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Websites

Scented Plants


Site dedicated to scented and butterfly plants.

www.theoldcottage.org.uk


Gardens 


Wilton castle on the Wye

www.wiltoncastle.co.uk


Westbury Court Garden

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/westbury-court-garden


Dewstone Gardens

http://www.dewstowgardens.co.uk


Lydney Park Estate

www.lydneyparkestate.co.uk

 

Groups/Societies


Dean Meadows Group

www.deanmeadows.org.uk

 

Dean Forest Beekeepers

www.deanforestbeekeepers.co.uk


Gloucestershire Organic Gardening Group

www.gardenorganic.org.uk/gloucestershire-organic-gardening-group

 

Perennial 

www.perennial.org.uk


The Mediterranean Garden Society

www.mediterraneangardensociety.org


The Gloucestershire Federation of Garden Societies

www.gfgs.org.uk


Gardening for the Disabled Trust

www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk

 

Next meeting:


Wednesday 14th June 2017

Butterfly walk at the Linear Park followed by Forest of Dean Voluntary Conservation Officer Simon
with a talk on 'Butterflies of Gloucestershire, and those you can see in the garden'.


www.ruspidgegardeningclub.net Logo

Plant Sale photos

Posted - May 14th, 2017

  

 

Also see Gallery

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--------------------------------------------------------------------------Bluebell Teas

Posted - April 24th, 2017

Sunday April 30th, Monday May 1st and Sunday May 7th

 

‘Bluebell Lunches and Teas’ to be enjoyed at Soudley Village Hall.  

The days begin at 11.00am and close at 4.00pm. Throughout the day there will be hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, light lunches and cakes on offer – all freshly made. So come along and take a walk through the Soudley Valley bluebells and then visit the hall for some refreshments.

Contacts are Libby 01594 822289 and Ruth 01594 827457.

 

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Posted - April 6th, 2017

Andy Pedrick

'Aspects of Propagation'

 

Wednesday 12th April 2017

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Andy spoke to the club at a previous meeting about propagation but this time he will focus on propagating plants we can sell at the May plant sale, and he will bring examples for us to grow. He will also bring some of his own plants to sell to club members.

 

For this meeting, please bring plants, seedlings and any other material you would like to propagate or thin out, either for yourself or for the sale, and at approximately 8.30p.m.the more experienced members will help out with a practical session. Hazel will bring some easy seeds to grow and Judy and Lisa will help. Andy has promised to help with any awkward problems as he has vast experience in the horticultural business.

 

 

Come and have an informal, practical session and bring along any materials as long as they involve propagation!  Materials, such as compost, pots and trays will be available. Members can help themselves to drinks at anytime in the practical session

 

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Open Evening

Posted - April 6th, 2017

 

NORTHWOOD GREEN GARDENING CLUB PLANT SALE & OPEN EVENING

 

Thursday 4th May 

6.45pm

 

Buy your plants

(grown by keen gardeners) for the summer & then join us, if you like, for a talk on

 

It’s not all about flowers

 

by Paul Green from

Green Leaves Nursery Newent

 

at 7.30pm

All Welcome at

 

NORTHWOOD GREEN SOCIAL HALL

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Ruspidge Daffs

Posted - March 20th, 2017

 

Ruspidge Daffodils, thanks to Nicky for the pics!

Go to Gallery

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February Meeting

Posted - January 14th, 2017

Speaker 

 

Jo Ward-Ellison  'Creating a Country Garden'

 

Wednesday 8th February 2017    7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall   Raffle and Refreshments

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Jo Ward-Ellison is an award winning garden designer
and works locally as a gardener and garden designer.  She
has a particular interest in herbaceous perennials and grasses.
Her approach to gardening is naturalistic and she creates gardens which are good for wildlife and which are low maintenance. She will talk to the club on ‘Creating a Country Garden’ which will reflect her interest in perennials and grasses.
Jo Ward-Ellison Gardens
www.ward-ellison.com

 

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NGS Snowdrop Festival

Posted - January 22nd, 2017

Snowdrops

Second Annual National Gardens Scheme Snowdrop Festival

More than 80 gardens will open their gates for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Snowdrop Festival during February, to mark the imminent change of season with their snowdrop displays. Some of the gardens open have as many as 300 different varieties of snowdrops, whilst others have a mix of snowdrops, hellebores and other early spring flowers, all of which makes a visit to an NGS garden well worth the effort of being outdoors on a cold day.       http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/snowdrop-festival.aspx

 

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Ruspidge Gardening Club

would like to wish all our members and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

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January Meeting

Posted - December 20th, 2016

Speaker 

 

Michael Ayland

'Following the Wye Valley Railway'

 

Wednesday 11th January 2017

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

Raffle and Refreshments

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------Christmas Meeting

Posted - November 16th, 2016

Christmas Social Evening 

 

Make a Christmas Swag/Garland with Jackie Beard

also

Woody's Quiz 

and 

Christmas Nibbles

 

 

Wednesday 14th December 2016

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

 

They can be used over a door, down the wall or across a mantel piece or even a wide window ledge, or over a wooden open staircase.     Using a rope as a starting point, unless you have some good stems on Vines, Virginia creeper, Ivy, Clematis etc.  Other foliage could be fir tree, thuja/ douglas fir/ spruce/ holly/ ivy.  A reel of binding wire and cones, flowers and ribbons, dried fruit/ nuts/ baubles, battery lights and the list goes on …..depending how elaborate you want it to be!

