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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

January 2010

Our first monthly meeting of 2010 began on the 25th January with a talk entitled “Six Days of Chelsea” given by Richard and Sheena Drane. Mr and Mrs Drane visited the Society a couple of years ago to give us a talk on “The Care of Cacti and Succulents” and these were the plants used to stage their Chelsea exhibit which produced a stand which won them a Silver medal on their first visit. Many of their Show Plants are 40 years old and some even 60!! Mr and Mrs Drane visit garden shows all over the country, but admitted that Chelsea proved to be the most exhausting in time and effort. They have to be at the Chelsea grounds from 7.45 in the morning until after the Show closes at 8 o’clock and one of them has to be on their stand all the time. However, the Chelsea Flower Show still provides more prestige than any other Garden Show, so it is still worth all the effort that it involves. Their talk was very interesting and enlightening and gave us some insight into what goes on behind the scenes of such a huge Show.

On Monday 22nd March we have a talk entitled “Introduction to Composting” given by David Wright and then on Monday 26th April we again welcome Peter Beale to give us a talk on “Light Amongst the Trees (part 4). All our monthly meetings are held in the W.I. Hall and begin at 7.30 p.m. and new members are always very welcome.

Our annual Social Evening this year is being held in the W.I. hall on Friday 26th March. Members were given details of this year’s menu and booking slips are available from Maria Sumner (820222). The price this year is £15 each for a 3 course meal (with a choice of menu) plus cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee. If you would like to book please contact Maria.

Our annual Coach Trip this year is going to be to Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. This is a National Trust property and garden and there is lots to see there. The date is Wednesday 16th June and we are leaving Wickhambrook MSC Car Park at 9 o’clock and arriving back in Wickhambrook around 6 in the evening. The coach fare will be £10 and entrance into the house and gardens is £7.35 (obviously if you are a National Trust member then entrance will be free, but you must remember to take your membership card). If you would like to put your name down for this trip please contact Diane Clarke on 01638 500169 or Jackie Fieldsend on 01440 820108.

The Ladies Committee recently held a meeting to decide the cookery and handicraft items for the coming Flower Show on Saturday 3rd July. We thought it would be a good idea to publish these items in the Scene in the hope that this will encourage more people to enter the Show.

These are as follows -

Chocolate marmalade cake (the recipe for this will be on the Schedule available shortly)
Victoria sandwich (using 3 eggs in an 8” tin)
Chocolate swiss roll
4 plain meringues
4 jam tarts
3 granary rolls
Jar of chutney, any variety
Family sized savoury flan
Individual portion of coleslaw
W.I. sponsored entry - Jar of lemon curd

A knitted garment
Piece of cross stitch
Piece of embroidery
Photograph with a red theme, e.g. robin, sunset, berries, etc
Painting, any medium
Poem about gardening
Piece of woodwork
Any article of handicraft not in the Schedule

Children’s section
Ice and decorate a digestive biscuit
A decorated photo frame
A poem about where you live
Robot using recycled materials

Flower Arranging Classes
Hot & Exotic Own interpretation, Niche 2’6”
Here’s Breakfast Own interpretation, Niche 2’6”
A Countryside Pursuit Own interpretation, Niche 2’6”
Play Time To include a child’s toy, Niche 2’6”
Pretty in Pink (Novice Class) An exhibit of foliage and pink flowers only, 2ft space
Pot Luck A miniature in a small flower pot, not to exceed 4” overall

Children’s Section
A Landscape on a Plate
An Alien Creation (To be made from any plant matter)

I hope that you will find the above details useful. The Schedules are FREE and usually available sometime in April from the Shop or from Jackie Fieldsend

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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society

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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