September meeting – A Rock Gardener’s Eye

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Our meeting on the 2nd September (commencing at 7:30pm) will be very appealing to those interested in alpines.  Malcolm McGregor, a freelance writer, enthusiastic lecturer on alpine plants and gardening  and the editor of the North American Rock Garden Society will be talking about rock gardens.

Malcolm has also been editor of the Scottish Rock Garden Club (2000–2006), and the Saxifrage Society (1993–2003). He has traveled widely in search of saxifrages in North America, Europe, Turkey, Morocco, the Himalayas, the Olympic Mountains, Austria, and Italy. He has written several titles including: Saxifrages: The Complete Cultivars and Hybrids, and Saxifrages from Scratch.

As ever refreshments are available from 7pm so come along early and give yourself time to make some new gardening friends.

Annual Show 2013 – Results

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Last weekend’s show saw 55 entrants entering a range of 83 classes including the usual vegetable and floral classes, a range of produce categories, photography and handicraft and finally especially for the 70th Anniversary show a special class for a pot planted to celebrate the event.

Helen Picton, Show Secretary, arranging prizes

Helen Picton, Show Secretary, arranging prizes

Paul Picton arranging a flowering shrub entry

Paul Picton arranging a flowering shrub entry

Roly Ince tweaking his floating dish entry

Roly Ince tweaking his floating dish entry

Shirley Stearn unloading her prize winning lilies

Shirley Stearn unloading her prize winning lilies

The quality of entries was good with the judges often struggling to decide between 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Most classes had entries although it would be wonderful to see more entries to make the competition that bit more interesting and lively.

Visitors to the show not only had the entertainment of seeing the entries and pondering the judges’ decisions but also the opportunity to buy produce, plants, ice cream and see the wonderful willow sculptures of Victoria Westaway.

A number of trophys and cups were awarded at the end of the show.  Some for individual classes and some where the competitor had accumulated a sufficient number of points.  The trophies were awarded as follows:

RHS BANKSIAN MEDAL Mr R. INCE
NVS MEDAL + CERTIFICATE SARA-JANE ARDEN
THE MILNE CUP WCHS 1-29 Mrs SHIRLEY STEARN
 JIM TUDGE MEMORIAL TROPHY WCHS 30-53 SARA-JANE ARDEN
SILVER CUP CLASSES 1-54 Mr C.J. LANE
SILVER CUP 1-54 WC RESIDENT NOT MEMBER Mr C.J. LANE
PERCY PICTON MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR CLEMATIS DAVID & DIANE HODGSON
OLD COURT NURSERIES ROSE BOWL FOR PERENNIALS CYNTHIA BUSSEY
ELMS CUP FOR SWEET PEAS Mr C. INCE
HELEN PICTON TANKARD FOR VIOLA’S/PANSIES DAVID COLLINS
FLORAL ART SILVER CUP CYNTHIA BUSSEY
ROSE BISHOP MEMORIAL PLATE FOR DUNDEE CAKE MRS SHIRLEY STEARN
COOKERY SILVER CUP MARGARET WHITE
HANDICRAFT SILVER CUP BEN JOHNSTONE
JUNIOR CUP 7 AND UNDER WILLIAM VESSEY

and the special 70th Anniversary prize for the celebratory planted pot went to Helena Illingworth for her lovely herb planted cup and saucer.

Dorothy Lockyear's entry in the Inside/Outside floral class - which won first prize

Dorothy Lockyear’s entry in the Inside/Outside floral class – which won first prize

William Vessy - winner of the Junior under 7 cup with his minature garden

William Vessey – winner of the Junior under 7 cup with his miniature garden

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The Committee would like to thank all those who helped, who entered the various classes and who came to support the Society.  We would love more of you to take part whether you are a member or not so please  do consider having a go in 2014.

I would like to thank Tim Wright for supplying the photographs with the exception of the four vegetable ones – he was a wonderful show photographer

Annual Show – 10th August

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Our Annual Show is on the 10th August at the Colwall Village Hall.

The deadline for submitting your application form is 5pm on Wednesday 7th August.

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Even if you haven’t entered anything into the show come along to see others efforts, buy an ice cream, watch Victoria Westaway demonstrate willow sculpture, buy some cakes and local produce and have a nice afternoon tea.

Entry is £1.50 and the doors open at 2pm.

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