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

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October Meeting

Posted - October 7th, 2016

 

Speaker ~ Jerry Green, Gardener in charge 

 

Westbury Court Garden

 

Choosing and Planting Apples

 

Wednesday 12th October 2016

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle and Refreshments

 

 

Apples – to cover all aspects such as choosing planting and maintaining

There will also be a short apple tasting event during the evening and you are invited to bring along apple containing goodies for the delectation of the audience and fellow members. Please bring small samples and, maybe, a recipe to accompany your offering. Alternatively you may like to bring along an unusual apple which can be sliced up for members to taste.

 

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September Meeting

Posted - September 6th, 2016

 

 

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Flower and Vegetable Show

Posted - August 14th, 2016

 

Bream Gardening Society

151st Vegetable & Flower Show

The oldest flower and produce show in the Forest

 

Saturday August 20th 2016

Bream Rugby Field

behind the clubhouse off the High Street

 

Open 1.30pm

Marquee opens 2pm

See the best of local vegetables, flowers and crafts including a children's section

Field and craft stands and walking stick displays

 

Car Boot Sale - 1:30 pm (Cars £5, Vans £8)

Entry Schedules available from Marina Lambert,

Myrtle GCottage Oakwood Road, Bream. GL15 6HU  

01594-562894  

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Garden visit to Barn House Garden

Posted - August 14th, 2016

 

See gallery Barn House Garden

 

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Open Gardens

Posted - July 17th, 2016

 

Open Gardens

Yorkley, Viney Hill, Oldcroft & Pillowell

Sunday 24th July 2016

11am - 5pm

 

in support of Yorkley Newsletter

£5 entry to all gardens, accompanied children free

Home made cakes and cream teas

Plants for sale

Tickets from Yorkley Post Office Stores

or on the day from any garden

Jeanne 01594 563936

email: vlasta_rhea@yahoo.co.uk

 

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Posted - June 14th, 2016

 

Littledean Open Gardens

Saturday 18th June & Sunday 19th June

11am - 5pm

 

 

13 Private Gardens and Littledean Allotment Gardens available to visit

Daily admission £5 per person

Weekend pass £7.50pm

Ticket available from Brayne Court or any open garden

www.littledean.org 

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Garden Visits

Posted - June 10th, 2016

 

See gallery here

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June Meeting

Posted - June 4th, 2016

Garden visits
June 8th, 2016
to:~ Ruspidge & The Ruffit
Meet at the hall at 6.30 for 2 garden visits, one in Ruspidge and one at the Ruffit.
In Ruspidge the garden we are visiting is a charming cottage garden, bordering the woods.  As well as being the most picturesque cottage garden, it has additional areas, like rooms of a house, adding delightful dimensions and harmonising with the adjoining woodland.
In contrast our other visit, near the top of the Ruffitt, has a garden majoring on vegetables enriched with green manure.  This pristine garden feeds their extended family throughout the year. They are firm believers of good husbandry.  As well as spectacular views over the Severn Valley we will see an innovative garden, and be privileged to learn from it's owner.  There are also delightful shrub and flower borders.

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Pludds Open Gardens

Posted - May 25th, 2016

 

 The Pludds Open Gardens

Saturday 4th June

10am - 4pm

The Pludds 

 

Food and brochures at the Village Hall

GL17 9UB Details  01594 860169 

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Wyevale Garden Centres

Posted - May 25th, 2016

 

Wyevale Garden Centres have very kindly been in touch to tell us

how passionate they are about gardening and helping customers plan their outdoor spaces.   They offer a wide range of quality plants and gardening equipment in all of their 152 centres situated across England and Wales.

On their website they also have a great gardening advice section.

They say~

'You may be passionate about nurturing fruit, tending summer veg or simply just love pottering in your patch. Whatever your thing we are brimming with handy tips, help and up to the minute advice on how to get the most out of your garden every month.'

You can find this by visiting http://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/gardening-advice

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Wonkee Donkee

Posted - May 25th, 2016

 

We have recently become stockists for Forest Garden, the British producer of timber garden products. We supply items such as summerhouses, sheds, decking, planters and garden furniture to the whole of the UK through our website http://www.wonkeedonkeeforestgarden.co.uk

--------------------------------------------------------------------------Thank you!

