Winners of the Cirencester Front Garden Festival
We won the category for best public display for the main flower border in the Abbey Grounds. Some of the judging remarks said ” A bold display of colour which enhances a valuable open space”. The team were really pleased, especially as no money has been spent on the bed so far; we have planted it up with rejects from other peoples’ gardens. The aim is to keep it looking tidy at all times and as colourful through as much of the year as we can. Here is a picture of some of the volunteers working on the bed.
Raising money to help others
This year our Open Gardens event was used to raise money to help Cirencester Open Air Pool carry out its major refurbishment work. We were able to give them £1000 towards the cost. More importantly the day was a great success and in total raised £2450. Our other beneficiary was Cirencester Friends Meeting House who have always been generous supporters of Phoenix Gardeners and helped us with venues when we needed them.
The town was buzzing during our open day and normally quiet streets saw floods of people purposefully walking up and down, enjoying the lovely gardens.
Market Garden comes up trumps again (or cyclamen again!)
Once again, Phoenix Gardeners and the town have to thank Ian and Paul at the Market Garden for their generous donation of plants which are used in the tubs in the Abbey Grounds. Their good will and support is always appreciated and we hope they are pleased with the results
Every autumn we refresh the tubs in the town centre and tidy the Abbey Grounds ready for the winter. Each tub contains hyacinths (usually blue, but this time some pale lemon), two kinds of dwarf cyclamen, and a range of tulips to cover the season from mid-April until late May when we put the summer bedding in.
Spreading the News
Phoenix Gardeners were proud to be invited to be the speaker for the Baunton and Stratton Horticultural Society AGM. The members were keen to hear about the growth and progress of Phoenix Gardeners, and full of admiration for the work of our volunteers.
Questions focused on the improvements (of lack of improvements) to the roundabouts in Cirencester. It is always hard for people to understand that the lack of improvements lies outside the scope of Cirencester Town Council.
Getting ready for 2018.
By the end of October we had already decided on our plug plants for 2018. Over 2000 bedding plant plugs have been ordered. They will be grown on in the greenhouses at Deer Park School. Here is a photo of Pauline watering the plugs last year – its needs a lot of dedication.