Contact Roy James 831468 or email roy.james1536@gmail.com

Are you interested in gardening, growing your own fruit and vegetables and meeting up to chat with like-minded neighbours?

===17th March 2020===

Good afternoon everyone,
In view of the COVID-19 implications then the following events have been cancelled to a future date.

· Carmarthenshire Meadows Group meeting that was to be held at Myddfai on 21st March.

· The talk at the Village Hall with Huw Richards on the 8th of April. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeaKRrrpWiQFJJmiuon2WoQ).

· The BBC Gardeners Question Time with Span Art, Looks like it will be cancelled to another date, Span Art to Confirm. http://www.span-arts.org.uk/whats-on/

If as a result of COVID-19 ramifications, then if you need any help, then please get in touch and we will endeavour to rally round. Thankfully communities are coming together, supporting and lending a hand. But in the words of Corporal Jones “Don’t Panic”.

However be careful, there are scammers out there, one apparently offering to get your groceries and using your card and pin, needless to say what happened next!

On a positive note, the dates below are for future gardening visits, but they will have to be confirmed closer to the date.

· Llwyngarreg (Paul/Liz Oneill) 15th May at 6pm, entrance fee £5, walk and talk included.


· Andy/Mary Dawe – The Barn Llanteg on the 21st of May at 2pm.

· Upton Castle 13th June at 2pm, entrance fee £6, walk and talk included, if you would like home made cakes then its £6 per person. https://www.uptoncastle.com/

· Abergwili 11th July at 2pm, entrance free, walk and talk £40. https://tywigateway.org.uk/

· Aberglasney 23rd July at 11am, entrance fee approx £7:60 per person, walk and talk with Joseph £60. https://aberglasney.org/

· Glynbach Gardens Llangolman (Monarda) 8th August at 2pm, entrance fee £4:50, walk and talk included, tea etc £3:50. http://www.glynbachgardens.co.uk/

· Panteg Llanddewi Velfrey 12th September at 2pm, entrance fee £4. https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/29954/

Please note that the cost of the walk and talks at Aberglasney and Abergwili will be deducted from our funds.

Congratulations to Leah and Sola and families from Greenacre Market Garden for supplying 10 Downing Street with daffodils on St Davids Day.

As far as buying gardening materials in bulk, then this is the supplier Paul Oneill mentioned at our meeting in January ( http://lbsbuyersguide.co.uk/).

Maybe we can look at a bulk order if there is any interest?

If you would like a copy of Joseph Aitken presentation, then please get in touch, he’s kindly sent me a copy.

Below is a message from Caz, which she’s asked me to circulate.

Hello Roy
How’s things?
We are currently harvesting our basket willow and wondered if anyone in your group might like to come along and learn to make baskets and harvest some of our willows.
I’m hoping to run a workshop here for 10-12 people, be lovely if I could advertise it with you.
Also if there is interest and people want to come along to help and see the willows they’d be more than welcome.

===27th February 2020===
Good morning everyone,
Many thanks for coming along to the talk with Piers last night, really appreciate your support and enthusiasm for our Gardening Group. Really enjoyed this talk, as I suspect we all did, can’t wait for Piers next talk.
Our next talk at the Village Hall will be on the 11th of March at 7:30pm, when Joseph Aitkin will giving us a talk entitled “Plants for a West Wales Garden”, please come along, entry charge is £2 per person and you don’t need to be a GG member..
As for the gardens visits, we should have a list of dates and venues soon, but if there are any suggestions then please get in touch

===30th January 2020===

Good afternoon everyone,
Thanks to you all for supporting both the Quiz night on Monday evening at Temple Bar and the “Last Cow” talk by Paul and Liz Oneill from Llwyngarreg (http://www.llwyngarreg.co.uk/) at the Village Hall.

The Quiz night was most enjoyable and again Dee has done us proud, well done Dee, also thanks to you all, we now have a further £50 in the Gardening Group funds, which is very much appreciated.

As for the “Last Cow” talk with Paul and Liz, this was enjoyed by us all and well worth asking for the next talk (Plants I have Killed) later in the year, although in the interim and after seeing the Rhododendrons pictures, we obviously need to visit Llwyngarreg in May.
With this in mind. Can you give me an idea of the best {May} date and time please, Paul and Liz are alright with an evening visit (by arrangement) and I will ask them what dates best suit them and get back to you.