Posted - May 20th, 2016

 

Our annual Plant Sale was a great success and we had a really good turnout.  A huge thank you to everyone who helped out in some way.  It is your generous donations of plants, cakes, books and raffle prizes that make it all possible.  Of course much appreciation also to all those who supported us by coming along.

 

(Plant Sale 2016)

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Plant Sale 

Posted - May 15th, 2016

 

Plant Sale

Saturday 21st May

Littledean Community Centre

 

Refreshments,  Vegetable and Flower Plants,  Cake Stall,  Bric a brac

 

Free Entry

Proceeds to Littledean Allotments Association

 

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Bluebell Teas

Posted - April 5th, 2016

 

Once again Bluebell Teas will be available at Soudley

Village Hall during May Day holiday weekend on

Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May 2016.  Opening

at 11.00am and continuing until 4.00pm you will be able

to enjoy coffee and cakes, light lunches with puddings and

afternoon teas. Go along and enjoy delicious refreshments before or after a walk amongst the bluebells.

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------Help to Get Growing for the Plant Sale

Posted - March 25th, 2016

 

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------April Meeting

Posted - March 14th, 2016

Speaker ~ Max Wilson

 

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

 

Wednesday 13th April 2016

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

Max is a local volunteer for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.  He will be giving us an introduction to the UK' s most effective pollinators.  Their species,  life cycle,  enormous contribution and the worrying threats to their survival which will affect us all, and what each one of us can do to help preserve them.

 

 

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March Meeting

Posted - February 25th, 2016

 

                Speaker ~ Mark Moir of Newent Plant Centre

 

          Scented Plants & Spring Colour

 

                         Wednesday 9th March 2016

 

                                  7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

                             Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

Raffle, and Refreshments

 

Plants for sale!

 

 Newent Plant Centre  stock a range of beautiful, well-kept and healthy plants.

Of their plant gardens they say~

 

Each of our external plant areas are laid out to inspire you with ideas for your own garden planting. Our customers always comment on how gorgeous and effective this looks and many say what a delight it is to see somewhere that sets the plants out in a different fashion. More importantly they also say it’s great to see what plants will look like together once planted in the garden.
These areas are changing constantly to reflect the plants we are selling and to give different ideas each time you visit.

So pay us a visit and take a little time out to relax in one of our chairs and breathe in our displays.

www.newentplantcentre.co.uk

 

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Scented Plants Website

Posted - February 11th, 2016

 

News about a website and plant shop entirely dedicated to scented and butterfly plants. People often think about the colour and size of plants in their garden. Sometimes fragrance is overlooked or just an added bonus. Beautiful scents can really make a garden extra special, and bring back unique memories. They are also hugely beneficial by drawing in butterflies and bees and other valuable insects into your garden.  This site has done all the searching for you and with their affiliate supplier you can buy these plants and add them to your own garden. So for scented shrubs, scented climbers, scented roses, scented flowers, scented foliage, herbs have a look at ~

           

www.theoldcottage.org.uk

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Snowdrop Festival 2016

Posted - February 3rd, 2016

 

News about the National Gardens Scheme’s first ever Snowdrop Festival. More than one hundred NGS gardens across England and Wales will open through February, giving visitors the opportunity to see veritable carpets of beautiful snowdrops and watch spring slowly unfurl from winter.

 

To find details of Snowdrop Festival gardens opening near you go to  http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/snowdrop-festival-2016.aspx#resultsbookmark

 

 

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February Meeting

Posted - January 28th, 2016

 

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           Speaker ~ Sarah Sawyer

 

                         Wednesday 10th February 2016

 

                                     7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

                                Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

                                Raffle and Refreshments

 

Sarah is coming to tell us about the projects she is involved with in the Wye Valley.  Sarah also formerly worked at Kew Gardens, so please have your questions ready!

*Newsflash To see a review of this meeting please visit our reviews page

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Ruspidge Gardening Club

would like to wish all our members and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

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December Meeting

Posted - December 1st, 2015

Practical Social Evening

Make a Christmas Wreath or Table Decoration

 

 Wednesday 9th December 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle 

 

Refreshments ~ Mulled Wine or Warm Spiced Apple Juice and Mince Pies

 

Christmas Wreath £2 or Table Dec £1

Bring your own greenery

Come along for a Christmas get together!

 

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November Meeting

Posted - October 25th, 2015

Social Evening

Foody Social Evening

with Chutneys, Preserves, Apples, etc

and a Quiz

 

 Wednesday 11th November 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle and Refreshments

Please bring in any nibbles you like, bread, preserves, apple cake, etc. 

Auction of any spares.

