If you are interested in plants, or enjoy exchanging gardening ideas and experiences with fellow gardeners, why not join The Cottage Garden Society?
You don't have to live in a cottage, or even in the country. Cottage gardens can be created in the small plots of modern houses or in the narrow gardens of older terraces. The traditional, informal style lends itself to any situation, rural or urban, large or small.
Originally, the purpose of the cottage garden was to provide food. It contained livestock, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Flowers were an optional extra and tended to be ones that had some practical value, such as seasoning food or repelling bugs. The cottager's small plot did not allow for any wasted space, so the garden was abundantly packed, but well tended.
The cottage garden later moved away from being an utilitarian space and became an area to be enjoyed. These days, food-crops and chicken-keeping are returning and environmental concerns are being incorporated by the conscientious cottage gardener.
Although there are no hard and fast rules as to what should be grown, the hallmarks of this style are informality, abundance and diversity. That means lots of colour, scent, bees, birds and butterflies, not to mention fruit, herbs, vegetables, frogs and hedgehogs!
We have changed our insurance policy to the one arranged through the RHS Affiliated Societies scheme. Please check and note the new arrangements when arranging events. Details are the insurance page of the website.
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Click HERE to dowload a CGS poster to advertise the Society at your events
Margaret Mason will be at Builth Wells on May 18th and 19th. The Wirral group has its Plant Sale on May 18th, see the group's page for details. Gardeners' World Live is on from 12th - 16th June and our AGM is 23rd June, do attend, it will be a good w/e. Following that, we have the National Plant Sale on 21st July and Tatton this year is on from 25th - 28th July.
A new group is being set up in Sussex, the first meting is on June 22nd at 2pm, venue to be announced. See the Sussex Regional Group page for contact details and more information.