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Latest Society News & Events 2019

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

Latest April news and what's still to come

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Plant Sale and Spring Show on Saturday 13th April. We made a total of 370 for our funds which means that your annual membership fees can stay so amazingly low at 5. All our plants and we were well-stocked - had been sold soon after 11am and there were a few disappointed visitors who came too late! Jan Borgioli very efficiently organised the 'Mini Spring Flower Show' and there were more entries than anticipated, considering how early bulbs came into flower this spring! Winning prizewinners were: Wendi Atherton, Sue Strange, Jill Terry, Tim Bines and Mary Duke. Some of these including our new Chair Sue who has never entered a show before - won more than one class!

View photos from the show and sale.

Tickets are now on sale for a very special monthly meeting in October. Nick Bailey who you'll know from BBC 2's 'Gardener's World' and as the author of some excellent books '365 Days of Colour in your Garden ' and 'Revive your Garden'- is coming to give us an illustrated talk on the subject of the first of these books on October 9th. Tickets are already on sale and you can buy yours at our next meeting on May 8th or Jill Terry (832135) will accept telephone reservations from now on. The cost for members is 5 and for non-members 7. We expect this event to be fully subscribed from quite early on, so don't miss out and be disappointed.

We're delighted to welcome Janine Doulton an excellent speaker to give our talk on May 8th in Barham Village Hall at 7.30pm. Her subject is 'Gardening in the Shade'. Most of us have got shady corners and some have more shade than they'd like, so this subject is particularly relevant. Do attend and bring any interested non- member friends for 2 admission.

Don't forget that our car outing (with shared transport) to 'Timbers' a beautiful 5 acre cottage garden at East Farleigh is on 8th June, so fill in the form on p 5 of your booklet and let Jill Terry have it. Jill is also receiving your bookings for our coach outing to Wakehurst Place on Saturday 6th July, Non members would be welcome too. More information and membership details available here.

April Update

Please don't miss our PLANT SALE AND SPRING SHOW ON SATURDAY APRIL 13th. We hope everyone will support this village event by bringing plants and seedlings (flowers and vegetables) for us to sell and you to buy. Vegetable seedlings such as tomatoes, chillies, courgettes and lettuce, are particularly welcome and always sell well. Buying starts at 10.30am, but please bring plants for sale earlier if possible and show entries between 9.15 and 9.45am as this year we are incorporating a MINI SPRING SHOW with just 10 classes. With daffodils blooming so early this year, you've a good chance of winning a prize if you've any left flowering by April 13th! Details and timings are Adobe Acrobat PDF available here, or from the notice board in the Village Shop and outside noticeboard by the post box. We'd love you to take part and classes have been simplified e.g. 'Five Daffodils' or 'Five Tulips' and THERE ARE NO ENTRY FEES OR NO NEED TO SUBMIT ENTRY FORMS AND NON-MEMBERS CAN TAKE PART. We'll also have a raffle with some lovely prizes. See you there!

Jo Arnell's splendid talk in February may have encouraged many of you who haven't done so previously to try growing a few (or even a lot of) vegetables. No matter if you haven't your own allotment or designated vegetable plot, Jo showed what might be achieved in small spaces, flower borders or even patio pots and containers. I'm sprouting 2nd early potato 'Nicola' at the moment to plant in a large plastic tub. Brexit uncertainty and the national trend towards a healthier vegetarian diet should encourage all of us to have a go! Nowadays seeds especially F1 Hybrid seed - can cost 2.99 or 3.50 for a packet of Runner Beans or Courgettes! With this in mind, we'd like to remind you that Members of our Society can buy seeds (Flower and Vegetable) at half price from Suttons Seeds using a special code number! I bought my seeds recently over the phone and they arrived through the post 4 days later, saving me about 20! Catalogues and the code number will be available to members at our next meeting and at the plant sale.

