The Donheads Gardening Club Calendar Page.
Click Months below for Club Activities for 2016/17

Monday 13th February 2017

Lois Philipps - Down to Earth

Lois will show us how to look after and to love our soil - from testing to feeding. This is a hands-on Talk where Members are invited to bring along a sample of your own soil and Lois will guide you through examining soil texture, soil structure, pH testing, phosphate and magnesium. She will then give advice how to improve your soil and thence the garden.

Monday 11th December 2017

Christmas Get-Together and Christmas Wreath demonstration.

Our Annual Seasonal Get-Together. A social evening with Nibbles & Dribbles

Plus a seasonal demonstration by Debbie Lovell on making a Christmas Wreath, to help the refreshments go down.

You're welcome to bring your own 'tipple' although some will be provided and plates of food would be gratefully received.

Monday 13th November 2017

Nigel Hewish (Kingston Maurward) - Penstemons & Salvias

Nigel is Head Gardener at Kingston Maurward. His talk on Salvias and Penstemons will be topical as both of them will be in full flower now (as long as we have had no frost) and they certainly help to extend the Autumn Colour Season. Plus tips on propagation and also Winter care.

Monday 11th September 2017

Katherine Crouch - New Tricks for Old Gardeners

Katherine gives a very lively performance. She will show us new ways to garden in retirement, often suggesting innovative ways around old problems. She will then give a demonstration of useful tools and techniques to make gardening easier. A fun noisy evening.

Thursday 20th July 2017 - 2.30pm. - Cottage Row, Tarrant Gunville (Carolyn Pawson)

Cottage Row is a mature 1/2 acre partly walled garden. It is a sophisticated cottage garden reflecting Carolyn's love of unusual plants, structure and an artist's eye for a sympathetic colour palette. Roses and clematis abound with yew/box hedging, a tree house, kitchen garden and the sound of water, with bees and butterflies abounding in this tranquil spot.

Thursday 6th July 2017

Garden Visit to Harvard Farm - Dilly Hobson

This is Jake Hobson's Mother's Garden and Jake, who gave us a talk at the club in November 2016 illustrated with many photos of Harvard Farm, cut his 'eye-teeth' on topiary on her hedges.

Saturday 2nd July 2016

'A Right Royal Tea Party'

The club is putting together a Right Royal Tea Party
to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.
From 2.30 - 4.30pm at Donhead St Mary Village Hall.
Please come along to enjoy Tea, Cake and a chat.
Donations of homemade cakes would be gratefully appreciated.

Tuesday 13th June 2017 - 2.30pm

Garden Visit to Stavordale Priory

A return visit to Stavordale Priory an opportunity to re-visit or catch up on what you missed when we went in 2015. This is the most stunning garden, with colour, form, scent and definitely the wow factor at every turn, as well as the odd Elephant! You will definitely return home stimulated and buzzing with new ideas.

Please note that this is instead of our usual
Monday Monthly Meeting.

Monday 8th May 2017

Annual Discount Evening at Castle Gardens (Sherborne).

Our annual visit to Castle Gardens, Sherborne for a short talk, Tea, Coffee and Biscuits and the opportunity to buy with a priviledged 25% discount.

Please don't arrive at Castle Gardens
before 6.30pm.

Monday 9th May 2016 - 6.30pm.

Garden visit to Charlton Parva

At our Christmas party, our club member Humphrey Miller spoke about his garden at Carlton Parva which started as a blank canvas and is now a work in progress. He has kindly invited us to come along and view his garden and is hoping for some free advice and ideas to move this project forward. We look forward to seeing as many members there as possible - 6.30pm.

Monday 9th January 2017

Mike Burks of Castle Gardens - Propagation

This is a Practical Talk requested especially by some Members. Mike will be taking us through a hands-on guide on how to raise your own plants from young plants or from cuttings. So, if there are any favourites in your gardens you would love to have many more of, come along and see how to make this possible.

Monday 13th March 2017

AGM plus The trials and tribulations of creating a new garden in Semley - Rosie Catherwood

Rosie has her own Gardening Blog and many wonderful photos and short videos of how she has created her 'new' small garden in Semley. She will cover dealing with the clay, the view, the encroaching countryside and the wet, as well as the construction of arches, pond etc. This will be a light hearted romp through her experiences to date which I know Members will enjoy, even those lucky ones on the greensand of The Donheads.

Monday 10th April 2017

Chris Ireland-Jones - Bulbs through the Seasons

Chris will be giving us ideas of different bulbs we could be planting now to extend and enhance our summer displays in the garden and also make suggestions for the Autumn extending the season with colour and form. Chris will be bringing some of his top quality and unusual Bulbs for sale. An opportunity not to be missed.

Monday 9th October 2017

Val Bourne - The Living Jigsaw Explained

After decades of emphasis on pest control, often achieved through chemical means, gardeners are beginning to seek a new, or indeed old way of thinking: a garden whose very diversity of plant and animal life makes it healthy, beautiful and productive. Val will introduce us to the wide diversity of animals, birds, insects and even slugs that help bring a natural balance to a home garden and help its plants and flowers shrug off potential problems.

A stimulating evening ahead without a doubt.

August 2017 - Our Annual Holiday

No meeting this month.

Time to sit back, relax and take advantage of all your hard work.

Links below to list of previous activities

The Donheads Gardening Club is affiliated to:

The RHS, The Gardens Group Sherborne and the Wiltshire Gardens Trust.

We always welcome new members, please see our membership page for details.

Useful Links

Country Gardener Magazine

Open Gardens - National Directory

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