Annual lecture: “What’s different about organic gardening?” - and slugs in Dulwich!

Valerie Muir, an organic market gardener, gave an interesting talk in April.
On the perennial topic of slugs and snails, Valerie suggested pellets containing ferric phosphate as relatively non-toxic to vertebrate animals, rather than those with metaldehyde. She also uses beer traps (with added sugar), transplants of sturdy plantlets rather than growing in situ from seed, and using slug-resistant varieties of plants. The RHS website has comprehensive advice on other methods.

Annual visit - Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley

Tuesday, June 24th 2014
Coach from Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Road, 8.45 for 9.00am sharp departure. Return c.5.30 pm. All welcome.
The Piet Oudolf borders - RHS/Jerry Harpur

Wisley is a stunning destination. One of the finest gardens in the world, its extraordinary diversity captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens, a magnificent rockery, an alpine area, an arboretum, a large area for fruit and vegetables and much more. There are specimen small garden layouts, trial areas for new plants and a state-of-the-art glasshouse which houses a world-class plant collection in three climate zones.

We plan to arrive at about 10.30 am. There will be time to get a coffee in the Conservatory Café and then we will have a guided tour of Wisley’s highlights. After the tour you can get lunch in the Café, the new Food Hall or the up-market Restaurant (you need to book this in advance - Tel. 01483 225 329). After lunch you will be free to explore on your own. Wisley has an excellent plant sales area, a large well-stocked shop and a new fruit and vegetable sales area.