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Autumn Newsletter 2015

November, 2015

Dear Member,

Society affiliated with the Royal Horticultural SocietyIt may have been a little cooler in July and August than some years, but we had some glorious June days (flaming indeed). The fruit trees seem to have done well this year and October was beautiful. I love this time of year with autumn colour, the first frost and planning in earnest for the coming year- all those bulb and seed catalogues to browse through!

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed our new logo specially designed for the society by Tony Borgioli - we hope you like it!

In 2016 our Summer and Autumn Shows will be resumed in Barham Village Hall and to encourage photographic entries we thought it would be helpful to give the titles for 2016 to you now. In the Summer Show the title will be 'Garden Edibles' and in the Autumn Show 'Wildlife in the Garden (excl. garden pets!)' - photographs for adults may be in colour or black and white, and for children the same titles but a colour photograph. All photographs should be unmounted and measure 12 cm x 17 cm (5" x 7").

Here is a review of 2015. Did you know gardening is thought to be good for mental health - in part because gardeners are always looking forward and planning for the next season?

Friday 27th March.
An Inter-village Neame competition

A fun informal evening at Selling in a new format which we all enjoyed, especially as we won! We may consider entering again next year. If members would like to do this please speak to one of the committee.

Saturday 11th April.
Plant Sale

This was an opportunity to share extra plants and buy some new ones and we raised 262 for the society. We will be considering the best timing for this in 2016 and how not to make a mess on the smart Barham Village Hall floor!

Tuesday 17th Feb.
Steve Bradley - 'Bug eats Bug and What are your Gardening Problems?'

Our first talk of the season was from Steve Bradley of Radio Kent fame and was both interesting, useful and fun with a good turn out. His views on organic gardening were especially of interest to members.

Friday 13th March.
Dr Sue Turner - 'From Bolivia to Barham-The social history of the potato.'

This was a rather specialised subject but those attending enjoyed it greatly, even being offered a free potato variety to grow which, for those who tried, proved very tasty! Sue described the diverse uses of potatoes and their role in world food production including the reasons for the Irish Potato Famine in the 1800's and the subsequent lessons learnt for pest and disease control. Of special interest was how best to grow potatoes which hopefully encouraged members to have a go!

Wednesday 15th April.
Dr Mick Lynn - Climate Change

Mick, who has spoken to us before, gave us a very good summary of climate change and its possible effects and how we can work around the extremes of heat and drought.

Wednesday 20th May.
Everett Leeds - Clematis through the seasons.

This was a talk by one of the UK's leading experts and was much appreciated - his well illustrated talk identified over 100 clematis varieties to provide flowering clematis through the year. Everett became interested in Clematis in 1975 and went on to help form both the International Clematis Society and the British Clematis Society. He is an amateur grower & hybridiser of clematis and with Mary Toomey co-authored the Encyclopedia of Clematis.

Wednesday 14th Oct.
Russ Bowes - Say it with poison.

This was a fascinating talk by Russell, a freelance garden historian, tour guide and garden designer who is a keen practical gardener with an interest in period plants, styles and techniques. He spoke in a most entertaining manner about plants as sources of poison.

Saturday 9th May.
Coach outing to Pashley Manor together with a visit to Merriments garden

We were disappointed that this trip did not prove viable financially and therefore we had to cancel. If we had proceeded with the small number of members interested, we would have made a significant loss. It was a shame as Pashley, despite the odd season, was looking splendid this year with fine displays of tulips.

Saturday 13th June.
Car outing to Tram Hatch garden at Charing Heath

This was our annual 'local visit' by car and was a great success with members enjoying the extended gardens and tea in the gardens afterwards.

Saturday 12th September.
Coach outing to RHS Wisley

This visit replaced our normal Autumn Show and members greatly enjoyed it, especially as we used our RHS affiliation enabling us to charge just for the coach. Wisley is always worth a visit and this was the Saturday of their Flower Show, so there was lots to see and explore.

Loseley Park

Saturday 4th July.
Summer Mini Show - Barham Church.

