Drefach Felindre Gardening Club Open Meeting 2017

We would like to invite members of Cothi Gardeners to our Open Meeting on Wednesday 4th October at 7.30pm in the Red Dragon Hall.

John Shipton of Shipton Bulbs will give a talk on “Plants of Western China”. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the meeting.


Help Needed for Plant Life Wild Flower Walk and Orchid Count June 17th

Cae Blaen Dyffryn, near Lampeter, Carmarthenshire

Join us at beautiful Cae Blaen Dyffryn for the annual survey of the wild flowers and greater butterfly orchids at the reserve. With thousands of flowers to count, every pair of eyes is needed! You don’t need to be experienced in identifying wild flowers – just let us know and we’ll make sure someone can help you on the day.

The morning will include a guided walk around the reserve to help you can get familiar with the wild flowers and orchids found there, and a survey activity to find out which plants we can spot. We also hope to set up a moth trap to learn more about the insects using the reserve (weather dependent).

During lunch at a nearby school, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the annual survey, how we use the information to help us manage the reserve and what the results have shown in recent years. The afternoon will focus on counting the beautiful greater butterfly orchids found at the reserve.

To book please email cymru@plantlife.org.uk or call 02920 376193. Further details will be sent following your booking. If you would like to come along but can only make the morning or afternoon just let us know.

For more information contact Helen Bradley, Plantlife Cymru Outreach Officer, cymru@plantlife.org.uk, 02920 376193



The club growing challenge this year is for members to grow something that they then incorporate into a dish that they bring to the meeting in August along with an example of what they have grown or photos if that is not practicable. Members can then share their ideas, successes or failures and sample the results. It is hoped to hold the event at Gelli Uchaf or, if the weather is bad, in the Coronation Hall as normal. Thank you to Brenda for the idea for this year’s challenge.



We are planning an all day trip over the border on Wednesday May 24th to see two gardens that come highly recommended. The first is Westonbury Mill Water Garden (click here), entry £6 and the 2nd is Hergest Croft (click here) entry £6.50. The plan is to go by car and meet up at Westonbury Mill when it opens at 11 am and going on to Hergest Croft in the afternoon. Lunch can be had at one or the other – both have cafes. The timing should be excellent for Rhododendrons.



National Botanic Garden of Wales

Make a date for some blooming bargains at the National Botanic Garden annual plant sale.

Hundreds of plants, donated by Garden staff, volunteers, members and the public will be on offer over the two-day fundraising effort on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13.

There’s still time to donate plants – for details of how to do so, call Jane Down on 01558 667118 – but, mostly, you should be thinking about clearing a space in your backyard for the upcoming deluge of botanical bargains.

Last year’s volunteer-run sale raised more than £4,000 for Garden coffers and this year’s fair is again promising an interesting mix of stalls offering vegetables, bedding plants, perennials and plants for wildlife.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is open from 10am to 6pm, with last admission at 5pm, and the Annual Plant Sale will run on both days.

Admission to the Garden is £10.50 for Adults (including Gift Aid), £8.75 for Concessions and £25 for a Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children). For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149 or email info@gardenofwales.org.uk



Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran SA43 2TB
Saturday 3 June from 10.00-4.00 FREE PARKING ON THE DAY, FREE ENTRY
Wildlife Centre, Walks, Hides, Cafe, Toilets all open – no parking fees!


Talley and Cwmdu Open Gardens
Talley, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
Saturday 10th June 2017
9.00am to 3.30pm
Talley Open Gardens Day is organised by the Talley Community Amenity Association.

Talley Abbey

Private gardens, large and small, showing a wide range of design styles will be open to the public by kind permission of their owners. Both the Community Woodlands and the Church will be open to visitors. As well as the gardens, the village offers other attractions for the visitor, including the Community Woodlands, the Abbey ruins, the famous lakes, the old smithy and the ancient parish church with its unusual box pews.

Light refreshments will be available during the day. Please note that some gardens have limited wheelchair access.

All proceeds will be split between the Talley Community Amenity Association and St Michael and All Angels Church, Talley.

Plant sales:
Plants will be on sale in some of the open gardens.

£5.00, children under 14 free.

