WELCOME

Welcome to our Gardening Club Rhydlewis and District Gardening Club has been around since the time of Adam and Eve. In fact, it is believed that one of our members planted and tended the very apple tree that gave rise to the pair being expelled from the garden!!

Whether this urban myth is true or not, the club is here to encourage, improve and extend the members' knowledge of all branches of horticulture. It is open to everyone and new members are all always welcome to come along.

Our activities during the year include a varied programme of talks and social events, summer garden visits, a plant sale, social gatherings/bbq and an annual open show in August.


Sunday, 26 November 2017

Winter Delights in the Gardening Club

Hi there winter gardeners!
If your plot is now a soggy lawn with leaf-covered beds and just a few seedheads and burnt hydrangea flowers the only decoration, then bear in mind you're not alone. Apart from those clever souls who have chosen to plant mostly winter interest shrubs, we're all in the same boggy situation.

That's why the Rhydlewis Gardening Club is such a welcome break in the winter. The welcome warm, the hall is even warmer, and the tea is piping hot.

Our speaker for the 28th November 2017, Gay Acres, is kindly standing in for her friend Pat from the NGS, who is indisposed. She
will be talking about gardening in difficult places – in fact she's just won a BBC Gardening World prize for that very thing.

Her 9 acres, Bwlch y Geuffordd gardens, is situated high on wet moorland in the Cambrian Mountains. Described as 'a garden for everyone' it will be featured on S4C this Sunday at 8pm. You can find out more about the gardens at http://bwlch-y-geuffordd-gardens.myfreesites.net

This is our last meeting this year. We'll be meeting again in January,  for our AGM and social evening with wine and nibbles, on the last Tuesday of the month, the 30th. Do come and find out what's been going on, and what will be going on and reconnect with your gardening friends!


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Gardening Club Programme 2017



CLWB GARDDIO 
RHYDLEWIS A’R CYLCH

RHYDLEWIS AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB


PROGRAMME

2017

UNLESS OTHERWISE MENTIONED 
ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM  7.30pm - 9.00pm
AT THE RHYDLEWIS VILLAGE HALL 

RAFFLE AND REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED



Club Chair - Liz Blackler
Club Secretaries - Jim and Nina Milton
Club President - Jenny Archibald



MEETINGS
January 31st
AGM with Cheese and Wine
Please do come along and be an active part of the annual general meeting of your gardening club.

February 28th
CHRYSANTHEMUMS 
Ivor Mace, a well known expert show winner and grower of these lovely autumn flowers, is here to talk about how to grow these exotic flowers for the garden, for showing, and for cut flower displays.

  March 28th  
SPRING SHOW 
Schedule will be available from February. Staging is open for exhibits from 4pm to 6pm, when judging begins. 
Show commences at 7.30pm.

April 25th
FLOWER ARRANGEMENT
A return visit for horticulturist and florist Alex Hayes, who will be demonstrating how to use garden flowers in arrangements, and which flowers to grow if you like to bring them into your house.

May 30th  
THE RHYDLEWIS GARDEN PLANT SALE
Hundreds of lovely plants grown by our members to raise funds for the club, on offer at very reasonable prices. Please help our funds by bringing seedlings, plants, gardening items, and gardening books for others to enjoy.

June 27th
SUMMER PARTY
Liz Blackler will be hosting the party at the Blue Barn, Castell Farm, Ffostrasol. Commencing at 6pm, please bring a contribution to the supper and drinks table. Telephone Liz on 01239 851851- for details.

July 25th 
GARDEN VISIT Commencing 5pm
We will visit Jennifer Matthew’s lovely garden, Moorland Cottage Plants. There is no fee, so do consider buying a plant. For details, telephone 01239 891136.  Afterwards we will eat locally - further details towards the time. PLEASE NOTE earlier start time – we will meet at the gardens at 5pm.

August 29th 
PRODUCE SHOW 
Schedule will be available from June. Non-members are
welcome to exhibit in all classes at a cost of 10p per item. Staging is open for exhibits from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, when judging begins.  Show commences at 7.30

September 26th
GROWING HERBS
Andy Cook will give one of his vibrant and aromatic talks on this perennial subject. 

