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 2019
WED 13TH MARCH ‘THE WONDERS OF SPRING’ 7.30pm BY TERRY UNDERHILL
WED 10TH APRIL ‘THE GREEN HEART PROJECT IN COCKINGTON’ 7.30pm BY HANNAH WORTHINGTON
WED 15TH MAY ALL DAY COACH TRIP TO MINTERNE HOUSE AND GARDENS 8.30am
WED 12TH JUNE ‘LILIES AND MORE’ BY JULIAN SUTTON 7.30pm
SAT 22ND JUNE OGWELL FETE PLANT STALL NOON.
WED 10TH JULY EVENING VISIT TO QUARRY FARM – SEE HOW AQUAPONICS WORK 7pm
WED 14TH AUG MINI SHOW FOLLOWED BY DUTCH SUPPER 7.30pm
FRI 6TH SEP. AFTERNOON VISIT TO CADHAY MANNOR AND GARDENS INCL AFTERNNOON TEA 1.30pm
WED 9TH OCT ‘THE IMMORTAL GARDNER’ BY ALI MARSHALL 7.30pm
WED 13TH NOV ‘THE SLAVE TRADE’ BY JEREMY WILSON 7.30pm
WED 11TH DEC ‘CHRISTMAS PLANTS BY PETER BURKE 7.30pm
WED 15TH JAN 2020 NEW YEAR LUNCH AT DAINTON 12.30pm
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP £4pp ENTRANCE FEE £2pp or £3pp non members
MEETINGS START 7.30pm in OGWELL MEMORIAL HALL (UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE)
ALL ENQUIRIES TO CHRISTINE ASHTON (SECRETARY) on 01626 364543
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OGWELL GARDEN SOCIETY REPORT FOR MAY 2019.
Our coach trip on Wed 15th May 2019 to Minterne House and Gardens was a fabulous day out. The weather was beautiful, the gardens fantastic.
We left Ogwell at 8.30am and arrived at Minterne Magna in Dorset at 10.30am. Minterne House is a private residence but can be booked for a private talk and tour by Lord Digby. We were shown into a reception room full of interesting pictures of family members and huge paintings depicting the families navy connections. Lord Henry Digby then introduced him self and spoke of his family history which goes back to 1620. Admiral Sir Henry Digby was captain of the H.M.S Africa during the battle of Trafalgar. He made his money from many captured ships while serving in the navy and one very important one which was the Santa Brigida a Spanish treasure ship. This gave his crew £182 each and over £40,000 for himself a vast amount of money which enable him to reconstruct Minterne House. The grounds were barren with a valley below, nothing would grow due to the severe winds that blew down the valley.
The first thing they did was employ 40 of his crew to work on the valley planting a tree windbreak at the top of the valley then damming the river using discarded round ballast stones from the quay side at Portsmouth and making 11 waterfalls they look so natural today. He used to ask Capability Brown for advice on planting and it was found that the ground in the valley was very acidic which was great for planting Rhododendrons and Azaleas. The great plant hunter Ernest Wilson had many expeditions to the Himalayas in the 19th century and brought seed to Minterne these can be seen in all their glory in the valley today. The range of colours is amazing and they are still cross pollinating today to find even more colours.
We were shown into the family lounge and told of the many exploits of Jane Digby his daughter who in 1830 was divorced by her husband Lord Ellenorough this caused quite a scandal in the family she went on to have another 3 marriages and finally settled in Damascus were she loved to paint and some of these pictures can be seen in the house today. A book called A Scandulous life is available to buy today.
After a lovely lunch we walked round the grounds at leisure finally having refreshments on the terrace. We arrive back at 5.30pm. A very interesting and amazing day out.
Our next meeting will be on Wed 12th June .A talk on ‘Lilies and More’ by Julian Sutton. The Ogwell fete is on Sat 22nd June anyone with spare plants can you bring them along to our plant stall by 11.30am please. For any further information contact Richard Fitzgerald on 337814 or Chris Ashton 364543.
The Annual membership fee is due still at £4pp a great bargain, so come along and meet a very friendly group of fellow gardeners. For more information contact Christine Ashton sec. tel 364543 or Richard Fitzgerald chairman tel. 337814.