Listening to gardening experts on a wide range of subjects is the main reason for joining Fagus. Lectures are held on the third Monday of the month in the Methodist Hall, Silver Street Nailsea, 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. Tea / Coffee is available before the talk and there is time to see what is on the notice board, book a garden visit or just chat with fellow members.
Fagus hold 9 to 10 lectures each year: there is no lecture in December. The Annual General Meeting is held in February, and in either June or July the lecture is replaced with a summer social event.
We try to cover as wide a range of topics as possible to cater for all tastes from specific plant lectures, travelogues, garden design and topics of a more general horticultural nature. Each talk lasts about 1 to 1 1/4 hours and the evening is concluded by any business announcements.
Most years there will be a special lecture with a well-known speaker. These events are very popular and are usually ticket only, with members being given priority. In recent years guest speakers have included Chris Beardshaw, Dan Pearson, Jekka McVicar and Carol Klein.
Fagus organises garden visits throughout the year. Priority booking is given to members but if there are spare places guests are very welcome. Often the aim of the visits is to see 'less public' gardens. Garden visits are announced in the Fagus Newsletter and can be booked by post or at the monthly meetings. The cost of each visit is based on the number attending.
Day visits are usually to two gardens and, if possible, for one of the gardens to have a nursery attached.
Fagus also organise visits lasting one or more nights to gardens further a field, both at home and abroad. The itinerary ensures that each day is used fully to visit gardens or nurseries so that those special plants can be purchased. In past years Fagus has visited Brittany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Every member receives a newsletter, which is produced three times a year, usually March, June and November, informing them of forthcoming lectures, garden visits, and Fagus news.
Members are very welcome to contribute to the newsletter and to advertise charity open garden events. Articles must be submitted at least one month prior to publication; copy deadlines and editors contact details are in the newsletter.
We are very grateful to Nigel North at Middlecombe Nurseries, Wrington for sponsoring the Newsletter.
At each monthly meeting there is a notice board filled with gardening related information such as garden visits, gardens open, plant sales and other items of interest.
As the chairman only has time to read out Fagus notices at the end of any meeting members are encouraged to advertise their gardening events.
As space is limited please restrict posters to A4 or A5.
Make sure that you have a look, as there is always something of interest.
At monthly meetings Fagus sells Showa gardening gloves at discount prices. There are three types, all available in small, medium and large:
Showa 310 - a sturdy cotton backed glove suitable for all general gardening work. This glove is also available in size 10/extra-large.
Showa 370 - a lightweight nitrile palmed, cotton backed glove, which is useful when weeding, potting up plants and pricking out.
Showa 451 Thermal - similar to the Showa 310 but with thermal lining. Great for winter jobs such as picking up leaves, weeding and digging - and as they are safe to come into contact with food, keep a clean pair on one side when you need to defrost the freezer!
Fagus is keen to support local charities. Members are encouraged to give the committee names of charities that Fagus might like to support. The committee choose the charity in March of each year and the funds raised are given to the charity in the following February.
Our charity for 2016/2017 is The Children's Hospice South West.
Fagus is supporting the care and maintenance of the garden at the Charlton Farm, Wraxall facility.
CHSW provides hospice care for children with life limiting conditions and their whole family across the south west. The care offered is wide ranging; respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care.
Last year Charlton Farm cared for 205 life limited children, 263 siblings, 329 parents and 147 bereaved families. It costs £30,000 a year to fund a specialist children’s nurse.
The money is raised by contributions that members make to the monthly Charity Table and donations of plants, garden produce, and other garden related items such as books, seeds and tools are most welcome. Donors are requested to take home their unsold donations at the end of the evening.