Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the March 2018 edition...
Geoff Jeans our vice chairman welcomed all the members and visitors to the meeting. There was a lot to get through as it was our A.G.M and the Spring Flower show, as well as this evenings speaker, Mike Webber, who was going to run a garden quiz.
Geoff began on a sad note, telling us that very sadly Peter Holmes one of our long serving members, had sadly passed away that day. I had also heard from Anne Brown this week that another of our members, Bev Hall, had also passed away.
Brian Spiller’s health was still slowly moving forward, and he was getting lots of visitors, which is nice to hear.
Michelle read out the minutes of the last A.G.M, Geoff gave out his report, thanking everyone for their support.
We elected a committee, all existing members stayed on, with the election of three new ones, being Mary Moore, Tony Moore and Murray Robinson.
A new chairman was elected, Tony Moore, Vice chairman Geoff Jeans, Treasurer Carolyn Loosen, as Michelle Howell has stepped down after completing her three years. Secretary Anne Brown, and a new programme secretary was elected Mary Moore, as Anne has also stepped down after eleven years of doing the job.
Geoff said thank you for all of the work that had been done by the members who had stepped down, reminding us also that he was also going to make this his last year as vice chairman.
The treasurer then gave her report, and finished by saying that we do still need some new members for the society, to keep it going, the A.G.M was then brought to a close.
Mike Webber then set up his gardening quiz, the members formed into teams, and Mike then covered four different topics, with slides to match.
He began with Dorset gardens, a lot of us recognised these, Kingston Lacy, Compton Acres, Sherborne Castle, Abbotsbury Gardens and Kingston Maurwood.
The next topic was flowers, this included, lavender with a humming bird hawk moth, hibiscus, an orchid, a blue poppy, Latin and common names of flowers as well, this was a bit tricky.
Trees and shrubs next with things like, magnolia grandiflora, hydrangeas, flame of the forest, and the gingko biloba tree one of the oldest trees in the world, this was interesting.
Finally gardens in general, he showed pictures of Kew gardens, Kensington palace, and Chatsworth to name but a few.
The quiz was very informative and also a lot of fun, the winning table managed a respectable 51 out of 80 well done.
Mike gave us a really good quiz which we all enjoyed.
The final part of the evening was the results of the spring flower show, there was a nice display, considering the weather had been so difficult, but lots of the bulbs had survived the snow. Chris Wiles had very kindly judged it with help from Wendy Bailey, the results are as follows.
Daffodils- 1st Wendy 2nd Carolyn Loosen
Daffodils- 1st Wendy
Miniature daffs- 1st Michelle Howell 2nd Wendy 3rd Marigold Edwards
Planted bulbs 1st Ann Mattock 2nd Michelle
Class 7 1st Wendy
Class 8 1st Carolyn 2nd Wendy
Class 9 1st John Farrant 2nd Shirley Hosea 3rd Marigold
Thank you to all of you who took part, it was a nice display.
Next month is a talk about “The National Garden Scheme” with David Moon
On Thursday 12th April 7.30pm in the hall.
Please come and join us for a nice evening, there is always a warm welcome for new and existing members, just £10 a year to join.
Enjoy the spring colour, we just need a little warmer weather as well as our plants!