LATEST NEWS: April & May meetings cancelled
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
8 April at 7.30 MEETING CANCELLED
Annual General Meeting & Talk
It has been decided, in view of the uncertainty over the Covid 19 outbreak, to cancel the April Club meeting 8 April 2020 and defer the Annual General Meeting to a later date. This is in line with many other similar clubs and organisations.
The Committee had all volunteered to stand again for another year so apart from various reports and presentation of the accounts; it would have been a relatively short AGM. Payment of subscriptions can take place at our next open meeting which I hope will be in May; however the situation is very fluid so I will keep you informed as to what is happening.
13 May at 7.30 MEETING CANCELLED
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.
10 June at 7.30
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
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.
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
On a chilly evening, just as the seriousness of the coronavirus was becoming apparent, it was lovely to hear Carole and Pete Whittaker describe how, over a period of only 8 years, they completely transformed the garden of Glyn Bach. The cottage was once part of the Gilfach Quarry and the house was divided into two properties, one for the Estate Manager and the other for the Estate Foreman. It was surrounded by slate and stone walls, 2 acres of garden and 4 acres of scrub, bog and a large pond. From the beginning they were determined to provide a safe habitat for all wildlife, especially birds, bats, bees and butterflies. Carole showed photos of grass snakes, butterflies, newts, frogs, toads, bees and birds and the best of all, two sets of twin baby tawny owls. Pete looks after the bees and the garden planting has been geared towards the bees requirements.
They have also created the National Collection of Monarda, commonly known as Bee Balm, and the wonderful collection of colours and shapes in August is amazing. They are attending RHS Tatton Park this summer and are busily dividing and potting up some 2,000 plants for their display. On 24th August 2018 they were featured on BBC's Gardeners World with Carol Klein.
All the work, digging ditches, cutting back , planting, clearing the ponds and creating an intriguing slate alpine garden has been done themselves and we are in awe of their hard work and enterprise. We hope to arrange a club visit in August to see this fantastic garden and meet our lovely hosts in their delightful home and support the Plant Heritage charity.
Report: Ros Hammerton
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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.
Saturday 6th June 2020
Stackpone Walled Gardens & NT Stackpole
Stackpole Estate, Pembroke, SA71 5DJ
Meet at 11 am in car park. A visit to the extensive gardens and see the work by adults with learning difficulties, who produce a large range of plants, fresh fruit and vegetables that can be purchased from the garden shop. Cawdor’s tea room will be open. Admission is free.
You can also visit Barafundle Bay, Stackpole Quay, Bosherton Lily Ponds, Broad Haven South or walk over Stackpole Warren to see butterflies, wild flowers and orchids in addition to wonderful sea views.
Saturday 4th July
Upton Castle Gardens & Medieval Chapel
Cosheston SA72 4SE
A guided garden tour by Prue Barlow, the 35 acres of listed historic gardens surround the early 13th century castle (not open to the public) and contain an amazing collection of rare trees and shrubs as well as a formal rose garden, herbaceous borders and an early 19th century traditional walled vegetable garden. Woodland walks lead through ancient trees past the remains of medieval fish ponds to the tidal estuary of the River Cleddau.
Admission and guided tour £6.00
Meet in car park at 1.30pm, tour booked for 2 pm.
Car share if possible please.
Homemade teas with cakes £5.00
Please pre book your tour and/or teas with payment by 30 May to Ros please
NGS Gardens To Visit:
These are not club visits but members may be interested in these open gardens.
Glangwili Lodges, Llanllawddog, Carmarthenshire, SA32 7JE
Saturday 20th June 11am – 5pm
Walled garden, rockeries, water features, wisteria, maples, woodland.
Admission £4.00 Dogs allowed on leads, but not in the walled garden. Refreshments
Greenacre, Deer Park Lane, Nr Milton, Tenby SA70 8PR
Sunday 26th July 12 – 5 pm
Shady jungle garden, raised arid bed, tropical plants in pots, colourful, exotic plant packed haven. Interesting foliage plants and large wildlife pond teeming with newts. Admission £4.00 No dogs. Home made teas
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!
Due to Covid-19 most local garden related events, including those below, are postponed or cancelled.
Ty Cwm Nursery Open Day
West Wales Plant Fair, Rhosygilwen
Cae Hir Plant Fair
Scolton Manor Plant Fair
Aberaeron Garden Festival
Welsh Wildlife Centre Plant Fair
Aberystwyth Spring Plant Fair
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