October  31st  
BATS IN YOUR GARDEN
 Alison Denten, from the Ceredigion Association for Bats, will talk about local Bats, and how gardeners can help them to survive.
  
Nov 28th  
NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME

Pat Causton the county organiser for Ceredigion, will talk about the NGS, and advise on how to open your garden to the public.

MEMBERSHIP

Open to all those interested in gardening

For further information please contact the secretaries
 Nina or Jim Milton on 01239 851096

Or visit our blog at



Here you will find photos of some of our regular activities, together with show schedules, gardens, a copy of this programme and other useful links.


Subscriptions of £10 per annum are to be paid at the AGM. 
New members joining later in the year will be asked for a reduced pro rata subscription.

Visitors are always welcome and there is no charge for the first visit but any non-members who come regularly will be asked to pay a small contribution (£2) towards the meeting. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Spring Show Tuesday 28th March 2017


SPRING SHOW


1st Prize Catagory 7 Vase of Spring Flowers 

1st Prize Catagory 21, A Hand Painted Hardboiled Egg


TUESDAY 28th MARCH 2017
at
RHYDLEWIS VILLAGE HALL




CLWB GARDDIO RHYDLEWIS A’R CYLCH
RHYDLEWIS AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB


Catagory 9 Camelia, 1 bloom
Thank you all so much, you wonderful gardeners, for making our Spring Show this year extra special. The tables were teaming with beautiful plants and floral displays and it was lovely to see so many people, both exhibiting and coming to see the show.






Catagory 13 Cut Spray from Flowering Tree or Shrub

Catagory 15, Dish of Hellebore Heads



AWARDS

OVERALL WINNER – 
Most Points in classes 1-21 - Vicky Wade of Brongest



THE DERRICK AND BARBARA CALOW MEMORIAL CUP – Best Exhibit in classes 1-15 - Vicky Wade



PAM HUFFERDINE TROPHY –
 Best Exhibit in class 22   A pot of tulips, grown from bulbs supplied last autumn - Dilys Davies of Rhydlewis.




Thank you so much, everyone put a huge effort into making this a great Spring Show, especially Liz Blackler, our chair and show secretary.

See you next month for Alex Hayle's "Arranging Flowers from your Garden" and in May for the Plant Sale. 





Monday, 21 November 2016

More Wonderful Images of our Rhydlewis Harvest!


A big thank you to Jane Cain for these wonderful photos of the Autumn Show. And congratualtions to all the gardeners who grew this beautiful produce, and created the fantastic art work (presumably when it was raining!)














Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Rhydlewis Gardening Club Autumn Produce Show


On the last Tuesday in August, the club, and other gardeners, showed the results of their summer's hard work at the  Autumn Produce Show. Everyone who exhibited needs to be congratulated. They brought the fruits of their gardening labour; the harvest they reaped, and it made a wonderful display. 


Apart from the individual prizes, there are five awards – cups and shields presented to the very best gardeners this year. 

So congratulations to these excellent gardeners:

Challenge Cup - most points gained in the vegetable classes - JANETTE SHARMAN





   Challenge Cup - most points gained in the floral classes - DILYS DAVIES




Rose Shield - Overall winner of class 30 - Vase of roses - three stems any one variety - SARA REDMAN





D&G Williams Shield - Most points in the Homecraft classes - VICKY WADE




JT Memorial Shield - Best exhibit in class 10 - 3 cooking onions - CARRIE DAVIES














That evening, the Village Hall looked terrific and everyone enjoyed the colourful display of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and home crafts, as well as the auction, raffle and refreshments...and catching up with everyone else...
Please don't forget that the next meeting of the Rhydlewis Gardening Club – Clwb Gorddio Rhydlewis – is on September the 27ths, hall open from 7pm, prompt start at 7.30pm for Helen Warrington of Ty Cwm Nursery in Llanybydder, who will be telling us the secrets of 
CARNIVOROUS PLANTS



Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Fantastic Visit to Caer Hir Gardens.









This year's GARDEN VISIT  was to Cae Hir Gardens, in Cribyn.




14 of us attended, umbrellas at the ready as the weather was a bit threatening, but we didn't need them. 


