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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

February 2014 - Plant based trip to South africa including kirstenbosch gardens

Members of the Society already knew that Mrs Yvonne Leonard was a good speaker as she has made a number of previous visits, but this one was excellent. Yvonne and her husband David had been on a four weeks holiday to South Africa, beginning and ending in Cape Town – visiting lots of gardens, nature reserves, flowering grasslands and horticultural splendours in the process. Her slides were lovely, some taken in really sandy conditions and some in very wet, muddy conditions but they all gave us a feel of South Africa.

They visited Kirstenbosch Gardens at the beginning of the holiday and at the end and were lucky enough to be shown around these wonderful gardens by one of their experts. The aim of Kirstenbosch is to only have indigenous plants growing there and whilst most of the plants are indigenous to South Africa, it is an ongoing problem to keep non-indigenous plants out of the gardens.

There were also slides of South African birds, whales, baboons, lizards, etc. The slides really made you want to follow in Yvonne and David's footsteps and to see all the wonderful things that they had seen.

However, since their holiday there, when they hired a car, and toured around on their own, they have been told that it is no longer safe to travel the country in this way. This is a great pity because they had certainly caught the atmosphere of the area and had many, many happy memories of their very special holiday. Jackie gave thanks to Yvonne and David for coming along and giving us such an interesting glimpse of their holiday.

Our next monthly meeting is on Monday, 24th March and is a talk entitled "Malmaison Carnations" by Jim Marshall. As usual, this is in the W.I. Hall and begins at 7.30 p.m. and everybody is very welcome.

Jackie Fieldsend

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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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