Our next GG talk is on the 26th of February at LVH starting at 7:30pm when Piers Lunt (Abergwili Bishops Palace) will give us a talk on the Tywi Gateway Project (https://tywigateway.org.uk/). “The project aims to work with the local community to restore the Bishop’s Park to its former grandeur and to set in place a management structure to ensure the park remains at the heart of the community with a long and exciting future ahead of it”. We had a walk around the walled garden last winter, and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress when we visit later in the year!

Will get back to you with dates and times for garden visits, but at the moment I’m looking at:
Abergwili Bishops Palace
Colby Lodge
Picton Castle.
Upton Castle
National Botanic Garden
Plus a few of the gardens Paul mentioned, must admit I didn’t take notes!

Although, how we fit these all in will be interesting, maybe its two visits a month.

Kind regards,



===25th January 2020===

Good Morning everyone,
Just to remind you all that we have a joint fund raising Quiz with Tair nant Wildlife Group at the Temple Bar Amroth on the 27th of January commencing at 8pm, please make your own arrangements when it comes to food by looking on Temple Bar Facebook, allowing time to order and eat your meal before the quiz begins at 8pm.

Also on the 29th of January and at 7:30pm we have Paul and Liz Oneill providing us with a talk {Last Cow} about their beautiful garden at Llwyngarreg http://www.llwyngarreg.co.uk/, loads of ideas here. Paul & Liz will be bringing along some plants for sale.
Please can you support this meeting if at all possible.
Don’t forget its just a £2 entrance per person and you don’t need to be a gardening group member, so please encourage others to come along if you can.

Next months GC talk is on the 26th of February when Piers Lunt will be giving us a talk on the Abergwili Bishops Palace Tywi Gateway Project

As far as visits to: Aberglasney, Abergwili, Colby Lodge, Picton Castle, Upton Castle, plus National open Gardens like Llwyngarreg, can you give me an idea of what day of the week and time would best suit you please. Since I appreciate it may not be convenient during the week for some?

Finally, below are programs for gardening clubs that weve attended last year, if your interested in a particular talk or visit, then please get in touch with me and we can car share, the charge is £2 per person for the talks, sorry don’t have a price for the trips.

St Clears and Llangynin Gardening Clubs

As promised the St Clears GC programme, if any of you would like to join us on the summer days out let me know, the Newcastle Emlyn one will be by coach , as you can see trips are joint with Llangynin organising 2 per club, the Stackpole one will be in cars, and the September trip we are hoping to do by coach is to Sir Roy Strong’s Laskett’s Garden and Symonds Yat.

Monday January 13th The Woodland Trust
Monday February 10th The Dreaded Gardener
Monday March 9th Linda Screen Garden Design
Monday April 6th Huw Richards Open Meeting
Wednesday May 20th Trip to Roger Spencer’s Nursery and the Flower Meadow near Newcastle Emlyn trip joint with Llangynin
Tuesday June 9th trip to Stackpole Court and Bosherston Lily ponds joint with Llangynin
Monday June 22nd Annual Four Day Trip to Anglesey
Monday July 13th Huw Davies Antique Artefacts
Tuesday July 14th Joint trip with Llangynin – Taf Valleys tri p with afternoon tea. Book with Taf Valley Coaches
Wednesday August 5th Pwll Trap Garden Crawl
Saturday August 15th Annual Club Show.
September joint trip with Llangynin to be arranged
Monday September 14th Alice Pyper “ Pembrey Munitions Factory
Monday October 12th AGM and social evening
Friday October 23rd Annual Dinner venue to be decided
Monday November 9th Paul O’Neill “Plants I’ve Killed”
Monday December 14th Joseph Atkin Trees and Shrubs, plus Cheese and Wine and the big raffle.

