LATEST NEWS: June meeting cancelled

Llechryd & District

Garden Club

About us

Llechryd & District Garden Club was founded in 1983 by a small group of enthusiastic gardeners and has about 50 members. Their aims were to promote an interest in gardening and the growing of flowers, fruit and vegetables, whilst providing a focal point for the exchange of ideas to the advantage of horticulture in the area. These aims still guide the club today and meetings are very much social occasions as the membership mainly comes from towns and villages within a 10 mile radius of the village.

The Club has a full programme of talks on a wide range of topics. There are also social events, visits to gardens and garden shows. The committee extends a warm, friendly welcome to members and visitors throughout the year.

Members are able to freely borrow gardening books from the club library, which is available at each meeting.

Originally the group met in Llechryd but now meet at Boncath Village Hall, on the second Wednesday of the month. The hall has parking, toilets and catering facilities. The Village Hall is approximately 50m from the Post Office/Shop in the centre of the village (see map below)

Programme for 2020


Making the most of the Shade Border

Janine Thompson, our lovely local grower who owns Heartsease Plants Nursery, will give an illustrated talk and show plants on how to keep interest going with planting in shady areas throughout the summer. She will bring plants for you to buy and in season attends St. Dogmael’s Local Producer’s Market on Tuesdays.

8 July at 7.30 WATCH THIS SPACE!

Big Leaves for Exotic Effect

Situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Picton’s 13th century castle is surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden. We welcome Head Gardener Roddy Milne who gives an illustrated talk and brings some very large, exotic leaves to surprise and excite us.

12 August

No meeting

9 September at 7.30

Wildflowers, Meadows & Gardens - challenging ideas for more naturalistic gardens

Based on his own observations and experiences, Julian Wormald will discuss, wildflower meadows, ”pictorial” meadows and how his terrace garden has developed to incorporate some of this over the years. We need to manage our gardens towards more diverse plant and animal communities, learning how nature does it. Naturally there will be many excellent, evocative photos and Julian’s informative, friendly style.

14 October at 7.30

Woodland & Rock Gardening

One of Wales’ finest attractions, we all love this plantsman’s paradise. Joseph Atkins, Head Gardener since 2011, will give an illustrated talk, drawing on his years of experience and personal knowledge of the gardens in all seasons.

11 November at 7.30

Plants for Spring Gardens

To cheer us up as winter sets in, Richard Bramley picks his favourite spring plants, how to grow, propagate and where to plant them for best results. Foliage will play a large part as it is a massive section of the garden that is often neglected. His beautiful photos and wonderful sense of humour will it make it an evening to enjoy.

9 December at 7.30

Christmas Buffet & Social Evening

13 January 2021 at 7.30

Gardens Under Cover - non-human input

We welcome back Mike Snow who will enlighten us to the unseen heroes who keep the soil in good heart. Bacteria, fungi, mites, beetles, worms, slugs and snails, all usually out of sight but busy keeping the habitats and our planet a going concern.

10 February 2021 at 7.30

Seed & Propagation Secrets!

After a lifetime of gardening and 18 years of running Ty Cwm Nursery, Helen Warrington has decided to share her propagation secrets! The magic of seed, identifying, collecting, storing and germinating. Cuttings from soft and hard wood and perennial plant division. Tricks to help you make more plants for free!

10 March 20121 at 7.30

Looking East - Botanical Tales from China

We welcome back Nick Wray, Curator of Bristol Botanic Gardens, who was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour for his distinguished service to horticulture with over 30 years service. In 2001 the decision was taken to relocate the Botanic Garden more centrally and Nick worked with a small team to help plan the move through an intensive four year period, which culminated in the garden's successful transplant in 2005. He will talk about his visit to Guangzhou city and the Yingde Mountains to meet tea growers (Yingde tea is famous throughout China) and see the Yingde Karst stone landscape and its quarries.

14 April 2021 at 7.30

AGM followed by a talk.

Rising Stars of the Shade Border. Epimediums, Janine Thompson returns to give an illustrated talk on this wonderful spring shade species, which thrives in our conditions.

Last meeting: Report

Chairman's News 16 May

As ever I seem to start with the weather, it might have been sunny but it has been very cold at nights, down to minus 1.5 degrees in the poly tunnel. We have lost some of our tomatoes even though they were covered up with fleece, many of the new green bracken shoots are brown and withered and the top growth on the beech trees is either black or brown. Our main crop potatoes are just coming through but at least we can cover them with earth to protect them.

I hope that you are all keeping well and managing to keep active, being in the garden is a great help, it must be very difficult living in a top floor flat in a city.

There will not be a meeting in June as it is highly unlikely that we will be out of lockdown sufficiently by then to allow us to get together. However July may be possible, our speaker for the month should be Roddy Milne Head Gardener at Picton Castle on “Big leaves for Exotic Effect” Would you come to the meeting providing we follow the rules on social distancing? How do you feel about resuming meetings before September and of course it would all depend on Welsh government rules changing over the next few weeks.

The colours are brilliant this year and well worth recording, how about having one turned into a thousand piece jigsaw? It would take quite a while to do. Better still would you like a 2021 calendar made up of a selection of your pictures.

Keep safe, Los

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The annual fee is £15.00 per year (April-April, which is our AGM). There is no meeting charge. If you join part way through a year the fee is pro-rata.


The entry charge for visitors to our meetings is £3.00, which includes refreshments.

Garden Visits 2020

These are organised club trips.

Due to Covid-19 all club garden visits are cancelled for 2020. we hope to re-arrange them for 2021!

NGS Gardens To Visit:

ALL NGS gardens are closed until further notice.

Plant & Seed Sales

The club has plant sales at most meetings from March to September and a Seed Exchange in September and October.

Melcourt Peat Free Compost has now run out for the current season!

Links /Events

Gareden Centres are gradually re-opening with strict social distancing in place. It is recommended that you go in singly or as a couple only. Most are taking card payments only. Some nurseries will deliver but others have stopped this service as they re-open. Check websites before you travel.

Penrallt 10.00-3.00 seven days a week. Follows the signs and socially distance. No coupons or discounts.

Trefedyn 10.00-3.30 not Sundays at present. Follow the signs and socially distance. No discounts.

Brondesbury 10.00-2.00 not Sunday. One person in the shop at a time.


Contact Us

Llechryd & District Garden Club welcomes visitors and new members. Whether you are new to gardening or new to this area we would be very pleased to see you at one of our meetings. If you have any questions about the club, meeting venue, or our programme please use the contact form below (preferred) or telephone 01239 891521