Events, Fairs and Shows 2013
Visit to Westonbirt Arbouretum, 24th October 2013
On Thursday, 24th October members of Carmarthenshire Growers’ Association and friends enjoyed
a lovely autumn day at the National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire. We were incredibly
lucky with the weather, which stayed dry and bright for the whole of our visit.
Acer glade Glowing Autumn colour Multi-coloured Maples
Originally planted during the heyday of Victorian plant hunting in the mid 19th century, the
Arboretum is famous for its spectacular autumn colour, and it certainly did not disappoint. The site
was carefully designed from 1839 onwards when Robert Holford inherited the Westonbirt Estate.
His legacy is a landscape that provides displays of seasonal colour and interest throughout the year.
We began our visit with a conducted tour of the Old Arboretum which dates from about 1850, led
by two volunteer Friends of Westonbirt. We were so engrossed in the informative lecture that we
overran the time allotted by an hour! By which time lunch was well overdue. After much needed
refreshments, the group split up and most went round the Silk Wood trail to see the maple collection
and the native woodlands.
New planting in Silk Wood Silk Wood vista
The first maples were planted in Silk Wood in 1877 by Sir George Holford (son of Robert) and
Westonbirt holds the National Plant Collection for Japanese maple cultivars and maple species.
These together with the Acer Glade are what makes the Arboretum such a hotspot for autumn
colour. Silk Wood also contains exotic specimens, but at its heart lies a native woodland that has
been worked since the 13th century.
cultivated varieties of this ornamental species. Rotary Glade was planted in 2005 to mark the
centenary of the Rotary Club when 100 trees were donated by Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland,
and was a joint initiative between Westonbirt and South Cotswolds Rotary Club.
In April 2008 two Wellingtonia were planted to mark the opening of the
Maple Loop and commemorated the 22 year relationship between the
Friends of Westonbirt and the Forestry Commission. The two
Wellingtonia planted by the Holfords in the 1890’s still stand but have
now grown to over 100ft tall. When they were planted they were rare in
gardens, having only been fairly recently introduced from North America.
Wellingtonia planted in 1890s
As a footnote, dogs and their owners are welcome in most areas at Westonbirt but are not allowed in the Old Arboretum.
Immanuel Nurseries at Unusual Plant Fair, Cowbridge on 7th September 2013
CGA Member and local growers Immanuel Nurseries will be amongst the cream of Welsh Specialist nurseries at the Unusual Plant Fair in the Old Hall Gardens, Cowbridge on 7th September 2013. Free entry and free parking in Cowbridge.
Llangain Plant Fair, Wednesday 21st August 2013
Carmarthenshire Growers Association Members will be holding a plant fair at the Elm Rise Holiday Park, Llangain, Carmarthenshire SA33 5AJ between 11am and 3pm.
Locally grown plants, flowers and produce will be available as will tea and coffee.
Confirmed attendees are:
- Soames Plants
- Pant-y-Gof Nursery
- Garden ornaments from Ray Batstone
- Plas Flowers
- Fferm Fychan Ffynnonwen
Plas Flowers at Cwmdu Inn's Summer Fair on 15th June 2013
CGA Member and local cut flower growers Plas Flowers will be at the Ffair Haf/Summer Fair in Cwmdu, Carmarthenshire, from 2pm to 5pm on 15th June 2013. Come along for some fabulous flowers and a fun filled family afternoon. Free entry and free shuttle bus from Talley.
Immanuel Nurseries at Unusual Plant Fair, Cowbridge on 15th June 2013
CGA Member and local growers Immanuel Nurseries will be amongst the cream of Welsh Specialist nurseries at the Unusual Plant Fair in the Old Hall Gardens, Cowbridge on 15th June 2013. Free entry and free parking in Cowbridge.
Carmarthenshire Growers Association Spring Fair 2013
The Spring Fair was held at the Carmarthen Town Park Fun Day on Saturday, 11th May 2013. Despite the weather, there was a good turn out of stallholders and the public.
Fferm Fychan Martinsell Crafts Cilshafe Pant-y-Gof Nursery
Tools for Self Reliance Tanya's Plants Ray Batstone
CGA Stall Martinsell Crafts Soames Plants
Events, Fairs and Shows 2012
AUTUMN SEMINAR AND TRAINING EVENT
24TH OCTOBER - NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES
HOSTED BY THE CARMARTHENSHIRE GROWERS ASSOCIATION
SPONSORED BY FARMING CONNECT
Members on the glasshouse walk led by Chris Creed and staff of the Botanic Gardens.