Sunday, August 9, 2020

Zoom Meeting 19th August 2020

 Llanteg Gardening Group is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Llanteg Gardening Group
Time: Aug 19, 2020 19:00 London

Contact Roy for details

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Llanteg Virtual Gardening & Craft Show - 2020


Llanteg Gardening Group Virtual Flower/Vegetable/Craft Show

Please be aware you don't have to be resident in Llanteg to enter, or be a budding Monty


Also, you don’t have to take a photograph of yourself with your entry, but photographs

must demonstrate that you are at your garden/property, and not for example in Outer

Mongolia, or at the RHS Chelsea…

For all entries, you should email a photograph of your entry and your details

to by the 21st of September.

All virtual winners will be posted on the Llanteg Facebook page and website in late


Virtual Rules

All entries will be judged by independent anonymous judges, their decision will be final.

Certificates for First, Second and Third places shall be awarded, there will be no entry fee

or prize money.

To enter just send an email to and the entries should include

the following:-

 Your name (age for children).

 Picture of your produce or creation, and category.

 The first line of your address.

 You can submit six photos throughout the summer as your produce grows or your

creation progresses.

 Vegetables must be photographed next to a (Hens) egg (boiled or not, but not

scrambled or poached).

 Note if you don’t want your photograph on Facebook or Llanteg web site then

please say so.

Adult Entries

Vegetable categories - grown in the: garden, greenhouse, plot, allotment or windowsill


 Longest runner bean, photograph it against a tape measure.

 Largest vegetable, such as: pumpkin, onion, courgette, butternut squash….

 Five potatoes (of any variety) which have been grown by you.

 Four carrots, parsnips, onions, tomatoes, leeks, celery, peppers, beetroot.

 Two lettuces or swedes/turnips, celeriac, cabbages, cucumbers, courgettes….

 Wonkiest shaped vegetable, any variety.

Fruit categories - photograph of the tree or bush

 Apples or pears or rhubarb or berries or any other fruit.

Flower category

 An indoor flowering pot plant, grown by you

 Any flowers in your own garden.

Floral art category 

 Design a floral display, using real or artificial flowers, with one ‘prop’ of your

choice that reflects your feelings during lockdown.

Home baking category 

 Bake your favourite lockdown cake or cakes; with a recipe and a photograph.

Art - Craft category 

 Photograph something you have made during lockdown. It might be a painting,

carving, knitting, or something else, surprise us.

Photography category - art recreation 

 Using only what you have in your home or garden to recreate any famous

painting in photograph form. Don’t go as far as a Van Gogh self-portrait!! Then

send your photograph along with the name of the famous painting you are



Children’s Entries

You've made it, show us, anything goes!

 Have you made something you are proud of? Send a photo of your amazing

‘lockdown’ item, including your name and age. 


 Write a poem about lockdown life.


 Make three decorated biscuits or cakes with a rainbow or bee, or flower design.

Take a photo of your creation.


 Take a photograph of your pet or an animal found in your garden

Thursday, July 23, 2020

22 July 2020 Update

Good afternoon everyone,
Hope all’s well with you and that you’re enjoying some form of normal life.
Although I appreciate some of you have to remain in self isolation, I urge you to keep in touch, since we are stronger together.

With regard to continuing our planned visits, the consensus of those who replied is to wait a little longer before resuming our activities. Also, some because of health issues, are not going to venture out for a very long while.

So as far as the visits to Aberglasney on the 23rd of July, Glyn Bach on the 8th of August these are now cancelled.
I appreciate that Aberglasney is open for visits, so if some of you did want to continue with a walk and talk session with Joseph, then I will ask if this is possible?
With regard to the visit to Glyn bach, Carole the owner, would prefer we visit next year.
The visit to Panteg on 12th September is still an option, but there won’t be any toilets or food available, and I will let you know what David the owner says closer to the date.

From the replies I’ve received, there is an interest in holding winter talks at the Village Hall, and in the hope that this will be possible, then I will get some together.
It’s worth mentioning that the Village Hall remains closed at the moment, but we are making efforts to be ready for the day we can re-open.
On a positive note, the Projector, Projector Screen, Sound System and Hearing Loop is up and running, so we could Zoom if all else fails?

Finally, just an idea:
What do you all feel about having a virtual Vegetable and Flower Show, sending pictures of flowers and vegetables in our gardens to be judged as best in show 2020?

Kind regards,


Monday, July 13, 2020

13 July 2020 Update

Good afternoon everyone,
I hope all’s well with you all, and that you're looking forward to the day when Covid-19 is very much in our past.
With lockdown easing and some of the gardens opening to the public, I would like to gauge your views on resuming our visits?
From my perspective, I would rather wait a little longer before venturing out, but I respect that some of you may like to visit some gardens as soon as possible.
Therefore, could you please tell me what your preference are with regards to resuming our visits (where possible), bearing in mind that we have Aberglasney,  Glyn Bach, and Panteg remaining?

The Audio-Visual equipment and hearing loop has now been installed at the village hall, so future Gardening Group talks should be much more enjoyable.
With this in mind and provided you are in general agreement, I will look at creating a winter program of monthly talks, any ideas would be appreciated?

