Beech Gardeners

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About the Club

 

 

Red Pyracantha berries shining in the greyness

Red Pyracantha berries shining in the greyness

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.

Winter-flowering-jasmine

Winter-flowering-jasmine

The BGs usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 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.

Winter-hydrangea-foliage

Winter-hydrangea-foliage

Winter is definitely here  – Summer was wonderful – a little hot at times and we had quite a drought for a few weeks.  Then came the rains in July which did a power of good.  August was hot, except when people went on holiday, and September was really lovely.  October gave us mostly lovely days but chilly nights and November too – then came December and suddenly it was minus 5C and white frost everywhere, all day and night.

Winter-elephants-ears

Winter-elephants-ears

The birds came out in profusion looking for food again, and so did the squirrels, raiding the bird table.  After that cold snap we are back with grey dull days, still mild at 10 to 12C and there is plenty of food under the trees and shrubs for them all to feast on.

Orange Pyracantha berries

Orange Pyracantha berries

Winter-frost-bitten-leaves

Winter-frost-bitten-leaves

For more information please contact:-

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

The gallery below shows the winter flora and fauna which are giving some colour to our poor frost-bitten gardens –

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  – 

(date to be arranged)   Snowdrop Saunter in Beech – will circulate details for a nice afternoon when the snowdrops are out
5 April Wednesday 7.30 pm Ray Broughton at Woodlawn, 104 Medstead Road – his topic will be “Gardening on Chalk”
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.
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