May has been a busy month for gardeners in Dawlish, members have enjoyed the Foraging Walk, Toby’s garden festival, two visits to local NGS garden Stonelands, Devon County Show and Luscombe Castle Gardens. To top it all the recent Spring Plant Sale raised a record amount 65% up on last years takings due to the generosity of members donating bedding, fruit, vegetable and garden worthy plants. Well Done to all the volunteers who give their time, energy and growing skills to help fund our Flower Show in August!
Flower of the month was won by Roberta Stather with a softly fragrant bourbon style Rose. Members were encouraged to enter their front gardens into the “Dawlish in Bloom” competition and invite neighbours and friends to enter too.
Mike and Edna Squires were our speakers this month. They started their garden at Broadclyst, near Exeter, in 1972. They garden on clay soil which when improved with organic matter, their own compost and tons of grit was then ready for planting plenty of trees. The garden comprises of woodland and many raised beds where alpines grow, with good drainage.
Edna and Mike then talked us through a picture gallery of how their garden has evolved over time. Edna ran a plant nursery for 15 years, so the poly-tunnel is an asset. The couple have a special interest in and support Plant Heritage – working to conserve garden plants for people to use and enjoy today and in future. They attend RHS shows around the country to promote and exchange endangered plant species. After the presentation they held an organically grown plant sale.

Next meeting will be on Thursday 27th June, 7.15pm at the Manor where the speaker will be Carole Carter with a talk on Flower Arranging for a Show. All welcome, £2 for visitors to include refreshments a raffle.