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Staunton and District Gardening Club

The club meets at 7.15pm on the second Monday of each month, from September to April in Staunton Village Hall
(Staunton is on the A4136 between Coleford and Monmouth) and has a programme of garden visits from May to August.

Visitors Very Welcome

Chairperson: Sue Gibb 01594 839 070
Secretary: Christine Televantos 01594 832 007
Visitors are asked to pay £2.00 at each meeting.


The club opened the season with a visit to Bryan and Christine Bamber’s charming garden The Gables in Broadoak near Newnham on Severn.

Bryan started the three quarters of an acre garden from scratch as a retirement project but it has turned into an all consuming hobby. Christine chooses the plants for the flower borders and has a large variety of plants in differing colours

The 'egg timer' layout cleverly disguises the rectangular plot. Burgeoning herbaceous borders interspersed with shrubs and a rose bed surround a circular lawn in the area close to the house. The fencing was well planted with clematis and a splendid ceanothus gave brilliant colour.

In the area beyond is a small orchard with a variety of fruit trees and a wild flower meadow. This leads via brick paths to Bryan’s vegetable garden. The vegetable plot was immaculate with potatoes well earthed up and other vegetables under protective fleece. The greenhouse was surrounded by Christine’s cuttings and nursery plants some of which she had for sale.

The beautiful weather we enjoyed for our visit soon had us all sitting enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of delicious home made cake.

Christine Televantos

Secretary, Staunton and District Gardening Club.


In June we visited The Brooks, Pontrilas the home of Marion and Clive Stainton who have a beautiful 2 1/2 acre garden with lovely views over the Golden Valley.

The area surrounding the old farmhouse has several ornamental beds and burgeoning herbaceous borders with well tended lawns. Curving paths lead to the part walled vegetable area and the greenhouse where Marion sells some of her plants.

Ten years ago they extended the garden to include more shrubs and a small arboretum which will be coppiced. Marion explained how she enjoys making plant supports from her own materials.

A sweeping mown path lead us into the wild meadow which Marion has developed from a field. She plans to add daffodils and tulips for spring interest.

We ended our very wet and cold visit with a most welcome cup of tea and delicious cakes in the attractive summer house. Thank you Marion and Clive for giving us such a warm welcome on such a cold day.

Next month we will be visiting Rockfield Park Monmouth. For more information contact Christine on 01594 832007 – we welcome visitors to our meetings.

Christine Televantos

Secretary, Staunton and District Gardening Club.


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