Horticultural Society

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There will be a few paper copies of the attached available at the meeting but it would be very helpful if you could print your own set before coming
Click here for lots of photos of the Autumn Show 2017

Twenty plus members and friends enjoyed a wonderful Propagation Workshop at Cooksbridge on Saturday (30 September).  We all learnt so much from autumn sowing of annuals to bulb planting, plant division and propagation plus lots of tips.  The coffee and cakes were good too!
The Autumn Show was a great success again this year. We had 33 entrants and 212 exhibits.  Both judges complimented us on the quality of the show and the friendly atmosphere.  The full results are on our website.  For the first time each of the eight cups was won by a different competitor: The President’s Cup for the most points in Division 1 went to Louise Buchanan, the Michael Toone Challenge Cup for the most points in the flowers and foliage classes to Elizabeth Tyler and the Second Ashurst Cup for the most points in the fruit and vegetable classes to David BicknellSally Sweet won The Cooksbridge Challenge Cup for the best exhibit in flowers and foliage, Glenys Parkhouse won the Greenhill Challenge Cup for the best exhibit in fruit and vegatables, and Anne Pennington the Jo Bishop Cup for the “Judges Choice” exhibit. The FHS Challenge Cup for the most points in the Cookery Division went to Gill Kellett and the Cyril Smith Cup for the best pot plant to Christine Smalley. Dominic Kennedy swept the board with a first in all three children’s classes and 4 year old Betty Free’s beautiful drawing of a daisy came a close second in class 83. The café had a large selection of delicious cakes, which were very popular, and it was attractively laid out with flowers on every table.  A big thank you to all the team who made it work so smoothly on the day and especilly to the show organiser Gill Kellett.

Saturday 24th February again in the Village Hall is our annual quiz 7.00 for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £15 and include a hot supper plus table wine. Judith Turner is our skilled and knowledgeable quiz master, it is general knowledge rather than just garden related. This event is kindly organised by Angela Cottam. Although tickets are almost fully sold do contact Louise on 645197 and we will see if there are any available spaces.
Our first talk of the year is Thursday 1 February by Blackdown Ridge Estate starting at 8pm - coffee served from 7.30pm. We will hear how vines are planted and tended on the beautiful south facing slopes of Blackdown for harvest and production of award winning still and sparkling English wines. This will be followed by a tasting.  Wines will be available to purchase or to order on the night.