STALBRIDGE GARDEN SOCIETY
Tony Moore our new chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, he gave out the notices and introduced this month’s speaker who was David moon.
Geoff Jeans our vice chairman gave out an update on how Brian Spiller was progressing, and that how the family hope to have him home soon, which is good news.
Geoff was also helping Chris Wiles judge our second attempt at the spring show as the daffodils were very behind last month and we only had few entries.
David Moon ‘s talk was on “The National Garden Scheme” he began by telling us all about the NGS how it was formed back in 1927, Edward Lutchens and Gertrude Jekel’s gardens were some of the first to open their garden under the scheme.
There are now over 4.000 gardens opening up to raise money for “Cancer charities” in the country. To date over £50 million pounds have been raised for charities. Since 2016 they have banked 3 million pounds.
Lots of gardens are open throughout the year, from little tiny courtyard, to three acre gardens, some gardens, are well known, such as Hester combe, Great Dixter, the Garden on Holly Island, Heale house gardens and Knoll gardens, there are many , many more. Including allotments.
A Popular one is Mary Berry’s garden, she is always there to show the public around as well as being a famous cook, and she is also a fantastic gardener.
Her next door neighbour is Pauline Quirke who also opens her garden under the scheme.
Finally David showed us lots of slides, of lovely gardens around the country, one of which being, Horatio’s, this was a garden set up in memory of a young lad who worked at the Salisbury Spinal care unit, and had lots of fantastic ideas he was beginning to implement. Then taking b break, he went on an expedition to Greenland, tragically the group camp was attacked by a “polar bear”, his friends were badly hurt and Horatio sadly lost his life.
His family, then set about fund raising to complete the garden he had started at the spinal unit, and it is now admired and well used, by the patients and public.
The fund raising continues by the family and there are now more plans for additional Horatio’s gardens at other hospital recovery units. One in Glasgow, where James Alexander Sinclair is going to be the designer, One at Stoke Mandeville, the designer being Joe Swift, and one in Oswestry the designer being Bunny Guinness. This was a very sad but inspiring story.
This talk was fantastic, inspiring, rewarding and were had a beautiful visual display, thank you to Anne Brown for booking this brilliant speaker, we all enjoyed it very much.
David finished with a little talk about in home town being Frome, were he is involved with the Frome in Bloom competition, Jenson Button the formula one racing driver also has a helping hand.
The Spring Show part two results are as follows;-
Wendy Bailey came first in five of the daffodil categories, with a second in one more.
Mary Moore had two first and a second
Michelle had a first
Tony Moore had a second and Marigold Edwards had a third.
Thank you to all of you who took part it was a lovely display, kindly judged once again by Chris Wiles.
The next meeting is on Thursday 10th May 7.30pm in the hall
The talk is ‘Bee Friendly’ gardening with Neil Lovesy.
Enjoy your spring garden, the weather seems to be improving, and we hope getting a little warmer, look out for bees and butterflies, it is always good to add more wildlife friendly plants to your garden to encourage them in!