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Llechryd & District
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
11 March at 7.30pm
The Making of Glyn Bach
Lively and vibrant, Carole and Pete Whittaker, great friends of the club, tell how they have changed Glyn Bach since 2012. The incredible work they have done over the years has created a haven for wildlife, particularly bees, bats, birds and butterflies as well as holding the national collection of Monarda.
8 April at 7.30
Annual General Meeting & Talk
Our Annual General Meeting will be followed by a talk by Carly Green, the first apprentice at the NBGW, who is now in charge of the Welsh Native Plant Collection. She will be describing her visit to California, comparing what she saw in the U.S. with growing here in Wales. A fun and informative journey into the unknown for her. She will also touch on her present work in the 'Conserving Welsh Plants' area, creating new displays replicating National Nature Reserves and an SSSi habitat found on the Breidden Hill near Welshpool.
13 May at 7.30
Reclaiming a Regency Rarity
We welcome Angharad Phillips, Administration Officer of The Regency Restoration Project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, to tell us all about it. Now in the final phase of a five year project to restore the legendary landscape of one of the finest Regency water parks in Britain, returning the fabulous landscape to how it was in its heyday at the beginning of the 19th century. When completed, the Garden will once more feature the necklace of seven lakes, cascades, falls and weirs created more than 200 years ago and again boast the Regency planting scheme that formed the heart of its parkland.
further dates to follow
Garden Visits 2020
Garden visits for 2020 will appear here once details are finalised.
Some gardens may have number restrictions due to parking etc., so it is best to car share whenever possible.
Last meeting: Report
l world; under the tab ‘wildflowers’ go to ‘orchid nature/biology’ for loads more details of this fascinating plant. She donated copies of her wildflower books to the raffle at the conclusion of a lovely evening."
Her brilliant illustrated talk took us all around Wales, starting in Anglesey, across sand dunes, ancient pastures, marshes and fens to Merthyr Mawr and the Kenfig Dunes near Port Talbot. We were surprised to learn the many different habitats and soil types that species of orchids prefer and their need for undisturbed land. Modern farming practice and roadside verge cutting are seriously affecting the number and variety of orchids. She also drew attention to the deliberate theft of wild orchids which probably wouldn’t survive away from their natural habitat. She showed a very rare helleborine orchid found in one place only in the whole of Wales.
With her husband Pat O’Reilly, their website http://www.first-nature.com We are very grateful to Julian Cremona and his wife for travelling back from a family funeral in Abingdon in record time and appalling weather to give us his amazing talk on Madagascar. He explained that getting to Madagascar to explore and photograph the unique species that inhabit the island is very difficult. Travelling in a minibus on almost nonexistent roads, with 3 guides only one of which spoke good English, in hot weather, with mosquitoes, leeches and dust and mud to contend with showed how difficult it was. The country is the third poorest in the world and life is hard for most people, all resources being kept by a corrupt government. His photos of the indigenous population and their housing, shops, food and crafts were remarkable and sympathetic.
Julian took over 17000 photographs on his journey and had selected about 250. These gave us an amazing tour of nature reserves and lemur colonies featuring some rare and almost extinct creatures. The lemurs were of many types and sizes all living in selective parts and difficult to find and photograph. We also saw chameleons of different sizes and colours the smallest only about 2 inches long. Ground hugging birds that had evolved with tiny wings as they rarely flew and some with iridescent colouring in rainbow hues. We could have listened and watched for hours and were sorry when he concluded his talk.
Llandysul Garden Weekend
Despite Storm Dennis bringing torrential rain and gale force winds across the country, Llandysul Gardening Weekend lived up to its usual excellence. Farmyard Nurseries had an amazing collection of plants, hellebores of every hue, daffodils, shrubs, perennials and sarracenias for sale. The stage was full of surprises with a dominant black dragon holding court over a beautiful display with some very exotic spiky plants. The talks were informative, humourous and each one on a different subject with confident, knowledgeable speakers. Many garden club members went and if you missed it make a date for next year.
Our thanks to Richard and his team especially Mathew Jones and Suzanna who organised the talks and PR. The caterers pop up café selling delicious snacks and cakes were so busy but always with a smile. We thank Llandysul community council for their grant enabling the event to be admission free and their continued support for this lovely gardening weekend in February so much enjoyed by club members.
Report & Gallery Photos of the Garden Weekend from Ros Hammerton.
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.
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 been delivered and is dry stored in our garage. The Club price is £6.60 a bag this year. The price increase is due to the demand for wood products as other manufacturers jump on the band wagon! Call Ros on 01239 891521 or 07843 185166 or email us with how many you would like or if you want to collect. No hurry as it is here early, but is available when you need it until it runs out!
Open Day at Helen Warrington’s Ty Cwm Nursery
Tea, coffee and cakes available at Holly’s Café.
Sunday 19 April 10.00-5.00
West Wales Plant Fair, Rhosygilwen SA43 2TW.
Sunday 26 April 10.00-3.00
FREE ENTRY to Plant Fair & Gardens This is one of the most popular spring plant fairs in West Wales. Lots of specialist nurseries from south and west Wales selling a huge range of plants. View Rhosygilwen’s gardens including the Arboretum, Walled Garden and restored Victorian Glasshouses. Refreshments in the Orangerie. Tombola and free Plant Creche.
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