Before we started strolling through the gardens, we were given a short talk by Stuart, the son of the originator of the gardens as they are todayFirst opened to the public in 1989, Stuart told us that Cae Hir has become one of Wales' best loved gardens. 
The Akkermans family first moved over from Holland in 1983 and Wil Akkermans wanted the garden  to be a love affair between nature and nurture, blending the wild and the cultivated, of using ordinary materials in extraordinary ways and of thinking 'outside the box' in its approach to garden design.

Although his father hasn't retired as such, Stuart and his wife now care for the gardens and have introduced more floral planting, against the backdrop of trees and shrubs used by Wil. 
But Stuart admitted that passing the garden on to the next generation has not been easy for Wil. As he has said, “Every plant, every stone, has passed through my hands”. However his children grew up at Cae Hir and love it as much as he does, and although their ideas might sometimes be different from those of their Father, with give and take and understanding the transition has gone remarkably smoothly.
 

We all loved the way the garden was a 'single planting', as Stuart said...his father didn't want the 6 acres to have 'separate garden rooms' but be enjoyed in a continual way as one walked through the various sections. 

Afterwards, just as the rain came down, we ate at the Ffostrasol Arms, and had a jolly good chat about the gardens, gardening, and just about everything else.

Thanks to Rita Hyde for all the wonderful photography

Monday, 4 July 2016

The Autumn Produce Show 2016




RHYDLEWIS & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB

AUTUMN PRODUCE SHOW

  ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ENTER YOUR GARDEN'S HARVEST


The Produce Show is on TUESDAY 30th AUGUST 2016

at the

RHYDLEWIS VILLAGE HALL


STAGING FROM 3.00pm UNTIL 5.00pm: Judging from 5.00pm: 
SHOW OPENS AT 7.30pm 
with RAFFLE, REFRESHMENTS and AUCTION OF DONATED EXHIBITS

OPEN TO ALL EXHIBITORS – Entry Fees – per category:
Members of Gardening Club – Free
Non- Members of Rhydlewis Gardening Club – 10p per entry
JUDGES
Mike Sinnott – Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers
Sue Wright - Homecraft
AWARDS
  • Vegetable Challenge Cup - Awarded for the most points gained in the Vegetable and Fruit classes (1 - 26)
  • Floral Challenge Cup - Awarded for the most points gained in the Flowers and Floral Art classes (27 – 37)
  • D & G Williams Shield – Awarded for the most points gained in the Homecraft classes (38 – 54)
  • Roses Shield – Overall winner of Class 30
  • J.T. Davies Memorial Shield – Best exhibit in Class 10

SCHEDULE CATAGORIES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
  1. 4 White Potatoes
  2. 4 Coloured Potatoes
  3. 3 Carrots – (any one variety)
  4. 3 Beetroot – (any one variety)
  5. 3 Courgettes – (any one variety) each not exceeding 15.2cm (6ins)
  6. 1 Marrow
  7. 4 Dwarf Beans
  8. 4 Runner Beans
  9. 4 Pods of Peas
  10. 3 Cooking Onions 
  11. 5 Shallots
  12. 4 Tomatoes
  13. 5 Cherry Tomatoes
  14. 1 Cucumber
  15. Collection of Vegetables – 5 varieties (tomatoes can be included)
  16. Oddly Shaped Vegetables
  17. Longest Runner Bean
  18. Collection of Culinary Herbs: Names to be listed
  19. Parsley – 4 cut stems in a vase
  20. 3 Cooking Apples (any one variety)
  21. 3 Eating Apples - (any one variety)
  22. 3 Pears - (any one variety)
  23. 3 Plums - (any one variety)
  24. Gooseberries – 1 dish not less than 10
  25. Collection of Fruit – 5 varieties
  26. 3 Rhubarb sticks – to include approx. 7.5 cm (3ins) of leaf
FLOWERS

  1. Vase of Dahlias – 3 heads of any one variety
  2. Vase of Hydrangeas – 3 heads of any one variety
  3. Vase of African Marigolds – 3 heads of any one variety
  4. Vase of Roses – 3 stems of any one variety
  5. Vase of Sweet Peas – 5 stems of any one variety
  6. Vase of Cut Flowers – not more than 6 varieties
  7. A Pot Plant in bloom
  8. A Pot Plant grown for its foliage
  9. Tree or Shrub – 1 cut stem for autumn flower, fruit or foliage effect
FLORAL ART