We were so grateful to Kent Wildlife's Trust 's and Victoria Golding who stepped in at short notice to talk to us about 'Gardening for Wildlife' last month when our speaker was ill. Victoria also told us about the Trust's latest campaign 'Wild About Gardens'. Next month's meeting is on The Principles of Garden Design, by Carol Halfpenny. New members are very, very welcome!

Gardening notes for March

Well some would say spring arrives in March, but the weather may tell a different story. However hopefully by the end of the month we will be enjoying sunny warm days admiring the daffs.
The list of gardening jobs for the spring can be overwhelming so pace yourself, for many things a week or so later makes little difference in the long term. It's the time of year when the old stems of perennials can be cut back, this needs to be done before the new growth gets entangled with the old stems. Why not compost the dead material, the resulting compost will make a lovely mulch for the garden in autumn.

Once the weather warms up the lawn can have its first cut, this needs to be done with the blades of the mower set high and then lowered slowly over the coming weeks cuts. Its also a good idea to tidy the lawn edges to keep the garden looking crisp. Roses can be pruned this month if you have not already done so. Also prune shrubs like dogwoods which are grown for their colourful stems.

Keep daffs deadheaded to stop energy being wasted on producing seeds. Don't forget to let the leaves of all bulbs to die down naturally, this allows the leaves to feed to bulb for next years flowers.

If you have a veg patch, now is the time to get it cleared and ready for planting. If you are adding manure, make sure its well rotted and don't add it to areas you are planning to grow root vegetables. If root vegetables have too rich a soil they will fork and give you weird shaped carrots etc which are more difficult to prepare but will otherwise be fine.

Most seeds can be planted now. Look at the packet for instructions on timings, conditions needed (shade sun etc) and whether they can be planted directly into the ground or need to be planted in seed trays. If you have not grown your own before, some easy crops are radishes, leeks, spring onions, swiss chard, courgettes or beetroot. If you only have a small space or pots to grow veg in look out for the varieties bred for small spaces. Flower seeds which grow easily sown directly into the borders are nigella, candy tuft, nasturtiums, cornflowers, calendula (English marigolds) or poppies all of which have the benefit of providing nectar for insects. The garden centres will be stocking up with all sorts of plants to tempt us. Remember that we will likely get frosts some nights so only buy tender plants if you have somewhere to keep them frost free. Summer flowering bulbs will be available which can make a dramatic display in patio pots. You will also find bare rooted perennials for sale which can be a cost effective way to increase your stock. Its best to start them off in pots rather than putting them straight into the garden. Once there is strong root and leaf growth they can be safely planted out into the garden.

Why not give your houseplants a treat this month and re pot them in fresh compost, or just scrap off the top layer and top dress with fresh compost, you can do the same thing with patio pots.

Enjoy the lengthening days it will be summer soon enough, and as always make sure you have time to enjoy your patch rather than just working in it. Why not join us on the 12th March in the Duke of Cumberland 7.30pm to 9.30pm to discuss any gardening topics.

March Update

Jo Arnell's splendid talk on 13th February may have encouraged many of you who haven't done so previously to try growing a few (or even a lot of) vegetables. No matter if you haven't your own allotment or designated vegetable plot, Jo showed what might be achieved in small spaces, flower borders or even patio pots and containers. Certainly herbs are totally achievable, and it's so useful and satisfying to be able to pick parsley outside the back door or basil from your window sill! Brexit uncertainty and the national trend towards a more healthy vegetarian diet should encourage all of us to have a go! I remember as a child, spending my pocket money on 2d or 4d packets of seeds from Woolworths! Nowadays, seeds especially F1 Hybrid seed can be expensive- 2.99 or 3.50 for a packet of Runner Beans or Courgettes! With this in mind, may we remind you that Members of our Society can buy seeds (Flower and Vegetable) at half price from Suttons Seeds using a special code number! I bought my seeds last week over the phone and they arrived through the post 4 days later, saving me about 20! Catalogues and the code number will be available at our next meeting on March 13th when Fern Alder will give an illustrated talk entitled 'Gardening for Wildlife'.

