Saturday 19 October 2019

The Cottage Garden in the 21st Century

Our speaker today is Neil Lovesey of Picket Lane Nursery in the Dorset village of South Perrott. Where did the Cottage garden come from? And when? Neil will take a look back to the very beginning of the cottage garden and chart the growth of gardening through the centuries and some indications for the future of gardening.

Neil has a background as an engineer and teacher and now runs the nursery with his wife and daughter. Unlike many places, every plant – hardy perennials and shrubs – sold at the nursery will have been propagated on-site. The accompanying nursery garden has over 1500 varieties growing so customers can see before they buy. And if growing hundreds of different plants isn’t enough, they also keep bees and breed pigs.

Neil will be bringing plants for sale.


As with all our meetings, kick off is at 2.00 pm at the Williams Memorial Hall in Coychurch, Bridgend. Click HERE for a location map (note that the miracle that is Google shows the red locator in the wrong place – look for the grey one below and to the left of the red one).

We entertain the speaker to lunch at the nearby White Horse pub (look above and a way to the right of the red marker for location info) before the meeting. Anyone is welcome to join us but please let us know you’d like lunch by emailing the Chair, no later than mid-day on Tuesday 15 October. The pub serves a variety of good food, though you’ll have to settle your own bill, sorry! Please aim to arrive by 12.15.