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15th July – Fagus 25th Anniversary Garden Tea Party

Fagus is 25

Fagus Club is 25 years old this year. To celebrate this we are holding a garden party on Sunday 15 July at Little Naish, Clapton in Gordano, the garden of Anne and Peter Hills. A delightful afternoon in a lovely garden with music, food and of course because it is Fagus – cake! A total of 120 tickets will be available for Fagus members and will be on sale at the meeting on 19 March onward. Limited car parking will be available on the adjoining field, but car share is encouraged where possible.  Anne said to look out for the resident tortoise that sometimes makes an appearance!
   
18th June 2018
Georgie Newbery - Cut Flowers

Georgie Newbery is the founder of Common Farm Flowers near Bruton in Somerset.  
From her flower farm she sends out 1500 bouquets by post a year, creates flowers for up to 60 weddings, and teaches flower growing, floristry, growing small businesses and other fun courses on about 30 days a year - all using exclusively British grown flowers, most of which are grown by her and her dedicated team on her seven acre farm.  
Common Farm Flowers spearheaded the resurgence in interest in growing and buying British flowers.
Georgie’s dream is that there should be British grown flowers on all the kitchen tables in the land, and that people should assume that they flowers they buy are grown in the UK.  
She loves to teach people how to grow and arrange their own garden flowers, and will be demonstrating how to make a bouquet of flowers with flowers she’s grown herself while she talks, so that, inspired, you can all go home and do the same.

Garden Visits

There is  always an interesting and full programme of garden visits.  Places are  always limited and often fill up quickly.  Visits are announced in the  Newsletter and bookings are by post only. Details will be enclosed with  the Newsletter. From 2012, due to the high demand for garden trips, only  members will be  able to apply in the first instance. Guests will be  placed on a waiting list. After 6 weeks from the date of member  application, guests will  be allocated any remaining places.

This  friendly and thriving gardening group was started in 1993 following a series of horticultural courses given locally by Mary Payne MBE, a much respected and well loved garden expert.  Such was the enthusiasm stirred  up by these sociable and informative weekly gatherings, that several  students decided to form a club  to enable all garden lovers to meet on a  regular basis with like minded people, and be inspired by renowned  speakers.

A programme of 10/11 lectures are arranged each year. These are held on the third Monday of the month (apart from December) in the Methodist Hall, Silver Street, Nailsea, 7.30 p.m. for an 8.00 p.m. start. Each lecture lasts around an hour with questions and answers at the end.  

The Lectures cover a varied programme to cater for all tastes and are given by local, national and international speakers.  From garden design, specific plant groups and travelogues to individual  gardens such as Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Sissinghurst, The Shakespeare  Trust Gardens and The Bishops Palace Garden, Wells.   
Due  to our large membership, we have been able to attract such well-known horticulturalists as Matthew Wilson, Roy Lancaster, and Jekka McVicar  and many other excellent speakers.

Day  trips to gardens are organised at various times of the year, with the  aim of visiting the less well known prestigious gardens that aren’t  usually open to the public.  Fagus also organises longer visits to  gardens further afield, both at home and abroad.  These have proved  extremely popular with members.

Please click on the links to discover more about Fagus, in particular click here or see the “Membership” page to discover the benefits of becoming a member.
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