November saw our AGM start the meeting. Financially, the Club has slightly more funds in hand than at the same time last year, despite the Plant Sale generating a bit less income. The Chairman ran through the programme for 2023, which looks very exciting, including a visit in September by Fergus Garrett, the Head Gardener at Great Dixter. Jill, in her absence, was thanked for her hard work in getting the programme organised. He then reviewed the past year, when we had some very good speakers. The Plant Sale went pretty well, as did the Annual Show. Despite fewer exhibitors, entries were up. Although vegetables weren't great, the flowers and other aspects of the Show were excellent.
All in all, it had been a really good year for the club, and he emphasised the importance of keeping it going.
The current committee were re-elected, with the exception of Jill Armstrong who is stepping down. She has been a real asset to the Committee. So there is a vacancy for Speakers Secretary, which he hopes to fill from current committee members, and we do still need a Treasurer.
The Chair asked the members to bring along snacks for the December meeting, when Claire will give a wreath making demonstration, and there will be a quiz to determine the "Gardening Brain of Hartest". Drinks will be provided.
The talk, "A Very British Garden" was given by Darren Lerigo, of Modern Mint. He was very entertaining, and showed us several alternative plants that we could be using in our gardens for variety, how to produce your own compost, and ways of keeping slugs at bay.
Our December meeting, on Monday 5th, will have a demonstration on wreath making by Claire, the return of the "Gardening Brain of Hartest" quiz, a buffet and a raffle.
If you have any questions about the club, please contact Geraldine, either via email on email@example.com, or by phone on 01787 280134.
Peter Fisk presents Jill Armstrong with the cup for the most points in the Grown Flower section at the 2022 Show.
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.
The two Peter's at the 2016 Show
Look back in time to our Chelsea exhibit in May 1990.