The Stinchar Valley

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Stinchar Valley Gardening Club





The club is for anyone living in the Stinchar Valley and surrounding area with an interest in gardens, gardening or plants – and all are welcome.

We organise regular meetings for members and guests, arranging talks and presentations by guest speakers on gardening and related themes, and provide members with the opportunity to swap plants and garden produce. These events are good places to discuss all aspects of gardens and gardening, exchanging knowledge and advice in a friendly atmosphere over a cup of tea or coffee.

We also organise Club visits to places and events of horticultural interest throughout the summer.

This year we have travelled far and wide - visiting Holmes Farm and Barnweil in north Ayrshire, Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland, and Millhall and Broughton House in Kirkcudbright.

See the pictures below for some photos of these trips.

When we visit gardens not usually open to the public, the owners generally provide teas and coffees (sometimes with home baking!) for a contribution to a charity of their choice – and we are always made to feel very welcome.

Please get in touch with Harriet Ellis 01465 881 221 or any member of the committee for more details if you would like to join any of these trips.

New members

The Club is always pleased to welcome new members at any time. Please contact Harriet Ellis 881 221, Roger Pirrie 841 644, or any Committee Member if you would like to join.

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month – at 7.30 pm in Colmonell Kirk Hall – and all are welcome.

The annual membership subscription is £12.00, payable in September, and the charge for non-members at meetings is £3.00. In addition to the invited speakers we enjoy a cuppa, a chat, and an exchange of ideas, tips and experiences. We look forward to greeting both old and new faces.

The Club is currently planning next winter’s schedule of speakers and activities. Further details will be published here soon, and in the next issue of the Stinchar Valley Magazine.

Members of the Committee:

Chair Roger Pirrie
Vice Chair Moira McAlpine
Treasurer Susan Fairbairn
Secretary Harriet Ellis
Social Secretary Margaret Bean
Member Gavin Fairbairn
Member Mhairi McKenna

Programme 2017-2018

Sept 20th:- Frances Wilkins “Gardening Catalogues of the 18th and 19th Centuries, and What was Grown in Historic Gardens”

October 18th:- Andy McGarva, Flower Show Judge and Gardening Expert.

November 15th:- Louis Wall, “The Station Gardener”.

December 20th:- Christmas Meal

January 17th:- Anne Marie, head gardener at Glenapp Castle on “The History of the Castle and Gardens”.

February 21st:- Faith Fairbairn “From Quito to Coldstream – a Journey in Permaculture”.

March 21st:- TBA

April 18th:- AGM and Plant Swap.

For more details contact Harriet Ellis 01465 881 221, or any member of the committee.


Picture Gallery

2017: (click on image for larger view)

Glenapp visit

Millhall vist
Millhall & Broughton

Mount Stewart
Mount Stewart














Dumfries House

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