Bridport Gardening Club

Our Harvest Show 2023 a great success

We held our Harvest Show on Saturday September 9th whichwas a great success both inside and outside the Hall. The Charity Plant Fair, ably run by Celia Evans and team raised almost £200 for the Beacon Church Kitchen. Inside the Hall there was a growing sense of anticipation as exhibitors set out their produce ready for the judging at 10 am. Paintings, photographs, pot plants, preserves, flowers, fruit, vegetables and baked products all competed for attention and admiration. Dahlias, Canna[…]

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Bridport Tree Planting Aug 2023 Newsletter

We’ve not exactly been asleep, but Bridport Tree Planting has had a nice summer rest free from putting new trees in the ground. There’s been plenty of rain for our saplings (and that also means plenty of weeds to clear) and we now have a part-time paid helper, which is great. August 2023 Bridport Tree Planting Newsletter Dont forget that there is an ongoing offer of free native saplings and later in the year we will be offering free fruit[…]

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Visit to Bicton Botanical Garden – May 2023

May, a time for making elderflower cordial, heading west, may and cow parsley dotted creamy white about the landscape, deeper into Devon a blue haze settled over woods and valleys. Taking the woodland railway gave a wider view of the park than would be possible by foot in a few hours: we rattled along with view of the orangery above formal Italian style gardens, reminiscent of ‘Babar King of the Elephants’.  Passing from sunlight to shade, very close to the[…]

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Bridport’s looking just Bee-looming Lovely

You may have noticed that the planting boxes and troughs are now full of summer plants and that this year they look slightly different. Bridport & District Gardening Club, Groves Nurseries and Bridport Town Council have teamed up to replace the usual summer bedding plants with polinator-friendly perennials. Around 20 flower boxes around Bridport town centre have been turned into ‘pollinating patches’ to help with the pollinating insect population. Whilst these flower boxes are usually full of flowers for the[…]

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Visit to Powerderham Castle

Toby’s Garden Festival Lush Devon the hedgerows resplendent in leaf; coloured patchwork of seeded sand and deep red soil; florescent yellow rape in bloom.Balancing stones from Bodmin. Art, botanics, ceramics, and socks from MelplashFrench, Thai and Persian cuisine, cones of vivid colour on earthenware dishesAnyone for a cuppa:into marquees from damp weatherQueues for coffee and delicious hot chocolateSucculent cakes with succulents in icing. Farm produce, hot cheese rolls, and unusual ice creamsPacked marquees, entertaining lectures and samples to taste.Rusted metal[…]

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Bridport Planters Planted in time for the Coronation

We have been advising Bridport Town Council on replanting most of the Town planters in East and West Street in time for the Coronation. Led by Monique and facilitated by Daryl Chambers, the Town Surveyor, we advised on some significant changes to the planting approach. With advice from Becky Groves we drew up a simple plan for a range of perennials. Inspired by King Charles’ dedication to sustainability and biodiversity, our criteria is to plant mainly reliable pollinator-friendly plants with[…]

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Visit to Yeo Valley Organic Gardens in March 2023

Primroses pale under distant hedges and roadside banks, magnolia trees beginning to bloom. Bright daffodils and pasture turning emerald green, flock of blackest sheep, and trees waking up, some orange and others acid green. Tamed Somerset, county of dairies, mistletoe hung trees, lush hedged fields leading to gentle wooded ridges. Plant stalls: gentle hues of blue, white, pink and green behind which is the all-important compost zoning.  Raised beds and hard landscaping softened by spring bulbs and vegetable planting.  Rusting[…]

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