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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

February 2007

Our talk in February was entitled “Light among the Trees, British Wildlife and Conservation” given by Mr Peter Beale.  I was on holiday at the end of February but I have been told by a lot of people how enjoyable the evening was and a lot of our members requested that Mr Beale make a return visit sometime in the future.  We had several new members that evening so a warm welcome to you.

On the 16th March we had our annual social evening in the MSC.  Nearly forty people enjoyed the meal, once again cooked by Esme and her helpers.  Thanks Esme, you do a great job.  Afterwards we had a talk given by Stan Bates, our Vice Chairman, telling us about the antics that he and his many friends got up to when they were young boys.  Many of the tales involved going off for the whole day without their parents having to worry about where on earth they were.  As Stan said, how sad it is that these days children do not experience the same sort of freedom that he and his friends did when they were young.

Our talk on the 26th March was given by Sue Wooster on “Alpine Campanulas”.  Sue fell in love with these alpine plants when she saw them in their natural environment in various mountain terrains.  She is now the holder of the national collection of the plants which involves much work, both in administration and in the garden.  She is trying to propagate some of the rare varieties so that they are more available to the public.  She showed some lovely slides and also brought many varieties of the campanulas for sale and after her talk she did a brisk trade, with many members buying plants to take home and grow in their own gardens.  Some of the plants need special conditions and a certain amount of time and trouble, but Sue was so enthusiastic about them that many of us were tempted to have a go.

On the 23rd April we have Karen Kenny from Suffolk Radio coming to talk to us on “Companion Planting”.  We are making this an Open Evening with no charge for entry.  We are therefore hoping to attract a really large audience.  The meeting begins at 7.30 p.m. in the W.I. Hall, so please come along and join us.  After the talk we have tea/coffee and biscuits and time for a chat, so it should be a really enjoyable evening.

Members were also reminded that we have a Bring and Buy sale of plants on the 14th May.  Last year this was very successful and we had lots of plants, cuttings, seedlings, etc for sale, so hopefully this year’ will be just as successful.  Now that the weather is becoming warmer and our thoughts are turning to growing new things and tidying our gardens up, hopefully people will think about the sale and pot various things up ready for the 14th May.

There are still seats on the coaches for our two outings this year.  The first is to Glen Chantry in the morning and then in the afternoon to Hyde Hall Gardens.  This is on Friday 15th June.  The second one is on Saturday 28th July and is to Capel Manor Gardens.

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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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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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