Gardening Club

West Down Gardening Club was formed in 2001 by three enthusiastic gardening ladies in response to a lot of keen gardeners in the Parish.  From its lowly beginnings of getting speakers to come along and inform us on a non existent budget we now have over 60 members and have a busy and vibrant membership from both West Down and surrounding areas.  

Apart from talks from gardening and associated speakers we have had open gardens to visit in the local area, mini shows, quizzes, visits to gardens and nurseries and from 2012 long weekends away with trips to Yorkshire, Sussex/Kent, Staffordshire and Worcestershire, Portsmouth and The Cotswolds taking in the famous gardens of the areas.  We have had  talks from RHS Rosemoor’s/Radio Devon’s Sarah Chesters, Pippa Greenwood, Andy McIndoe ex Managing Director of Hilliers Nurseries, Chris Beardshaw to name just a few well known people and, of course, the local and not so local nurseries with a wealth of facts and tit bits of interest.  We are affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Meetings are held on the third Thursday in the month (apart from February) at 7.30 p.m. at West Down Parish Hall (EX34 8NF) unless otherwise stated in the programme below.  There is a monthly competition for members.  We always welcome non members to our meetings.  Some of our meetings are by ticket entry only so for more details please contact Jan Oades, Chairman, on 01271 879599.

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West Down Gardening Club – Programme for 2018/19

6th JanuaryEvening trip to Rosemoor for the Illuminations
18th JanuaryWorking on Rivers for Wildlife - Tom Hynes
Competition - Own photo of river
15th MarchAGM, Plant Swap and Social Evening
Competition - Your own baby photo
19th AprilNew Varieties of Flowers, Vegetables and Fruit - Tom Sharples
Senior Horticultural Manager - Sutton Seeds

Competition - Your own grown fresh vegetable
17th MayCarnivorous Plants - Dennis Balsdon
Competition - A stem beginning with 'C' from your own garden
20th to 24th MayGardening Club Holiday - South Wales
3rd JuneCoach trip to Picket Lane Nursery and Burrow Farm Gardens
22nd JuneAfternoon visit to The Croft at Yarnscombe - NGS Garden
8th JulyWest Down Village Fayre - Plant and Produce Stand
19th JulyClimate Change Implications for our Gardens - Kevin - Met Office
Competition - Arrangement in a teacup with maximum 4" diameter
16th AugustPassionflowers - Steve and Dawn Morgan
Competition - Judge plugs
18th AugustAfternoon visit to Allenstyle Garden of Steve and Dawn Morgan followed by fish and chips at the Pelican if wanted
15th SeptemberCoach trip to Toby Buckland's Garden Festival at Forde Abbey
20th SeptemberThe Development of Burrow Farm Gardens - Mary Benger
Competition - Your own photo of a garden we have visited
18th OctoberYellowstone National Park - Howard Wills
Competition - A yellow flower from your garden
15th NovemberDo You Fizzle Out By August? - Jo - Marwood Gardens
Competition - A spray of berries from your garden
2nd DecemberChristmas Meal
17th JanuaryChanging Character of our Coast 1800 to Today - Dave Edgcome
Competition - Own photo of coastline