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Monday 14th January 2019

'Secret Life of Birds' Ornithologis - Dominic Couzens

Dominic Couzens natural history Writer of over 30 books, including the secrete lives of garden birds. A regular birdwatching field trip leader and expert in bird behaviour. Is giving a talk on the secrete lives of garden birds. This should be a fascinating talk on many of our native garden birds and hopefully we will learn why they behave the way they do and what we can do to attract more to our gardens.

2019 Calendar


Monday 11th February 2019

Propagation & Seeds - Castle Gardens (Speaker TBA)

Our friends from castle gardens will be talking about, seed sowing, pricking out and growing on. Which is useful at this time of year as the garden starts to wake up from its winter slumber. We should get many tips on the best way to go about this, to minimise seed failure at the point of germination.

With the cost of seeds it is always good to maximise the yields, also this leads us into our next meeting and our seed swap at the AGM.

Monday 11th March 2019

AGM - Followed by Seed Swap

Our Annual AGM will be held on this evening and we invite all our members to come along to give an opinion as to the future activities of the club. If you have any topics, gardens or events you think we will all enjoy please let us know on the evening.

We hope to have a good social evening and some wine will also be available to celebrate all things good.

Monday 8th April 2019

'Becoming a Gardener' with Andrew Leeder

Andrew explains his journey to becoming a gardener and considers what motivates people to become gardeners. He will take you through his own story where, as a teenager, not being put off by his parents asking him to clear up the mess in the neighbour's garden, to help their house sale.

He ultimately made his way through creating a number of his own family gardens, finally taking the plunge and turning his pastime into a small business.

Monday 13th May 2019

Annual Discount Evening at Castle Gardens (Sherborne).

This is our annual trip to castle gardens to purchase all our essential plants for our gardens. With any new borders or changes we might have in mind to improve our gardens. We usually arrive at about and we have the entire garden displays at our disposal and we have our gold club discount on purchases.

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

Thursday 20th June 2019 - 2.30 pm - Garden Visit - Plank House

Plank House, Wyke, Gillingham SP8 4NA

It is quite local to us being at Gillingham and afternoon tea will be provided as part of the visit, I hope for a sunny afternoon for our visit to meet at 2.30pm.
There is no limit on numbers. A cream tea will be provided and we hope for a sunny afternoon on the day. Any voluntary donation would be for 'Read Easy'. I would advise a donation of around £8 a head?
Parking in the drive for some cars and others could park in the car park nearby just past the youth club on Le Neubourg Way junction with Cemetery Road.

Thursday 11th July 2019 - 2.30pm - Garden Visit - Manston

The Old Rectory Manston DT10 1EX

This is a beautifully restored 5 acre Garden a south facing wall with 120ft herbaceous border edged with old brick path.

Costs will be £5 for garden visit only plus £5 if we want to take afternoon tea as well.

It is located 6 miles south of Shaftsbury 2.5 miles north of Sturminster Newton located on the B3091 on reaching Manston, past the plough inn, left for Child Okeford on right hand bend. Old rectory last house on left.

August 2019 - Our Annual Holiday

No meeting this month.

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

Next meeting - 9th September

'Carnivorous Plants' with Denis Balsdon.

Monday 9th September 20189

'Carnivorous Plants' with Dennis Balsdon

Dennis Balsdon is coming to talk to us on Carnivorous plants this should be a fascinating talk as well as bringing along a plant display for us to see.

Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods. Carnivorous plants have adapted to grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acid bogs.

As well as bringing along a plant display there will be an opportunity to purchase plants in aid of the, carnivorous plant society conservation fund.

Monday 14th October 2019

'Pickles & Preserves' with Caroline Packenham

Carrie Pakenham has visited the club before. On this occasion she is going to talk about Preserves. Usually at this time of year we have a surplus of fruit and vegetables that we need to try and store for the winter. This talk should give us a good insight and some tips for preserving and storing along with delicious ideas perhaps in time for Christmas.

Monday 11th November 2019

'Garden Ponds'

We have our second talk from castle gardens this year on the subject of garden ponds for ornamental plants and fish. This is something you might consider constructing in your garden or you might already have one?

We should all learn something from this talk, as I always feel it is important to have a pond to help preserve the wildlife.

Monday 9th December 2019

Christmas Get-Together

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

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

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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