Spalding & District

Gardening Group Report

Gardening The Garden Group got off to a great start for 2017 with an excellent meal at The Ship Inn in Pinchbeck to celebrate both Christmas and the start of another year of gardening.
Unfortunately we had to cancel our February meeting due to ill health but made up for it in March with a trip to Waterside Garden Centre in Baston, hosted by Megan Price, where we had a very interesting and amusing talk by Mat, including a demonstration on planting up various types of pots and planters with suggestions of colour and plants to achieve a pleasing display. This was followed by a cream tea and time to look around the garden centre.
April saw another trip, this time to Swine's Meadow Farm Nursery in Market Deeping, hosted by Joyce Norwell. Colin, the owner, took us on a tour of the nursery explaining its history. The nursery stocks unusual plants from various parts of the world not found in a traditional garden centre. He also explained how to use plants for effect such as dappled shade for an area, structural plants and the various forms of Bamboo.
He is building a national Hosta collection and has masses of them both in the garden, in the greenhouses as well as, with other plants, for sale in the retail department. After time to buy plants we had a drink and cake while Colin explained that they are organic gardeners and showed us the natural remedies they use to control pests and feed the plants.
The May meeting was hosted by Richard and Sylvia Strudwick at their garden in Holbeach St Marks. This is their 'year of the garden' in which they are looking to redesign the garden. We all came up with different ideas and suggestions which we hope will help them to achieve their goal. This was followed by very welcome refreshments and worldly discussions.
We have a full programme for the rest of 2017 including members gardens, visits to nurseries and our ever popular swop shop in October.