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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Mid Devon Show success

Our exhibit at the Flower and Garden Marquee at Mid Devon Show was a great success. Keeping with the theme of the show, Meadow and Grasslands, we put together a stunning exhibit, even if I say so myself!

The stars being a collection of meadow flowers grown by Peter Billing and a pretty garden border of traditional cottage garden flowers grown by Ann Crawford.

Rachel Hart, Mary Smith, Janet Billing, Jean & John Bennett all gathered plants in pots, cut greenery and mechanics to build up the scene. Pictures of sheep from Watermans, turf kindly supplied by Edenvale Turf together with plastic wood pidgeons made by Janet sat on Rachel's house gate.

The Marquee was rewarded by winning the Leisure section for the best marquee, so congratulations to Marquee organiser/co-ordinator, Mary Tucker and the other exhibitors.

Thank you to all who made this exhibit possible. You did the Club proud. Thank you also to all stewards on the day of show.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Garden Visit to Hidcote Manor Garden

July's garden visit was to the National Trust's Hidecote Manor Garden in Gloucester.

From what I have heard the roses were magnificent. Hopefully I will get some photos to show at some point.

The National Trust's Website describes the garden:
"The twisting lanes of the Cotswold countryside lead to one of the most inventive and influential gardens of the 20th century. Hidcote Manor Garden, with its structure of outdoor 'rooms', linked by vistas and furnished with all sorts of topiary, recalls both the English garden style and the European connections of its creator Major Lawrence Johnston. Laid out over 70 years ago an astonishing variety of effects have been created. Hedges, walls, water and paving were all combined to create a garden that has its origins in the Arts and Crafts movement. Profuse and 'jungly' planting, rich colour and texture, contrast with areas left deliberately plain to give calm and restful intinterludes, so increasing the impact of the garden's lavish and exciting progression."