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

Spring Newsletter 2012

February, 2012

Dear Member,

It seems strange to write this Spring Newsletter in freezing temperatures and waiting for a snow storm. But, as often before, by the time you will receive this, the Daffodils will be out and we all will look forward to a busy gardening year. We enclose herewith the show schedule for the Summer and Autumn Shows as well as the booking forms for the forthcoming outings. You have already received your membership cards which give you date and time of the events planned for this year and here are some details:

Thursday, 9th February 7.3o p.m. Barham Village Hall.

Fergus Garrett, head gardener of Great Dixter will be with us to give us a talk and power point presentation with the title 'Christopher Lloyd Past, Present and Future of Great Dixter'. We have been waiting two years for this and we hope you will enjoy it or have enjoyed the evening when you read this.

Monday, 20th February, - 8.oo p.m. Kingston Barn.

Home match for our Neame Cup Team, against the Lower Hardres and Nackington Gardening Society. Our team was runner-up last year and won a very nice and elegant little cup! Do come along to these evenings, enjoy it and learn something!

Thursday, 22nd March 7.3o p.m. Barham Village Hall.

Janine Doulton, national judge for Daffodil Shows will be with us to advise members how to show daffodils, explain what judges look for and how to make sure that you have the best chance of winning the competition. She is a very experienced judge and a very helpful lady and will answer all questions relating to the show. Show schedules will again be available.

Saturday, 31st March 10.30 a.m. Barham Village Hall.

This will be our annual Plant Sale and at the same time our 2nd Spring Show. Many of you will have picked up the schedules at the AGM or at the afore-mentioned evening; it can also be downloaded Adobe Acrobat PDF here and can be collected from the Barham shop from the beginning of March. Members can stage their exhibits at the hall between 8.oo and 9.15 a.m. Judging will start at 9.30 and the hall will be open to the public for the plant sale as well as for the show from 10.3o a.m.
Any surplus plants for the plant sale will be very welcome.
A cup of coffee will be available.

Thursday, 19th April 7.3o p.m. Kingston Barn.

Our second talk of the year will be on Alpines. Dr. Gill Reagan, Chair of the South-East Group of the National Alpine Society will be with us to give us a Power point presentation on alpines. She and her husband have travelled widely and we hope to see some lovely pictures of alpines growing in many different parts of the world.

Wednesday, 16th May, 9.15 a.m. from the Barham Village Hall.

This is our first coach outing of the year which will go to RHS Wisley, first time on a week-day, because the garden is always very busy at the best of times but particularly at weekends. We were asked to organize a guided tour through the rockeries and hopefully the alpine houses, this will last 45 minutes and will cost 3.oo per member. If you are interested, please let us know on the booking form and include the relevant amount into your payment. Entry to Wisley will be free for all members. Costs for the coach will be 15 per member.

Saturday, 16th June 1.3o p.m. from Barham Village Hall.

Afternoon outing by car to Marshborough Farm Gardens. This is a garden divided into several rooms, has beautiful roses, a walk among a great variety of trees and shrubs, along beautiful long herbaceous borders, and has a raised pond surrounded by a large rockery. We will end our walk in the walled garden surrounding the house where we will have afternoon tea in front of the conservatory. Cost: 5. Please bring the money with you on the day. This visit will be limited to 20 members.

Saturday, 7th July.

Summer Show - Schedule and entry forms are available Adobe Acrobat PDF here

Saturday, 16th July 9.15 a.m. from the Barham Village Hall.

Our second coach outing will go to Wakehurst Place home of several National Plant collections and the Millennium Seed Bank. In July the mixed cottage plantings, the Japanese Iris and daylilies, the Wildflowers in Westwood Valley, the water gardens and various colour-themed borders are all at their best. Restaurant and coffee shop are available. Cost: 15.oo for National Trust Members (coach only) 25.oo for non-members. If you are a NT member please make sure that you have got your ticket with you.

1st September.

Autumn Show - Schedule and entry forms are available Adobe Acrobat PDF here

8th November 8.3o p.m. Barham Village Hall.

Steve Bradley will be us; any gardener who listens to the Gardening programme on Sunday morning on Radio Kent will know him. He will host a Gardeners' Question Time'. Please start to think what you want to ask! If you have any diseased leaves, bark, vegetables or such bring it along and he will try and solve the problem for you.

17th January 2013 7.oo p.m. Barham Village Hall.

A long way away!! The annual AGM! Plans are under way already and we will let you know in due course.

All events are listed on our website; you can also find information on Gardening courses and local garden openings.

The Committee looks forward to meeting up with many of you in the course of the year and wishes you fun and laughter throughout the gardening season and of course healthy vegetables, beautiful flowers, no nasty bugs, only nice ones!

Very Best Wishes,

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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