Join us to listen to garden designers, television presenters, nursery owners, gardening magazine editors, authors, leading plantsman, RHS Chelsea judges and much more. Each talk lasts approximately 1 ¼ hrs.
Arrive before the lectures, help yourself to a complimentary cold drink, chat to other members and guests. Check the notice board for all the latest gardening events in our local area. Support the excellent charity table that changes monthly which has seeds, plants, books and much more for sale.
Fagus hold 10/11 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 may be replaced with a summer social event
We hold a Special Lecture each year. These events are very popular and are ticket only, with members being given priority. In recent years speakers have included Chris Beardshaw, Toby Buckland, Adam Frost, Carol Klein, James Alexander Sinclair, Tamsin Westhorpe, James Alexander Sinclair , the late Beth Chatto and the late Geoff Hamilton to name just a few of the big names we have had at the club.
organises garden visits throughout the year.
booking is given to members but if here 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. The cost of each visit is based on the numbers
visits are usually to two gardens and, if possible, for one of the
gardens to have a nursery attached.
also organise visits lasting one or more nights to gardens further
afield, 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 2019 is Home-Start North Somerset, Support and Friendship for Families.
Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends when they need it most. For some parents it’s a particular struggle because they are also having to cope with issues such as post-natal depression, their or their child’s illness or disability, isolation or multiple birth.
That’s when parents need support.
That’s when Home-Start North Somerset can help.
A carefully selected volunteer, who has parenting experience themselves, regularly visits a family, in their own home, offering emotional and practical support through difficult times for as long as it is helpful or needed. This friendly parent-to-parent support is a simple yet effective way of enabling families to get back on track.
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.