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Lydden Vale

Gardening Club

You don't need to have a large garden to be

interested in plants and like growing them.

Window sills, pots and containers and

house plants can provide year round scope

for the enthusiast. So why don't you come

along and meet us?

Anyone interested in joining, please contact: VivianeBernhard Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook
Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset
If you like gardening and nature, then the Lydden Vale Gardening Club is for you! In autumn and winter we meet in Buckland Newton village hall, on a Wednesday evening starting at 7.30 pm, to enjoy a variety of talks from guest speakers. As the weather warms up in spring and summer we go further afield and visit gardens in the region on Wednesday afternoons. Our programme for the year is shown below. All our meetings are held in Buckland Newton Village Hall starting at 7.15 pm for 7.30 p.m., with plant sales, raffle and refreshments.  An annual membership of £8.00 gives you access to all meetings or you can choose to pay an entrance fee of £3.00 per meeting.  Times and charges for garden visits are as stated individually.

Village Apple Tree Survey

The Apple Day held on 30th September 2017 produced a fascinating analysis of the apple trees within the parish of Buckland Newton.  The results include (click for details): Location of apple trees  Apple tree varieties at Higher Farm House 1897 Parish Map

2018 Meetings

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 6.30pm, Village Hall.  AGM, which we like to keep short, followed by “Peonies & Irises” with Susannah Applegate, a colourful presentation to liven up a dull grey month. Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 7.00 pm, Village Hall.   Our Annual Dinner held in Buckland Newton village hall.  Once again we chose Helen Furness to cater for us.  Wednesday 21st March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Spring at last! Thoughts are turning to new planting schemes in your garden. A talk by nursery man Roger Hiron on “Plants for continued interest all year round”. Wednesday 25th April, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start, Village Hall.  “Frogs Bottom - my wildflower meadow” with Fizz Lewis.  Fizz and Geoff Lewis open their wildflower meadow, Frogs Bottom Meadow (opposite The Gaggle) to the village every June and July.  It is an example of a part restored, part created Hay Meadow and won a Judges Award at the Dorset Wildlife Garden Competition run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust in 2014.  Fizz will give a light- hearted but informative presentation on the history of how it came about and its management. Wednesday 30th May, 2.00pm for 2.15pm, Liberty Fields Orchards, Closworth Road, Halstocks BA22 9SZ.   Our first outing of the year will see us going just over the border into Somerset to Liberty Fields Orchards where owner Alison Lemmey will take us on a tour of the orchards (fingers crossed for good weather!) before guiding us through a tasting of their apple drinks, aperitifs & vodka.  £8 per person. Wednesday, 20th June, 2.00 pm for 2.15 pm, Lydden Vale Gardening Club.  The Bishop’s Palace Gardens, Wells, (BA5 2RA for satnav). This month we’re off to Wells for a visit to the gardens at the Bishop’s Palace, 14 acres of herbaceous borders & arboretum hidden within the 800 year-old rampart walls.  Entrance for group visits is £6.95 and we’ll meet at 2.00pm by the ticket office for a talk by the head gardener and then explore the gardens ourselves.  The journey takes about 1h10 from the village and should you wish to make a day of it, you could have a picnic within the grounds.  They have a comprehensive website with map of the site and directions for parking too.  Looking forward to seeing you there! Wednesday 18th July, 6.30 pm.  Lydden Vale Gardening Club Social Evening.  We are looking forward to meeting you all at Duntish Old Mill, the home of Harry & Lisa Hill who have kindly offered their garden to host our Social Evening.  Please bring a plate of finger food to share & drinks of your choice, and we’ll try to arrange the weather! Our annual membership is only £8.00 and gives access to all talks in the village hall (garden visits are extra) or £3.00 per meeting. For more information: Viviane (345111) vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk Lydden Vale Gardening Club on Facebook
LY D D E N V A L E G A R D E N I N G C L U B Buckland Newton Village Hall  Wednesday 24th January 2018 6.30pm AGM followed at 7.30 by  “Peonies & Irises”  with Susannah Applegate  All welcome, visitors £3.00 Buckland Newton Village Hall Wednesday, 25 April 2018  at 7.30pm  LY D D E N V A L E G A R D E N I N G C L U B “Frogs Bottom - My Wildflower Meadow”  Fizz Lewis ALL WELCOME – VISITORS £3.00