 

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October Meeting

Posted - September 20th, 2015

Speaker ~ William Scott

'Restoration of a Walled Garden'

 

 Wednesday 14th October 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, and Refreshments

 

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September Meeting

Posted - September 4th, 2015

Speaker ~ Adrian James

'Hidden Gardens of Cornwall'

 

 Wednesday 9th September 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

 

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Soudley Flower and Produce Show

Posted - August 5th, 2015

Sunday 30th August 2015

 

Entries can be booked in from 9.30-11.30am

Entry to public at 2.15pm

 

Soudley Village Hall

http://www.soudleyflowershow.ukgardeners.com

 

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 March Meeting

Posted - February 28th, 2015

Speaker ~ Andy Pedricks

'Hands on Propagation'

 

 Wednesday 11th March 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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Skittles

Posted - February 15th, 2015

Skittles

Saturday 28th February 2015

7.00-7.30pm start at the White Horse, Soudley

 

Food available at £5 per head:

Scampi and Chips or Sausage and Chips

 

(Money in advance and non returnable)

Payable to Steve Frost

by Saturday 21st Feb (see contacts page)

 

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February Meeting

Posted - January 24th, 2015

 Speaker ~ Belinda Legge

'A Gardener View of Australia'

 

 Wednesday 11th February 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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Ruspidge Gardening Club

would like to wish all our members and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

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December Meeting

Posted - December 1st, 2014

 

Christmas Quiz & Social Evening

 

Wednesday 10th December 2014 

 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

 

After something a bit different last year, a return to our much enjoyed

Christmas quiz hosted by Woody,

and with homemade mulled wine  provided by Pete. How could you refuse!?

 

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle and Refreshments

 

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 Dean Meadows Group

Posted - October 13th, 2014

 

Our members may remember that the club had a visit to the fantastic gardens and meadows at Flaxley last year. They are the founders of Dean Meadows Group www.deanmeadows.org.uk

We have been invited by them to attend their Autumn meeting, if anyone is interested in going, here are the details:

''Our Autumn meeting will be a talk by Mike Kilner, entitled  'Creatures in the Meadow - where do they go'?''

Mike is the spider recorder for South Wales Invertebrate Group and he will talk about what happens to the meadow creatures when you can't see them.
The meeting is at Westbury of Severn Parish Hall on Friday October 24th, starting at 7:30. ( Bar open from 7:00PM).

The meeting is free to DMG members and £5 for non members.

 

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Secret Forest

Posted - October 13th, 2014

 

We were delighted to welcome Duncan and Jeannie Jackson from the Secret Forest.  They came to talk to us about Permaculture principles, and the Permaculture garden that they are developing there.  This talk was much enjoyed by many, and we felt very inspiring and thought provoking!

Just to let all our members and anyone else interested, about the Secret Forest.

 

 

The secret Forest is only 200 yards from Clearwell Caves.  It is an ancient woodland and iron age experience.  Experience many acres of woodland where nature has created a mystical landscape over millions of years

Ancient woodland walks, Iron age village and workings, Permaculture Garden, Educational tours, Wood sculptures, Tea room and Play area.

The woodland is open between 10am and 4pm every day except Christmas Day.

It is opposite Clearwell caves, near Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean. Glos GL16 8JR. 

01594 832535. Website at www.secretforest.co.uk

Please visit the tea room which Jeannie runs.

Fresh coffee, selection of teas and snacks available. Warm and friendly service. Local crafts on show in and around the tearoom and available to buy-including, pottery, cards, handbags, rustic furniture and more.

The tea room is open every weekend and bank holiday 10am-4pm

For Food Foresters Duncan and Jeannie contact 01594 823004

 

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Cheryl's yummy Apple Cake

Posted - October 13th, 2014

 

For the recipe for Cheryl's yummy Apple Cake please see the recipes page 

 

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 September Meeting

Posted - August 29th, 2014

 

Cheese and Wine Evening

 

Wednesday 10th September 2014 

 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

Speaker ~ Pete Graham

Winemaking

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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Summer Newsletter

Posted - August 23th, 2014

 

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August Meeting

Posted - July 25th, 2014

 

AGM and Fruit Punch Evening

Wednesday 13th August 2014 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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December Meeting

Posted - December 1st, 2015

Practical Social Evening

Make a Christmas Wreath or Table Decoration

 

 Wednesday 9th December 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle 

 

Refreshments ~ Mulled Wine or Warm Spiced Apple Juice and Mince Pies

 

Christmas Wreath £2 or Table Dec £1

Bring your own greenery

Come along for a Christmas get together!

 

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November Meeting

Posted - October 25th, 2015

Social Evening

Foody Social Evening

with Chutneys, Preserves, Apples, etc

and a Quiz

 

 Wednesday 11th November 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle and Refreshments

Please bring in any nibbles you like, bread, preserves, apple cake, etc. 

Auction of any spares.

