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Autumn Newsletter 2013

September, 2013

Dear Member,

What a summer is was in the end! – Lovely roses, a rich harvest of apples, plums, soft fruit and much more…. Autumn, however, is on the way – so it's time to look back on what we did during the year!

We started January off with our AGM – now an established and well attended and enjoyable event; It gives members the opportunity to meet up with each other, to exchange experiences, give us feedback and to let us know what they would like to do in the forthcoming years. As usual we had entertainment and enjoyed refreshments including a glass of wine.

The second event in January was the power point presentation by Bob Gibbons, well-known wildflowerphotographer and travel guide. This took place on a very cold and icy January evening but many members ignored the weather hazards and thoroughly enjoyed this marvellous evening with beautiful pictures of wildflowers growing in faraway places.

In March Steve Harmer came to talk to us about the 'Arts and Crafts' Gardens and whilst some of us did not agree with his rather strong views on the Capability Brown gardens, members liked his lively and witty presentation and expert power point presentation. Rousham Garden is still on our list of gardens we plan to visit at some point in the future.

It was a long winter, and weather conditions for daffodils and tulips were most certainly hazardous; Many Horticultural Societies cancelled their spring shows. We, however, decided to stick to our guns and it was really amazing how many exhibits there were in the end. The hall was filled with a lovely scent and many beautiful spring flowers. This show is still quite new on our schedule and we really would like to see more members to take part. Everybody has a few daffodils in the garden and or can bake a cake!!! So, please be brave and have ago. We can honestly say it is good fun! Every committee member will be happy to give you advice and help you if you are exhibiting the first time. Our famous Plant Sale took place at the same time and was an outstanding success with plants disappearing quickly!

In April Jacqueline Aviolet talked to us not only about Geraniums but also about the ups and downs of life, particularly hers. It was, members said, a very entertaining evening.

In May Ben Webster came to explain how to grow and show dahlias. This was a practical demonstration accompanied by thorough explanations how to get your dahlias ready for the show. At the same time several seedlings of a 'surprise' dahlia were distributed to members who showed these, once grown and flowering, at the Autumn Show. There were some very successful results to be looked at in the Show later.

All three outings were well attended and much enjoyed. The weather was kind to us on all three occasions. On a lovely June evening a large group of members went to Old Blad Bean Stud Gardens and had a guided tour by the energetic and enthusiastic owner. Despite the fact that many of the roses were not yet out due to the cold and wet spring, the garden was beautiful and planting very varied. Interesting plants for sale at reasonable prices, lovely afternoon tea in the tea garden. Driving there and back through our lovely countryside was another treat!!

Also in June we went to Polesden Lacey, most of us had a guided tour through the house and learned about the rather unusual and exciting life of the owner Mrs. Greville and admired the wonderful artefacts in the house. The garden was surrounded by great countryside, a good day out was had by all. In September we went to the RHS garden Hyde Hall; the garden has gone through many changes in recent years, a new pond, the dry garden and rockery were extended extensively as well as the subtropical borders. As a bonus Plant Heritage held a plant sale on the day and the coach went back laden with plants which were stored with great care by our friendly driver.

July brought the Summer Show. Exhibits were slightly down because of the bad weather so far but the exhibits that were there were of excellent quality. Visitors remarked on the many colourful exhibits and the judges were pleased with the quality.

It can be said that the Autumn Show was a great success. Again the judges were pleased with the quality of exhibits throughout and there were many! It was a sunny day and many visitors came to enjoy the display and a cup of tea and we almost run out of cakes; we promise to try and not let that happen again!

Last but certainly not least we took part again in the Neame Cup Competition and our team won the cup this year!!!!...... And gone into training in order to hopefully win it again! Please look out for the home match date and come and support our team!! It is great fun!

The last event of this year will be on 14th Nov. at the Kingston Barn when Malcolm Withnall will talk to us about the latest growing techniques for vegetables.

First event in 2014 our AGM 2013 at the Kingston Barn. 6.30 pm. After a short AGM we will have a glass of wine and refreshments and will be entertained by the Berkleys with music and sketches.

Despite the cold spring, flowers not growing in time and flowers/ vegetables too late for the Show it has been a very successful year for the Society and on behalf of the Committee we thank you for all your support.We look forward to meeting many of you at the AGM.

The programme for 2014 is well under way and you will hear about it at the AGM.

Finally, If you would like a seed catalogue please either ring Andrew Clough or email him. Please include your address and postcode and the catalogue will be sent to you.

Very Best Wishes to you all,

G. McGuire Dr. Tim Bines               
Secretary Chairman  

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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