OGC News June 2012
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Thanks toCaroline Seaman and Sara Buckley for preparing the refreshments which will be
served in the Small Hall while the stewards are counting up the points
for your show entries.
Welcome to new
members, Lynne and Roger Evans from Orleton and Ruth Merrifield from Ludlow, and we also welcome back Gerry Summers who had a 'year out'.
The June meeting
on the 19th is The Midsummer Show. Please remember
this is a “Fun” show and you are all the judges. We need entries. Whilst the voting counters are being
counted, help yourselves to tea/coffee and partake in in our amusing quiz
(in the small hall). This is not Chelsea so please
enter! The schedule is on the web.
Due to our
non-participation in the Orleton Festival would anyone with excess plants
please bring them to the Midsummer show. The proceeds from the sales will
go to the Orleton Festival as usual.
July 31st Supper Evening and Visit to Gardens in Kingsland
This year members from
Kingsland (and some non-members) have kindly volunteered to open their gardens to us from 6 pm until 8 pm. The Village Hall at Orleton
will be open from 5.30 pm onwards to receive your
contributions towards the supper to be held afterwards. On your arrival at Orleton Village Hall you
will be given a map of the gardens in Kingsland. For those of you who are “And District”
you can go to Kingsland first and deliver your food afterwards. Maps for the gardens will be available at
the Midsummer show for you ONLY!
For the supper, please bring cutlery, plates, glasses, beverage and a
main course dish and pudding that can be shared with others. The Club will
provide bread, butter and cheeses and nibbles to stave off hunger pangs
while we wait for garden owners (our
guests) to arrive!
We suggest you mark all the items you
bring as there is always something left behind.
Tea & coffee will be available in the kitchen; please make your own and
remember to wash, dry, and put away.
32nd Annual Show
The Schedule is available on our website with
links to printable versions.
We have once again been
awarded the Banksian Medal by the RHS. This will be presented to the
person with the most horticultural points in the show (excluding the
winners of the medal from 2010 and 2011).
Trophy holders: Please
polish your cups ready for presentation in August. Please ensure you
have had them engraved – the club will re-imburse you for this. We
suggest you wrap them in cling film after cleaning to prevent
tarnishing. These should all be returned to the committee by the
weekend of August 7th/8th
Please read the
On Friday 13th July there is an afternoon trip to
visit BROOK FARM, Berrington, Tenbury Wells, Worcester, WRI5 8TJ. This
garden, owned by Sarah and Willy Wint and opens for the NGS but they are
opening especially for us on this afternoon.
Please arrive between 2.00 – 2.15pm. The cost of this afternoon is £5.00 per
head and guests are welcome. This
cost includes entrance to the garden, talk by Willy, advice from Sarah and
Willy and afternoon tea and cakes, so is VERY good value! Please download the form from the web and
return it to Shelley Choat Comberton House, Comberton, Orleton, Ludlow, SY8
4HE (Tel: 01584 831518) with your payment,
by Monday, 9th July 2012 at the latest. This is to enable them
to know how many cakes to make for our afternoon tea! There is ample parking but please try to
share cars if possible.
Things to do, Places to Visit
Handsome 16th-century house and restored garden
Situated on a plateau above the gorge of the
River Severn, this fine stone house has mullioned and transomed windows and
a stunning interior with carved oak staircase,decorated plaster ceilings and oak panelling. There is an intimate
and carefully restored plantsman's garden, old kitchen garden and
interesting Restoration church
The Great House, Dilwyn
The Great House sits impressively on the
edge of the pretty black and white village of Dilwyn, seven miles from Leominster. Set amidst stunning gardens, wisteria and climbing
roses cascading from the walls, guests will be bowled over by the comfort
and quiet charm of this jewel in the heart of rural Herefordshire. The
stunning garden has been lovingly created by owners Tom and Jane Hawksley
over the last 14 years and is occasionally open under the National Gardens
MonnowValley Arts: Middle Hunt House. Walterstone, Hereford HR2 0DY
'One of Herefordshire's hidden gems'. A modern garden of four acres. All
the design for the garden has been done by its owners. A debt is owed to
Piet Oudolf, who has inspired the owners to use large swathes of perennial
grasses and herbaceous plants.
The garden is also used by Monnow Valley Arts, a charitable arts
foundation, so the garden is a backdrop to changing sculpture exhibitions.
In the sensory garden, twelve 4 metre square beds are planted with herbs
and scented flowers which flower consecutively. Between each bed is a
The outlook from the sensory garden is to the Art & Memory field with
raised banks and a pond for the display of larger pieces of sculpture and
The garden is a hidden gem, in a surprising place with stunning views over
the Black Mountains of Wales. It is well worth the detour if you want to
see how the owners have created a truly inspirational modern garden from an
old working farm.
Open to the public:Thursday and Friday 11 am – 5 pm. Weekends 2 – 5 pm
- Keep deadheading to encourage more flowers
- Sow lettuce every 2 or 3 weeks to get a
- Cover strawberry plants to protect from
birds and remove any mouldy or damaged ones. Add slug pellets if you
are so inclined
- Water container grown plants at least once
a day in hot weather. Hanging baskets even more so.
- Prune ornamental and fruiting cherry and
July 31st - Club supper evening see above for details.