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Thursday, 3 December 2009

Christmas Coffee Morning

The Christmas Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy Sale was hailed a success by the Committee.
A constant stream of visitors enjoyed refreshments, social chat and a lively raffle.
The helpers were presented with plants in appreciation of their support.

Photos to follow........

Friday, 20 November 2009

November Talk

Maggie Tim

Christmas arrived early at the November evening talk at Tiverton Garden Club when Chairman, Tim Nichols and committee member Maggie Roberts demonstrated some Christmas flower arranging.

A huge audience enjoyed watching Maggie's first modern arrangement using a goldfish bowl, some water crystal gel and some battery operated lights with some orange flowers followed by Tim's basket arrangement using traditional red colours and some baubles.

For Maggie's second arrangement she used a metal stand and some white lillies and roses and blue sea holly with a white candle and Tim did a table arrangement on a gold charger with a gold candle and yellow flowers.

For Maggie's third arrangement, she used a metal frame with a square mesh and brighly coloured flowers to create a collage using wool as well as foliage and flowers. Tim's third arrangement used a metal frame in the same of a tree with four candles. He decorated a interlocking wreath ring with white carnations, roses and chrysanthemums.

The arrangement were then raffled which 6 luck members of the audience won.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Garden Visit to Lukesland Gardens

For the October garden visit, members visited The House of Marbles for a refreshments on the way to the south Devon garden of Lukesland near Ivybridge.

Lukesland lies on the edge of Dartmoor in a small valley with a brook cascading from its source through ponds and over waterfalls into the River Erme. The mainly woodland garden has flowering shrubs, trees and lots of wildlife.

Members enjoyed a sunny autumnal day and home made cakes in the tea room.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

October Talk

At the October meeting, the guest speakers were Michelle & Eric Heard who run Cheristow Lavendar Farm near Hartland, north Devon. They gave members a hands on demonstration and talk of how to cultivate, grow and explain the uses of lavendar.

They expalined how they had developed their farm over the last few years and is now open to the public along with a little tea room serving interesting receipe combinations of preserves and cakes made with lavendar.

Catching up........

Apologises for the gap in posting information. I will endeavour to bring the blog up to date as soon as possible.

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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Garden Visit to Saltram House and Garden

For September's Club's garden visit we took a trip to south Devon. Firstly stopping at Endsleigh Garden Centre for coffee, browsing and shopping we arrived at Saltram House in glorious autumnal sunshine. A beautiful day was spent admiring the cyclamen in Lime Walk and the splendor of the parkland surrounding a grand house.

Here are some photos:

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Autumn Flower Show results

Following on from the photos posted yesterday here are the results:

The Autumn Flower Show was a great success thanks to members exhibiting flowers and foliage after a very difficult summer for gardeners. A wealth of visitors and members enjoyed the colourful array of entries in all sections.

In the Decorative Section the principal prizewinners were Ann Steer, Christine Moore, Tim Nichols and Stephanie Sporne. Christine Moore won the Award of Merit for her ‘An arrangement using orange flowers’. Stephanie Sporne won the special award for the novice class ‘An arrangement in a glass container’.

The winners in the Childrens’ Sections were Paige Nichols and Jessica Ridgeway.

In the Cut Flowers Section the principal prizewinners were Sue Gollop, Alby Berry, Ann Crawford, Peter Billing, Margaret Grose and Rachael Hart, with Alby Berry winning the Award of Merit for a vase of three decorative dahlias.

In the Shrubs and Trees Section the principal prizewinners were Alby Berry, Jean Bennett and Ann Crawford with Alby Berry winning the Award of Merit for a vase of mixed flowering shrubs.

In the Pot Plant Section the principal prize-winners were Norah Mears, Peter Billing, Margaret Grose, Sue Gollop, Jean Bennett and Chad Stone with Chad Stone winning the Award of Merit for a beautiful tuberous begonia called Power Puff.

The Members Competition for a Gerarium, provided by the Club, was won by Peter Billing.

In the Photography Section the principal prizewinners were Sylvia Frost, Bob Frost and John Bennett with Sylvia Frost, winning the Award of Merit with her photo of ‘A Sky’.

A new class in memory of coach driver Colin Upham was to enter a photo from a Club event and this was won by Mrs Jean Webb who had taken a photo on a garden club visit.

Finally, the Jubilee Class was won by Tim Nichols with 25 points for a collection including a flower arrangement, a vase of mixed variegated shrubs and a photograph. A close second was Alby Berry with 24 points.

The Committee would like to thank the judges, Eddie & Pat Sherwood from Crediton for their time and hard work and all the helpers and exhibitors – new and old - for a top quality show.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Autumn Flower Show

Here are a few photos from today's Autumn Flower Show held at the New Hall.
Report will follow shortly.

At 8am this morning the hall looked like this

Show secretary and committee doing the paperwork

Judge Eddie Sherwood inspecting the exhibits

Maggie Roberts trying to hide from the camera

Doreen & Sue ready in the kitchen to serve the refreshments

Paige Nichols with her winning collage

Sue & Maureen selling draw tickets

Visitors looking at the exhibits

Alby Berry with Award of Merit winning shrubs

Alby again with Award of Merit winning cut flowers

Margaret & Jim Grose greeting visitors

Happy onlookers

Chad Stone and his Award of Merit winning pot plant

Sylvia Frost and her Award of Merit winning photograph

Christine Moore and her Award of Merit winning decorative floral art arrangement

Inspecting the exhibits

Monica and Stephanie Sporne - winner of the novice award for floral art

Monica & Christine Moore

Monica & Alby

Monica & Chad

Monica & Sylvia

Peter Billing with the winning geranium in the member's class

Monica happy that the day is over!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Sweet Peas by Phillip Kerton

Our first meeting of the Autumn season saw Phillip Kerton and his wife Joyce from Bridgwater visit the club to talk with a passion about sweet peas.

He gave a good crowd of members a history of how he started to grow sweet peas to show and then start his specialist nursery. He explained how he growed and cared for them and then arranged them at the various Flower Shows throughout the season including Chelsea.

After his talk he answered members questions about soil content and storing of seeds and other growing tips.

Friday, 28 August 2009

New Season starts next Tuesday

Philip Kerton from Bridgewater will visit the Club on Tusday 1st September to discuss how to grow Sweet Peas. We meet at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall, Angel Hill.

The Autumn Flower Show takes place on Saturday 5th September at The New Hall, Barrington Street. Entry forms should be with the Show Secretary by Wednesday 2nd September.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Anniversary Tours lunch at Barnstaple

Here are just a few photos taken at the Anniversary lunch in Barnstaple taken by Ros Nichols & Val Payne. The lunch was in celebration of 10 years of successful holidays organised by the present sub committee.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Garden Visit to RHS Garden Rosemoor

For August the Club took a scenic drive through the Devon countryside to visit RHS Garden Rosemoor in North Devon. The sun shone all day and members enjoyed the flowers, plants and landscape. Here are few photos taken on the day.