Virtual (and real) gardening

1. Practical gardening at our next virtual meeting

Our next meeting on 2nd June will feature a series of practical gardening clips with a chance for discussion after each. Subjects include clematis, dead heading roses, the Chelsea chop and how to sharpen secateurs. An invitation has been sent to members but please email us if you would like to join in.

2. Gardeners Question Time Podcast

Our May meeting attracted 25 gardeners to an online question time with Miranda Janatka, Nina Hundt, Jean Waldman, Kimberley Watson and Nancy Korman on the panel. Subjects included pottager gardening, companion planting, how to treat bulbs after flowering, dahlias and peonies, hotbins and ponds! Here is an audio recording link so that you can listen to it at your leisure just like a podcast:

3. A virtual Flower and Produce show

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic the gardening club has had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Flower and Produce Show. It is especially sad when so many people are growing vegetables, fruit and flowers for the very first time in lockdown. To this end we want to showcase what our community is growing and we would like everyone to share their images on our facebook page. For those of you not on social media – please send them to us by email so we can upload them to a dedicated page on our website. Please include your first name, street and age if under 18.
This means the famous dog show is also cancelled. We are asking for photos and drawings of your pets and garden wildlife instead. Get busy over the summer drawing and photographing your cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, butterflies, pondlife and anything else you encounter. We will collect images from adults and children in August and hope to be able to arrange an outdoor exhibition in de Beauvoir Square before the end of the summer.

4. NGS open gardens in de Beauvoir

Hot off the press is the news that we can soon allowed to visit one another’s gardens and our members have been offered a very private view of De Beauvoir’s four gardens which normally open as part of the National Garden Scheme. I will post full details in an email next week, needless to say there will be a strict rota and limited places to make it safe. The event will be ticketed with proceeds going to NGS who support nurses, making them a particularly worthy charity.