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An impressive 31 Society members gathered at the Village Hall for the first ‘indoor’ meeting since April.  The Chairman thanked them all for their support and outlined the revised programme for the remainder of the membership year to March 2016.

16 October

7-30pm Opening of Castle Gardens (both Brimsand & Poundbury

were already open)

3 and 5 November       

Gold Club Open days at respectively at Brimsmore and Poundbury, 11am to 3pm

10 November

Gold Club Open Day at Castle Gardens 10am to 4pm

Society evening meeting in the Village Hall at 7-30pm when

Stephen Griffiths, Curator of Abbotsbury’s Sub Tropical Gardens, will give a talk entitled ‘ Abbotsbury’ – The Past, Present and Future’

8 December

Demonstration of Christmas floral decorations by Society member Lene Wade.  This event will include mulled wine and mince pies, plus a seasonal raffle

12 January

‘Flowers that changed the World’ by Malcolm Mills of Castle Gardens

9 February

Visit to Robin and Gerry Maclachlan’s famous snowdrop collection at Pound Cottage

8 March

Annual General Meeting


The highlight of the evening was a most informative and enjoyable talk by Lucy Simpson, manager of the Gardens Group’s Poundbury operation.  Lucy, whose parents live in the Sydling and are staunch members of the Society, had worked at all three of the Group’s gardens.  She has an honours degree in Agriculture and Countryside management, a national certificate in Horticulture and also a gold medal in Retail Plant Care.


Lucy provided us with information on the selection and care of each of the impressive display of plants she had brought with her, including her ‘top five’ of two types of orchid, azaleas, poinsettias and cyclamen.  Her tips embraced positioning, temperature, watering, re-potting, feeding and propagation of all the plants and concluded with demonstrations on gift selection and presentation as well as superb wrapping and ribbon bow making. .After a lively question and answer session, Lucy was given a very well deserved round of applause by members, all of whom agreed that it had been a most successful evening.

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