 

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October Meeting

Posted - September 20th, 2015

Speaker ~ William Scott

'Restoration of a Walled Garden'

 

 Wednesday 14th October 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, and Refreshments

 

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September Meeting

Posted - September 4th, 2015

Speaker ~ Adrian James

'Hidden Gardens of Cornwall'

 

 Wednesday 9th September 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

 

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Soudley Flower and Produce Show

Posted - August 5th, 2015

Sunday 30th August 2015

 

Entries can be booked in from 9.30-11.30am

Entry to public at 2.15pm

 

Soudley Village Hall

http://www.soudleyflowershow.ukgardeners.com

 

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 March Meeting

Posted - February 28th, 2015

Speaker ~ Andy Pedricks

'Hands on Propagation'

 

 Wednesday 11th March 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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Skittles

Posted - February 15th, 2015

Skittles

Saturday 28th February 2015

7.00-7.30pm start at the White Horse, Soudley

 

Food available at £5 per head:

Scampi and Chips or Sausage and Chips

 

(Money in advance and non returnable)

Payable to Steve Frost

by Saturday 21st Feb (see contacts page)

 

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February Meeting

Posted - January 24th, 2015

 Speaker ~ Belinda Legge

'A Gardener View of Australia'

 

 Wednesday 11th February 2015

 

7.30pm - 9.15pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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Ruspidge Gardening Club

would like to wish all our members and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

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December Meeting

Posted - December 1st, 2014

 

Christmas Quiz & Social Evening

 

Wednesday 10th December 2014 

 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

 

After something a bit different last year, a return to our much enjoyed

Christmas quiz hosted by Woody,

and with homemade mulled wine  provided by Pete. How could you refuse!?

 

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle and Refreshments

 

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 Dean Meadows Group

Posted - October 13th, 2014

 

Our members may remember that the club had a visit to the fantastic gardens and meadows at Flaxley last year. They are the founders of Dean Meadows Group www.deanmeadows.org.uk

We have been invited by them to attend their Autumn meeting, if anyone is interested in going, here are the details:

''Our Autumn meeting will be a talk by Mike Kilner, entitled  'Creatures in the Meadow - where do they go'?''

Mike is the spider recorder for South Wales Invertebrate Group and he will talk about what happens to the meadow creatures when you can't see them.
The meeting is at Westbury of Severn Parish Hall on Friday October 24th, starting at 7:30. ( Bar open from 7:00PM).

The meeting is free to DMG members and £5 for non members.

 

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Secret Forest

Posted - October 13th, 2014

 

We were delighted to welcome Duncan and Jeannie Jackson from the Secret Forest.  They came to talk to us about Permaculture principles, and the Permaculture garden that they are developing there.  This talk was much enjoyed by many, and we felt very inspiring and thought provoking!

Just to let all our members and anyone else interested, about the Secret Forest.

 

 

The secret Forest is only 200 yards from Clearwell Caves.  It is an ancient woodland and iron age experience.  Experience many acres of woodland where nature has created a mystical landscape over millions of years

Ancient woodland walks, Iron age village and workings, Permaculture Garden, Educational tours, Wood sculptures, Tea room and Play area.

The woodland is open between 10am and 4pm every day except Christmas Day.

It is opposite Clearwell caves, near Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean. Glos GL16 8JR. 

01594 832535. Website at www.secretforest.co.uk

Please visit the tea room which Jeannie runs.

Fresh coffee, selection of teas and snacks available. Warm and friendly service. Local crafts on show in and around the tearoom and available to buy-including, pottery, cards, handbags, rustic furniture and more.

The tea room is open every weekend and bank holiday 10am-4pm

For Food Foresters Duncan and Jeannie contact 01594 823004

 

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Cheryl's yummy Apple Cake

Posted - October 13th, 2014

 

For the recipe for Cheryl's yummy Apple Cake please see the recipes page 

 

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 September Meeting

Posted - August 29th, 2014

 

Cheese and Wine Evening

 

Wednesday 10th September 2014 

 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

 

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

Speaker ~ Pete Graham

Winemaking

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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Summer Newsletter

Posted - August 23th, 2014

 

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August Meeting

Posted - July 25th, 2014

 

AGM and Fruit Punch Evening

Wednesday 13th August 2014 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Raffle, Cake and Refreshments

 

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May Meeting

Posted - April 28th, 2014

 

  Speaker ~ Gail Plant 

  'The Scented Garden Year'

 

  Wednesday 14th May 2014 

  7.30pm - 9.00pm

  Ruspidge Memorial Hall

  All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

 

Gail Plant of Mrs Plant's Herbs in Much Marcle, a sensory, scented, and bee friendly garden designer and plantswoman.  

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Gardens Open Day, Elkstone Village, near Cirencester
Sunday 8th June  2pm - 6pm

 

Posted - April 28th, 2014

 

Elkstone Garden Commitee would very much like a mention. 

'Our open day is held annually and it is really good value for money as it is only £4.00 entry and children go free.

This Open Day not only allows you to amble through twelve private gardens but offers a unique opportunity to savour this very special Cotswold Village in a way not normally acccessible to the casual visitor.

