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Tintinhull Gardening Club


GARDENING CLUB PROGRAMME 2017/18



Friday 21st April
AGM and QUIZ
7.30 pm Crown & Victoria

Friday 19th May
MINTERNE HOUSE, MINTERNE MAGNA, DORCHESTER
Afternoon visit to the gardens

Friday 16th June
LAWSBROOK, SHILLINGSTON
Private visit to the gardens, afternoon

Friday 14th July
CORTON DENHAM HOUSE
Private visit and tour, afternoon

Friday 18
th August
LIFT THE LATCH, FORTON, CHARD
Private visit and tour, afternoon

Friday 15
th September
LIBERTY ORCHARDS, HALSTOCK
Private visit and tour with product tastings, afternoon

Friday 20th October
TALK ON ‘BULBS – SELECTION AND PLANTING’
7.30 pm venue to be confirmed

Friday 17
th November
SOCIAL EVENING
7.30 pm to be arranged

Friday 19
th January
‘CREATING A NGS GARDEN’ TALK BY CHRISTOPHER BOND
7.30 pm in the Village Hall

Friday 16
th February
TALK ‘GROWING FRUIT AND VEGETABLES ON THE PATIO’
7.30 pm Village Hall


New members always welcome





Latest News - July 2017:


In July we visited Corton Denham House which is a wonderful 1750 Georgian rectory set in 5 acres of magnificent landscape gardens situated on the Somerset/Dorset border in beautiful unspoilt rolling countryside.  Dr Odgers and family were looking to move from a large Palladian property complete with its own deer park into a smaller house where the gardens were more manageable and wouldn’t be open to the public.  However they fell in love with Corton Denham House and, to the pleasure of Tintinhull Gardening Club 30 attending members, holds tours of the grounds to show us what we can aspire to!


The gardens have been extensively redesigned and replanted over the last fifteen years on an existing framework of fine specimen trees, extensive immaculate lawns, garden structures, the lake and the stream.  Dr Odgers pointed out that planting with mycorrhizal fungi encouraged good growth and helped disease prevention for all the new planting he had done.


The gardens are maintained by Dr Odgers and his wife with help from 2 part time gardeners, one a horticulturist and the other a groundsman.  He explained to us how the box plants in the garden had suffered from box blight but efforts were being taken to prevent the disease spreading.  There had also been a fatality in the garden – a large wisteria plant on the side of the house was just coming into flower earlier this year when a rather unexpected late sharp frost hit and promptly killed the poor thing.  It had to be taken down and as yet there is no replacement.

The Walled Vegetable Garden is laid out in formal potager style with mild flat iron edging of borders (s are the lawns) and a magnificent pleached hornbeam hedge. A huge array of vegetables and fruit are produced for home consumption as well as at the local pub ‘The Queens Arms’. Apple and pear trees were planted in 2002 with the apples selected both for their blossom and sequential fruiting.  Dr Odgers explained how to buy young trees and do your own espalier training rather than buying ready prepared trees.  We were also informed that we should cross poles for runner beans at waist height not head height so that the beans are much easier to pick as they grow outside of the poles.

There are many borders each differently planted, featuring 150 varieties of roses, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, wall climbers, yew buttresses, knot designs, arbours. It was pointed out to us that climbing roses should be gently trained to twist around poles/frames to ensure that flowers still appeared from the bottom of the plant.


There are large expanses of mown lawns bordered by ancient Quercus Ilex trees, rolling on down to a gigantic London Plane tree beside the small lake. This is spring fed from Corton Hill and is ringed by flag irises, ornamental reeds and grasses. There is a fine Metasequoia tree alongside.  We moved on to a stream garden which is an embryonic tributary of the River Yeo, It winds its way through primula, hosta, rodgersia, ligularia, and astilbe amongst much else.


The Arboretum was planted in 2002 with 3ft whips and covers three acres It contains well over a hundred different tree varieties, all growing incredibly well.  With a network of mown pathways, it is a glorious space to wander through.


We moved back up to the front of the house to say our goodbyes and thanks for a wonderful tour of what is a quintessential, yet stunning, English Garden.


Several of our club members then adjourned to The Camelot Inn at South Cadbury for a delightful pre-ordered cream tea before heading home.

Our next meeting will be on Friday 18th August
when we will be visiting ‘Lift the Latch’, in Forton, near Chard.  Mr and Mrs Wright will be showing us round their stunning 2 acre country garden which is densely planted with a wide range of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs and perennials.  Their impressive pond is filled by a stream and is inhabited by wildlife.  We will meet there at 2.15 for a 2.30 start.  Jo is the contact for this visit, please contact her by Sunday 13th August if you are interested in coming along joslade06@gmail.com or 01935 509193.


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



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