A VERY brief Annual General Meeting of Crediton Garden Club was held at Crediton Library (thanks to the magic of email, everyone read all the information and came armed with comments and suggestions). The committee were re-elected en-block.
We were in for a treat when our vice chair and horticulturalist, David Cann, gave us an illustrated talk about the “Wildflowers and Ferns of Devon”.
David spoke about his collaboration with the authors of the Devonshire Association of Botany sections’ new book entitled “A New Flora of Devon”.
There are 2,243 species of plant found wild in Devon of which 1,115 are native to Devon. Most of the distribution closely matches the geology of the county.
Although David showed photographs from all over Devon, he focused on Braunton Burrows which, with more than 400 plant species, has the highest recorded number of wildflower species. The coastal areas of Watersmeet, Lynton and Lynmouth and East Devon also featured highly.
Devon Wildlife Trust has recently acquired the old Meeth Quarry between Hatherleigh and Torrington and many fine examples are to be establishing around the clay pits.
David’s extensive research involves co-ordinating bus timetables and he also has excellent recall of tea shops and tiffin!
Plenty of places for all of us to explore the natural world during the summer months.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7.30pm at Crediton Library. Compost Doctor trainer Ruth Leonard Williams will be sharing the finer details of how we can stop Devon going to waste.
She will help us to develop the skills of how we can make our own garden compost in our own garden or allotment.
Future meetings will be as follows: May 23: We will meet at the Cacti and Succulent Nursery at Winkleigh to meet nurseryman Ralph Nortcott, who gave us a talk in November 2016.
June 3: By kind permission of Crediton Library, we will be holding our first Plant and Produce Sale. Please come and support us.
June 24: We will meet at RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, for the Rose Festival.
August will be a garden party for members and guests.