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South Wales

About the Group

The group meets in the Williams Memorial Hall, Main Road, Coychurch, Bridgend CF35 5HD. (map)
Sue Dockerill
01443 402999
For full details visit the South Wales Group website

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 2.00pm unless otherwise stated

Sunday January 13th, 2019
‘Blackthorn Nursery through the seasons – Glorious June’
John Evans
Saturday February 16th, 2019     Please note change of date from Sunday to Saturday
‘White Fever’
Richard Williams

Richard will be bringing plants for sale.
Saturday March 16th, 2019
‘The subtle art and exact science of pruning’
Timothy Walker
Saturday April 6th, 2019
AGM followed by
‘The Spring Flowering of Crete’
Chris Birchall.

Chris will be bringing plants for sale
Saturday May 25th, 2019
Members Plant Sale at Lesser Town Hall, Cowbridge.
This is an important fund-raising event for the Group – bring plants or cakes if you can, but otherwise just be tempted by the plants and enjoy the refreshments.
Doors open 9.00am for donations of plants and cakes, at 9.30am for group members and 10.00am for general public. Sale ends at 12.30 midday.
Thursday June 27th, 2019
Coach Trip to West Wales, Treffgarne Hall near Haverfordwest and Llwyngarreg near Whitland.
We are heading west so an earlier start this time for the Cardiff West and Sarn pick-ups and a more leisurely start for our western members. We will be visiting 2 gardens that are open under the NGS and by appointment. In the morning we will visit Treffgarne Hall near Haverfordwest which has a stunning hilltop location with panoramic views and a 4 acre garden planted for year round interest. In the afternoon we will visit Llwyngarreg, near Whitland, a garden started in 2000 from a 2 acre field and now reaching maturity, containing many rarities, with a 40m perennial border, a woodland area, wildlife ponds, gravel terraces and a sunken garden with exotics. There will be tea/coffee with biscuits in the morning and tea/coffee and cake in the afternoon. As usual bring your packed lunch. The cost of the trip will be approximately £29 depending on numbers.
Saturday August 17th, 2019
Coach Trip to Walled Garden Nursery near Malmesbury and Miserden Manor near Stroud.
First we will stop at the Walled Garden Nursery, a small nursery near Malmsbury which specialises in Clematis and other climbers, with some shrubs and perennials. There are no toilet facilities so we will make a brief comfort stop at the nearest services beforehand. There are no teas available so bring a flask or pick up a drink at the services. In the afternoon we will visit the gardens of Miserden Manor near Stroud which has a walled garden, a notable topiary yew walk designed by Lutyens and mixed borders with roses, clematis, shrubs and perennials. There are spectacular views over a deer park and the rolling Cotswold hills beyond. It also has a nursery with an extensive range of plants. There will be a ‘cream tea’ available with scone, cream and jam and tea/coffee before departure. As usual bring a packed lunch to eat on the coach.
The cost of the trip will be approximately £30 depending on numbers.
Sunday, September 1st, 2019 from 2 pm
Members Garden Visit.
Sue Duffield’s garden 

Sue welcomes us to visit and tells us “The garden is about 0.3 of an acre and is mostly flat. There is a large lawn, trees, flower beds with shrubs and perennials, 2 greenhouses, a fruit cage and a wildlife pond under construction. I have a large collection of pelargoniums including many unusual species pelargoniums a lot of these are in pots on the patio. There is a collection of Aeoniums and other exotics.”
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 
'The Cottage Garden into the 21st century'
Neil Lovesey
Saturday, November 16th, 2019 
'The Gardens of Cork and Waterford'
Neil Barry
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 
'Making the Most of a Small Garden'
Sheena Crossley

2020 Programme

Saturday, January 18th, 2020 
'Hardy, Unusual, but Obtainable Plants'
Kevin Pratt
Sunday, February 16th, 2020 
'Blackthorn Nursery through the seasons: July to October'
Jon Evans
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 
Samantha Hope
Saturday, April 18th, 2020 
AGM and
'For Us, not Them'
Julian Sutton

2018 Programme

20th January, 2018 
'Ferns - Fancy Fronds?'
Sue and Brian Dockerill
24th February, 2018 
'Shady Characters'
Andrew Ward
18th March, 2018
Brian Whitton
21st April, 2018
'Buy it, plant it, kill it'
Amanda Potter
Thursday 24th May, 2018
Coach trip Caves Folly nursery, Colwall near Malvern,
plus a visit to Perrycroft Gardens, Colwall.
Saturday 26th May, 2018
Members Plant sale at Lesser Town Hall, Cowbridge.
Open for members from 9.00 am – 12.00 Open for public from 10.00 to 12noon.
Thursday 21st June to Sunday 24th, 2018
Weekend away to Hampshire.
Sunday 22nd July, 2018
Members and Friends Garden Visit
Saturday 18th August, 2018
Coach trip Kilver Court in Somerset, plus a
visit to a Piet Oudolph garden, Hauser & Wirth.
Sunday 9th September, 2018
'Primulas – A diverse range of plants'
Peter Foley
Saturday October 20th, 2018
EGM – regarding amendments to Constitution.
Hilary Collins.

Hilary will be bringing plants for sale. To pre-order ring 01905888098
Saturday November 17th, 2018
‘Water plants & gardens’
Richard Cain.

Richard will be bringing plants for sale, to pre-order ring 01905888098 – Penlan Perennials.
Saturday December 15th, 2018
‘Bulbs for the unusual’
Ross Barbour.

