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I very much hope that you will be able to join us at Wrightons, 20 Towcester Road on Saturday 22nd July between 4pm and 6pm for a gathering in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

We have a good number of plants left over from our exhibit at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last week (where we were awarded a Bronze Medal from the RHS) and we will be selling these along with a few others; there will also be a raffle and a book stall. We will be serving tea and cakes and Pimms.  All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society: there are few families that have not been affected by this truly awful disease and the numbers are set to rise dramatically.  Yesterday we raised over £200 for the charity Young People With Dementia at a similar event in Maidenhead so I hope we can equal or better that figure.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday – everyone is welcome, and also thank you for the kind messages received.

Sheila

Litchborough Gardening Club 2017 calendar:

Wednesday, 17th May, 7.30pm at the village hall, a talk and demonstration on The Cutting Garden – Spring into Summer.  Advice on bulbs, perennials and shrubs to grow for cutting and a demonstration of a large arrangement using material from the garden and the hedgerow.

Wednesday, 21st June, 7.30pm at the village hall, a talk on How to Garden without using Chemicals (an introduction to organic gardening) by Matthew Stevenson, the nursery manager of The Artisan Gardeners.

July – Sunday, 9th July, pm Litchborough playing field, Flower Show and plant stall. 

The Show schedule is as follows:

1 6 sweet peas, any variety

2 Flower medley, any type not necessarily the same (10 stems)

3 Single stem rose

4 6 roses, 1 variety (eg floribunda)

5 Plate of salad

6 Plate of beans and peas

7 Cake flavoured with apricot (fresh, dried or tinned all acceptable)

8 Photography  - Flower and/or Insect

2nd – 9th July Hampton Court Flower Show – Litchborough Gardening Club is creating a small garden with a centrepiece of a young elm tree which will be planted in the village later in the year; the planting of the tree is part of our club’s Elm project (see below) and also of the Conservation Foundation’s Elm Project.  Most of the plants (a range of annuals and perennials) will be sold in aid of charity after the event.  If you are coming to the Show, do visit our garden which can be found at HC/130a.

Saturday, 19th August, 2pm, a visit to Sulgrave Manor.

Saturday, 10th September, all day visit to RHS Wisley.  The RHS is also holding a Flower Show that weekend.  This is open to non-members but priority will be given to members and their guests.

Saturday,  16th October, visit to Waterperry Gardens near Oxford. 

For more information on the club’s activities, please contact Sheila Melville on 01327 831643.

 

The Litchborough Elm Tree Project.

There are probably not many people today who remember elm trees in the English countryside following the devastation of Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s which wiped out thousands of these beautiful trees that formed an important part of our landscape.

Those who do remember English elms miss the beauty and majesty of these wonderful trees that have been immortalised in the centuries-old works of landscape artists such as Constable.   We have been told that there were many elms around Litchborough and the Gardening Club is very keen for the village once again to enjoy their presence. 

A nursery in Essex has a small stock of trees that did not succumb to the disease and over the last three decades or so they have been propagating stock for sale.  The Gardening Club has planted its first (hopefully) disease-resistant English Elm tree in the village and will be planting a second this autumn.