Beech Gardeners

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About the Club

 

 

Beautiful Primroses

This informal gardening club meets monthly to swap and sell plants, seeds, cuttings, magazines and books. The group aims to promote wildlife gardening and encourage pollinating insects and bees wherever possible. They also arrange outings to local open gardens and talks on subjects of interest. New members welcome – just turn up and bring a small contribution for refreshment.

Red Robin (Photinia)

The BGs usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month at about 7pm; check the programme of events below for full details of each month’s activities. Dates (but not full details) can also be found in the Village Diary by clicking on the Diary & Events button at the top of the Home Page of the Beech Village Website.

The first Bumblebee of Spring

Spring is definitely here  – Winter wasn’t too bad at all – no snow – very mild recently.  December had been really chilly with minus 5C temperatures and white frost everywhere, all day and night.

Magnolia

The birds have been busy at the bird table looking for food, as were the squirrels, raiding the larder.  After that cold snap January was dull and grey, still mild at 10 to 12C and there was plenty of food under the trees and shrubs for the birds to feast on.  Now here we are in April with the most gorgeous days of sunshine and hardly any rain.  Here’s to a good Easter for us all.

Vinca Major (periwinkle)

Grape Hyacinths

For more information please contact:-

  • Shiela Sorby by e-mail or on 88924;
  • or Kathy Pearce on 549401.   

The gallery below shows the Spring flora and fauna which are giving some colour now – and the leaves are beginning to come out.

 

Help to save our bees     Helen Lamb has passed on some information about the killing off of our bees with pesticides and if you would like to help – click on the blue writing and read all about it.

Programme of events 2017  – 

5 April Wednesday 7.30 pm Ray Broughton was at Woodlawn, 104 Medstead Road – his topic was “Gardening on Chalk”.  Very informative.  Report coming
3 May Wednesday 1.30 pm Visit to Beechenwood Farm, Hillside, Odiham RG29 1JA.  Meet at the Beech Village Hall at 1.30 pm for car sharing.  SUBS ARE NOW DUE – £15 PER HOUSEHOLD – see below
7 June Wednesday 1.45 pm South Alton Tree Walk with Jim Dickinson – meet at the Beech Village Hall at 1.45 pm for car sharing.
29 June Thursday   St Peter’s Day – there will be a special service to celebrate and it is hoped that the BGs will join in decorating the church.  The date for the service is not yet fixed.  Sheila will inform us nearer the time.
5 July Wednesday 1.15 pm Visit to Dean House, Kilmeston Road, Kilmeston, Alresford SO24 0NL.   Meet at the Beech Village Hall at 1.15 pm for car sharing.
2 August Wednesday  3.30 pm Picnic at Woodlawn, 104 Medstead Road
6 September Wednesday 1.15 pm  Visit to Spring Pond, Laverstoke, Whitchurch RG28 7PD – meet at the Beech Village Hall at 1.15 pm for car sharing.  (This destination is about 2 miles from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants RG28 7FA)
23 September Saturday   The Beech Village Summer Show in the Beech Village Hall
1 October Sunday   Harvest Festival at St Peter’s Church.  Sheila will organise the decoration of the church by the BGs beforehand.
4 October Wednesday 1.30 pm Visit to Hinton Ampner (NT), Alresford SO24 0LA.  Meet at the Beech Village Hall at 1.30 pm for car sharing
1 November Wednesday 7.30 pm Imogen will give us a talk on Nature’s Numbers at  Woodlawn, 104 Medstead Road.
November   A Christmas Pottery-making session at The Maltings – date to be fixed.
6 December Wednesday 7.30 pm Christmas Party at Woodlawn, 104 Medstead Road
    SUBS WILL BE DUE 1st MAY 2017 – they remain at £15 per household! Payable to Elaine (89447) 76 Medstead Road.  CASH ONLY PLEASE.

QUERIES – Contact Sheila 88924 or Kathy 549401.

Reports of recent visits and events

Click here for reports and pictures of RECENT VISITS AND OTHER BGs’ NEWS