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February - AGM
11th February, 7:30pm,
Lorenden School Hall.
Come along and have a say about your club, find out how we did last year and what we have planned. After the AGM there will be a quiz. See you there.
Christmas Party and awards evening
The Hat Game!!!
3rd December 2018
This years' party and awards evening was, once again, very well attended, I take my hat off to the committee members for organising such a superb evening.
The games were terrific fun and the food, supplied by The Alma pub, was excellent. I hope all of you who attended had a good time.
That's it for this year, see you all at the AGM!
...and the winner is!
2018 award winners
Roger, that base looks a bit loo...
...catch it somebody...
ah, too late...
Making trugs from old newspapers
Spring Show 2018
The Spring Show Cup, Frances Moskovits
Bell for the Culinary Section, Jenny Fagg
Best Bloom in Show, Val Anderson
The David Green Photographic Trophy, Roger Clements
Dahlia Show 2018
Colin Mitchell Dahlia Cup for most points, Val Anderson
Best Bloom in Show, Andrew Bruce
Summer Show 2018
The Den Reynolds Cup winner of Class 1 Fuchsia in a pot, Alan Warrener
The Ros Williams Cup Best Bloom in Show, Frances Moscovits
Best Vegetable in Show Cup, Keith Dennett
Ospringe Parish Council Cup for most points cumulatively, Frances Moskovits
The Roy Frier Challenge Trophy most points Section B Vegetables, Roger Clements
Stuatuette for Section A Flowers and foliage, Frances Moscovits
Statuette for Section C Fruit, Paula Hammond
Vase Floral Art, Roger Clements
Hanging Basket Cup, Clare Annand
This was an extremely well supported event with around 50 club members attending. If you didn't manage to pick up a copy of the Handout Document you can click on the link to download a copy. In Colins talk he also mentioned the plant fair roadshows, if you are interested in attending one of these then you can find more information on their website: www.plant-fairs.co.uk
8th October 2018, What an amazing event, everyone who joined us for this talk by Adam were treated to one of the most entertaining evenings we have ever put on as a gardening club. The sell out talk focused on Garden Design, exploring how to use 'layers' when creating the right look, simply and naturally, however it was his anectdotes about his early career and his time spent working with Geoff Hamilton along with his quick witted repartee which made this such a delight.
I feel certain that none of us will ever see a Pampas grass again without smiling.
Adam Frost is a renowned landscape designer and has won seven gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, although he is probably better known as a presenter on the BBC Gardeners World programme.
Guess whose garden...
The Dahlia Show
This show gets better every year, the quality and number of exhibits was remarkable, easily exceeding last years displays, so a very big thank you to all of you who submitted entries. The event was very well attended and we were given a few hints and tips from the judge, Quentin Stark on what he looks for in a show Dahlia and how he grows them. I think at the end we were all thinking we might just do some cross pollination!
The weather held fine and everyone who came were treated to a tour of the allotments, many thanks to Paul for being our guide for the evening. Afterwards the BBQ sausages went down a treat, I think we all agreed this was an event we might want to do again!
The Summer Show 2018
In spite of early frosts, drought conditions then rain just before the show this year we saw a new record number of entries with over 270 entries across all the classes.
Well done to all of you on your very high standard of exhibits, including some new members who submitted entries for the first time..
Club Visit - Hole Park 25th April
This years club outing was a visit and guided tour of the gardens at Hole Park, Rolvenden.
This trip was a great success with 30 club members who enjoyed a guided tour from Head Gardener Quentin Stark. The weather stayed fair right until the end of of the tour when the heavens opened just as we found the cafe which was very welcome.
The bluebell woods were absolutely beautiful.
For those of you who weren't able to join us, this garden is well recommended for you to pay a visit to.
The Spring Show
With Spring coming late following the recent snowfalls and with rain on the day then if you came along on Saturday to the Spring Show you were probably as surprised as we were with both the range and quality of exhibits this year, over 200 exhibits were on show.
To those of you who submitted entries and to those who came along to view, thank you, it really was a great show this year!
Propagation - A Talk by Kevin Tooher
Kevin is the chairman of the Whitstable Horticultural Society and he kindly gave a talk on plant propagation.
He covered a wide range of topics on various ways to propogate your plants, I'm sure all of us, novices and experienced gardeners alike learned a few useful tips.
There was an excellent turnout for this talk with over 40 members present, we hope you found this as interesting as we did!
Monday 12th February
The Annual General Meeting this year was, once again, very well attended with over 40 members, thank you to all of you who came along.
After many years of loyal service to the club June Neame has decided to step down from the committee, but will still remain a member of the club. I'm sure you'll join us in thanking her for her support and help over the years.
The club programme was prepared and distributed, This includes some alterations to the Spring and Summer show schedules.
It was agreed at the AGM that this year we will not be running a coach trip, however we will be arranging a visit to a local garden with members making their own way there. More details on this trip will follow.
We still need a volunteer to take on the responsibility for the tea rota, if you'd like to offer your time for this it would be very much appreciated!
Folllowing the AGM, Jane Graham (an EKFWI judge) gave a talk on the specific requirements/rules in the culinary section at the Spring show. For those of you who will be entering this section at the Spring show we hope you found this both entertaining and useful.
The Christmas Party 2017
What an excellent evening, thank you to all of you who came along, and we hope you enjoyed the mixture of good food, drink, party games, quizzes and the awards. Below is a list of the award winners this year, well done to all of you, and good luck for 2018!
Head Gardener Canterbury Catherdral
Phillip treated us to an excellent talk about his career in gardening, on the history of the Catherdral gardens and his plans for the future. There was a good turn out, thank you to those who came along
An extra event to our normal programme was a visit to Great Dixter house and gardens. The gardens were colourful, even so late in the season. We were also taken on a guided tour of the house.
The Sissinghurst Talk given by Head Gardener Troy Scott-Smith was very well attended with over 80 people entertained with Troys talk on his life as a gardener and his vision for the future of the gardens at Sissinghurst.
Thank you to all who attended, bought raffle tickets, supplied prizes and to the members who did the teas and coffees.
On 14th October 2016 our club was privedged to have a visit from Andy Sturgeon, one of the world's leading landscape and garden designers, who gave an excellent talk.
The sell out audience were treated to an insight into where he gets his ideas and how he interprets these into his award winning designs.
Andy Sturgeon with Club Chairman Frances Moskovits
Andy Sturgeon is one of the world's leading landscape and garden designers. Combining traditional materials and contemporary styling, his garden designs are widely admired for their timeless architectural qualities, innovative planting and sculptural characteristics.
A Sell out audience!
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