Who We Are

Brockweir, Hewelsfield and St. Briavels Garden Society is a friendly group of enthusiastic gardeners who meet above the Wye Valley in the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Area Location map.

Each month we either have a speaker, event or an arranged group visit which allows members to socialise and exchange ideas. If you would like to join the society, you will be most welcome. Email wyegardensociety@gmail.com 

Supporting our local Bees

We also support the welfare of our local Bees. Our annual grant award scheme, which encourages new people to take up beekeeping, has been running since 2009 and awarded at least one grant each year since then. In 2018, we were able to award two grants, thanks to the very generous support of St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund. This meant that Kerry Wynne has started to keep bees near Bream and Matt Jones in St Briavels

Links
https://www.facebook.com/groups/deanforestbeekeepers/ 
https://www.facebook.com/ResilientEnergy/

See our Bee Project page for information



Our Meetings

Meetings are usually on the third Friday of the month, January - March, May & June and September - November. Our Annual Plant Sale is held in St Briavels in late April. We meet alternately at Mackenzie Hall, in Brockweir and the Pavilion, St Briavels. We take a break from regular meetings during the summer months. In July, we visit a garden and we hold our annual American Supper for members in August, at Mackenzie Hall. We hold our AGM in November. 

Click here to see our full programme for 2019

Missed a meeting? Brief reports of our monthly meetings are published in Village News, our parish mag for Brockweir, Hewelsfield & St Briavels. Find Reports for 2018 here 


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NEWS & FUTURE EVENTS

  
Our next meeting:  Friday 22 March 2019, at Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir

Sally Gregson: EPIMEDIUMS & OUR ANNUAL SPRING BULB COMPETITION


On 22 March, we welcome back Sally Gregson, to talk to about the delicate and beautiful species, Epimediums, some of which may now be enhancing your spring garden. 

Sally is a nurserywoman and author of 'The Plant Lover's Guide to Epimediums' (Timber Press). She will talk about widely grown species and forms, and introduce us to beautiful new species from China and recent new hybrids. 

She will bring plants for sale.



SPRING BULB COMPETITION – OPEN TO ALL 

In March, as well as a speaker, we have a Spring bulb and flower competition.  Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you are a member of the Garden Society or not, but if you are not a member then there is a small entry fee to attend the meeting.  Just bring along your entries on the night in time to set them up before the meeting starts at 7.30pm.  


There will be 10 classes, which are:

1 5 single daffodils
2 5 double daffodils
3 5 multihead daffodils
4 5 miniature daffodils
5 a pot of Spring flowering bulbs
6 1 stem of a flowering shrub
7 5 different Spring blooms
8 3 heads of hellebore, floating on water, 1 or more variety
9 a pot of Spring flowers, eg primula, snowdrop, pansy
10    a novelty or something of interest, eg a flower out of season or an unusual bloom.

Only one entry per person per class is allowed.  Certificates are awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd in class, and a Cup is given for the Judge’s favourite exhibit.


7.30pm at Mackenzie Hall. All welcome. Visitors £5

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: ANNUAL PLANT SALE 2019: Sunday, 28 April* at St Briavels Pavilion, 2.30 – 4.30pm* 

Our annual plant sale has a well-deserved reputation for providing high quality plants at sensible prices: shrubs, annuals, vegetables, perennials and grasses, plus seeds, pots, books, information an advice. Not to be missed!

We are always delighted to receive donations for the sale - mature plants that you no longer have room for, surplus young vegetable and annual plants. Bring them along to the Pavilion from 7pm on 26th April or from 8am on 27th. Donations of seeds, produce, garden tools and gardening books are also most welcome. Please label all plants clearly. Thank you.

If you’d need plants or other items to be collected, please email wyegarden@gmail.com .

 *please note the new date & time