Child Okeford Gardeners’ Club
Our aim is to have informative, inspirational and friendly meetings. The meetings are usually held in the Village Hall unless otherwise stated and are on the 1st Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm.
Members are asked to bring anything from their garden to these meetings which they might to like share, ie: Flowers, Vegetables, Flowering Shrubs, OR problems which they may have encountered.
Our activities include Lectures and social evenings, in summer and at Christmas, which are a very popular and well supported. The highlight of the new year is undoubtedly the Gardening Club dinner in January where excellent food and convivial company together with great entertainment make for a splendid evening out.
Each Spring we have an informal show where members are asked to judge the exhibits and every August there is the Annual Village show which is open to all.
All evenings include refreshments for a small charge.
The annual subscription is £8.00. Visitors are always welcome paying £3.00 each evening.
Contact Ann Pearce on 01258 861125 for more information.
On a dreary February afternoon our speaker, Rosemary Le Grand, took us on a refreshing tour around ‘Idyllic Gardens of Italy’.
Concentrating upon Northern Italy in the area around Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Orta and north into Switzerland Rosemary filled the Village Hall with the spectacular colour of the magnolias and the camellias which so flourish there. Starting in Pallanza, Rosemary highlighted such treats as Villa Anelli, Villa Rusconi, Lake Orta, Isola Madre and Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore, with the former being preferred for its plants and the later for its buildings. The highlight was the garden of the late Sir Peter Smithers at Vico Morcote in Ticino, Switzerland — ` a star garden to visit’.
If this region is considered as a possible holiday destination, and having visited Isola Bella quite recently, it is worth checking at gardens as RHS cardholders may be able to gain free entry. Information read also suggested some venues accept National Trust membership cards.
Wednesday March 7th at 7;30pm in the Village Hall
Our Club AGM and our Gold Club speaker , ‘Gardening for Climate Change’.
Wednesday 4th April in the Village hall at 7.30pm.
The Spring Show, and ‘Gardeners Question Time’.
New membership cards will be issued, and tea will be served.
Keith Leighton (Vice Chair) 01258 861462