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.

The following garden visits are planned for 2017– they are all inspiring in their own way, and should certainly give us plenty of new ideas to think about:

Tuesday 13th June  -  Holmes Farm Garden, Drybridge, and Barnweil near Craigie.

Wednesday 19th July  -  Glenapp Castle Garden, Ballantrae.

Thursday 17th August  -  Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland.

Wednesday 13th September  -  Millhall and Broughton House, Kirkcudbright.

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

Events - July 2017

Those wishing to join the group visiting Glenapp Castle Garden on 19th July should please contact Harriet or Margaret before 30th June. We will be meeting at Glenapp for refreshments in the Garden Tearoom, followed by a guided tour of the gardens.

Events - August 2017

Stena have an amazing bargain Daytrip offer of £5.00 from Cairnryan - Belfast return – so get your ticket now!
Mount Stewart is a really outstanding garden just 15 miles from Belfast, and worth making a special day trip to see, even if it means catching the 7.30 am ferry! The Club is funding a minibus or coach to transport us from Belfast ferry terminal to the gardens, and returning to catch the 3.30 pm ferry.

Mount Stewart is one of the most spectacular and idiosyncratic gardens of Western Europe and universally renowned for the 'extraordinary scope of its plant collections and the originality of its features, which give it world-class status' - excerpt from Mount Stewart's listing on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage tentative list. Recently voted in the top ten gardens in the world, the garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry, and is divided into several themed areas – the Italian Garden, the Spanish Garden, the Sunken Garden. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation.


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