Nick Dunn of Frank P Matthews Ltd is going to talk to us on 'Ornamental Trees'. Nick grew up surrounded by trees, the third generation in a family nursery business established in 1901. He is one of the UK's leading authorities on the propagation and care of both ornamental and fruit trees. He will be giving us lots of advice and help us decide on what trees are best for our gardens. He is also the author of a must have book - Trees for your garden. To find out more the web site is here.
Kevin Alviti is coming to talk to us about UNUSUAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES. Kevin is Programme Secretary's, Julie Alviti's, son. He is a stay at home Dad with 3 children under the age of 5, and has a 15 acre smallholding. He has 30 sheep with lambs on most of the land and on the rest he has fruit trees and vegetables. He is passionate about growing food for his family and eventually to sell. He is very interested in unusual fruits and vegetables and grows quite a few on his smallholding. He will bring along a few for us to see. He writes a popular blog called an englishhomestead
Outing to Apley Walled Garden (between Bridgnorth and Telford
10.00 am meet at Apley Farm Shop TF11 9EF on A442 for Tea/Coffee, scones/cake.
Guided tour of the Walled garden followed by lunch at the Creamery café which we will order when we meet at 10.00 am.
Morning refreshments plus Garden tour £14.00 - Please send a cheque (Caynham Gardening Society) for £14.00 to Chris King, Pervin Cottage, Caynham, Ludlow, Shropshire. SY8 3BP before August 21st.
In the afternoon, a visit to Dudmaston (National Trust) is suggested to round off the day.
Paul Green of 'Greens Leaves Nursery' is coming to talk to us on 'Sensory Sensations'
Paul has talked to us before and gives an informative, hands on talk with lots of plants to look at, talk about and buy. The plants he will be talking about are going to be those with perfume and sensory leaves.
He says about his nursery -
"Greens Leaves started supplying plants back in 1994 and rather than emulate many other nurseries already in existence, decided to specialise in rare and unusual plants from around the world, suitable for growing in the UK.
By far the majority of plants we supply are grown in our Gloucestershire nursery and any new varieties are always tested for hardiness given the UK’s demanding climate. We are always more than happy to advise you on any particular plant’s suitability for your particular location and soil type." See his website here
Three members are kindly opening their gardens for us on this evening. We look forward to seeing them.
Everyone come to CAYNHAM VILLAGE HALL between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm to pick up their map of the 3 gardens open. The hall will be locked at 7.00 pm until 8.00 pm. Please bring a normal size plate of food to share, either savoury or sweet. After visiting the 3 gardens supper will follow in the village hall.
Our annual plant sale starts at 10.00 and finishes at 12.00 noon. Tell as many friends as possible. Entry, coffee and biscuits £1.00. All donations of labelled plants gratefully received. Please bring between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm Friday evening or if this is not possible bring with you ready labelled on the morning of the sale. We also have a raffle and would love to have donations for this. There is also a produce and bric a brac stall.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Chinese purple bell vine ready for the plant sale.