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 16th October 2017 - Sarah Mead: From Holt Farm to the Yeo Valley Organic Garden in 25 years. 

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.
The next meeting is on 16th October.
Sarah Mead: From Holt Farm to the Yeo Valley Organic Garden in 25 years

Sarah  Married Tim Mead in 1990 and moved down from the big smoke to live at  Holt Farm, Blagdon. She had absolutely no clue about farming, gardening  or yoghurt, having lived in London all her life and trained as a dancer.  It has been a steep learning curve! Four children, five dogs and an  awesome team of people later, the YVOG is thriving and is still very  much at the heart of the Yeo Valley family.

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.

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