The meeting in February began with the second of Annie Robinson's "Plant of the Month" series. This month it was "Arum Chameleon" - very striking at this time of year, as you can see on the right. Not truly variegated, the paler parts of the leaf are raised. It prefers some moisture, and has lovely spikes of berries in late summer. It is a good seeder apparently, so we hope to perhaps have some to purchase at the Plant Sale.
The speaker, Helen Worvill, had trouble negotiating the various diversion signs between her home in Norfolk and the Institute - thankfully Annie and the Vice-Chairman Bill were able to fill until she found us and unloaded a huge amount of plants!
Her talk was very refreshing - based around planning and building a couple of beds for winter interest, which were actually put together before our very eyes! This was accompanied for most of the talk by pictures showing the plants in more detail - until her equipment decided not to play the game anymore. But then the plants were available for us to buy. A very good evening.
On March 2nd we have another Helen coming to talk about "Designing an Herbaceous Border", and another practical demonstration. Helen Hillier trained as a florist and had a business in London doing event and corporate floristry. She moved to Norfolk to study Horticulture at the Study Centre at Seamere and started her small Nursery growing herbaceous plants alongside a garden maintenance business. The nursery isn't open to the public but she sells at Plant Fairs and hosts nursery visits from Horticultural Societies, Flower Clubs etc. She will be discussing the design and construction of an herbaceous border and will include a demo of propagation techniques with the cuttings donated to the raffle.
The meeting is at Hartest Institute Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Only £2 entry for members, and £3 for visitors and guests - everybody is welcome to come along.
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Annie Robinson collecting the Silver Salver from judge Peter Fisk at the 2019 Show. (One of her six trophies!)
Pat Tebbit and Michelle Worrall in the background.
Clive Gare as a gnome at Drinkstone Park and John Kemp winning the gnome competition at our June meeting!
The two Peter's at the 2016 Show
During the visit to Richmond House in Clare in June, 2016.
Our display in the Church to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.