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Volunteer Fortnight - Chisholme House April 8th-22nd

Chisholme House is a retreat tucked away in the hills of the Scottish Borders, dedicated to the art of self-discovery. We offer intensive retreat courses, week long study retreats, introductory weekends and a whole range of other courses including poetry, drawing and dancing.

April is our busiest time of year, and during these two weeks we plant out everything that will be growing up in the garden throughout the year. It would be a great chance for anyone who is interested in large-scale planting to get the opportunity to learn. It is a one-acre walled garden, with 2 polytunnels and a 'polyhouse' that is in the making. Volunteers from all over the world come and join us for these weeks, but we would love the chance to welcome local people from the area.

Volunteers are also invited to work in the kitchen, the wood yard and the house (painting and decorating). Volunteers are also welcome to join the morning meditation session and there will be study sessions planned so you can get a taste of the education offered here.

There's more information on our website:

We would love to have help during these two weeks.

New Document:

Deadline for Spring Fertiliser orders is 27th February 2017.

New Document:

The minutes of the AGM, 25/04/2016, are available.

It is with deep regret that the Garden Club has to announce the sudden and very untimely death of Isobel Lodge. Here is an Obituary.

Gardening Scotland requests your help in 2016.

See the February 2016 Newsletter. Deadline for Spring Fertiliser orders is 22nd February 2016.

Documents available:

AGM Minutes
Fertiliser Form
Bulbs Form
Membership Form

The Scottish Gardeners' Forum Summer Newsletter is now available on their website.

This session’s Evening Open Garden took place in Redhall Walled Garden off the Lanark Road.  Photos of the event can be found in the gallery.

2015 AGM and Display of Members’ Arts and Crafts Projects was held on 27th April in Dreghorn Loan Hall and chaired by our Chairperson Penny Mckee.  Penny announced that she was stepping down as her three year term was coming to an end: The Secretary Diana Ennos thanked Penny for her sterling work on behalf of the Club.  Two new members joined the Committee, Susan McMasters and Elspeth MacGregor.  Elspeth will take over the role of Chairperson from September of this year. After the formal business, members viewed the Flower Arrangement, Potted Plants and Photography exhibits and voted for their favourites. Photos of the evening’s events can be found in the gallery.

Special Open Gardens – Sun 26th April. Member Prof Stewart, Heathersett, 571 Lanark Road West is hosting an Open Gardens, 2.30 to 5.00 p.m., free entry. There will be a Plant Sale with proceeds going to Marie Curie. Car parking is limited but is also available in the layby at nearby Ravelrigg Hill.

Outing - Wednesday 4th March 2015
Snowdrop Outing to Dawyck and Kailzie - see pictures

Change of speaker for February and March meetings:

Monday 23rd February 2015
"Growing and Showing Vegetables"
George Harrison – Fellow of National Vegetable Soc.

Monday 23rd March 2015
"The amazing life cycle of ferns and how to grow them"
Dr Heather McHaffie, RBGE