Beech Gardeners

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About the Club

Early Primrose

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.

Big old beech tree all bare

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.

A few brace snowdrops

Autumn started off really cold and chilly – then in November, it was really mild and dry, except for the nights.  We had our first real hard frost in the first few days of December and then wet wet wet and cold cold cold through into January. There was a little snow in mid-January and then wet wet wet again   Roll on Spring   

The birds have been busy at the bird table again – don’t forget to start putting food out again now, they need to fatten up ready for nesting.  

Poor old frozen dead rose

Snowy Nandini

For more information please contact:-

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

The gallery below shows winter stuff in our gardens – everything is so boggy at present after so much rain. 


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  – 

 11 April
  The expert and authoress ROSAMUND WALLINGER is giving a talk entitled Restoring my Gertrude Jekyll 1908 Garden from Dereliction to Glory ……and the ups and downs!
 2 May
   Group visit to West Green House Garden, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8JB, meet BVH at 1.30pm to car share. A garden for all seasons created and maintained by garden designer and writer Marylyn Abbot for NT. We will have a talk on the garden covered by BGs funds, entry £8 (free for NT members), cream tea £7.
6 June
  Visit to West Silchester Hall, RG7 2LX, meet at BVH at1.20pm. Cost £9 covering admission and tea. Two acre garden owned by Mrs Jenny Jowett, the acclaimed botanical artist who`s studio will be open and work will be available to view and purchase. The garden is a delight of unusual plants and colour combinations. The Hall is a mile from the car park for exploring the Roman garrison walls and a 13th century church.
4 July
   Picnic in Ian and Kay Hardy`s garden, Kingswood House, 118 Medstead Road, at 3.30pm.
 1 August
   Visit to Hill House, Old Alresford, SO24 9DY. Meet BVH at 1.35 pm.  Entry £4, £3 for tea and cake. Traditional 2 acre garden, huge herbaceous border, dahlia bed and butterfly garden. Old fashioned kitchen garden with fluffy hens and bantams and Dexter cows! Dried flowers.
 5 September
   The Deane House, Sparsholt, SO21 2LR, meet BVH at 1.20 pm. Admission £10 which includes a cream tea. Flower arranger`s heaven in 3.5 acres.  Stunning views with chalk stream, extensive herbaceous and shrub borders merging into wild flower areas and orchard.
 22 September
   Our Show at BVH, hall booked 9 to 3, set up evening 21st .
 3 October
   Farley Hill Place Gardens, RG7 1TZ. Meet BVH at1.20pm. Admission £9 to include home-made teas. A 4 acre circa18th century cottage garden including a 1.5 acre walled garden, herbaceous borders, large productive vegetable areas with herb garden, dahlia and cutting beds. Victorian glasshouse with small nursery, plants, cut flowers and produce for sale. Garden used by magazines for photo shoots.
 7 November
   Talk highly recommended by fellow BGs, by NIK KNIGHT who is Chair Hampshire Bat Group, on Bats – Super Heroes of the Night.
 5 December
   Christmas Party at Woodlawn, 7.30pm Theme WILD THINGS.
    SUBS ARE BE DUE 1st MAY 2018 – 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