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The Dahlia Competition

Monday 9th September

This popular event, judged last year by Quentin Stark, is a must if you enjoy dahlias and this year I'm expecting the competition to be better than ever. If you have a dahlia growing in your garden and you're not sure about exhibiting there's a handy guide in the back of your club booklet that will help you. The committee members will also be on hand at the show. The sheer quantity and variety classes for dahlias means this is always a riot of colour and texture. Do please come along, either to exhibit or just to look. 

Staging is between 6:15pm to 7pm which isn't long so do please get there as early as you can as judging starts at 7:15pm. At this years show we will also be presenting the award to the winner.

Tickets are now on sale for the talks to be given by

Nick Bailey on Monday 14th October

Nick will be giving a talk on how to 'Revive your Garden


Chris Beardshaw on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

These talks are likely to be very popular so if you haven't already got your tickets do please contact us soon to avoid disappointment!

Ticket prices are £5.00 per person for Nick Bailey and £10.00 for Chris Beardshaw.

Chris Beardshaw

National Garden Scheme.

We are proud to say that several members will be opening their gardens in the National Garden Scheme. You might want to go take a look at Frances and Pauls Garden, in Brogdale Road, Mary and John's garden in Faversham and also Violets Garden in Dunkirk. Click on  the links for details and dates, you can also check out the NGS Website or the 'yellow book' for more locations and dates. 


40th Anniversary Party

The weather held fair, the Alma provided a wonderful setting and an excellent meal, and Paula Hammond baked us a celebratory cake that not only looked amazing but was utterly delicious!

To all of you who joined us at the party I think you'll agree this was a great way to celebrate the clubs 40th anniversary!


And let's not forget the entertainment, Dan the magician was simply amazing, a very big thank you to him (have you worked out how he did it yet Paul!)

If you missed the end of party skit, or if you want to see it again, here's some of the Painter's Forstal Gardeners' Club committee members and others in action...

As this was a very special anniversay the awards for the Spring and Summer Shows were presented here instead of at our usual Christmas social event.

2019 award winners 

Spring Show 2019

The Spring Show Cup, Violet Croll

Bell for the Culinary Section, Joint First:

Jenny Fagg & Angela Macey

Best Bloom in Show, Alan Warrener

The David Green Photographic Trophy, Roger Clements

Dahlia Show 2019, the Colin Mitchell Dahlia Cup for most points, and Best Bloom in Show, will be awarded on 9th September

Summer Show 2019

The Den Reynolds Cup winner of Class 1 Fuchsia in a pot, Violet Croll

The Ros Williams Cup Best Bloom in Show, Marilyn Chantler

Best Vegetable in Show Cup, Marilyn Chantler

Ospringe Parish Council Cup for most points cumulatively, Frances Moskovits

The Roy Frier Challenge Trophy most points Section B Vegetables, Frances Moskovits

Stuatuette for Section A Flowers and foliage, Frances Moscovits

Statuette for Section C Fruit, Paula Hammond

Best Fruit in Show, Peter Hammond

Vase Floral Art, Jenny Fagg

Hanging Basket Cup, Richard Annand

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this another excellent year, to the exhibitors, the members who made teas and coffees and a special thank you to the show organisers

The Summer Show 2019

This year the Summer Show was held on Saturday 20th July and was well attended. Once again your exhibits were up to their usual very high standards, as you can see from the pictures here, so thank you to all of you who submitted entries. 

Don't forget, awards this year will be presented at our 40th Anniversary party on Saturday 3rd August.

Coach Trip to Hyde Hall

Wednesday 12th June

The club outing to RHS Hyde Hall in June was, in spite of the showers, still a very beautiful garden with many new features since the last time we visited. The vegetable garden looked amazing, the cottage garden was exceptional with many of our members commenting on how lovely this was. 

In an attempt to dodge the showers we did go to find the dry garden but they lied, it was raining there too!

The Plant Sale and coffee morning

Thank you so much to all of you who came along to this years annual plant sale and coffee morning, and thank you to those of you who donated your spare plants and your time to this very well attended event.

This years plant sale also played host to the Painters Forstal Village Ammenities Committee who ran a tombola stall and a cake stall in aid of funds for the village hall. 

The money we raised for the club funds exceeded anything we've seen in recent years so a very big thank you to every one of you who came, let's do it again next year!

The Spring Show

This year you did it again with another remarkable show. With the early spring we've had and some pretty poor weather conditions in the run up to the show we were down a little on the number of exhibits we've had in previous years, most notably in Division 1, the trumpets, but we had a record number of exhibitors as more of you took the opportunity to show off your prize blooms.

The culinary section proved popular, in particular the men only cake section saw a surprisingly large number of entries, the judge commented that the quality was very high in all catagories this year.

The photo competition also saw a good number of entrants and again the judge remarked how difficult it was to choose a winner. 

Thank you to all of you who submitted entries, and thank you to those of you who came along to see the results.

It's all in the name

A Talk by Kevin Tooher, 11th March 2019

Forty members attended the March meeting of the Painters Forstal Gardeners Club and were treated to a highly  educational presentation from Kevin Tooher helping us understand the complex subject of plant names.  Our thanks to Kevin  for visiting our club again and sharing such breadth of knowledge.

AGM 11th Feb 2019 

The Annual General Meeting was very well attended this year with over 50 members, thank you to all of you who came, your support at this meeting is as ever, very much appreciated. 

Previous minutes were read and the treasurers report was given and accepted. The new club programme was distributed with just a few changes, most notable is that we will not be holding a Christmas event this year as instead we will be holding an event in August to celebrate the clubs 40th year.

For more on what we did in previous years take a look at the News Archive 

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