Bronwydd Gardening Club

February 18th – Julian Wormald – Confessions of a Galanthophile
March 17th – Bob Dyer – Woodland plants
April 21st – Gareth Davies – A love affair with Roses
May 19th – Mark Ashton Dahlias and Gladioli (Open evening)
June 16th – Matt Granfield – Vegetable Growing
July 21st – Vicki Weston – (Big Sky Plants) Penstemons and Salvias
August 22nd – Gardening Club Show
September 15th – Richard Bramley – Sarracenias
October 20th – Sheena Crossley – Making maximum use of small gardens

===10th December 2019===
Good evening everyone,
Just a reminder that our first Gardening Group winter talk is on Wednesday 11th of December at 7:30pm in the village hall.
This is with Steve Whitehead and the talk is entitled “The History and Development of Colby Estate”
The charge is £2 per person, and you don’t have to be a gardening club member, so please come along.
All profits go to gardening group funds.
Many thanks for attending the pruning session at Ruel Wall last Saturday.
Thanks to Carolyn and Mike for hosting the event, and to Marie for the tuition.
For those of you who couldn’t make the session, or anyone who needs help with pruning or gardening, then Marie’s email address and mobile number is as follows:
The Wildlife and Gardening Group Quiz night to be held at Temple Bar Amroth, has now been changed to the 27th of January (Monday) at 8pm.
The Quiz night is open to Wildlife and Gardening Group members, plus anyone else that would like to come along. Please get there early to get your seat.
If people would like to have a meal or soup beforehand, please look at the Menu online/ Facebook?
The Quiz will start at 8pm so please get there in good time to have your meal.
Also, please don’t forget that Dee is holding a craft class on the 18th of December between 11am to 3pm and at the Village Hall.
This will focus on using natural materials to create Christmas decorations.
See previous email of December 3rd for more details.
Kind regards,

===6th December 2019===
At 7:30pm on the 11th of December, Steve Whitehead is giving us a talk entitled “The History and Development of Colby Estate” and at the Village Hall.
Please make every effort to attend if possible?
As far as our winter program of speakers. Dawn has kindly produced program of events (postcard size), for each of us to stick on our fridge etc, along with advertising notices for distribution around our community.
Well done Dawn, good job.
Thanks to everyone who has paid their £10 annual membership.
Finally, please see a message from Dee below, which includes the Quiz night information, again many thanks to Dee for all her hard work.
Please note that the quiz date may change.
Also, I have booked the Temple Bar for the Gardening and Wildlife Quiz night for the 27th January. Hope that is ok. 8pm start. If anyone would like to order food i think you can get a menu online and contact them with your choice to order before the night.
Hope all well

Report November 2019

A year ago we started our Gardening Group. The main objective was to learn more about growing vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, creating a healthy vibrant garden.
To be honest, I had very little knowledge of gardening, having never taken much notice in the past, much to my regret now, since my late father was an accomplished gardener. Luckily, others within our Gardening Group have gardening experience and are only too willing to share their knowledge. This theme of helping each other has been the main focus this year.
At the outset, the Gardening Group meeting decided they didn’t wish to create a
gardening club, believing they didn’t want anything formal, and this has remained their opinion up to the present date.
During this last year we have visited a number of gardens, and had a few guest speakers at the village hall, along with the odd practical training session.
As far as the garden visits are concerned, we’ve always included a walk and talk session, which has made the visits more interesting and given us all loads of ideas.
Additionally, we’ve had a few guest speakers at the village hall, providing talks on subjects such as; Meadow Flowers (Carmarthenshire Meadows Group),
Permaculture (Caz and Nimh), Question & Answer session with Paul Webb (Tavernspite Garden Centre).
Last summer we had three fund raising events: thanks to Polly, Roger, Jane, Ken and Pauline for opening up their gardens and raising money in aid of our Gardening Group. These funds, along with the membership fee, have facilitated the opportunity to invite a number of guest speakers in the coming months, all of whom I’m sure will be enjoyed by those who attend.