  1. A basket flower arrangement for the Queen’s 90th Birthday – not to exceed 24ins (60cm) overall
  2. A seasonal arrangement incorporating a tea cup and saucer. Size optional.  (Can include fruit and vegetables)
HOMECRAFT

  1. 1 Welsh Pastie – Short Crust Pastry 
  2. 1 Quiche – Maximum 12 inches
  3. 1 Bara Brith
  4. 5 Chocolate Chip Cookies
  5. 3 Brown Hens’ Eggs
  6. 3 White Hens’ Eggs
  7. Jar of Jam – Stone fruit
  8. Jar of Jam – Soft fruit
  9. Jar of Marmalade
  10. Jar of Honey
  11. Jar of Chutney
  12. Jar of Pickles
  13. 1 Bottle of Homemade Cordial
  14. 1 Bottle of Country Wine
  15. A Hand Knitted item
  16. An Article of Patchwork
  17. Any Handmade art or craft on the theme of ‘Hedgerows’ (Any medium)
RULES
  • Entries in the flower, fruit and vegetable classes, unless otherwise stated should consist of one variety
  • All arrangements to consist of fresh or dried plant material unless otherwise stated
  • Stalks should be left on tomatoes, and where applicable, on fruit
  • All exhibits must have been grown by the exhibitor (not applicable to the floral art section)
  • For the purposes of the show, “vase” means any suitable container for displaying cut flowers and “pot” means any suitable containing in which a plant can grow
  • Help will be given with staging and classification if needed
  • Rhydlewis Gardening Club cannot be responsible for anything left in the hall after the Show. If necessary, label vases and containers.
  • ANY OBJECTION TO AN EXHIBIT MUST BE MADE TO THE SHOW SECRETARY ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW
  • In the event of a dispute, the committee reserves the right to inspect gardens and, if necessary to disqualify.