Kind regards,


Sunday, June 14, 2020

14 June 2020 Update

Good afternoon everyone, 
I hope alls well with you and your families, and that you are all enjoying the tranquility of your gardens?
Recently Liz and Paul O’Neill from Llwyngarreg sent a link to a YouTube video of their gardens, which is well worth viewing.
The only way I can get the Llwyngarreg video to work is to copy and paste the link into my browser:

As far as the Village Hall is concerned, currently and because of the lockdown restrictions we don’t have any plans to re-open the property soon.
However during lockdown, we are planning to fit a ceiling mounted projector and screen, along with a sound system, stage lighting and hearing loop.
All of which should enhance our future experience when we resume our gardening group.

If you have any surplus vegetable or flower plants, then please let me know, currently Rosemarie Hinman is looking for cauliflower plants.

Apologies, but if you’ve not already done so, can you please complete the village questionnaire which you should have received in the village newsletter in May. If you need a questionnaire, then please get back to me.

Kind regards,


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

4 March 2020 Update

Good morning everyone,
The BBC radio 4's Gardeners Question time is on at the Queens Hall Narberth on the 25th of March. Starting at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm, price is £4:50, anyone interested, 01834869323?

Thanks to Jill Roberts for finding this for us..

Kind regards,


Thursday, February 27, 2020

27 February 2020 Update

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.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

30th January 2020 Update

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 ( 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 ( "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,


Saturday, January 25, 2020

25th Jan 2020 Update

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 O'Neill providing us with a talk {Last Cow} about their beautiful garden at Llwyngarreg, 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

Kind Regards,

Sunday, November 10, 2019

10th Nov 2019 Update

Good morning everyone on this bright sunny day, so far anyway!

On the 7th of December, we have a practical pruning session at Ruel Wall with Marie. 
The session starts at midday and should last around two hours, this is very much weather dependent.
Marie works at Greenacre Market Garden, you may remember her when we visited Greenacre earlier in the year. 
Many thanks to Mike and Carolyn for hosting this event for us. 

As for the demonstration regarding Christmas wreaths with Paul Webb.I have decided not to go ahead with this at this time, due to a lack of interest from the group.

The guest speaker at St Clears Gardening Club on November the 11th at 7pm is Sheena Crossley. 
Her talk is "Gardening made Easier", the charge is £2 per person (for the raffle). 
If you would like to car share, then please meet at our Village Hall at 6:30p, otherwise meet at St Clears school please.

As for the gardening talks, Dawn is producing a postcard size program as a helpful reminder of future talks.
Thanks again Dawn. 

Gardening Talks at Village Hall
Steve Whitehead {Head Gardener Colby} December 11th at 7:30pm.
Subject; History and Development of Colby Estate.

Paul and Liz Oneill {Owners Llwyngarreg}, January 29th at 7:30pm. 
Subject; The Last Cow.

Piers Lunt {Abergwili Bishops Palace},
February 26th at 7:30pm. 
Subject;  Tywi gateway project.

Joseph Aitkin {Head Gardener Aberglasney}, March 11th at 7:30pm. 
Subject; Plants for a West Wales Garden.

Huw Richards {HuwsNursery on YouTube},
April 8th at 7:30pm. 
Subject; My Journey, Method of Growing and the RHS.
Huw will have two books on sale at this meeting.

The entry charge for each of the talks will be £2 per person, and anyone is welcome. So please encourage others to join us.  Since you don't have to be a Gardening Group member to attend, and the speakers are very talented. 

Finally, if you would like to become a Gardening Group member, then please get in touch with either Dawn, Pauline or myself. 
The annual membership charge is £10.

Many thanks,

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

22 Oct 2019 Update

Good morning everyone, 
Many thanks for all your support at last Wednesday's meeting, and from our meeting we now have eighteen paid up members, which is very encouraging.
If anyone wishes to join, then please contact Dawn or Pauline, the annual membership is £10, and there is a £2 charge (raffle) for each meeting attended which covers the cost of hall hire. The membership fee covers the costs of the guest speakers.
If you no longer want to be contacted by email or don't wish to be a Gardening Group member, then please contact me.

The meeting commenced with feedback on the Kilgetty in Bloom judging by Dawn & Pauline, which we fully appreciate the effort required to carry out this work, both professionally and with impartiality.
It was lovely to see all the different types of gardens entered and the variety of classes and use of limited gardening space, along with the use of various materials and objects.
Its not easy to giving feedback to an audience, but you did it, and more importantly we enjoyed it. well done to you both.

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} 

Steve Whitehead {Head Gardener Colby} December 11th, subject; History and Development of Colby Estate. 
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

Paul Webb is willing to provide some practical training with regard to making Christmas wreaths and door decorations, if you are interested, then please email me. I'm thinking about November and either at the Village Hall or at Tavernspite Garden Centre.

Dee has offered to give us a talk on Bees as Pollinators, date to discuss at a later date, suggest the month of May.

