THE Shaw and Whitley Garden Club is hosting its popular annual plant sale outside the Methodist Church, Top Lane, Whitley, on Saturday 7th May.
The club says, “There is always a good selection of vegetable and flowering plants available, everything from tomatoes to cannas all grown locally by our own members.
“At our meetings we usually have a speaker to talk to us about their speciality. In February, we had Jane Moore (head gardener at Bath Priory) to show us how to encourage more varieties of butterflies into our gardens by providing differing habitats and different flowering plants.
“Jane’s talk was very interesting and informative and we all came away with lots of ideas of plants and shrubs to introduce into our own gardens to encourage more butterflies and bees. Several of us bought her new book, Planting for Butterflies, which she was kind enough to sign.
“March saw us welcoming John Tucker, from Box Garden Club, who showed the amazing foliage plants there are available and what subtle and contrasting effects can be achieved with these great plants.
“Also in March we were invited by Box Garden Club to an Evening with Troy Scott-Smith, head gardener at Sissinghurst in Kent. He talked about the conception of the gardens by Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville West, both amateur gardeners in the 1920s. When the National Trust took over the garden in 1967 it was very overgrown but using plans left by the pair, it has been possible to restore them to almost the original.
“The Shaw and Whitley Garden Club meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Methodist Church room in Top Lane, Whitley.”