In addition to seeing and enjoying the gardens you can visit our Grade 1 listed Norman Church made extra special on the day with glorious flower displays, you can hear the bells and visit the bell tower, enjoy tractor rides through the surrounding countryside, relax with cream teas, homemade cakes or ice creams and visit stalls to take back a reminder of a special day.

All proceeds go to the upkeep of the village hall and the church.'

More details are on our website. Elkstone Village.com

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Banana Bread

Posted - April 21st, 2014

 

For Sarah's amazingly popular Banana Bread please see the recipes page under cake! Recipes 

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Spring Newsletter

Posted - April 9th, 2014

 

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The Brooks - Open Garden days

Posted - April 9th, 2014

 

You may be interested to know that Marion Stainton who came to speak to us last year on 'Murder, Magic and Plant Potions from your Garden' is opening her garden 'The Brooks' with the NGS.
The dates are Sunday 8th June 2014 and Sunday 21st September 2014, 2pm-5.30pm.
They serve home-made cakes and tea/coffee and usually have a good range of plants for sale, (possibly some pottery this year).

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North Staffordshire Hostas

Posted - April 9th, 2014

 

We have received an email from Robert Barlow of North Staffordshire Hostas introducing themselves, a small family business specialising in the growing and selling of Hostas.

They currently have over 250 varieties in their collection,  many of which are available for purchase.  A catalogue detailing the varieties available in their collection can be viewed or downloaded from the website at www.northstaffordshirehostas.co.uk

They offer a postal service to customers.

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April Meeting                                                                              

Posted - March, 25th, 2014

  

Speaker ~ John Fitzpatrick

'Alpines'

Wednesday 9th April 2014 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

  

John is the editor of The Alpine Gardener, the journal of the Alpine Garden Society.  At the Chelsea Flower Show last year he was a member of the team that built a garden for the AGS, for which they won a Gold Medal.  He also helped to build a Gold medal-winning garden at Chelsea in 2011. John is also a professional gardener, having trained at Pershore College, and works in a few large private gardens in the Monmouth area.

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March Meeting

Posted - February 27th, 2014 

 

Speaker ~ Dr Keith Ferguson

Wednesday 12th March 2014 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

'Growing and Storing Vegetables'

 

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February Meeting

Posted - January 12th, 2014

 Speaker ~ Bob Train

Wednesday 12th February 2014 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

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'Learn how to get more from your camera'

Bob has 30 years of award winning experience and will share with us how to:

Photograph your garden

Capture special moments easily

Compose stunning shots with confidence

Understand your camera programes.

So bring along your camera for advice from Bob. You might find a feature you didn't know about!

 

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New Year Newsletter

Posted - January 9th, 2014

 

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January Meeting

Posted - January 2nd, 2014

 

January Social Evening

Wednesday 8th January 2014 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

  

Please come along and join us for a New Year get together and catch up.  We will be having a Soup and Roll supper and Quiz specially devised for us by our member and plant knowledge expert Judy! 

Also something new a small 'Bring and Buy Sale.

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  Ruspidge Gardening Club

would like to wish all our members and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

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Other events

Posted - November 21th, 2013

 

Keep an eye on the events page for any updates.

 New:

  *A trip to Colesbourne Park to see the snowdrops,                16th February 2014 (Sunday)

 *Bring and buy sale at our January meeting. Please consider   donating any unwanted Christmas presents or homemade   items!

 *February meeting updated 

 Events (click)

 

*Also have a look at the competitions page for our new system of scoring entries, and upcoming competition categories. Competitions (click)

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December Meeting

Posted - November 15th, 2013

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Wreath making demonstration with Sadie Kilby

Wednesday 11th December 2013 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Sadie will be coming to demonstrate how to make a Christmas wreath.  

Come along  have a go at making your own wreath, and then why not enter it in to the competition before you take it home? Please bring some greenery for making your wreath if possible, or anything you would like to decorate it with.

 

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Competition results

Posted - November 15th, 2013

 

November 2013

Category 1 ~ 3 apples or 3 pears           Category 2 ~ group of autumn or evergren leaves

1st place - Judy Young                            1st place - Janet Willett

2nd place - Pete & Sally Graham            2nd place - Judy Young

3rd place - Janet Willett                           3rd place - Lisa Woodward

                                                                 3rd place - Pete & Sally Graham

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November Meeting

Posted - October 16th, 2013

 

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Severn Cider

Wednesday 13th November 2013 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

All non-members and newcomers most welcome

 

Severn Cider of Awre are coming to give us a talk about the process of cider making with samples and recipe ideas for using apples and cider in cooking.

