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 2019/20

17th JanuaryThe Changing Character of our Coast - David Edgcombe
Competition: Own photo of coastline
21st MarchAGM and Creative Gardening with Bulbs - Christine Skelmersdale - Broadleigh Gardens
Competition: Flowering stem from a bulb in your garden
Sunflower seeds to be handed out for September competition
18th AprilThe History of the Gardens at Arlington Court - Julia Bigham NT
Competion: A pretty unpainted seashell
16th MayCreating Wildflower Meadows - A Haven for Flora and Fauna - Cyril Cole
Competition: Own photo of flower meadow
19th to 23rd MayGardening Club Holiday - East Midlands
20th June6.00pm Evening Visit to NGS Garden - Samlingstead in Woolacombe
7th JulyWest Down Village Fair - Plant and Produce Stand
18th July12 Months of Colour - Neil Lovesey - Picket Lane Nursery
Competition: Colourful arrangement in a wine glass
26th JulyCoach Trip to Andrews Corner Garden and Wildside Garden
15th AugustPlants of the Swiss Alps - Richard Horswood
Competition: Flowering stem beginning with 'A'
19th SeptemberLate Autumn Season Colours/The Hot Garden - Emma Marsh - Rosemoor
Competition - A single sunflower stem grown from seed
17th OctoberSweet Peas - Phil and Joyce Kenton
Competition: A bloom from a climber in your garden
21st NovemberSnowdrops, Cyclamen and Associated Plants - Jo Hynes
Competition: An autumn leaf from your garden
8th DecemberChristmas Meal
16th JanuarySetting up a Bee Project in Uganda - Roger Gill
Competition: A 'Bee' item