Tintern Garden Club

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Garden Club Report, July 2022

On Friday 15th July, on a beautiful summer evening, 19 members of Tintern Garden Club visited “Green Fields”, Brockweir for a garden visit. This was a beautifully maintained, colourful garden with a wealth of unusual and interesting plants. Some of them were so unusual that even the plant experts amongst us did not recognise them! After spending time exploring the many different areas of the garden, the evening was rounded off with tea (or coffee) and delicious home made cakes served in the garden. This is a NGS garden but also caters for private parties and is well worth a visit.

The Garden Club does not have an August meeting. Instead, they organise the Tintern Village Show which is held in the Village Hall and will be on Saturday 13th August. Entry forms should be with Lindsay Cobb by Wednesday 10th August. Entries can be staged from 9.00am until 11.45am on the day of the show after which the judging will take place. Viewing of entries takes place from 2.30pm. There will be a raffle and tea and cakes will be on sale. If you would like to enter but do not have a schedule, please email Lindsay lindsaycobb1@btopenworld.com

If you are interested in joining the Garden Club, please call Colin Dudley on 01291689636 or Liz Greatorex-davies on 01291689861.

Judith Dudley
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Garden Club Report, May 2022

Eighteen members of the Garden Club travelled to “The Alma” at Bully Hole Bottom for the May meeting. Garden Club summer meetings are usually visits to local gardens and these, like The Alma, are often National Garden Scheme gardens. This can guarantee the garden will be well kept and interesting and The Alma was no exception. A large lawned area had plantings of many interesting trees and shrubs, including a tulip tree, a Cornus Kousa and some unusual Magnolias and Acers. The wisteria on the garden fence was looking beautiful and the herbaceous bed was just coming into bloom. There was a “no dig “ vegetable plot which was a point of interest for the veg. growers amongst us and some lovely blueberry bushes, a peach tree and other soft fruit in the kitchen garden. After the tour of the garden we were served tea and delicious home made cakes which we enjoyed while sitting on the patio overlooking the garden. Our hosts were thanked by Colin, our chairman, for a lovely visit.

Our June meeting is a visit to a member's garden for our annual Garden party. This will be hosted by Carolynn Blythe at Robin Cottage, Trellech Road, starting at 6.30pm. Everyone should bring a plate of food and a bottle which we will share during the evening. Fingers crossed for good weather!

The schedule is now available for the Village Show which will be on Saturday 13th August. Please contact Colin Dudley on 01291689636 if you would like a schedule. Anyone who lives in Tintern may enter and entries are free. There are special classes for the children too.

If there are any members who have not yet got their geranium, please contact Colin for these.

Judith Dudley
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Garden Club Report, March 2022

Tintern Garden Club met on Friday 18th March in the Village Hall for a talk, with slides, about Drystone Walling by Chris Hodges. The 23 members who attended found this a very interesting subject and many had questions for Chris after his talk. Although drystone walls are found all over Britain, they do vary from place to place mainly because of the different types of stone available in different areas. The Wye Valley has many drystone walls, quite a number of which are very old and formed parish boundaries. Chris showed us slides of walls he had repaired as well as some lovely ones he had built with new stone.

The competition was for a decorated stone and was won by Judith Dudley with Colin Dudley second and Dave Tuffrey third.

Next month's talk is entitled “River Trade” and is by Heather Hurley. The April meeting will be on April 22nd (a week later than usual as the third Friday is Good Friday). The competition is for “Something with a boat on it or a model of a boat”.

New members are always welcome- just come along to the meeting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. For more information about the Garden Club, contact Colin Dudley on 01291689636 or Liz Greatorix-Davies on 01291689861.

Judith Dudley
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Garden Club Report, September 2021

On a beautiful late summer evening with the sun still shining but low in the sky, fifteen members of the Garden Club visited a lovely garden in Brockweir. It is called “Clouds Rest” which seems to suit it well and there are beautiful views from there over the valley. The garden is open to the public at certain times of the year with the National Gardens Scheme and is well worth a visit.

The garden is very well maintained and members were surprised to see so many plants still flowering. Roses, Michaelmas daisies, hydrangeas, dahlias, Japanese anemones, rudbeckias, sedums and some more unusual flowers along with many different grasses were bathed in the evening sunlight. After strolling amongst the flowers and admiring the views, members were treated to lovely cakes with their cup of tea (or coffee). It was a fitting end to our garden visits this year.

Our next meeting is back in the Village Hall on Friday 15th October at 7.30pm and is about the more autumnal subject of fungi. New members are always welcome as are visitors for the evening at a charge of £2.00 per person.

For more details please contact Liz on 01291689861 or Colin on 01291689636.
Tintern Garden Club is a village association with approximately 40 members who have a shared interest in the Tintern Community, gardening, handicrafts and local wildlife.

The  Tintern Garden Club (previously known as the VPA) was part of a county-wide affiliation of garden clubs, all of which had strong links with the Agricultural College at Usk. The year 2000 saw the County Organisation close down due to there being insufficient interest in running the organisation among the participating VPAs. However, Tintern Garden Club has continued to operate independently within the village.

As a garden club, we have monthly meetings in the Village Hall, on the third Friday every month from January- April and September- December, starting at 7.30pm. We have an invited speaker each month with a range of subjects such as travel, flower arranging, wine making, bees in the garden, wildlife etc. In the summer months we visit two gardens instead of having indoor meetings and also have a garden party at a member’s garden. The highlight of our year is the Village Show held in August when we hold classes for vegetables, flowers, pot plants, cookery, handicrafts and photography. This is open to all village residents including children. We are also planning some day outings to gardens a bit further afield and possibly some workshops held in members gardens about specific problems such as pruning or potting on orchids and other indoor plants.

We are always happy to see new members (the subscription is great value at just £10 per year) and non-members are also always welcome to come along to meetings for a charge of £2. For more information about Garden Club, contact Colin Dudley at parvafarm@hotmail.com or on 07899 980826 – or come along to the next meeting to become our newest member.

To view our annual and monthly reports, please click here.

The 2021 Committee
The committee for 2019 is Colin Dudley (Chairman), Sue Hassell (Vice Chairman), Bernard Bradshaw (Treasurer), Liz Greatorex-Davies (Programme Secretary), Lindsay Cobb (Show Secretary), Judith Dudley (Publicity Officer).
Colin Dudley
01291 689636
email parvafarm@hotmail.com