  

Apple themed food evening

Please bring along your favourite apple dish to share

    

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Competition results

Posted - October 14th, 2013 

 

October 2013

Category 1 ~ a pumpkin or squash             Category 2 ~ a spray of berries

1st place - Lisa Woodward                          1st place - Judy Young

2nd place - Pete & Sally Graham                 2nd place - Lisa Woodward

3rd place - Judy Young                                 3rd place - Janet Willett

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Autumn Newsletter

Posted - October 9th, 2013

 

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October meeting

Posted - September 16th, 2013

 

Wednesday 9th October 2013 

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall  

Speaker ~ Fiona Warin  'Lost the Plot'

 We're really looking forward to our Speaker in October,

please come and join us  

All members, non members and newcomers most welcome  

A quote from another group

 

           

'The undoubted highlight of the evening was a unique presentation from Fiona Warin, the Allotment Officer for Cheltenham District Council. Her talk gave a comprehensive insight into the history and development of community allotments. A very unusual topic entitled 'Lost the Plot' was entertaining, informative, educational and very funny.'

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September meeting

Posted - September 9th, 2013

 

September Social Evening

11th September 2013

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Ruspidge Memorial Hall

 

Membership Renewals

Bulb sales ~ Early Crocus & Minature Narcissii

Bring a photo of your garden (optional)

Bring in anything you have grown for a Mini harvest celebration

Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a years membership for free!

 

All non members and newcomers welcome

 

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August meeting

Posted - July 30th, 2013

 

A.G.M and Pimms Evening

 

Wednesday 14th August 2013

 

7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

  

 

RUSPIDGE MEMORIAL HALL

 

Cake, Raffle, Nibbles

 

 

All members and newcomers welcome

 

 

 

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July newsletter

Posted - July 11th, 2013

 

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July Meeting

Posted - June 15th, 2013

 

  Please come and join us for our July meeting

 

 Speaker ~

  Paul Green

  Paul has a specialist plant nursery in Newent 

  and will give advice on grouping plants to get

  the best effects.

 

  Meeting extended to 9.30pm

 

 

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The Meeting House

Posted - June 15th, 2013

 

Orchids, buttercups and raindrops!

 

The weather was very unkind, but the meadows were amazing. The gardens were beautiful and the vegetables were huge!

The Meeting House, near Flaxley, well worth a visit.

Owners also founded ~

Dean Meadows Group

www.deanmeadows.org.uk

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June Garden Visit

Posted - May 8th, 2013

 

For our June meeting on Wednesday 12th June 2013, instead of a speaker at the hall we are going out for a garden visit!

 

 The Meeting House, Flaxley, newly open with the NGS, is a cottage  with 2 acres developed by owners over the last 18yrs. Hedges, lawns,  herbaceous borders, organic fruit trees, soft fruit and vegetables, greenhouse, orchard with wild flowers, reed bed sewage system and Japanese Shingon Buddhist dojo. Also open, are the surrounding 17 acres of wild flower meadows, old and new orchards and ponds, managed for conservation.

The Meeting House, New Road, Flaxley, Newnham GL14 1JS.  The tour starts at 7pm, but we are meeting at Ruspidge Hall at 6.30pm to arrange car sharing to the garden.  The cost is £4 per person, (total cost £5 but £1 each covered by the club). Please note, there will be no refreshments available at the garden. 

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 Bulbs at Ruspidge Park

Posted - April 22nd, 2013

 

        

    Our new bulbs at the park are flowering and don't they look lovely.

    If anyone else has pictures please email them to us!

    (Bulb planting at Ruspidge Park)

 

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Skittles

Posted - April 22nd, 2013

We had a great turnout at our Skittles evening and hope that everyone enjoyed themselves.  Everyone gave it their best shot including Sarah who brought new meaning to the game 'Killer' when she nearly gained an extra 'life' by taking out Pete and the other members of his table with her first throw!

It was really great to meet some of the Soudley Flower Show gang, thank you for coming. 

Also thanks to the White Horse, Soudley for having us and providing the nosh (ploughmans, right).

 

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May meeting

Posted - April 10th, 2013

 

 

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April newsletter

Posted - April 10th, 2013

 

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Skittles

Posted -  March 21st, 2013

 

Skittles Night now rescheduled for April 20th, 2013

The White Horse, Soudley, 7pm

Buffet £5

Please come and join us for this social occasion!

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April meeting

Posted -  March 14th, 2013

 

 

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March meeting

Posted -  February 14th, 2013

 

 

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February meeting 

Posted -  February 9th, 2013

 

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Posted - January 18th, 2013

 

Skittles Night postponed

regrettably due to concern over travelling for some

many apologies for any inconvenience

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January newsletter

Posted - January 9th, 2013

 

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 Ruspidge Gardening Club

would like to wish all our members and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Next meeting

Posted - December 13th  2012

 

 

Come along to our Skittles Evening ~

 

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November meeting news

November 2nd, 2012

  November Meeting

 

7.30 pm to 9.00 pm 

 

Wednesday 14th November 2012 

 

RUSPIDGE MEMORIAL HALL

 

All members and newcomers welcome

 

Winter tool maintenance and tool sharpening

Club workshop

 

Raffle

Refreshments

 

Contact Steve 838285 or Hazel 822992

 

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Bulb planting at Ruspidge Park

October 7th, 2012

 

Many thanks to all our members who turned out on their Sunday afternoon to help out with the  latest club project to improve our community with a mass planting of bulbs in Ruspidge Park.