Future Garden Visits
Possible garden visits from May on wards and with a walk & talk sessions include the following gardens, dates, times, cost to follow:
Upton Castle
Picton Castle
Botanical Garden
Abergwili {Bishops Palace} .
Stackpole walled Garden
Open Gardens – National Garden Scheme.
If you’ve any further places to visits and or preferences, then please let me know by email.
Gardening Talks at Village Hall {Wednesday 7:30pm}
Paul and Liz Oneill {Owners Llwyngarreg}, January 29th, subject; The Last Cow.
Piers Lunt {Abergwili Bishops Palace}, February 26th, subject;  Tywi project.
Joseph Aitkin {Head Gardener Aberglasney}, March 11th, subject; To Be Agreed.
Huw Richards {HuwsNursery on YouTube}, April 8th, subject; My Journey, Method of Growing and the RHS. Huw will have two books on sale at this meeting.
Any Other Business
Dee has offered to give us a talk on Bees as Pollinators, date to discuss at a later date, suggest the month of May.
Marie from Greenacre is able to provide practical training with regard to pruning fruit trees. if you are interested in having this training, then can you please email me, it would be on a Saturday morning. The cost to us would be £25 for up to two hours and over two hours £45.
Narberth Big Plant Sale 2nd May 2020.
Fund Raising Quiz for Wildlife and Gardening Group, Dee will arrange for a Monday evening in January at the Temple Bar.
Ted Talks which is about Plant Science (how plants communicate with pollinators etc), see links below.

Gardening Group – November Meeting 2018

The inaugural meeting of our Gardening Group took place at Llanteg Village Hall (LVH) on the 17th of October 2018, many thanks for the encouraging support and for the suggestions regarding the way forward.

At the meeting it was decided we would not form a committee at this stage, and that the ethos of the group was to share knowledge, along with plants and seeds. Thanks also to John Davies for his helpful advice on the night.

On the 19th of November, we enjoyed a very informative walk and talk session around Greenacre Market Garden, many thanks to Leah and Sola and family for arranging this and answering our many questions.

At our November meeting, which took place at the LVH on the 21st, we enjoyed a very interesting question and answer session thanks to Paul Webb from Tavernspite Garden Centre.

garden club poster october

First Meeting 17th October 2018 Update
Firstly many thanks to you all (18) for attending our first meeting last Wednesday and apologies for some of the content and for keeping you so long.
I hope you found some of what was said to be of use to you, although there are concerns regarding the use of the chemicals mentioned, so please read instructions and use personal protective equipment when necessary. 
I appreciate that some of you would prefer to go ahead with forming a management committee, but as mentioned previously I suggest we have a few more meetings before deciding this, after all we don’t want to frighten people away.
Since at the outset, some of you wanted a club that shared ideas, produce, plants and seeds, and not to get bogged down with a bureaucratic organisation!
If you know of anyone outside our immediate area who would like to come along to our next meeting, then they are welcome.

Gardening Group Beginnings 2018

We are planning informal monthly get-togethers where we can share tips, ideas and maybe swop plants over a cuppa. To be held monthly in Llanteg Hall and are for amateurs — so do not think you have to be knowledgeable to come along — all you need is to be interested!

If you would like to come along, become involved or know more please contact Roy James 831468 or email roy.james1536@gmail.com

Initial meet up was at the Coffee Morning in Llanteg Hall Friday 31st Aug. 10.30am to gauge interest. 


There was a great turnout at the Coffee Morning today with almost 30 people popping in – though a few might have turned up for info on the proposed new Gardening Club!

===New Llanteg Gardening Group to be set up===
After a really good turn-out at Llanteg’s Coffee Morning, plus messages from those who could not attend, we have around twenty people who showed an interest so have decided to proceed and set up a Gardening Group.
The premise is to share ideas and information, be it on fruit, vegetables and flowers or on other gardening topics such as how to build raised beds or set up a polytunnel.  It does not matter if you have a large or small garden, or no garden a all.  Maybe you just do tubs or have houseplants.
Roy commented that he is also a novice but interested in learning and finding out more. We could possible have some talks and maybe even visits later on.
We can decide the format of our meetings as we go along.
It will be good to get-together to share ideas and maybe produce and seeds etc.  We are open to ideas and suggestions.
The first meeting is planned for Llanteg Hall on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm. 
We do not plan to have a formal committee etc but will have to ask for a small contribution each meeting to cover hall rental – this will probably be £1 or less depending on how many attend.

There is also a blog at – https://llanteggardening.blogspot.com/ and a ‘Llanteg Community Gardening Group’ Facebook page.