Spring Newsletter 2014

March 16, 2014


Spring Newsletter 2014


What a difference a year makes! This time last year we were still in the grip of winter and hiding under a duvet. Now the sun is out, the mowers are buzzing and gardening is on our minds. It will soon be the Spring Show and some of you are probably wondering what will still be in bloom on April 12th if

this warm weather persists. Last year’s show had few daffodils due to the cold weather; this year’s show could suffer for the opposite kind of weather. Please try to find something to exhibit and make sure that your entries are in to Jarman’s by noon on Thursday 10th April. As well as floral exhibits our spring show displays the fruits of all that winter activity spent stitching and painting. The number of painting exhibits has grown considerably over the last few years and there are always a constant number of handicrafts too. So if you have made an item during the last year please bring it along to the

show. This is the only show where we have a class for art but there is a class for patchwork and quilted handicrafts in the summer show. Let’s not forget the children. For the first time this spring there is a special class for pot grown daffodils. We hope that many children will have risen to the challenge

to grow a fine exhibit and will perhaps one day exhibit in the adult daffodil classes.


Also on 12th April we have the AGM at 2:00 pm in the Memorial Hall. Please come along to support your committee and feel free to make any comments or suggestions.


After the Spring Show we have a series of events for everyone. On 10th May the annual plant sale opens at 9.30 in the Memorial Hall. To get the best choice be there early as plants sell out very quickly. The sale closes at 11.30. If any members have plants that they would like to sell please contact Mike

Leon on 01442 833665 to book yourself a table.


On 13th March John Branham gave an excellent talk on “How to Feed a Family of Four from a Modest Vegetable Garden” He had lots of tips for producing early spring salads and potatoes as well as advice on setting up a productive garden. The talk was quite well attended but we hope more members will come to our next event.


Last year we were given a very entertaining talk by Christine Walkden that attracted a large number of members and guests so we are following the celebrity theme and have invited Helen Yemm to give this talk. If you are not familiar with the name the lady is gardening writer for the Saturday Telegraph. Her

weekly column “Thorny Problems” answers readers’ questions on all kinds of gardening matters; she gives very comprehensive advice. The talk titled “Downsizing Without Tears” will be held in the Baptist Church on 22nd May at 7.30. Tickets priced £6 for members and £8 for non-members should be purchased in advance. Please contact Shirley Masterson on 01442 832062.


Our one outing for this year is a guided walk and talk at College Lake nature reserve near Tring. (cost £3 per person) This lovely reserve with very good facilities is run by Berks, Bucks. and Oxfordshire wildlife trust. If you would like further information do look at their website www.bbowt.org.uk We hope that on this evening walk we will be able to see some of the many wild orchids to be found there and also the beautiful cornfield and meadow flowers which the wildlife trust is working to conserve. We plan to meet at the reserve just before 6pm but if you have any queries about directions please contact me on 01442 833520.


Over recent years there seems to have been a dearth of good regular gardening programmes on T.V. Now it seems a new crop is about to hit our screens. Starting on 15th April on BBC 2 a “Bake Off” style series called “Big Allotment Challenge” will see 9 pairs of amateurs put to the test by expert horticulturalists. On BBC 4 “Growing Gardens and Green Fingers” will be looking at Britain’s relationship with nature and our love of gardens. Chris Beardshaw pops up again (he is a garden designer who has been quite a

regular presenter) in a series of hour long documentaries featuring 4 famous gardens – Great Dixter, Stowe (not far from here near Buckingham), Biddulph Grange and Nymans. I am sure this will be a well presented and fascinating series. More down to earth is a documentary “Everyday Eden: A Potted History of the Suburban Garden”. This will look at small gardens in the suburbs rather than the grand projects featured in the previous 4 venues. So now all you have to decide is whether to go outside and tend your garden or stay in and watch gardening T.V.! I think a compromise would be best.


Now that the stormy, wet winter is behind us let’s hope that we can enjoy a glorious summer of gardening.


Doreen Woods

P.S. Don’t forget there is no supplies hut on Saturdays this year. Sorry!

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