Ross will be bringing plants for sale. To pre-order ring 01684540416. Old Court Nursery
Tea/Coffee and mince pies to be provided.

2017 Programme

21st January, 2017
'A visit to New Zealand and plants that grow there'
Howard Wills

4th February, 2017 
Charles Pridham

February 2017
Snowdrop visit to Cumnor, nr Oxford(Alice Munsey) and Kingston Bagpuize

18th March, 2017 
'Wildlife Gardening'
Jenny Steel

22nd April, 2017
'Epimediums and companions'
Sally Gregson
27th May, 2017
Members Plant sale at Lesser Town Hall, Cowbridge.
Doors open at 8.00am for delivery of plants & cakes (no cream).
Open for members from 9.00 am – 12.00 Open for public from 10.00 to 12noon.
Any donations of plants or cakes (no cream) will be gratefully appreciated.
29th June, 2017
Coach trip
Morning visit to Elworthy Cottage, Elworthy, Taunton
A small nursery at the eastern end of the Brendon Hills in West Somerset, specialising in unusual herbaceous perennials, especially hardy geraniums, geums, grasses, pulmonarias, astrantias, crocosmias, violas & primroses. The one acre garden has been developed to blend sympathetically with the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and to encourage wildlife. Island beds have been created to accommodate the evergrowing collection of plants, chosen to give year-round interest. The garden also contains many interesting and unusual trees and shrubs.
Afternoon visit to Yeo Valley Organic Garden and Garden Café, Blagdon, North Somerset.
Yeo Valley has grown over the last 50 years from a smallholding into the UK’s no.1 organic dairy brand. Their organic garden is one of only a handful of ornamental gardens in Britain to be certified organic by The Soil Association. It has been developed over the last 18 years to turn six and a half acres of land into a diverse, seasonal patchwork of ornamental and edible planting areas. The café overlooks the garden, serving lunches and afternoon tea, all made with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced in and around the valley (not included in the cost of the trip).
29th July, 2017 from 2pm
Members garden visit to Elinor Norris, please contact the Group for details
16th September, 2017
Coach Trip 
Morning visit to The Old Rectory, Thruxton, south of Hereford.
The four acre garden is set around The Old Rectory and enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. It is a young garden, created since 2007, with a formal garden of two acres, woodland borders, an orchard, glasshouse, wildlife pond and a vegetable parterre. It has good spring interest, is particularly good in June and has strong late summer colour in September.​
Afternoon visit to Kentchurch Court, Pontrilas, Hereford. The gardens have developed over the years since John Lucy Scudamore inherited the house in 1815. Much of the 25 acre gardens roots can be found in the picturesque landscape style, popular during that period. The borders in the walled garden house a comprehensive collection of herbaceous perennials including geraniums, digitalis, nepeta, rudbekia and asters. Many of the plants are grown on the Estate and are available for sale in the nursery. There is a vegetable garden, rhododendron walk and a deer park. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available in the café (not included in cost of trip).
14th October, 2017
Completion of April’s AGM followed by
'Versatile world of Abutilons and other perennial obsessions'
Leila Jackson 
18th November, 2017
Roger Umpleby
'Bugs - Friends and Foes in the garden'
9th December, 2017
Hall booked from 12noon to 5 pm.
Xmas Social – Buffet supplied by members
Raffle prizes will be bespoke gift vouchers to be used to buy plants at future meetings.
Our competition this year is a Winter Flower Arrangement. 
'A labour of love'
Rob Potterton

2016 Programme

Saturday 16th January, 2016 
'Hardy Geraniums'
Julie Ritchie

Sunday 14th February, 2016 
Jim Almond

Saturday 12th March, 2016 
'Patagonian Plants in British Gardens'
Keith Ferguson

Saturday 16th April, 2016 
'Love it or loathe it'
Lady Rosemary Fitzgerald

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May, 2016 
Plant sale
at National Botanic Gardens - run by the Friends of the National Botanic Gardens.

Saturday 28th May, 2016 
Members Plant sale
at Lesser Town Hall, Cowbridge.
Doors open at 8.00am for delivery of plants & cakes (no cream). Open for members from 9.00 am - 12.00 Open for public from 10.00 to 12noon. Any donations of plants or cakes (no cream) will be gratefully appreciated

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th June, 2016 
Weekend Coach Trip
a long weekend trip to Cheshire. We will be travelling with Edwards Coaches and staying at a Best Weston Hotel in Crewe.
Note: This trip is now fully booked, should you wish to enquire about cancellations, please contact Jan Thomas (02920 890430) or Jean Baker (01446 773325)

Saturday 2nd July, 2016 
Coach Trip
Vellacott (an NGS Garden) and Mill Cottage Plants.See Newsletter for details

Saturday 6th August, 2016 
Coach Trip
Grantsfield in the morning andHampton Court Gardens in the afternoon. See Newsletter for details

Sunday 4th September, 2016 
Members Garden visit & plant sale
See Newsletter for details

Sunday 11th September, 2016 
'Tulips for the Garden'
John Amand
To be held at normal venue in Coychurch

Sunday 11th December 2016
Hall booked from 12noon to 5 pm.
Xmas Social – Buffet supplied by members
Raffle prizes will be bespoke gift vouchers to be used to buy plants at future meetings.
Photographic Competition, 3 categories
 My favourite plant of the year.
 In my garden.
 Garden I visited.
Talk - Aberglasney Special
Joseph Atkin- will be bringing plants.

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