Garden Society

The Society was formed many years ago and currently has 30 members.  We meet in the village Memorial Hall on the second Wednesday  most months of  the year.  Meetings start at 7.30 pm and after a presentation by a guest speaker refreshments are served.

Guest speakers cover all aspects of horticulture and nature and recent subjects have included roses; camellias; clematis;  carnivorous and herbaceous plants; organic gardens;  vegetables and many others.  Owls; other birds; bees and garden worms have also been featured.

In addition there have been ‘garden’ talks including Lukesland; Torre Abbey; Dartington and The Keukenhoff.    Coach trips have included Rosemoor; Kilver Court; Wells Priory and Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens and Swannery among many others.

There is a Mini Garden Show every August which is combined with a Dutch Supper and an annual New Year’s Lunch usually held at Dainton Golf Course.

New members and visitors are very welcome.   Annual membership is £4 per person and there is a £2 entrance charge (£3 for visitors) to each meeting.

For more information please contact:-

Christine Ashton  (Secretary)                  01626 364543  or

Richard Fitzgerald  (Chairman)             01626 337814


OGWELL GARDEN SOCIETY PROGRAMME FOR 2018

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP £4pp   ENTRANCE FEE £2pp or £3pp non members

7.30pm in OGWELL MEMORIAL HALL

WED 10TH OCT       MANDY BARBER ON ‘INCREDIBLE   VEGETABLES’

 WED 14TH NOV     PAULA STEER ‘FROM LILYWARNE WOOL’

WED 12TH DEC       SUSAN HARLE  ‘TALK ON BEES’ + PRODUCE FOR SALE

WED 9TH JAN          NEW YEAR LUNCH AT DAINTON

DETAILS ON  01626 364543

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OGWELL GARDEN SOCIETY NOVEMBER REPORT 2018

After a beautiful sunny October day the society met at 7.30pm on the evening of Wed 10th October in the Memorial Hall. Richard Fitzgerald opened the meeting with references to the wonderful colours that the leaves are turning and the lovely display of flowers in St. Bartholomew’s Church flower festival which we did help to sponsor this year. He then welcomed our speaker Mandy Barber from ‘Incredible Vegetables’.

Mandy has a nursery nr Ashburton and specialises in rare perennial vegetables and unusual edible plants. She cultivates many rare long lost vegetables bringing them back into circulation and passing them on to others to encourage more growth. Perennial vegetables just keep growing and after harvest they just carry on for up to 5yrs so we can all see the economics of that. There are around 80,000 edible plants in the world and we only use around 20% of them. Mandy went on to explain that when the ground has been prepared and planted she does no more digging instead using organic green manure like red clover which covers ground quickly and will break down adding plenty of nutrients to your soil. She plants 60% perennial vegetables and under plants with 40% edible plants so there is no spaces left for weeds to grow. She went on to show many colourful slides of the nursery plot explaining each rare vegetable some growing up to 6ft high. There was a Cauasion Spinach a climbing plant which can survive down to -25c and has lovely hanging white flowers, a very old Tudor vegetable which was the for runner of the potato called a Skirret it had long white tubers which are sweet  and with lovely flowers, again grow up to 6ft tall and like with Dahlias the tubers can be split and grown on each year. There was a 9 star Broccoli a very rare plant which looks like 9 florets of cauliflower on one plant , the Taunton Deane Cottager Kale a local rare plant which would have been found in local cottage gardens,  it is very resistant to pest and produces food all year round, A purple tree Collard which looked like a huge purple mass growing up to 6ft. Mandy had to wait 5yrs to get her first specimen and even a plant called the walking onion because when it sends it flower head up they produce small onions which when they become too heavy cause the flower head to fall back to the ground and replant themselves, looked amazing. She described many more and brought some small plants and seeds to sell. It was a fascinating subject which we all enjoyed.

Stem of the month was won by Richard Fitzgerald with a lovely red flowering Leycesteria.

Our next meeting on Wed 14th November will be Paula Steer from Lily Warne Wool ‘from farm to yarn’. All welcome come and join us we are a very sociable crowd always looking for new members. Entry fee, £2pp non members £3. incl. refreshments. Please contact sec, Christine Ashton tel 364543 or Richard Fitzgerald chairman tel. 337814

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