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An opportunity to get answers from experts on all aspects of growing fruit and vegetables.  Bridford and Teign Valley Garden Club is organising an open event at Teign Valley Community Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 1 March and everyone is welcome.  Further details from Mary Rogers 01647 252195.


Experts will include Kevin Croucher from Thornhayes Nursery in Dulford who has over thirty years experience as a horticulturalist and talks on growing, pruning, training and grafting of fruit trees, Dan Harvey from the National Vegetable Society and judge at Christow Show and Tim Deane, whose local organic farm pioneered the first veggie box scheme


Come along and ask your questions on the night.  Do you want to know how to train an espalier, grow the tastiest carrots, avoid using pesticides or find out the best fruit to grow in this area – this is your chance to find answers.  Entrance £2.50 for non-Garden Club members.  Tea and coffee will be served.

2012 Programme

Bridford and Teign Valley Garden Club


Programme 2012



Friday 27 January 12.30pm for 1.00pm

Annual Club Luncheon at Sheldon Centre

Contact:  Rod Hancock 252051 or Mary Rogers 252195


Thursday 2 February 7.30pm Bowden Room

Talk by David Price “If you go down to the woods today….”

Tea: Sarah Lyte and Jeannette Freshney


Thursday 1 March 7.30pm Main Hall, TVCH

Gardeners’ Question Time on Vegetables and Fruit.  Members free.  Open to visitors—£2.50.  Please bring questions with you on the night.

Tea: Sarah Lyte, Cas Hancock and Pauline Kirby


Thursday 5 April 2.30pm. 

Visit to Sherwood, Newton St Cyres.  Tea at Bernaville Nurseries.

Contact:  Mary Rogers 252195


Saturday 28 April 2.00pm—4.30pm

Strawberry Hill, Dunsford.  Plant Sale and Teas

Contact:  Peter Butcher 253192

All plants and cakes from Members very welcome.


Thursday 3 May 2.30pm

Nursery and Garden Visit with tea, Hill House

Nursery, Landscove, Near Ashburton

Contact:  Pamela Woods 253051


Thursday 7 June 2.30pm

Visit to three gardens in Abbotskerswell with tea

Contact:  Pamela Woods 253051


Thursday 5 July 6.30pm*

Visit to Shillingford Organics, Near Exeter

Contact:  Paul French 252721


Friday 20 July 6.00pm*

Summer Gathering at Stone Farm Cottage

Food will be provided for a small charge.  Bring your own plates, cutlery, drink and, if possible, chairs.  Contact:  Mary Rogers 252195

The competitions will be:

A table decoration in season not to exceed 300mmx300mm (12”x12”)

Selection of fruit (at least three)

Vase of foliage chosen for colour, variety and quality (not a floral decoration)

Flowering pot plant







Thursday 16 August

Visit to University of Bristol Botanical Gardens

Further details later but this will be an all-day visit and we will probably share cars.

Contact:  Mary Rogers 252195


Thursday 6 September 6.30pm*

Visit to The Lookout at Lympstone, a waterside garden,  followed by refreshments.

Contact:  Mary Rogers 252195


Thursday 4 October 2.30pm

Visit to Lukesland House Nr Ivybridge for autumn colour.  Tea to be arranged.

Contact:  Peter Butcher 253192


Thursday 1 November 7.30pm Bowden Room

Talk by Chris Britton of High Garden Nursery, Kenton.  Interesting and unusual shrubs and climbing plants.”

Tea: Sarah Lyte and Pat Keig

Contact:  Rod and Cas Hancock 252051


Thursday 6 December 7.30pm Bowden Room

Annual General Meeting

Talk by Andrew Baker of Devon Wildlife Trust on their reserves at Steps Bridge and Woodah Farm.

Refreshments:  Daphne and Francis Leversedge.

Contact:  Paul French 252721


* Note start time


New Members and Guests always welcome.

If you have any suggestions for the 2013 programme we would be glad to hear them.


Annual Membership £5.00

Guests £1.00 per visit

Tea and biscuits at indoor meetings 20p


Membership Secretary            Cas Hancock           01647  252051








2011 Programme











Tuesday 8 March


Open Meeting on Growing Vegetables at Bridford Village Hall

Speaker – Dan Harvey

(please bring your membership card as non-members will be charged £2.00)

Jeannette Freshney, Jill Coulter, Margaret Caunt and others  

Frank Caunt


Thursday 7 April


Visit to Bow Aquatic Centre and propagation area

Bow Aquatic Centre

Paul French


Thursday 19 May


Visit to Haldon Grange, Dunchideock

Haldon Grange

Rod and Cass



Wednesday 8 June


1.30 in TVCH Car Park

Visit and Tour with Gardener, Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear

Coleton Fishacre

Mary Rogers







Thursday 7 July


Visit to Buckfast Abbey Garden

Buckfast Grange Restaurant

Pamela Woods




Friday 22 July




Garden Party and Barbeque at Stone Farm Cottage, Bridford

Competitions for

Culinary herbs

A succulent

Vase of perennials

Arrangement of roses for table centre



Food provided for a small charge.

Details to follow.


Mary Rogers


Thursday 4 August


Visit to Reedy Meadow Canna Nursery

in Dunsford

Walled Garden, Dunsford

Frank Caunt


Thursday 8 September


Visit to Sampford Shrubs and Holbrook Gardens


Frank Caunt


Thursday 6 October


Visit to Andrew’s Corner, Belstone

Andrew’s Corner

Pamela Woods


Thursday 3 November


Bowden Room, TVCH

Butterflies and Moths in the Garden

Speaker - David Price


Pat Keig, Jean Cook

Mary Rogers


Thursday 1 December


Bowden Room, TVCH

Annual General Meeting

Daphne and Francis Leversedge (Ann and Tom Edwards) 





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