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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.  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.   Our Annual Dinner held in Buckland Newton village hall.  Once again we chose Helen Furness to cater for us.  Wednesday 21st March.  Spring at last! Thoughts 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.  “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.   Our first outing of the year saw us going just over the border into Somerset to Liberty Fields Orchards where owner Alison Lemmey took us on a tour of the orchards before guiding us through a tasting of their apple drinks, aperitifs & vodka.  £8 per person. Wednesday, 20th June.  A visit to the gardens at the Bishop’s Palace Garden, Wells, 14 acres of herbaceous borders & arboretum hidden within the 800 year-old rampart walls.  A talk by the head gardener and exploring the gardens ourselves.  Wednesday 18th July,  Club Social Evening.  Meeting at Duntish Old Mill, the home of Harry & Lisa Hill who kindly offered their garden to host our Social Evening.  Wednesday 22nd August.  Visit to Tintinhull Gardens, near Yeovil, BA22 8PZ.  Tintinhull is an Arts & Craft garden modelled on Hidcote Manor with “rooms” including a kitchen garden, orchard, secluded borders and ponds.  The house started as a small farmhouse in 1630 and was enlarged in the 18th century.  It is a National Trust property, entry is free to NT members otherwise £7.90.    Saturday 29th September.  Apple & Potato Day.   Apple day was a great success last year and it’s coming back to Buckland Newton with added potato!   Apple & potato based activities for children and cider apple pressing for adults. Apple & potato dishes to try; Ways to preserve apples & potatoes. Competitions: Best plate of 5 apples Best plate of 5 potatoes The scabbiest potato, the funniest shaped potato And of course teas & cakes! Wednesday 24th October, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  “The lighter side of plants”.  The Castle Gardens Group’s annual visit is always entertaining and informative and this year was no exception - Mike Burk’s talk on “The Lighter Side of Plants”!   Wednesday 21st November, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  Sadly our speaker for November has pulled out but Rose has found us another worthy speaker!   Our new speaker is Martin Young, National Collection Co-ordinator and Plant Fair Organiser at Plant Heritage.  He will be talking to us about "Autumn & Winter Colour", a very topical subject!  He did come to us before, in April 2011 when his talk was on the challenges of gardening on clay or chalk.  He also has a small nursery for nectar plants in Weymouth and should therefore have plenty of stories to tell.  This will be the last meeting of the year, hope you can join us!  Contact Viviane on 01300 345111 or e-mail vivianebernhard@hotmail.co.uk  There is no meeting of the Lydden Vale Gardening Club in December, but while you take the time to reflect on your past gardening year and contemplate the future year could you also spare a thought for your Gardening Club? Wendy Morris is stepping down as chair and at the time of writing we have not had anybody come forward to replace her, could you be our next chairperson? In the meantime we wish you an excellent Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you at our next meeting. Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 7.30 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall. “Wild Flowers of the Western Cape”- David & Wendy Morris. Come banish the grey winter skies and join us for an evening of sunshine and flowers with David & Wendy Morris who will share with us their pictures of the fauna of South Africa. 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 “Autumn & Winter Colour” with Martin Young of Plant Heritage  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 21st November 2018  All welcome - Visitors £3.00