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Tintinhull Gardening Club

GARDENING CLUB PROGRAMME 2016/17
Friday 15th April
AGM and QUIZ
7.30 pm Village Hall
Friday 20th May
BURROW FARM GARDENS, DALWOOD, AXMINSTER
Afternoon visit with private tour
Friday 17th June
BISHOP’S PALACE GARDENS, WELLS
Afternoon visit with private tour
Friday 22nd July
MILL HOUSE, NETHERBURY
Private visit and tour, afternoon
Friday 19th August
SCULPTURES BY THE LAKES, PALLINGTON, DORCHESTER
Afternoon visit
Friday 9th September
PENN MILL FARM, WINCANTON
Private visit and tour, afternoon
Friday 21st October
TALK ON ‘COMPANION PLANTING’
7.30 pm Village Hall or School Hall
Friday 18th November
SOCIAL EVENING
7.30 pm to be arranged
Friday 9th December
CANDLELIT WALK, ILLUSTRATED TALK AND MULLED WINE
Private evening visit to High House
Friday 20th January
‘PEONIES AND IRISES’ TALK BY SUE APPLEGATE
7.30 pm Village Hall or School Hall
Friday 17th February
‘GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE’ TALK BY NEIL LOVESEY
7.30 pm Village Hall or School Hall
Friday 17th March
TALK AND DISCOUNT SHOPPING AT CASTLE GARDENS
Afternoon visit to Sherborne
New members always welcome



Latest News - March 2017:

We visited Castle Gardens in Sherborne for a talk and discount shopping for our March meeting.  
Mike Burks gave us an entertaining talk on Summer Container Planting.  As always we learnt something new as well as being reminded of the best way to do our planting.  He advised us to fill the pots with compost without firming it down when potting on or planting up containers and to just make a hole large enough for the root ball when planting.  This is called ‘air filled porosity’, which means allowing space in the compost so the roots can grow easily.  A good watering will then settle the plant in. It is important for the large pots to have ‘feet’, or be slightly off the ground, to enable drainage.  He showed us various sizes of plug plants which can be bought more cheaply and grown on for planting out later.  These will need high light levels and be kept frost free before planting out in mid-May.  Plants should be ‘pinched out’ if tall or floppy to encourage bushiness.  Mike then demonstrated two kinds of container planting – one with plug plants and the other with a mix of dahlia tubers, corms and pansies.  
Having collected our vouchers we all headed off for a cup of tea or coffee and our discount shopping. 

Our next meeting will be on Friday 21
st April at 7.00 for 7.30 pm in the Crown & Victoria.  This will be our AGM followed by the usual light-hearted Gardening Quiz.  No charge for this evening for members but subscriptions will be due and the plug plants for our growing competition will be distributed.



Committee Members:
Neil Garnett (Chairman)
Jo Slade (Secretary)
Adrian Dodding (Treasurer)
Peter Touch
Margaret Dalton


If you are interested in joining the gardening club or more like more information please either get in touch with one of the organising committee or
email



pasted-graphicIn July we visited a wonderful garden at The Mill House, Netherbury in Dorset, home of Michael & Giustina Ryan.  When they bought the house in 1993, there was just an attractive but rather run-down garden at the front of the house.  They have spent the last 23 years developing their 6½ acres into a stunning garden around the River Brit and the mill stream and pond.  Michael told us that it was in a frost pocket but with a mild climate and average rainfall for this area; the soil is quite fertile being clay and river silt. 
The old piggery has been replaced with a beautiful walled garden and ornamental pond.  There are terraces, lawns, flower beds, wild and bog gardens and a productive vegetable garden.   Many rare and interesting trees have been planted including conifers, magnolias, oak most of which are labelled with name and date of planting.  There are also many fruit trees.  
It was a lovely sunny day and we finished our afternoon sitting in the garden with a delicious tea chatting to our hosts who confided that they would be celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary next year (and they manage the garden with 3 part-time gardeners!). 
Our next meeting  will be on Sunday 21st August.  We are having a private visit to Sutton Hosey Manor in Long Sutton.  This is a 3 acre garden of which 2 acres are walled.  A lily canal passes through pleached limes leading to an amelanchier walk past the duck pond;  also a rose and juniper walk from the Italian Terrace, a judas tree avenue, a ptelea walk and an ornamental potager.  We will meet there for a 2.30 pm start.  Please contact Jo at joslade06@gmail.com or phone 509193 if you would like to come along or for further information.   Entry £6.50 including tea and cake (proceeds will go to the NGS charities).   

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