This was our first Mini Summer Show and it all worked really well and we are most grateful to the Revd Stephen Hardy for allowing us to use the Church, which proved to be a delightful venue. The Show attracted a wide range of exhibits and these were judged by members and then professionally - some members had a very good eye and scored highly.

Saturday 31st October.
Pumpkin Show - Duke of Cumberland.

We were fortunate to have a mild, sunny autumn afternoon for our Halloween Pumpkin Competition at 'The Duke of Cumberland' in Barham on the last day of October. The standard of the carved pumpkins from both adults and children amazed all of us and we are very grateful to all who participated and to the Duke for hosting it.

This year we have explored the idea of a more informal chance to discuss our gardening successes and challenges. A good group of folk have enjoyed meeting in the Duke of Cumberland on a few occasions and we hope to continue these ad hoc sessions.

We are most grateful for all the help and support we have received from Kingston Barn in 2015 which has helped to make this a successful year for us. It was good to see a number of you at the Barham Village Hall opening and two new members joined that day. We hope you liked our stand which was a lovely autumn display of flowers, fruit and veg.

As members you are entitled to a 50% discount on Suttons seeds. The discount is available via the society for members. If you would like a seed catalogue with an order form to entitle you to a discount, please complete the online form and the catalogue will be sent to you with advice on what to do.

We look forward to seeing you at our next talk in Kingston Barn on:

Wednesday 18th November.
Dr Simon Charlesworth - A World of Lavender

When we will hear from the owner of Downderry Nursery about the wide range - over 400 species and cultivars! - of lavenders and how to grow them successfully.

Our AGM is on 13th January at 6.30pm in Barham Village Hall. Having collected a number of e-mail addresses from members we are trialling an electronic version of this newsletter so many of you may receive this electronically as well as a printed copy. We will review what members think of this at the AGM. If you would like to be included in electronic communication then you can subscribe here.

Finally, we give our thanks to Jean Clough - our very long serving Show Secretary who has now handed her baton on to Jan Borgioli. Also our thanks to Sue Smith our committee member who stepped down during the year.

For 2016 we have a variety of talks planned, all starting at 7.30pm, which we hope you will find both informative and entertaining. This is a preview with more detail to follow at the AGM. We have decided that for 2016 we would use the splendid new Barham Village Hall for almost all our functions - talks, shows, plant sale etc - and then in 2017 we would revert to a more balanced programme with events shared between Kingston and Barham Village Halls.

Loseley Park

Wednesday 17 February at 19.30 We are very lucky and delighted to welcome Roger Platts to speak to us. He is an internationally known garden designer and lecturer gold medal Chelsea winner in 1996, 1997, 2002, 2010, 2013 and people's choice in 2010, best show garden in 2002. He will be speaking on his experiences of creating a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to ask any questions about garden design, or gardening in general. This special talk is to mark our first event in the lovely refurbished village hall. The talk will be free to members - 5 for non-members - and entry is on a first to arrive basis so do come early!

  • Thursday 17 March Kevin Tooher lecturer at Hadlow, will guide us through trees in your garden and add a little on arboretums.
  • Wednesday 20 April please note this talk will be in Kingston Barn - Philip Johnson will inform us about all aspects of growing Sweet Peas.
  • Wednesday 11 May Janine Doulton will give us some advice on preparing and showing fruit, flowers and veg.
  • Wednesday 12 October Sue Scrivens - will inspire us with her talk on Something for Every Month of the Year.
  • Wednesday 16 November Alison Marsden- Garden designer and Kent Adult Education tutor. Her talk promises to save us money (fewer dead plants!) with her talk on What Will Grow in my Garden? - the key to understanding what will thrive.

We are also arranging visits to get us out and about enjoying other gardens; the programme is currently being finalised. Very best wishes to all of you for a successful Autumn and, if we don't see you again this year, a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Tim Bines Liz Dallison     November  2015           
Chairman Membership Secretary  

Next EventFriday
9 March 7.30pm

'Water features and their benefits'
This is an illustrated talk by Kevin Tooher. Takes place at Kingston Barn.
Directions to Kingston Barn 

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