Garden Club

16 November, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

I cannot believe how fast a year has gone by. We held our last meeting in September, which was very kindly hosted by Stella. It was a very good turn out and it was lovely to see so many of you. A huge thank you to our esteemed panel of experts, Roz, Stella, Gillian and David who were quite magnificent in answering our questions and the evening would not have been the same without Stella’s fiendishly difficult mini quiz! ...

16 November, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

This year is a good year for holly, so make sure you beat the birds to it. The next job is to think of Christmas presents. One of the most useful things in my garden is the two wheeled wheelbarrow. This takes most of the weight onto the wheels and just leaves you with the pushing or pulling. Being balanced it means you can pull it behind you which I find easier on uneven ground. My last two presents were the useful sheets with handles at each corner. I have a very large one and a small one. Easier than filling a bucket that has to be emptied into the barrow every few minutes you can just throw things on to it and drag it to the compost heap. Garden tokens are always appreciated. I spent last Christmas’s on loads of bulbs to put in the conservatory, so am looking forward to spring. ...

15 October, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

Last month the Garden Club members listened to a wonderful talk on French Landscape Gardens. The speaker was Pamela Holt. She spoke about The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte which was very magnificent and only 30 miles from Paris. She then talked about the vast 2,000 acres of Versailles and after that she talked to us about The Chateau de Villandry in the Loire Valley with its multitude of gardens in sections. She ended the evening by telling us about Monet’s gardens with its apple orchard at Giverny. It was an amazing evening which I hope everybody enjoyed. ...

15 October, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Now is a good time to assess your borders and decide what to move and what needs dividing. It has been an odd year. I have had dahlias that did not flower till September and tall pink cosmos that took to the middle of September to flower though the white flowered much earlier. ...

28 September, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

Events Garden Club The Villager

On Tuesday, 21st August, Bentworth Garden Club members met at Bentworth Hall and enjoyed strolling around Stella’s beautiful garden on the most perfect summer’s evening. Marcus Dancer then introduced us to his ‘New and Exciting Plants,’ many of which he had for sale on the night. ...

27 September, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Where are the next gardeners coming from? If the children at school are not allowed to fail and everyone gets a medal how will they cope with gardening? ...

30 July, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

A big thank you to Maxine Wood who once again organised the most wonderful trip to Arundel Castle and it’s amazing gardens. No easy task but Maxine made it look effortless. ...

30 July, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

The hot weather in June and July certainly showed you the vulnerable plants. This is the first time that I have seen a hosta in deep shade wilting. The problem here is that the shade is caused by the trees and shrubs around it and their roots are winning. The Phlox are especially hit by drought since they are so surface rooting. It is amazing what a bit of shade can do. Roses in part shade lasted much longer. The growers say that fours hours sunlight a day is ample for them, but I have found they will do well on less if they have overhead light. Phlox are very happy in shade. Clematis will do well as they hate hot sun on their roots. ...

13 March, 2018

Garden Notes – Vegetables

Garden Club The Villager

I have always grown vegetables and would hate to stop doing it, but I had to rethink it lately to make less work. Firstly why grow those that you can easily buy. Like onions, maincrop potatoes, cabbages etc. You need to concentrate on those that taste so much better straight from the garden. New potatoes with skin you can just push off and broad beans that you can pick before they get large and leathery and you can afford to have large bowls of them. Snap peas are great straight from the vine. The french beans both climbing and dwarf and runner beans are easily available but are so productive it seems a shame not to grow them. Like courgettes, where three plants bought from the garden centre will supply all you need. If you are very cheffy you may like to stuff the flowers. ...