ADVICE AND RHS GUIDELINES TO HELP YOU ENTER THE VERY BEST OF YOUR  HARVEST…
VEGETABLES
Potatoes - Always wash the potatoes carefully trying not to break the skin. Choose even sized tubers of similar shape. Discard any tubers with slug damage. Try to use potatoes that have no scab marks. 
Carrots - Wash the roots carefully with a soft cloth and plenty of water, trying not to damage the skins. Check the roots for any slug or worm damage and discard. Choose roots, which are roughly the same size and shape. Cut off the leaves to about 3-4 cm (1"/1½”) above the top of the root, and tie together with either raffia or garden string.
Beetroot - Wash the roots carefully with a soft cloth and plenty of water, trying not to damage the skins. Choose roots, which are roughly the same size and shape. Retain full length of tap root.
Courgettes - These need to be even sized ideally with their flowers still attached. Cut the courgettes with a knife leaving a small piece of stem. Check schedule for size requirement.
Marrows - Need to be cut leaving a small piece of stem. Stage directly on the show bench after wiping clean.
Beans - Whatever type of bean you are showing, (dwarfs or runners), make sure they are young as the Judge will snap them just to see if they are stringy. They need to be the same length and shape, and have a little bit of stalk left on them. Make sure the beans have no brown marks or slug holes. 
Peas - Peas should have nice full pods, and should all be the same length. Always cut the stems a little away from the pod and handle the peas by the stem. Ideally pea pods should retain the "bloom".
Onions –Onions need to dry off, so they need to be lifted fairly early and put somewhere for the skins to dry. Rub off the loose skins when the bulbs are dry. Cut the stems leaving enough to be able to turn over and tie with either raffia or garden string. Don't tie the onions too early as the stems shrink if left to dry out. Very carefully slice the roots off close to the bottom of the bulb. Choose even sized bulbs that are of the same shape and size.
Shallots – These are treated the same as onions. Make sure the shallot has only one bulb, as sometimes there is a little bulb hiding under the skin. To exhibit shallots, they should be put on a container of dry sand.
Tomatoes – Select ripe but firm, richly coloured fruit of even size. Cut the tomato stem leaving a little stalk and the green bit on. Wash the fruit well to remove any water marks before staging your fruit. Stage on a plate with stalks uppermost. The same applies to cherry tomatoes.
Cucumbers - Select fresh, young, straight fruits of uniform thickness, with short stems and flowers still attached - retain waxy bloom.
FRUIT
General - Pick fruit as near to show time as practicable - retain stalks. Do not polish fruits - leave the natural bloom. Do not select over-ripe fruits.
Apples - Select large, solid unblemished fruits of shape and colour typical of the cultivar with stalks intact.
Pears – Select large, solid unblemished fruits of shape and colour typical of the cultivar with stalks intact.
Plums - Select large ripe, but firm fruits of good colour, with stalks intact. 
Gooseberries - Select large ripe fruits of good colour with stalks. Stalks should look green and fresh and all point one way when staged.
Rhubarb – Rhubarb is always pulled not cut. Trim the leaves to the requirement in the schedule.
FLOWERS
General - Select flowers in good fresh condition and free from damage due to weather, pests or disease. There should be no marks on the petals or leaves. Select flowers with straight stems, and the same size. Flowers should be displayed in a vase having a greater height than the width measurement of its mouth.
FLORAL ART - Check schedule for class requirements. 
HOMECRAFT
Baking General – Check schedule for class requirements. All items will be cut and tasted. Marks are also given for presentation as well as uniformity, taste and flavour. 
Welsh Pastie – known is an Oggie – is made with Welsh lamb and leeks. See also notes under baking general.
Quiche – A generous amount of filling and the pastry evenly cooked throughout. Please state what type of quiche you have baked. See also notes under baking general.
Bara Brith - This ‘speckled bread’ is a fruit loaf made with tea. Some recipes contain yeast and others not – both will be acceptable for this competition.
Chocolate Chip Cookies –See also notes under baking general.
Eggs - Eggs should be of uniform colour and size.
Preserves General – The flavour, consistency and colour are all judged together with the overall presentation. Jars must be filled to the top (this prevents mould forming). Jars can either be sealed with a twist off lid OR have a waxed disc (smooth side down), and a cellophane top. After filling and cooling the jars should be cleaned and polished with a clean cloth to remove fingerprints and any spillage. All jars should be labelled, and state the contents plus the day, month and year of making.
Jams – Jams are a mixture of fruit and sugar. They should be clear and bright, characteristic in colour and well set but not too stiff. See notes under preserves general for tips on pots and labelling.
Marmalades – Marmalades are a jam like preserve based on citrus fruits. It also generally includes the peel. See notes under preserves general for tips on pots and labelling.
Honey - Clean jar and screw top lid. The honey should be clear and free of impurities. 
Chutney – Chutneys are based on almost any combination of fruit and vegetables but always contain acid (usually vinegar), spices and sugar. Jars of chutneys should be allowed to mature for a few weeks before use to produce a mellow but flavour full of character. See notes under preserves general for tips on pots and labelling.
Pickles – Salt or brine is used to extract water from large pieces or whole vegetables. They are then packed in a vinegar which can be plain, spiced or sweet. See notes under preserves general for tips on pots and labelling.
Homemade Cordial – A cordial is a sweet flavoured fruit drink which is diluted with water for drinking. It should be in a clear glass bottle with a screw top lid and an airtight seal.  The colour should be bright and the bottle filled to within 2.5 cm from the top.  The consistency should not be thick or clotted but a genuine pouring consistency.  The flavour should stand a dilution of 1 part cordial to 5 parts of water for drinking.
Country Wine - A Country wine is a beverage produced by fermenting the juices of fruits, vegetables or flowers. It will be judged on flavour, body, clearness and colour.
Handicrafts – These must be the exhibitor’s own work and have a tidy finish and be fit for purpose.  Recycled materials may be used where appropriate.


AND…. Most importantly, have a go and have fun entering.  Chat to other gardening club members for advice and tips on selecting and showing your produce.  The more categories you enter, the better your chance of a win, and the more successful our club’s show will be for everyone!!

For further information please contact the club secretaries 
Nina and Jim 01239 851096; or show secretary Liz 01239 851851