Gardening Club

Apricot tree in a member’s garden, March 2017.

Same tree with apricots, August 2017.







Rowen Gardening Club was founded in 2000 as a Rowen WI millennium project. Activities include:

Evening meetings at Rowen Memorial Hall, with a wide variety of talks
Plant swaps at meetings.
Visits to members’ gardens, always with a tea party.
Harvest Supper
Visits to gardens further afield.
New Year lunch.
Our meetings and visits are very sociable, and they include plenty of home-made cake.
We welcome suggestions for speakers and garden visits.
New members are always made welcome.
You do not need to have a 4-acre garden, or even live in Rowen.
We have members from as far afield as Anglesey.
Members can get a discount at some local garden centres, including 10% at Snowdonia Nurseries, Glan Conwy.   Bodnant Plant Centre gives a 10% discount on plants to Bodnant Welsh Food Centre loyalty card holders.

Please phone 01492 650764 or email for details.

p1000569The picture shows an Apple Tree Pruning Workshop with Ian Sturrock Welsh Fruit Trees, at a member’s garden in 2015.





Programme January to June 2018

Thursday February 15th, 7.30 pm, Rowen Memorial Hall. Robbie Blackhall-Miles, plantsman and conservationist, is giving a talk about early evolutionary plants, entitled, ‘Fossil plants, the evolution of a garden’.

Thursday March 15th, 7.30 pm, Rowen Memorial Hall. We are very pleased to welcome John Rippin, head gardener at Bodnant Garden who is giving us an update on Bodnant news, including some newly discovered archive material, current projects and future plans.

Thursday 12th April, 2 pm, visit to Oakbank, Rowen. Longstanding RGC member, Sue Kenwell is opening her garden to the club. Oakbank is a lovely wooded spring garden with a history. The weather will, of course affect what’s in flower in April but we hope to see some unusual rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, dog’s tooth violets, primulas and crocuses. Tea/coffee and cakes will be available. Donations to a charity of Sue’s choice.

Thursday 17th May, 7.30 pm, Rowen Memorial Hall. New member Joan Prime, a keen wildflower enthusiast, is giving a talk entitled ‘Wildflower Wisdom’. Wildflowers are becoming increasingly popular in our gardens. Historically they were essential. This talk looks at some of our familiar wildflowers and explores their importance to our ancestors’ daily lives.

Early June. We are planning a trip on a small coach to a garden in Cheshire, probably Arley Hall. Details to come. Anybody interested at this point, please let us know. It would be good to have an idea of numbers.

Please email the secretary Kath Barrar for further information 



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