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.

                                       March Report

This month’s visitor was our Gold Club speaker, Malcolm, whose talk ‘Get Your Lawn in Order’ advised members on the care of their grassed areas.

Beginning with what a fantastic plant grass is because of its diverse uses Malcolm then covered the complete range of lawncare issues. Advice was given on mowing, feeding, weed control and dealing with pests. Useful hints in each area included lifting the cutting blade when mowing in dry spells and treating moss organically with a solution based on pelagonium oil. Numerous questions were answered and by the end of the session members were ideally placed to care for their lawns this coming season.

In the following AGM our Chair, Ann Pearce, before standing down, reported a busy and interesting year. This featured such events as a highly successful Hey Day stall, thanks to members’ generous donations of plants for sale, social events, a wide and varied programme of speakers and subjects, innovations like the in-house workshop, and of course the Spring and Annual Shows, not forgetting the highly popular Annual Dinner.

Alan Blackman, our Treasurer, stepping down this year, presented his report which was accepted with accounts being audited by Jack Schonfield. Alan will be succeeded by Ann Pearce with Vanessa Dawson remaining as Club Secretary. Bob Ward retired  after several years with the remaining Committee members being re-elected. We also welcomed John Sneary and John Mellor as new   John Mellor as new theCommittee members.

Future Meeting

Wednesday 3rd April at 7:30pm in the Village Hall

The Spring Show, Gardeners’ Question Time, new membership cards and tea.

The Spring Show

There will be 5 classes to enter

Class A  3 Narcissi of the same variety.

Class B  5 Mixed Narcissi of different varieties.

Class C  5 stems of spring flowers (not Narcissi, but including Tulips) or 5 sprays of flowering shrubs.

Class D  A ‘Decorative Object Reflecting Spring’

definition as interpreted by the entrant; let your imagination create

  1. craft work, painting, pottery, computer design, sculpture etc.

Class E  A home grown Pot Plant (not Narcissi) eg. Tulips, orchids etc, size as for a window sill.

Entrants must be club members and entries should be submitted by 7:40pm on the night with only one entry per person per class. Judging to be done by those attending and completed by 8:00pm.

As part of the evening the Club is again offering a ‘Gardener’s Question Time’, the panel for which will be  drawn from the expertise of the Club. We ask that questions be submitted in writing or email to Roger Hull ( by Sunday 31st March. If you receive ‘The Hill’ after this date please do still give us your question and we will do our best to answer these on the night. We look forward to trying to solve your gardening problems.

The Annual Show in August 2019

We are again letting anyone interested in entering the Photographic Section know the titles of the Classes in that section as this may help in your taking of photographs.

Class 61  Village Life

62   Beside the Seaside

63   Whatever the Weather

64   The Natural World

65   Makes Me Laugh

66  Around The World

67  Video (Mp4 format, one minute clip, own choice of subject)

Quite a lot to digest, but I hope the preparations for the coming season progress as you would wish.


updated 15/03/2019






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