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Staunton and District Gardening Club

The club meets at 7.15pm on the second Monday of each month, from September to April in Staunton Village Hall
(Staunton is on the A4136 between Coleford and Monmouth) and has a programme of garden visits from May to August.

Visitors Very Welcome

Chairperson: Sue Gibb 01594 839 070
Secretary: Alison Lusty 01594 837 840
Visitors are asked to pay £2.00 at each meeting.

Download our 2017-2018 programme

Our first Speaker of 2017 was Mark Vaughan and his subject 'Pests and Diseases'.

His talk was interesting, very informative and proved relevant as we are planning our planting for the season. We learnt how to spot and deal with Aphids (Greenfly, Blackfly, and Woolly Aphids), Scale insects, Red Spider Mites, Vine Weevils, White Fly, Thrips (Thunderbugs), Chafer Grubs and Leather Jackets, Lily Beetles, Mildew, Peach Leaf Curl, Black Spot and Honey Fungus and Mark answered our questions from his experience.

He also provided copies of his comprehensive reference document which will be most useful. A talk to be recommended as mentioned by Bill Gibb in his vote of thanks.

Our speaker in February was Jon Mason, Director of Highfields Garden World, Gloucester, and his subject 'Getting the best from your roses'. He had very recently returned from a trip to Spain, Italy and Holland to buy plants.

Times have changed – where once people walked along the rows of blooming roses in October took names and placed their orders for delivery the first quarter of the following year, to-day they want instant gardening and often like to purchase their roses in pots when they are in bloom.

There are different types of roses for varied preferences and locations – Floribunda, Hybrid T's, Bush, Climbers, Ramblers and Miniature. It is important to choose colours you like and also the scent of the rose and to read the labels or seek advice when making your purchases. Plant as advised to get the best results. Placing new roses where there have been roses previously is no longer frowned upon provided the old soil has been refreshed well and good farmyard manure dug into it. Once planted the roses will need to be watered well and fed.

The big problem for a lot of people growing roses is the pruning. However once the flowering has finished the rose should be pruned back so that the new growth can produce lovely blooms the following year.

Alun and Jill Whitehead were our Speakers in March and their subject was 'Irises'. We were introduced to an amazing riot of colour, shapes and sizes through their wonderful slides and knowledge.

These slides showed Iris in many and varied locations – some like full sun and others shady conditions or bog gardens.

Iris are now being crossed and therefore there are many to choose from, so whatever your garden there are probably plants to suit your space, position and colour.

We were all so interested a visit to our Speakers’ Aulden Farm in Leominster seemed an excellent idea. In fact the farm is open to the public for the NGS charities several times soon – Google it to find one that suits you!

In April we hold our AGM and this will be followed by a Speaker on Dowsing.

The month of June found us at Howle Hill Nursery and what a magical evening we had! We were made so welcome by Peter Dowle and his team despite the fact they were working on the Gardener’s World 50th anniversary celebration gardens at the NEC. I am sure we will all be glued to the TV for that programme.

The nursery and the great deal of experience it offers specialises in designing gardens to their customers ideas/needs whatever size the garden covers, large or small. They grow a lot of their own trees and use these to give the type of garden requested. There was so much colour and much to learn – so many ideas.

Another service the nursery offers it to hire trees whether for a film shoot, visiting celebrities or the like. Trees can be chosen from a huge assortment and range from Classical, Traditional, Oriental, Tropical and Mediterranean.

Both Peter himself and Andy (who looks after the nursery and supplies the plants and trees needed for the designs), were so knowledgeable and answered our questions as we went round. An excellent evening for us all.

The month of July found us at Appletree Cottage, The Pludds, at a well-loved cottage garden which had been created from a bramble and weeded wasteland. It was lovely. A real hideaway which offered a garden in three areas and included a pond with water lilies, sedges, and many colourful plants surrounding it (not forgetting the frogs and visiting heron).

The herbaceous borders were alight with colour from informal planting of summer favourites. Arches with honeysuckles scented the way to an arbour where relaxation and planning were invited. The paths throughout the garden led you from one part to another giving a very informal welcome.

Our thanks to our hosts Steve and Sian Waygood who also provided wonderful tea and cakes for us all. Monies donated were for Great Oaks Hospice.

Our next meeting is a visit to a gardens at Brockweir in August; for further information do give Lisa a call on 01594 543398 as you are most welcome to join us.


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