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.
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.