Gardening Club

The first thing you need to know is that you don’t have to be a gardening expert to join the club, just have an interest in plants and gardens. 

The gardening club meets on the first Thursday of most months in the village hall. For a small fee of £15 per year you will receive a programme of speakers and organised visits. Our speakers are of good quality and cover a range of gardening topics usually based upon their own extensive experience. This year we will have had talks as diverse as the Remarkable trees at Stourhead, Bees and the garden and Behind the scene at Chelsea Flower Show. We also have visited Bishop Wells Palace Gardens, free for members. We offer anyone who is interested in joining a free first visit so they can decide whether it is the type of club that appeals to them.

Every year we hold a show which is open to everyone.  There are 5 sections -vegetables, flowers, fruit (including jams), cookery, crafts and a section for children. Exhibits are judged by experienced outside judges and points awarded. The entrant with the most points for each section is awarded a cup which they keep for a year. After judging, the show is open for viewing. There is always a great atmosphere and refreshments to enjoy.    

We also challenge entrants to grow a seed potato in the great Potato Challenge. The winner is the entrant with the highest weight of potatoes on the day of the show.

The club has a mix of experienced, enthusiastic members or those who just enjoy being in their garden. If you are interested in joining or would like any further information please contact Martine Cadby, secretary at The Old School, 01984 631956,

Thursday 7th November Richard Horswood

The title “Freshfields – a Garden from Scratch” is fairly self-explanatory in that when we bought the property most of the land was either mown grass or a small field. It concentrates on the plants grown rather than any garden design as the latter is not really my forte. I also look mainly at the trees, shrubs and larger perennials rather than alpine plants grown as the latter are dealt with in talks on alpines. There are, I hope, plants for all seasons.


Chairman-----Ross  McKee   

Secretary----Martine Cadby 

Treasurer--- Stephen Pearce

Committee Members

Officers named above plus Chris Martin, Fiona Pearce, Val Colgan, Richard Currie.




5 September

Phil Howse

“Plants in folklore”

3 October

Jenny Short

“Reach for the Stars”

 7 November

Richard Horswood

Freshfields - Garden from scratch

5 December

AGM  / Supper ( members only)

All meetings start at 7.30 and take place in the village hall. Refreshments and an opportunity to talk to the speaker take place at the end of the meeting. There is also an opportunity to share gardening tips and information with other members. The first meeting for non-members is free, a whole year’s membership is £15

Our new calendar for 2020 will be available at the end of the year. It should be another good one.

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