Thanks also to the Parish Council for providing the grant. 

 

Some of the bulb planting team

Please see the gallery for the rest of the album!

 

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Announcement

August 16th, 2012  

 

Rupidge Gardening Club regret to announce, for personal reasons, the following committee members had decided not to stand for re-election.  The new committee and all the members would like to take this opportunity to thank Nicky Herbert (Chair),  Linda Weatherley (Treasurer),  Lisa Woodward (Vice-chair), and Claire Herbert (Tea maker extraordinaire) for all their hard work and dedication, and for the contribution they have made to the club.  We wish them well in everything they do. 

 

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 Wilton Castle, Ross on Wye

June 13th, 2012

  

Step this way for pictures of our visit to this romantic 12th century marcher castle and gardens.

Breathtakingly beautiful and unique, we thoroughly recommend it.  www.wiltoncastle.co.uk

 

Please see the gallery for the rest of the album!

 

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Lydney Spring Gardens

May 20th, 2012

 

Please visit the gallery for more pictures of our club visit to the stunning Lydney Spring Gardens.

 

 

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Ruspidge in bloom!

March 16th, 2012

 

Ruspidge is a village in bloom this spring as members of the local gardening club donated hundreds

 

of bulbs to brighten up the village.   The crocus have been and gone, but the daffodils are creating a wonderful display right now. 

 

 

Members report seeing locals sitting on the bench and enjoying the flowers.  RGC are

planning what they can do next to improve their local environment, and discussions are underway 

for a 'Jubilee' planting.  Watch this space! 

 

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News about Soudley Flower Show

February 20th, 2012

 

Please check out their website for further details 

 

Show date:  Sunday 26 August 2012
 

 

 

The 28th annual show will be held at Soudley Village Hall on Sunday 26th AUGUST 2012 and will have 70 categories for judging. All exhibits must be at the Village Hall between 9.30am and 11.30am. EXHIBITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 2.00pm. Exhibits may be retained or auctioned at owners request. Any exhibit not to be sold by auction must be removed from the show before the auction commences, but not before 4.00pm.   

 

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December 13th, 2011 

 

What a lovely evening we had!   The results are in.  In 1st place...Greene Grahams with 20.5 points, Four Muskateers with 19.5, Bird brains with 18.5, Bluebells with 17.5, and Last Years Winners...NOT in last place again with 16.5!!!  Thanks to everyone for coming and all the lovely nosh.  *HAPPY CHRISTMAS*

 

 

 

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Ruspidge Bulb Planting

October 2nd, 2011

 

It was all hands on deck  this Sunday afternoon to plants hundreds of Narcissii bulbs around

 the Ruspidge sign and Hart's Green area.  A further 1000 Crocus bulbs are to be planted under

 the chestnut trees, and more Narcissii at the Soudley end of the village. The bulb were donated

 by Ruspidge Gardening Club, and hopefully come the spring Ruspidge will be a village in bloom!

 

  

 

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Highgrove  

 

HRH The Prince of Wales has spent 30 years transforming the grounds of Highgrove into what have been acknowledged as some of the most inspired and innovative gardens in the United Kingdom.

 

His Royal Highness’s strict adherence to organic and sustainable methods has helped create gardens which are both magical and intriguing while being environmentally sound; encouraging both plants and wildlife to thrive.

 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Our trip to Highgrove is fast approaching.....

 

If you are going on the trip you will need ID.  A picture ID, passport or driving licence, or two utility bills.

 

We plan to leave the hall at 10am and travel to Tetbury, where we will be stopping for a while.

 

Our tour at Highgrove starts at 1.30pm is approx two miles around, and lasts for two and a half to three hours. 

 

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West Dean Gardens - A road ramble around the South Downs led to a surprise visit to a garden that made me say ‘wow’! Parkland surrounds the original family mansion, now West Dean College teaching in a variety of arts, crafts and conservation subjects. Throughout the gardens, wildflower meadows give way to formal bedding and herbaceous borders all linked by sweeping lawns. I highly recommend in particular the restored walled Victorian kitchen gardens. ‘Here, an extensive range of gleaming Victorian glasshouses packed with everything from orchids to aubergines. Trained fruit and, herbaceous borders and row upon row of perfect fruit and vegetables celebrate the skills and expertise of the craftsman gardener’. ‘High class horticulture in a historic setting’ ~ Gardens Manager
 

 

They currently have over 250 varieties of hostas in their collection, of which many varieties are available for purchase.  They offer a postal service to customers.
A catalogue detailing the varieties currently in the collection can be viewed or downloaded from the website:- http://www.northstaffordshirehostas.co.uk/
Further details can be found at   www.marionet.co.uk/the_brooks