This information was obtained from the Barham & District Horticultural Society website.

Latest Society News & Events 2018

Take a look at what the society did last year and what we have planned for this year.

Gardens mentioned by Kevin Tooher in his talk 'Water features and their benefits' on 9th March included:

Longstock Park Water Garden, Hampshire.
Compton Acres, Dorset.
Hever Castle, Kent.
Rousham House, Oxfordshire.
Painswick, Gloucester.
Cosmic Garden of Speculation, Dumfries.
Sheffield Park, East Sussex.
Kiftsgate Garden, Gloucester.
Hidcote Manor Gardens, Gloucester.

March Update

We were very saddened to hear of the death of Brian Wright on Monday 19th January - too late for inclusion in the February magazine. Brian's funeral on February 22nd was attended, amongst others, by members of the Horticultural Society Committee. Brian (with Jean Clough and latterly with Jan Borgioli) was responsible for the hard work on the committee that goes into scheduling and organising all our Shows whether Spring, Summer or Autumn for many years. If this was 'behind the scenes' work, then his magnificent dahlias and roses were certainly not!! Brian had held the Banksian Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society as well as currently holding the Cottagers Cup, The Middleton Cup for the best Dahlia bloom, the President's cup for the best flower in Show as well as the A.J. Ross cup for the highest points in Fruit classes. Brian's standards were so consistently high year on year as to leave most of us incredulous! Those of us who visited Jeanie and Brian's garden at Woolage Green (which they had made from a rough grassy field) during the 'Open Gardens' weekends came away completely bowled over by what they had achieved there. Your Committee decided unanimously to dedicate and designate a silver cup at future Shows as 'The Brian Wright Cup.' The standards set by Brian and the quality of his flowers, fruit and vegetables are unlikely to be surpassed. We shall always hold him in thankful remembrance for his cheerful advice and dry humour. We send our love and sincere sympathy to his wife Jeanie who was always there supporting him.

Our meeting this month on Friday March 9th is about 'Water Features in your Garden' and our speaker, Kevin Tooher, is highly recommended. You may remember the talk he gave us about trees a year or so ago. Having heard him then, we were determined to ask for a repeat visit. Don't be put off by the title and think we're encouraging you to dig out large areas of your garden. Ponds can be tiny and containerised in a tub or similar! Kevin will tell you of the advantages to wildlife and interest that even such a small feature can bring. Of course, if you want a natural swimming pond, that might involve a bit more digging! THIS MEETING IS AT KINGSTON BARN!

With the days lengthening and daffodils coming into bloom, it's time to think about seed sowing, so please remember our PLANT SALE on Saturday 14th April in the Hall. Further details are on page 9 of your 2018 programme and will be in next month's magazine. We rely on our members to bring plants and seedlings for us to sell. Not only does this raise money for the Society - 400 last year- enabling your subscription to be so amazingly low - but it offers locally grown plants at very reasonable prices! Please sow some seeds or pot up plants for us to sell. We hope to welcome the Allotment Society to have its own stalls as well.

January Update

A record number of over 60 members attended our AGM on 10th January! President Brigadier Maurice Atherton gave an opening address and we stood to remember in silence members who had died in the past year especially Mrs Peggy Manby and the internment of Mrs Joyce Rickell wife of the previous Chairman. The accounts were presented by our Treasurer Andrew Clough. Jill Terry gave details of future speakers and outings to gardens of note and Jan Borgioli spoke about the 2018 Annual Show on 1st September. We now have new members of our Committee - Richard Borthwick , Helen Crofts and as our Village Hall representative Liz Leyland. Tributes were paid to Show Secretary Brian Wright who had to step down from the Committee and will be very greatly missed! He becomes an honorary Vice President. We hope he'll still enter many classes in future shows!

Members paid their annual subscription of 5 and collected their membership cards, smart new Show Schedules and Programme for 2018. If you read this and didn't manage to attend, yours will be delivered and membership subscriptions collected in due course. Tim Bines pointed out that membership of the Society enabled significant discounts from a number of garden suppliers including the Vineyard and Suttons Seeds.

The winner of the 20 Garden Gift Voucher (our 'thank you' to a randomly chosen member for attending the AGM) was Mary Friend.

We were absolutely delighted with the response to our garden flower competition and a small table in the Hall was awash with some 15 vases of colour, scent and beauty. We could hardly believe the different varieties of flowers that members were able to find in their gardens that day! Wendi Atherton had found 33 different varieties in bloom, with Maureen Taylor very close behind! The prize for the prettiest posy was unanimously agreed to go to Mary Parsons. Thank you everyone who took part.

We enjoyed refreshments provided by the Committee and received several compliments about the quality of the wine (bought from our Village shop! ) Members joined together in groups of 2 or 3 to enter the by now traditional quiz. Participants had to identify photographs of garden flowers, but were given an 'aide memoire' halfway through with a list of answers- (not in the right order of course!) because one or two were quite difficult and it's easier to recognise a name than dig it up from memory! Well done Jenny and Vic Cracknell who were winners by a large margin!

Our next speaker is Kevin Tooher talking on Water Features and their benefits on Friday 9th March in Kingston Barn at 7.30pm - we hope to see you there


Next EventWednesday
11th April 7.30pm

'Chillis are good for you'
This is an illustrated talk by Steve Weller. Takes place at Barham Village Hall.
Directions to Barham Village Hall 


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