Welcome

Welcome to the website for Dyffryn and Talybont Gardening Club.

We are a friendly and lively garden club serving Dyffryn Ardudwy and surrounding areas. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of every month in the Church Hall in Dyffryn Ardudwy at 7.00 p.m.

We have a varied programme of speakers throughout the year covering a wide range of gardening and horticultural related topics. We also arrange at least one ‘Garden Visit’ during the summer months.

The skill level of our members range from husband, wife or partner of a gardener to expert – so all levels of expertise are welcome; please do not feel you have to be a ‘good gardener'”!

A highlight of our yearly programme is the summer show, which takes place in August at the Village Hall in Dyffryn Ardudwy. We also put on a Spring Show in March (in the Church Hall).

Our membership fee for the year is £5.00 and this covers your entry into the monthly meeting, with tea and coffee provided. At the monthly meeting we hold a raffle. There is also a sales table, where members may donate plants, spare produce, home-made jams. The monies raised by the sales table goes to our chosen charity. Each year the club supports a local charity, and currently it is the Air Ambulance.

If you would like to know more about our gardening club, please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact form.  If you would like to pop along to one of our meetings as a guest, I would be delighted to meet you, ‘show you the ropes’ and introduce you to other members. If you are holidaying in the area and would like to come to one of meetings, we would be happy to welcome you as a guest.

If this is your first visit, please use the buttons under the picture at the top of the page to explore our website. The most recent events will be found under ‘home’.

I look forward to meeting you.

Karen Hall,
Chairman,
on behalf of Dyffryn and Talybont Gardening Club.

Recent Posts

Late summer colour

In gardening, ‘late summer’ traditionally meant August. Nowadays, though, that could be anything up to early October, and there’s little doubt that we are  experiencing a longer growing season. As Karen Hall said in her September talk, ‘it’s important that our gardens don’t run out of steam by July’.

She gave us some wonderful examples of plants which can really help.

(This is Rudbeckia Herbstone.) Rudbeckias and Heleniums are brilliant for this, and Rudbeckias in particular can continue to look good even after their petals have dropped. And both, like this yellow Helenium, are popular with wildlife…

Another favourite is Echinacea, and particularly the old species E. purpurea. They need good drainage, and don’t like being crowded by other plants.

This can be grown from seed; they’ll flower in their first year if sown early enough in the spring.

Karen’s special loves are the Salvias, and when you look at examples like this one,

which is Royal Bumble, it’s easy to understand why. Salvias can flower for months, and one of the secrets, Karen said, is not to cut the shrubby ones down in autumn. Wait until the spring, when they have started into growth, and cut them back to a low green shoot. This is at the top of Karen’s list:

It’s Salvia Hadspen. And as long as Salvias aren’t standing in wet soil over winter, they should cope (unless the winter is unusually cold, that is).

Ornamental grasses look wonderful with many of the late-season plants we were shown. But they also look pretty stunning by themselves:

Now we have no excuses!

Thank you, Karen, for your inspiring talk – and your even more inspiring images, showing us just what can be achieved!

 

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