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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

February to June 2006

Our February meeting was held on the 27th. Mr Peter Fisk from Great Barton came along to give an illustrated talk on 'Vegetables', which he has been growing for over 40 years. His garden was immaculate and if anyone in the audience spotted such a thing as a weed, they must have very good eyesight! The slides of Mr Fisk's vegetable garden certainly showed how dedicated a gardener he is and the pictures all looked as though they had come out of a gardening book. The rows were straight, the spaces exact, and all the vegetables looked good enough to eat. Perhaps if I garden for another 40 years, my garden will look a tiny, weeny, bit like Mr Fisk's. Mr Fisk was warmly thanked by Stan Bates for a very interesting talk.

Our March monthly meeting was a talk on 'Water Gardens' given by Mr Geoffrey Peck. Mr Peck showed some lovely slides of all sorts of water garden and bog garden plants, and showed us some diagrams to illustrate the different depths that different plants prefer. He explained the differences between water and bog plants and gave us lots of tips and advice. I think we all learned a lot about looking after garden ponds and I, for one, discovered that I am doing quite a few things wrong!! He also gave us advice about looking after our fish and told us that, if relatively new fish in the pond die for no apparent reason, it is a good idea to take them back, together with a sample of pond water, to find out the reason. He was warmly thanked for an enjoyable and interesting talk.

I am organising coach trips to Wisley Gardens on Wednesday 10th May and Sandringham Flower Show on Wednesday 26th July.

We also have an evening visit to Sperrinks Nurseries in Gazeley on Thursday 4th May.

Our Annual Bring and Buy Sale is on Monday 15th May, so please come along and support our Society. There will be lots of plants and seedlings to purchase which our members have grown themselves or have taken cuttings from their own garden plants. We have tea and coffee as usual and we are planning to have an informal question and answer chat to help with all manner of garden problems. Perhaps one of our members has a particular method to solve a real problem in your garden, so come along and discuss it.

On Monday 9th June our monthly meeting is on 'Suffolk Wildlife Trust and its Work in the County' by Mrs Grimwade. As usual this begins at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall and new members to our Society are always welcome. Or just come along for the evening and see if you enjoy!! Our Annual Membership fee is only £3 and entry to our monthly meetings is £1 for members and £2 for non-members.

Schedules for the Summer Flower Show on Saturday 8th July are now available, either from the Shop or from Steve Coe, on 01440 820764. We are able to provide these free of charge, thanks to sponsorship from Marlows Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds, so do collect one and have a look at all the many varied and different things that you can enter, be it plants, flowers, vegetables, handicrafts, cookery etc, etc. There are classes for children as well. We do rely on people entering - without entries we cannot put on our Show, so a lot depends on you.

Part of the Flower Show is the Garden Competition for which there are two cups to be won. One is for the Best Cottage Garden for the Giffords Cup and the other is for Best Kept Flower Garden forthe William and Nancy King Cup. We only had four entries last year, which hardly makes it worthwhile of asking a judge to go round. So this year we are hoping for a lot more. There are lots and lots of lovely gardens around, and you do not have to be a member of the Society to enter. It only costs 20p and as well as the cups there are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £3, £2 and £1.

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Monday 26th February
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm in the WI Hall.  Garden Bugs: Cohabit, Conserve or Control - A presentation by Dr Ian Bedford (Head of Entomology), John Innes Research Institute, Norwich, everyone welcome.

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Members Information

Our Annual Membership is 5, with meetings costing 1 to members and 2 to non-members. We would love to see some new members and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

Subscriptions are payable to the Treasurer each January.

Our talks usually last for about an hour and then we have a chat with other members whilst enjoying tea/coffee and biscuits. The talks cover a range of different aspects of gardening and our programme is planned to provide something of interest to each and everyone of us.

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