Garden Organic Group gets Gold!
Shropshire Organic Gardeners award-winning show garden
Two of the team admire their handiwork
Garden Organic local group, Shropshire Organic Gardeners, along with Shropshire Master Composters won both a gold and Best in Show at Shrewsbury Flower Show 2009 for their team effort show garden, which was designed to showcase organic methods, recycling, composting, etc in a much visited plot.
The garden was designed to be viewed and accessed from all sides. The main aim being to demonstrate organic principles and how they can be applied to a low cost, attractive and productive garden in a fascinating partnership with nature.
See photos of the construction of the garden and the finished thing on The 'Wonky Knees' Flickr photostream (click on the show2009 tag).
Water is being collected from the roofs of the shed and greenhouse, although run off is slowed on the shed by the sedum 'green' roof. This also acts as insulation for the shed, and adds more insect attractants. The greenhouse contains aubergines, peppers and tomatoes, after being used as a place to germinate seeds in the spring.
The shed is being used mainly as a drying area, with herbs hung from the roof, and onions laid out to dry. It also acts as a store for tools and boots. The seats in the sitting area are made from coppiced hazel, and the bird bath is a reworked log. There is a hazel among the fruit bushes, although it will be some years before it produces bean supports!
You can read the design brief for the show garden on the Shropshire Organic Gardeners website (PDF 9Kb).
New group looking for members
The first meeting of the newly-formed Bakewell & District Organic Gardeners aimed at gardeners in North Derbyshire will be held on Tuesday September 22nd 2009 at 7.30pm in The Friends Meeting House, Chapel Row, Bakewell, DE45 1AA
The group aims to offer help and support for organic gardeners, whether they are newcomers or old hands, through regular meetings, seed swapping, hints & tips, expert speakers and the chance to meet others in a friendly setting.
Anyone interested in joing should contact Colin Shaw - email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 07891 920278
More information at: www.organicgarden.org.uk/badog