Dee & Pauline have offered to give us practical training with regard to making Christmas decorations using garden greenery materials, date and time to agree.

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. 

Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association meeting on the 27th of October at 2pm to 4pm at the Georges 24 Market Street Haverfordwest.

Colby Winter Fair 16th and 17th of November.

Picton Castle Winter Fair 23rd and 24th of November Victorian Christmas Fair.

Aberglasney Winter Fair 29th of November and 1st of December, see web site for further information.

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.
Sylvia mentioned Paul has some Clematis plants available and at a reasonable price at Tavernspite Garden Centre,
St Clears Gardening Club guest speaker on the 11th of November is Sheena Crossley (Gardening made Easier), charge is £2 per person, anyone whose interested then get in touch please.

Date if Next Meeting
To be circulated later.

Kind regards

Friday, September 20, 2019

20 Sept 2019 Update

Good morning everyone,
Firstly many thanks for attending our Gardening Group meeting on 11th of September, I've not forgotten to update you all, but will do in the next few days.

My excuse, I'm enjoying the good weather, the gardening and having some Brexit free time!

Tonight gardeners world has a feature on Dyffryn Fernant garden near Fishguard, which is one of the National Garden Scheme and a place to visit in the future.

Please see below.
Why not tune in to Gardeners’ World this Friday, 20th September on BBC 2 for a special glimpse of another garden that opens under the National Garden Scheme, Dyffryn Fernant in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. Opening dates for 2020 coming soon! Visit their page to add them to your favourites to be reminded of their next garden opening.

Also see event poster from Andrew Martin regarding the Carmarthenshire Meadow Group. Please use the link below.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

7 Sept 2019 Update

Just to remind you that our next meeting will be at Llanteg Village Hall on Wednesday the 11th of September at 7.30pm.

The Agenda is as follows:

° Dee’s talk on slug control. 
° Way forward. 
° Gardening talks and themes.
° Financial situation.
° Annual membership.
° Kilgetty in Bloom.
° AOB. 

Possible future talks:
* Joseph Aitkin (Aberglasney). 
* Piers Lunt (Abergwili Tywi Gateway). 
* Huw Richards from Huw's Nursery (YouTube). 
* Terry Walton.
* Paul O’Neill (Llwyngarreg).
Roddy Milne (Picton Castle).

Future places to visit:
* Aberglasney.
* Picton Castle,
* Abergwili.
* Stackpole.
* Colby.
* Upton Castle.
* Llwyngarreg and other open gardens.

Sorry it’s late notice, but on Sunday the 8th of September there’s a Plant sale at Scolton Manor between 10am and 3pm, see link below.

Finally, below is an email from Nim regarding an introduction to permaculture course at the Village Hall and on the 28th and 29th of September.

But from me, it’s many thanks for your support,
Kind regards,

Nims e-mail regards permaculture follows:
The basic info is that it'll be in Llanteg village hall, last weekend of September, the 28th and 29th, 9.30am to 4.30 pm. We'll be covering a wide range of topics, but aim to empower participants with a grounding in permaculture design, and a practice in how they can apply it to their own lives, gardens or homes, whatever their circumstances may be. 
The cost of the weekend is £60, but if anyone is unable to attend due to financial constraints then please let me know and we can do our best to find a solution together. 

There's several links to more information..
For those who use facebook here's the event page, where they can see more info and also ask questions:

You can also see more about it on my website page at this link here:

It would be lovely to see some more local faces there, its going to be a lovely weekend. 
Thanks very much!

Kindest wishes

Saturday, August 24, 2019

24 Aug 2019 Update

Good afternoon everyone,
Hope you are all enjoying the weather and gardening...
Many thanks for attending our visit to Picton Castle yesterday, and the talk and walk session with the head gardener Roddy Milne.
From our (Sue and I) perspective there were areas of the gardens that we had never visited before, especially the avenue of Myrtle, so yes really enjoyed the tour, and Maria’s food!
Looking forward to Roddy giving us a talk at the village hall on plant propagation perhaps in the coming winter months?

If you’ve anything to add to the agenda of our meeting on September 11th then please let me know.

This is what it looks like so far:

° Dee talk on slug control. 
° Way forward. 
° Gardening talks and themes.
° Financial situation.
° Annual membership.
° Kilgetty in Bloom.
° AOB. 

Possible talks:
* Joseph Aitkin (Aberglasney). 
* Piers Lunt (Abergwili Tywi Gateway). 
* Huw Richards from Huw's Nursery (YouTube). 
* Terry Walton.
* Paul O’Neill (Llwyngarreg).
Roddy Milne (Picton Castle)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

8th August 2019 Update

Good evening everyone,

Within regard to our visit to Paul and Liz O’Neil garden at Llwyngarreg Llanfallteg SA34 0XH.

It looks like Friday’s weather forecast is not very good, so I’ve cancelled our visit, but the alternative date is Sunday the 11th of August and starting at 2pm.

If you would like to car share, then can you meet at the village hall at 1:30pm please.

Many thanks to Paul and Liz O’Neill for their support.

Suggest you bring along suitable warm clothing and footwear please.
Kind regards,