How to get event passports:
Tickets, including a map to locate the open gardens, can be purchased on the day from any open garden. All participating gardens will display a sign at their entrance.
Further information:
Phone: 01558 685 741
Email: rogerbpike@outlook.com
Web: http://www.talley.org.uk

Talley is on the B4302 approximately 7 miles north of Llandeilo.

County: Carmarthenshire
Postcode for Sat Nav: SA19 7YP (please verify before travelling)





Farmers Market Site, North Parade SY23 2NF. Saturday 8 April 10.00-4.00 FREE

16 April, Penffordd, Llanybydder SA40 9XE
Free entry. Refreshments.

Rhosygilwen Mansion, Rhos Hill Cardigan SA43 2TW.
Sunday 23 April 10.00-3.00. Garden Open. Lunches, FREE


Gerddi Cae Hir Garden, Cribyn
Monday 1 May from 10.00-4.00pm

Square Field, Alban Square, Aberaeron SA46 0AL
Sunday & Monday 28-29 May from 10.00-5.00pm FREE
children’s entertainment, food stalls, displays and much much more. Trade enquiries to 01239 842260 info@penlanperennials.co.uk

Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran SA43 2TB
Saturday 3 June from 10.00-4.00 FREE PARKING ON THE DAY, FREE ENTRY
Wildlife Centre, Walks, Hides, Cafe, Toilets all open – no parking fees!

Farmers Market Site, North Parade SY23 2NF. Saturday 10 June 10.00-4.00 FREE





The following is taken from the Farmyard Nurseries website……..

Farmyard Nurseries Winter Gardening Weekend 2017


This year held on February 17th, 18th and 19th at the Tyssul Hall in Llandysul

10 a.m – 5.pm.

Every Year as the days start to lengthen and plants start to grow we hold our annual event. Originally intended as a showcase for our spectacular hellebores it has gradually grown into a festival of all winter plants and much much more.

The Tyssul Hall, in Llandysul (only 1 mile from the nursery) has been recently improved and is the ideal venue for our prestigious event. Unlike the cold wet weather outside this lovely heated venue defeats the elements in the heart of winter.

Here you can spend three days being thoroughly entertained by our array of speakers whose talents are provided free of charge regularly throughout each day. Tea and cakes or sandwiches are on tap, as well as a vast array of plants for sale to suit every taste. A small selection of other garden related stands are also there to whet your appetite.

Coach parties are, as always, welcome. Please let us know if you’re coming ‘en masse’ so we can make sure that the tea and coffee – oh and the cakes – don’t run out on that day!!! A shuttle bus from the Tyssul hall to the nursery can be provided if required.

This year we have some wonderful speakers, some old, some new.

Friday – 17/02/17

10.40 – Richard Bramley – ‘Hellebores an addiction’. These winter flowering beauties take some beating. Learn how and where to grow them, how to propagate them and view the latest in Hellebore breeding.

13.00 – National Gardens. A lovely talk by national collection holder (Monardas) Carole Whittaker. She will give us an insight into Plant Heritage and the National Gardens Scheme.

15.15 – Roddy Milne – ‘A decade of new things at Picton’ – how an old estate is moving with the times. New plantings, new restoration project for walled garden walls and adjacent buildings (including a posh glasshouse)

Saturday 18/02/17

10.40 – Malcolm Berry – ‘Weaving a web towards a natural garden’ Malcolm, king of all thimgs natural and organic will enthrall us with his ideas.

13.00 – Keith Brown and Richard Bramley. ‘Hellebores – a shared passion’. Come and enjoy Keith and Richard talking about their love of Hellebores. A talk not to be missed. Great to see Keith back!

15.15 – Richard Bramley – ‘Growing Roses in Wales’. A new talk explaining how to increase your chances of succeeding with these popular plants. We all love them so learn how to make the most of them.

Sunday 19/02/17

10.40 – Joe Atkin – Aberglasney – ‘Gardening for shade wet and dry’ Yet again we welcome Joe, his talks are amusing, informative and very popular. This one, as the title suggests will help to add interest to the darker areas of the garden

13.00 – Botanic Gardens – ‘Butterflies, Bees and beyond’. Alice and Lucy will give us an informative talk of what is happening in the new Butterfly house at the NBGW and how to encourage insects into your garden.

15.15 – Ivor Mace – ‘Grow your own vegetables’. We are so pleased to welcome Ivor back to share his incredible knowledge of all things edible that can be grown in your garden.


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