OUR MEETING ON NOVEMBER 10th 2020

 

OUR MEETING ON NOVEMBER 10th 2020 was our third one using Zoom and the most ambitious one yet! Apparently, we are the only garden group in the area to be still meeting up for talks. The meeting included the usual social chat for members and introduction by Peter, our chairman, and then a live filmed talk and demonstration by Louise Burks, from the Gardens Group Castle Gardens in Sherborne,.

 All went smoothly, thanks to some ‘practising’ by Sylvia and Louise beforehand and we all learned a huge amount about making winter hanging baskets and tubs. Louise founded the Gardens Group, together with her husband in 1987 and she and her staff make over 200 winter baskets each year.

(Incidentally, Sedgemoor Gardens Club is a member of the Gardens Group Gold Club and we all get discounts and special offers on many plants and gardening items during the year.)

 Louise took us through the steps to make a winter display using a wire hanging basket although other containers can be used. We discovered that its best to use a bigger container rather than a smaller one; how to line it with moss; that plants should be pushed through holes from the inside of the basket so as not to damage the roots; that pansies, violas, and primroses are excellent flowering plants to use; grasses and ferns and miniature daffodils  are useful for giving height to the centre of the display. Many more tips followed about watering throughout the season and the use of fertilisers and peat free composts. All in all, a wealth of information was provided and the Zoom technology enabled everyone to get a close-up view.

 A good turnout of members resulted in an interesting range of questions for Louise to answer.

 

 For our Christmas meeting on December 8th, Michael Brown, known as The Historic Gardener, will entertain us with a talk about ‘Capability Brown - hero or hooligan?’ We always welcome new members or you could join in this Zoom talk as a guest. Please contact our secretary to find out more details.

2020-2021 PROGRAMME OUT NOW!

1. Sep, 2020

See 2020-2021 programme page

An interesting line-up of speakers and topics for the coming season - luckily all the speakers (except for John Trott) who were originally booked to talk in the hall are able to Zoom instead!

18. Aug, 2020

Sedgemoor Gardens Club - Zooming into Autumn!

The committee are determined to keep the club flourishing and are working hard to ensure members can safely enjoy a series of interesting talks this autumn. We are in discussion with our speakers about doing their talks on Zoom instead of in the Covid -insecure All Saints Hall. Most of them are fine with this, and we are working to firm up the programme with just a few changes. Those members who do not have internet access are not forgotten and we hope you may be able to go to other members’ houses to watch. Our plan is to hold a practice meeting on Tuesday 1st September at 7.30 pm, with email invitations being sent to all last year’s members and anyone else who is thinking of joining us and who provides an email address. This will be a chance to chat and check everyone is happy with getting into a Zoom meeting.

Our first meeting with a talk will be the week after, on 8th September at 7.30 pm - Sylvia will talk on “Sex before flowers”, with a short AGM to follow. If members are happy with this they will be asked to pay their annual subscription (as last year) before being given a membership card which shows our full programme and gives access to the usual perks, including free competition bulbs (delivery will be arranged) and discounts at local garden centres and shops. Only subscribing members will be invited to further talks, but we are working on a way in which non-members interested in a particular talk could pay for one-off access. Keep up to date with the programme on our website at www.sedgemoorgardens.simplesite.com.

We expect that the Daffodil Festival 2021 in March will go ahead, also our coach trip to Exbury in May and we will look forward to seeing all our members “in the flesh” at the beginning of 2021! .

14. Sep, 2019

Coleton Fishacre trip photos

We had a lovely day at this beautiful NT House and gardens in May. Click on the link to see photos