Let’s get together
It is no surprise that our meetings are so well attended. Not only are they interesting and informative, they are also enjoyable social gatherings.
As always, our Programme Committee has worked hard to invite speakers with very different skills, knowledge and experience and you will see below that their subject matter is not always gardening related.
So, if you are thinking of joining us, come along to a meeting and you will be made very welcome.
All meetings are in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport and start at 7.30 pm.
Tea and coffee is served, and non members are welcome, on payment of a small entry fee.
Grasses in the Garden - September 19th, 2019 7:30 pmSpeaker Malcolm Mills
Growing Sweet Peas for Exhibition and Pleasure - October 17th, 2019 7:30 pmSpeaker Jim Mcdonald
Jim McDonald from Broughton, Hampshire is a district representative of the National Sweet Pea Society. He will be talking to us about the delights of growing sweet peas.
Jim has been growing for a mere 50 years and is a life member of The National Sweet Pea Society and has been chairman of the sweet pea trials at Wisley.
Jim grows on a large scale, but for those of us who don’t his talk will include tips on planting; germination; growing on; planting out; feeding and pest control.
Images of Dartmoor - November 21st, 2019 7:30 pmSpeaker Tony Burges
Tony Burges was born and bred in Devon and his passion for Devon & Cornwall was inspired while he went through his training as a Royal Marine on Dartmoor throughout his formative years. His talk will cover the life, history and legends of the moor.
Mysterious Creatures of the New Forest - January 16th, 2020 7:30 pmSpeaker Bryan Pinchen
Bryan is an entomologist living in Hampshire.
Plant Hunters and Pioneers - February 20th, 2020 7:30 pmSpeaker Caradoc Doy
This is a welcome return of this horticulturist and authority on the history of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea. This talk will give us a brief history of a remarkable nursery which sent 23 plant collectors to many countries, mainly during the Victorian period. It highlights some of the well-known and interesting varieties introduced by the pioneering plant hunters who discovered many hundreds of new species. So successful were they that there is scarcely a garden in the British Isles that does not contain a plant derived from their introductions.
Annual General Meeting - March 19th, 2020 7:30 pm
Dahlias and Chrysanthemums - April 3rd, 2020 7:30 pmSpeaker Bryan Madders
Dahlia and chrysanthemum expert Bryan Madders is a National Dahlia Society judge and Chairman of the New Forest & District Dahlia & Chrysanthemum Society. His illustrated talk will tell us how to successfully grow and propagate these plants that have such a profusion of colour, type and size. Bryan’s been growing dahlias and chrysanthemums for forty years.