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Monday 13th January 2020

'Hens in the Garden' - Charlotte Fyfe

This talk covers all aspects of hens in the garden. Including breeds, information on housing, feeding, hatching chicks and cockerels. This talk is light and informative for those wanting to start with hens, as well as those who already have them or those who are unlikely to keep them.
Charlotte has written various books on keeping hens and will bring these along for you to purchase.

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Monday 10th February 2020

'Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden Restoration Project' - Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt, Garden Project Manager. Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden restoration project has created forty allotments for local people. The growing spaces project is all about giving people the chance to grow their own food, whilst getting out in the fresh air and meeting other like-minded people growing food and healthy local produce.

Monday 9th March 2020

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.


'Ultimate Plants with more than one season of interest' with Andrew Humphries

Andrew is Head Gardener at West Lodge Estate where he has been creating a brand new garden over the past 3 years. Prior to this he was Head Gardener for 12 years at Wollerton Old Hall Garden, a well-renowned private garden open to the public. Before this he worked for the National Trust for 17 years.
He has always been passionate about plants and the way they are used to create the best effect.

Monday 11th May 2020 - CANCELLED

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.

Monday 8th June 2020 - CANCELLED

Beyond the Border with Anna Pavord.

Much thought and organisation goes into arranging a good flower border, but there are other places to consider.

Anna Pavord considers plants to give structure in a garden and gives some ideas on ways to furnish both the shadiest and the driest, sunniest places in your plot.

Sunday 14th June 2020 - CANCELLED - Open Gardens in Donhead St Mary

With kind permission from some of our members, we will have the opportunity to visit and enjoy four or five gardens all in relatively close proximity, making it easy to walk from one to the other. Combining these garden visits with tea in the village hall, offering us a chance to recuperate and reflect, at the same time raising funds for Horatio's Garden - a very worthy cause.

Garden visit to Local Garden - Dates and Details TBA

August 2020 - Our Annual Holiday

No meeting this month.

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

Next meeting - 14th September

'Dorset Lavender Farm Project' with Jo O'Connell.

Monday 14th September 2020

'Dorset Lavender Farm Project' with Jo O'Connell

The Dorset Lavender Farm Project started in 2011 as an empty field and barnyard at Fiddleford which has been built up into a care farm.
Jo's talk will include a brief history of how the farm started. She will also explain about soil types, varieties for pollinators, pruning, propagating, seed growing and harvesting blooms. She will also touch on planting schemes and designs.
At the farm they have small plants for sale, Jo will bring along small plants to sell as well as lavender bags.

Monday 12th October 2020

'House Plants for Christmas' Castle Gardens

Monday 9th November 2020

'Winter Cheer and Spring Tonic' - Chris Birchall

Chris Birchall trained at Cannington College in Somerset in the mid 1980's. Thereafter served as Parks Superintendent for East Devon District Council for 13 years before becoming Superintendent at RHS Rosemoor in charge of Lady Anne's Garden and the Estates Department.
Chris and his wife Lorraine set up Tale Valley Nursery 13 years ago and exhibited at the RHS Flower Shows before retiring in June 2019. During this time they held National Collections of Rhodohypoxis, X Rhodoxis, and Standard Dwarf and Miniature Bearded Iris.

Monday 14th December 2020

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.

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