The autumn / winter season of talks had a wonderful start with guest speaker Mary Benger revealing “Shady Ladies and Sun Seekers” – plants for every spot in the garden. Mary owns Burrow Farm Gardens near Axminster which she designed and landscaped from scratch. Many of the photographs she used to illustrate her talk were taken in her own garden which covers 13 acres and many different growing conditions. It is open to the public and well worth a visit.
The second talk of the season was “All Aspects of Pelargoniums” by Brian Carlson. Anyone who has ever grown a plant has probably had a pelargonium but even those of us who think we know a thing or two learnt something new. Brian has been growing and showing pelargoniums for over 40 years and he took us right back to basics showing us how to take cuttings, how to pot and grow them on, and how to achieve a show-stopping plant.
The next talk – “Seasonal Container Gardening” with David Lucas of Chelston Nurseries, Wellington – will unfortunately have happened when you are reading this, but with his years of experience of growing bedding, patio and hanging basket plants I’m sure the audience will come away inspired with ideas for the whole year!
Members received their Spring Show schedules in early October. There aren’t any major changes but, as usual, we have come up with new themes for the Decorative and Children’s Sections. This is always taxing for the committee but hopefully inspiring for exhibitors! The Summer Show schedule will be delivered in January, along with subscription reminders. Membership remains steady at around 100 and we are extremely grateful for your support.
In November the Society held its AGM which was attended by committee and members. The Chairman, Paul Murch gave a summary of the year’s activities which included the two very successful shows, the talks, a workshop, the visit to Forde Abbey and appearances at the St Dubricius Flower Festival and the Country Fair. The Treasurer, Rita Swindells, gave a financial report and it was very pleasing to hear that we made a small surplus on our activities which helps to keep the Society on a healthy financial footing and support activities into the future.
Our next event is the annual Seed Swap and Coffee Morning on Saturday 4th February, 10.30am-12.00pm. If you like growing plants and vegetables from seed then why not come along and see if you can pick something up that you might not have tried before. And if you have some half-used packets of seeds, or seeds you have collected from your own garden we will gladly take them off your hands!
Also in February, on Wednesday 22nd, we have the next talk which is “Beside the Seaside” by Barbara Marchant. The final talk of the season takes place on Wednesday 5th April and is “The Spirit of Japanese Gardens” by David Burgess.