical entertainment from Julie Foran and Rick Pickett, 'Summertime' was so apt for the perfect day.

GARDEN VISIT JULY 5th

Lunch and afternoon visit

Lunch at Le Lavoir, Siorac de Riberac, http://restaurant-le-lavoir.com/

A  restored restaurant in lovely hilltop village setting, next to the Salle des Fêtes, in the center of town. A five course meal for €15 including wine and coffee. 

In the afternoon the group viewed the exceptional garden with palms and exotic plants created by Mr and Mrs Mitchell. Among the plants that were so different were ornamental gingers or Hedychiums. Photos below courtesy of the Mitchells as they flower later in the year.  

Huge banana and cardoon (ornamental artichoke) in  the Mitchell's garden

Huge banana and cardoon (ornamental artichoke) in the Mitchell's garden

June Outing

Brive and Le Jardin de Colette

https://www.lesjardinsdecolette.com/

Colette is the author of the famous novel "Claudine à l'école".  The character Claudine, an impertinent schoolgirl, was created in 1900 and many adventures followed over the years.

Today, Le Jardin de Colette, located near the  château de Castel-Novel in Varetz (where she lived for ten years with her second husband Henry de Jouvenel), invites you to enter into the world of this great novelist of the twentieth century. A world where flowers, games and words intertwine, From the garden of her childhood in Burgundy to the Gardens of the Royal Palace where Colette ends her life, it is a real tour of France.

Labyrinthe - Jardin de Colett

Labyrinthe - Jardin de Colett

May Meeting

NO DIG GARDENING!

'Growing to Eat, on a limey soil with hot dry conditions'.

Margaret and Chris Jones talked to us about their highly successful process called lasagne bed gardening.   

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Layering onto poor soil and building it up has provided them with more vegetables than they can use or give away.

Take a look at their FaceBook page for more exciting ideas. https://www.facebook.com/dry.limey.nodig

Lasagna garden layers

Lasagna garden layers

April Meeting Nikki Penaluna on Bee keeping

Caring for bees in our gardens

Nikki gave us an inspirational talk on how she cares for her bees, collects bee swarms and combats the growing danger of Asian hornets. It is vital to provide bees with the right flowers to allow them to thrive by ensuring we keep as many natural local flowers and fewer alien hybrids. The future of bees begins in the smallest garden Nikki explained, even if surrounded by huge farms with no diversity at all.

March Meeting - AGM and Presentation on 2017 events

A farewell and presentation to Jaki Moorhouse after two year's innovative Presidency.  The original Committee were re-elected with Cilla Pickett as our new President. 

Followed by a presentation of highlights featuring 2017's events by Meryl Evans. The Paris chateaux gardens outing created by Andre le Notre, our own Horticultural Show, Dry Gardens and Jardin de Coq talks and a full day outing to Les Jardins de la Souloire were just some of these enjoyable events.


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Visits to local gardens by coach.

Visits to local gardens by coach.

February 2018 Meeting

Roger Adams - how to draw a hare

  

What a fun filled morning we had at the Gardening Club this past week. 28 intrepid 'would be’ artists braved the meeting with the fearsome title ' Painting for the terrified'.   Roger Adams is a member of the club and his artistic skills are known to many; he very kindly gave us a workshop on the mixing of water colours and applying it to paper. He had most sensibly drawn the outline of a hare for everyone and all we had to do was use the paints.... 28 different hares emerged, with a full array of colours, form and expression. It was amazing how differently we all saw the task which is probably one reason why all our gardens are so individual!  I can say with certainty, that everyone had fun and rose the challenge. 

Jaki Moorhouse, President

28 different aspects of the same hare.

28 different aspects of the same hare.