Child Okeford Gardeners’ Club

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 by email at for more information.

October Report

October saw the Club drawing on the knowledge and expertise of its members to present a programme of talks and demonstrations using the rotating workshop method.

Alan Blackman gave advice on composting by presenting different approaches supported by photographs of each item together with the ‘pros and cons’, what to include in your compost and in what amounts. The opportunity to ask questions in small groups was appreciated by all.

Bob Ward offered hints on growing garlic which should improve yields. Monty Don (not present!) believes this to a good garlic year, but local experience does not quite agree. However following Bob’s advice should help whether using containers or plots.

Tricia Samuel on ‘Propagation and Cuttings’ demonstrated dividing plants using two garden forks on large clumps of stocks and peonies before moving on to splitting clumps of smaller plants into individual plants all with the aim of ‘plants for free’. Taking cuttings from prunings which might otherwise be thrown away was also shown.

It was interesting to try a different approach to our Club meeting which allowed the members time to watch, listen and question at close quarters. There appeared enough enthusiasm to repeat again next year.

Viv Leigh, who was to demonstrate ‘Dried Flowers’, sent her apologies as she was unwell.

Next Meeting

Wednesday 7th November in the Village Hall at 7:30pm

Mr Adams will speak on `Butterflies of Dorset’

Future Events

Friday 7th December in the Village Hall at 6:30pm

Christmas Social Evening An evening of fun, activities and entertainment. Contributions for the finger buffet will be very welcome.

This is always a good event thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend. If you have not been before why not join us for the last meeting of the year.


Hoping you are all enjoying the Autumn sunshine, we look forward to meeting you at future events

Keith Leighton (Vice Chair) ph 01258 861462

Updated 11/10/2018






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