LATEST NEWS: July meeting 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
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 17 July
Another week has gone by and yet again the weather has been very variable, has summer really gone? it certainly feels that way. The temperature dropped to 4 degrees Celsius in our poly tunnel on Tuesday morning.
Members open garden
Some NGS gardens are reopening in a limited way unfortunately with no toilet facilities or homemade teas. Visit the NGS website to discover which ones are open. We had planned to visit Greenacre near Milton, Tenby on 26 July however this garden is not opening this year.
There will be no formal garden visits this year; however one of our members Ken Jones is opening his garden to Drefach Felindre Garden Club and our Club. He opened his garden to us two years ago; there is plenty of space to socially distance and parking is in one of his fields.
In line with the NGS he will not be offering refreshments or toilet facilities but you are welcome to bring your own picnic and drink. Dogs on leads are welcome and you can visit at a time of your choosing in the next two weeks. Please liaise with Ken on 01559 370035 or email email@example.com . The address is Greenacres, Henllan, Llandysul, SA44 5TN
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:
As of July some NGS gardens are beginning to re-open, but without toilet or catering facilities. See the NGS website for further information.
Plant & Seed Sales
The club has plant sales at most meetings from March to September and a Seed Exchange in September and October.
Local garden centres have re-opened with social distancing and one-way routes in place. Card payments are preferred. 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 seven days a week. Follow the signs and socially distance. No discounts.
Brondesbury 10.00-2.00 not Sunday. One person in the shop at a time.
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