Garden Club Meetings 2015

If you would like to become a member of our Garden Group please give us a call or buy your Season Ticket online or if you would like to become one of our volunteers you can earn your FREE Season Ticket or FREE Garden Club Membershipp after just 50 hours of working in our wonderful castle and or gardens.

New members are welcome at any time. Please contact the Picton Castle office for details. Tel. 01437751326

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  • All Garden Club meetings take place on Thursdays (generally the third one of each month). When at Picton, meetings will start at 10.00 am in the Restaurant or the Lecture Theatre. Both are accessed from the Courtyard. Instant coffee or tea will be provided – upgrades are available but will have to be paid for.
  • Away meetings will start at 10.30 at the host site
  • Further details or reminders for each meeting will be e-mailed to each member prior to the event
  • Appropriate clothing for outdoors is recommended
  • Members are very welcome to bring along to the Picton meetings any plants that they would be happy to swap with other members.

Visiting other gardens is hugely popular with our members and we have an exciting programme ahead of us all this year…

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26th March: Picton  The first meeting of the year will be looking at the latest developments at Picton. This will include a new woodland area, willow structures in the play area and our new (hopefully planted up grass borders). There will also be plenty of flowers around. In addition we will look at our favourite gardening tools, so each member can bring along their favourite and tell us of its attributes.

16th April: Garden Visit Suzanne Brown from Roch has kindly offered to let us visit her garden. The garden is relatively new and has plenty of bulbs in a setting that blends with the natural environment.

21st May: Garden Visit  Upton Castle near Cosheston. ‘The garden consists of 35 acres of listed historic gardens, surrounded by ancient woodlands containing a number of trees listed as veterans. Within the gardens there are spectacular herbaceous borders, a delightful formal rose garden and a fascinating, traditional 19th century walled garden, now being restored to its former use as a kitchen garden’. I am hoping the Handkerchief Tree (Davidia) will be in flower. The garden is open to the public and a charge of £4/head will be required. Tea and coffee will be available.

Pict28jul-2718th June: Picton  Former Picton gardener Elsa Sharp will talk to us about growing herbs and their various uses. This will include a tour of the garden. A charge of £3/head will be required for her time.

16th July: Nursery Visit  Farmyard Nursery in Llandysul is a large nursery growing a very wide and exiting range of plants. This nursery is famous for its Hellebores but also has many unusual herbaceous plants. Richard Bramley, the owner, will give us an introduction.

20th August: Picton  Ivor Stokes, who many of you will have met, is a highly knowledgeable plantsman and is going to talk to us on the subject of trees. It is likely he will include a tour of the garden.

17th September: Visit to Cardigan Wildlife Centre & Teifi Marshes  The Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve is fantastic for seeing a wide range of wetland wildlife habitats. There is also a wonderful Visitors Centre and Glasshouse Café.

15th October: Garden Visit  Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire is massive and renowned for autumn colours. Details will be provided nearer the time.

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