Shepton Horticultural Society
Martin Young – Euphorbias 7.30pm The Thatched Cottage A fully illustrated Talk on this huge family of colourful perennials. Tips on growing and propagation, suggestions for planting schemes. A bit about their history and their unusual uses. Plants for sale. Members £5
Forde Abbey A day trip to Forde Abbey Chard Somerset TA20 4LU We will meet there at 10.30am. “30 acres of award-winning gardens with the highest-powered fountain in England, wildflower meadows, topiary lined vistas, herbaceous borders, arboretum, bog garden, and walled kitchen garden. Meandering pathways with plenty of seating to admire the views along the way. A Gift Shop, Plant Nursery, Pottery, and vaulted Coffee Shop make it a full day out.”
Garden Visit to Lady Farm Gardens, Chelwood, Bristol, BS39 4NN www.ladyfarm.com 12 acres of gardens planted with trees and shrubs, Lawns were sown and naturally undulating landscape. Also ‘prairie’ and ‘steppe’ style plantingprovide an array of striking colours along with the Hosta walk, cottage garden and wildflowermeadow. The accidental discovery of spring water triggered the creation of the lakes, dramatic ravine andwaterfall inspiring the innovative planting and plethora of colour throughout the seasonsThe garden is home to wildlife and many species of birds; our local ornithologist hasrecorded 125 to date. The lakes provide a sanctuary for the resident swans.
Sally Nex – A WORLD UNDER OUR FEET We know more about the surface of the Moon than we do about what goes on in the soil under our feet. Yet your garden soil underpins everything you do: it governs how your plants grow, which plants will thrive in your garden, and what pests and diseases you’re most likely to come across. Learn to look after it and treat it with the respect it deserves, and your garden will thrive. This talk is a peep into a magical world in which plants ‘talk’ to each other and ants are giants. I’ll also let you know how you can best look after your soil so it can look after your plants. Following the slideshow, I can also demonstrate how to carry out a basic soil test – with the chance for club members to get their soil tested, too 7.30 The Thatched Cottage