Our talk this month by Chrissy Ching was on Potagers.
Chrissy informed us that a Potager is a way of growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers together which must look beautiful and be edible. A Potager may be simple or elaborate in design and are traditionally symmetrical being laid out in rectangles and straight lines but curves are acceptable nowadays.
Chrissy took us through a few examples including the William Lawson inspired potager of Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House, where coloured cabbages grow beside lavender in beds that follow tradition by being edged in clipped box.
The Old Rectory Garden at Sudborough was designed by Rosemary Verey who added height by training fruit trees together whilst young to form arches which look pretty and also provide more fruit.
Chrissy talked about different coloured vegetables, stepover fruit, companion planting, the 3 sisters planting system and adding interest with pots, beehives, cloches, topiary and the pattern of brick paths.
I think we will all be looking at our plots in a different light from now on!
Gardening in a small space and need some inspiration?
join us for our next zoom meeting on April 13th when Chrissy Ching will be advising us how to make the most of our plots.
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Our 2021 season started in March with a zoom meeting.
Garden photographer Adrian James shared his beautiful photos and stories of 3 very different gardens. Marwood Hill, a valley garden in Devon’s rolling hills with 3 lakes, National Collection of Astilbes, bog planting tree filled views and woodland trails. A garden of wild areas, colourful planting and strategically placed sculptures.
Grade II listed Mapperton Gardens in Dorset with earth banks dating from the 1600’s and neo classical style orangery built in late 1960; its fountain court garden in the Italianate style of Harold Peto, tightly clipped yew shapes and perfectly aligned focal points.
Finally, Yeo Valley Organic Garden in the Mendip hills. A garden of colourful rooms, perennial packed gravel area, gorgeous wildflower meadow, modern grass borders, blossom avenue and stylish ‘vegie plot’. A glowing stand of silver birch, interesting sculptures and ornamental ironwork amongst great planting.
Whilst we were on ‘mute’ for the talk I hope Adrian could imagine our enjoyment and knows that we were chuckling as he showed us the paintings on the inside of the gents and ladies loos at Yeo Valley!
A few words to give you the gist of our last few meetings, just in case you missed them Whilst club meetings are suspended we will be posting reviews of past meetings
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