It's not too early to give you some details about our PLANT SALE AND SPRING SHOW ON SATURDAY APRIL 13th, because we hope you'll support this by bringing plants and seedlings (flowers and vegetables) for us to sell. March isn't too early to sow seeds and pot up plants from your garden. We're only able to keep the 5 cost of society membership so low by raising money in this way. Vegetable seedlings such as tomatoes, chillies, courgettes and lettuce, are particularly welcome and always sell well. This year we are incorporating a MINI SPRING SHOW with just 10 classes. Details and timings are in your current programme on page 12 and we'd love you to take part. Classes have been simplified eg 'Five Daffodils' or 'Five Tulips' and THERE ARE NO ENTRY FEES OR NEED TO SUMBIT ENTRY FORMS AND NON-MEMBERS CAN TAKE PART! We'll remind you again with more details next month.

On March 12th our little Horticultural Discussion Group meets informally in 'The Duke'. Do join us if you'd like some friendly advice or can give any - or just enthuse or moan about the weather! Who knows what storms or sunshine March may bring? Liz Dallison (831596) can tell you more details.

AGM and February Update

Our AGM on 9th January was very eventful! Not only did well over 60 members attend (not bad for a Village Society!!) but it was 'all change!' for our committee! Our very dear and respected President, Brigadier Maurice Atherton, resigned after serving us so well for some 26 years. His place will be filled by our Chairman for the past 15 years, Tim Bines, who had sought to be released from Chairman's duties for some time. Tim's leadership and guidance as Chair has helped the Society greatly and we thank him more than we can express. Until recently no replacement for Tim had been forthcoming until now. Sue Strange a fairly new Committee member has been persuaded to take Tim's place and we welcomed her most enthusiastically as well as new Committee members Helen Croft, Carolyn Manley and Ufuk Ozaktanlar. Pat Austin, who had until recently been our Treasurer, has also now left the committee after many, many years of service. Other existing committee members were re-elected and all the details are in your membership booklet.

The service given to the Society by these three retiring members has been outstanding and we were able to make suitable presentations on behalf of all our members, and additionally flowers for Wendi Atherton and Edeltraut Bines whose hospitality over many years has been so greatly appreciated by the Committee. Of course, it's not 'goodbye' as all still belong to the Horticultural Society and we look forward to seeing them at our meetings and continuing to win prizes at our shows!

Treasurer Andrew Clough presented the audited accounts - the balance stands healthily at 2,322. Jill Terry gave us a preview of the super 2019 programme of events that she had arranged, including visiting speakers, visits and shows. Notable in October is a talk by Nick Bailey who you'll recognise as a presenter on 'Gardener's World' and a coach trip in July to Wakehurst Place. Jan and Tony Borgioli have produced the excellent Annual Programme Members' Booklet that you receive when you have paid your subscription. It gives details of all next years' events, including show schedules and application forms for visits. This has meant an enormous amount of work for all of them and we are all very grateful!

After the formal business, members circulated happily eating, drinking wine and quizzing. The Quiz had several different sections not all of them horticultural and was tackled by groups of two or three members as well as those doing it by themselves notably the winner - Maureen Taylor! The 'thank you for coming' 20 Garden Voucher drawn by raffle was won incredibly- by the same lady who won it last year - Mary Friend! The little table of winter posies was not so full of entries as previously, but all very sweet smelling and colourful. Helen Croft won the prize for 'prettiest posy' and Wendi Atherton had gathered 26 yes twenty six different varieties in bloom in her garden the day before! Not only that, but she provided us with a list of the names of every one of her blooms. Space doesn't permit me to reproduce it here!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday February 13th at BVH 7.30pm when Jo Arnell talks to us about 'Extra Productive Vegetable Gardening'. Even if you don't usually grow your own vegetables, perhaps this is the year to try something edible and/or decorative maybe 3 or 4 new potatoes in a bag on the patio, or a few runner beans! Do come along and join us - we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Next EventSaturday 8th
June

'Visit by car to Timbers in East Farleigh'
Can only be booked using the booking form. Adobe Acrobat PDF Details & visit booking form.

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