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 2017/18

19th JanuaryNew Zealand Trip - Malcolm Pharoah
Competition: Your own photo of a plant from New Zealand
16th MarchAGM
North Devon Hedgehog Rescue - Annie Nicholls

Competition: Hedgehog ornament
Competion: Pelargonium plug to grow on
20th AprilPeonies and Irises - Sue Applegate
Competition: A single stem from a bulb in your garden
18th MayPelargoniums - Brian Carson
Competition: A single stem from your garden beginning with 'P'
11th to 15th JuneGardening Club Holiday
15th JuneRuth's Mystery Visit
9th JulyVillage Fayre
20th JulyWildlife in the Garden - Neil Lovesey, Picket Lane Nursery
Competition: Own photo of wildlife in your garden
17th AugustRoses - Emma Van-Huysse, Rosemoor
Competition: A single rose from your garden
21st SeptemberTender Perennials - Kay Tudor, Atlantic Botanic Nursery
Competition: The best pelargonium from March's plugs
19th OctoberBehind the Scenes of the Chelsea Flower Show - Andy McIndoe
Competition: Your own photo of a RHS Garden
16th NovemberWinter Cheer/Spring Tonic - Chris and Lorraine Birchall, Tale Valley Nursery
Competition: Any stem from your garden
3rd DecemberChristmas meal
18th JanuaryWorking on Rivers for Wildlife - Tom Hynes
Competition: Your own photo of a river
15th MarchAGM and Social Evening