Garden Visit – Wednesday 2nd August
Mrs Judith Wlliam-Powlett’s Garden in Clavering.
This information is for those of you joining us on this evening visit:
Piercewebbs, 40 Pelham Road, Clavering, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4PQ
The garden is location near the church, on the main B1038 road, facing Saville Close.
We will be meeting at the garden by 7.30pm.
From Stansted Mountfitchet take road to Manuden and continue through Manuden Village towards Clavering. At T-junction turn left, Piercewebb’s is on the RHS.
Stansted Mountfitchet or Saffron Walden:
From the B1383 (old A11) at Newport take the B1038 towards Wicken Bonhunt and Clavering.
If you have friends/neighbours who would like to come along they will be welcome but will have to pay the entrance fee (£4) – for club members it part of your membership fee. Any tea/coffee/cake to be paid for individually
SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON AUTUMN COACH OUTING:
An outing has been organized on Saturday, 23rd September 2017. A morning visit to a private garden in Danbury before visiting the RHS Garden at Hyde Hall in the afternoon. The outing will coincide with with the Hyde Hall Heritage Plant Fair.
If you would like to book a seat or want more information, please contact the club Chair, Mrs Maralyn Harris on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07919 478144
Cost is £18.00pp (this includes entry to both gardens).
“GROWING ROSES” was the subject of our June Meeting.
Mrs Heather Horner told members how her late husband’s hobby had encouraged her to start breeding roses and how their son, Calvin, was continuing this family tradition. Patience and good record keeping is vital, as it takes many years, with many failures and rejects along the way, before a “home bred” rose becomes available for sale. When deciding which roses to cross-breed the characteristics of the chosen ‘parents’ are taken into consideration – height, vigour, colour, scent etc.
Members were then given a demonstration on how the cross-pollination operation is undertaken. Clear labelling at this point is essential. Once the hip is ripe, the seeds are planted into deep trays and left to grow on for at least a season. It is at this point that selection process starts – a tray of over 50 young flowering plants could have several or none chosen to be grafted onto root stock.
A very stead hand and good eyesight is required when grafting – members watched a small “T” shaped cut being made in the steam of the root stock and sliver of seedling rose slid into this slot and held in place with a “rose plaster” which has a pin to ensure the grafted wood does not slip. This plant is then left to “grow on” again and the following year the rootstock is cut just above the graft. It may be another couple of seasons before, once again, the grafted plant is either selected or rejected. Field trials are undertaken and then a commercial rose grower then takes over and will start to ‘mass breed’ this particular rose for sale to the public.
A lively Q&A session followed.
Congratulations to Mrs Ewelina May who was presented with The Rose Bowl for 2017.
For the first meeting of 2017, the Club invited Clare and Gary Matthews to talk about the on-going restoration of Easton Lodge’s gardens by The Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust.
After a brief history of the Lodge and its past owners, especially Darling Daisy, the Countess of Warwick, members were told about how the estate had evolved from a hunting lodge park to a Grade II listed garden. In 1902, Harold Peto redesigned the gardens for the Countess – with a ‘free hand and unlimited budget’.
The land around the house was transformed and became a series of skilfully-linked gardens. After years of neglect, the Trust and its team of helpers are slowly bringing these gardens back to their full glory and members were shown ‘before and after’ photographs – the most dramatic being after the donation of 100 tons of gravel!
The current project is the 1.9 acre walled garden which is slowly being ‘tamed’. The gardens are only open on specific Public Open Days throughout the spring and summer (see www.eastonlodge.co.uk). The owners of Warwick Lodge are very supportive to the Trust and open their adjoining parkland for visitors on these days so that they can appreciate how the estate looked in its heyday. To encourage more visitors, refreshments are available at Daisy’s Tea Room and there is a dedicated children’s area for the younger visitors.
“Where did that come from?” was the theme of Julie Pollard’s evening of flower arranging.
Every display was accompanied by a brief history of the subject it portrayed, as well as personal memories, anecdotes and general hints on displaying the flowers. The subjects were varied and ranged from Ice Cream to Christmas via John Tradescant!!
Using her years of experience in the retail industry, members were also shown how to gift wrap awkward shaped parcels and how to hand tie a bouquet of flowers.
The members’ Green Bowl Photographic Competition was won by Monica Dudley’s Summer Flower Meadow at Ickleton House. 2nd place was Paul Embleton and 3rd place was Pat Allen. The subject of the competition was My ‘highlight’ from a garden visit – anything from a vista to a bench. Congratulations to all.
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Mrs Sue Robinson, our September speaker, gave a talk on “The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll & Edwin Lutyens.
Members were given “a photographic tour” around some of the many gardens that these two experts, one in horticulture and the other in architecture, influenced over the decades they worked together.
As we visited each garden, the ‘trademarks’ of their styles were pointed out – the overflowing herbaceous borders in hot or cool colours; the varying levels in the garden incorporating water; semi-circular steps leading to balustraded terraces; the Lutyens style garden bench; the various building fabrics used in the garden for paths, patios and similarly on each building to emphasise doors and features; the tall chimneys; windows with small panes of glass strategically placed to take advantage of the vistas – their skills complimented each other and they became the “dream team” of house and garden design in the early 20th Century.
Gertrude Jekyll provided garden designs or planned plantings for 400+ gardens, of which almost half were created as a collaboration with Lutyens. Many of the meticulous plans that Gertrude Jekyll produced have been preserved and although over time numerous gardens have been lost the National Trust, English Heritage and some of the larger private houses are now using these plans to restore their gardens to the how they were initially envisaged.
Her skill and passion for gardening was recognised by the RHS and she was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1897 and the Veitch Memorial Medal in 1929.