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The Llangrove and District Gardening Society  

Chairman: Jo Ward-Ellison
Secretary: Ruth Walker

Treasurer: Penny Walshe

For details of any of the societies’ activities please contact Ruth Walker on 01989 770831

Latest news:

We have finally enjoyed our first event since March 2020 with a group visit to a local flower farm last month!
Covid restrictions permitting our monthly talks should start in July and we have our annual show to look forward to in August.   This is what our programme of events looks like for the next few months:

1st July -  a talk on Hostas and companion plants by Robin Pearce.

7th August - Annual Flower & Produce Show
Opens to the public at 2.30pm.  Teas, Cakes and Raffle. Free Admission.  Presentation of prizes at 3.45pm.
Anyone can enter the show and classes include, cookery, handicrafts, flowers and vegetables and children’s classes.  
To see and print the schedule of classes with information on how to enter click here.  (Paper copies should also be available at Woods at Whitchurch, in the Llangrove phone box and church porch.)

2nd September -  a talk and demonstration by Andy Pedrick on Propagation.

Regular meetings: All talks at 7.30pm in Llangrove village hall.
Our meetings are open to all – you don’t have to be a member and you don’t have to live in Llangrove!  Admission for visitors is just £4 including refreshments.   

Our 2021 programme can be downloaded HERE.

At our October meeting we were entertained my Mervyn Reed with his experiences as an international plant buyer which gave us a fascinating insight into plant growing and buying for the nursery trade. Think ‘inside the factory’ for plants! The scale of some of the operations he talked about which result in plants arriving at local garden centres for us to buy was amazing.

Rosie did the Rose Bowl arrangement this month; called Fireworks it included the lovely flower heads of Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus.

At our September meeting we enjoyed a fascinating demonstration of the craft of traditional trug making by the very talented and entertaining Carl Sadler from Woodman’s World.

Our next meeting is on October 3rd when we welcome back Mervyn Reed with a talk titled ‘Buying Abroad’.  Have you ever wondered how plants end up in garden centres for you to buy? Mervyn will be talking about his experiences as a plant buyer when travelling in Italy and Holland including nurseries, auctions and Keukenhof.

A date for the diary: on 7th November we have a talk called ‘Roses Need Friends Too’ by Ross Barbour.


Gardeners' Gold
Locally-produced rabbit manure is available free of charge to local gardeners all year round - email for details.

A near record breaking achievement!

The 55th Annual Flower and Produce Show of the Llangrove and District Gardening Society was a great success. The visitor numbers were up and they not only enjoyed viewing the excellent exhibits, but enjoyed the first class tea and cakes provided by the members of the Society.
Despite the poor weather on the day, there were increased numbers of entries in all classes. Support came from far and wide, with winners coming from Germany, Kent, Swansea and Derby as well as the surrounding villages.

The Committee wish to record its thanks to the sponsors of the event, Millbrook Nurseries in Monmouth, the Garden Store in Ross-on-Wye and Leaf Creative at Huntley, for providing prizes.

The actual results were as follows:
LLANGROVE CUP (highest overall points):       Rachel Lane

Division 1  Vegetables
Llangrove Gardening Society Cup: Peter Field
Perpetual Challenge Cup Member: Penny Walsh and Glenys Biggs
Harry Stancer Memorial Cup Best Exhibit: Peter Gratton

Division 2  Flowers
Llangrove Gardening Society Cup: Rachel Lane and Keith Hardie
Roger Robson Memorial Cup Member: Barbara Dalgleish
Harry Wall Memorial Cup Best Exhibit: Keith Hardie

Division 3
Class 23 Photography: Gates, Doorways or Portals a coloured photograph:
Penny Walshe

Division 4   
Handicrafts Class 24  A child’s garment:   No entries
                     Class 25  A painting or drawing of trees:  Denise Morehead

Division 5  Floral Arrangements
Llangrove Gardening Society Rose Bowl:  Glen Chambers
Perpetual Challenge Cup Member: Glenys Biggs, Michelle Seddon Harvey, Mary Wall, Jo Ward-Ellison and Sheila Jarrett
Bert Hall Trophy Best Exhibit: Glen Chambers

Division 6   Cookery
Llangrove Gardening Silver Salver:   Rachel Lane
Perpetual Challenge Cup Member: Beryl Tudhope
Margaret Storer Trophy Best Exhibit Rachel Lane

Division 7
Children – Class 48 Garden on a plate: Gaby Peaurt        
Children – Class 49 Self-portrait in pasta:  Romerleigh Parker

Division 8 Chairman’s Choice
An animal made from vegetables or fruit:  Nicola Hazell with Caulidog!

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