The Chrysanthemum and Gardening Society Meeting

23rd November 2016

The Chrysanthemum and Gardening Society Meeting

The Chrysanthemum and Gardening Society will have its next meeting at Lords Street West Church Hall on Wednesday November 30th, from 20.00 hours until approx. 22.00 hours.  All are welcome and non members are asked for a contribution of £2 which is deductible should you decide to join the society.

This month’s lady speaker is Helen Picton who, with her family, run Old Court Nurseries and Picton Garden where they specialise in Michaelmas Daisies; in fact they hold the national collection of over 400 varieties.  She will be following the year round with the various aspects of running the nursery, hybridizing varieties, cultivation and partnering the various daisies with shrubs and other plants to achieve the best effects. You may have seen an article about this nursery in one of the gardening periodicals in September.  As we slip into winter it will be interesting to have a talk on one of the last plants to come into bloom, and for myself I shall be looking to get information about resistance to powdery mildew as it seems to be a particular problem in this area.

I also need to mention our annual Floral Art demonstration on the 14th of December, where we are lucky enough to have Tom Hodges as our demonstrator.  When I moved here I had never been to a floral art demonstration, but I tipped up the first year I belonged to the society and was completely hooked.  In fact I was so enthusiastic about it that my husband said he would like to come as well and he enjoys it as much as I do, we are very lucky indeed to have Tom Hodge living locally, he is internationally well known and his work is always so fresh and appealing.  His theme will be The Magic of Christmas, and there are a few tickets still available from the Treasurer at the next meeting, or from Alan Foxall on a ticket is an excellent early gift, and costs little to post, before you know it you might have hooked a new enthusiast and you don’t need to be an arranger yourself to appreciate the glorious display that always results.  You won’t have a better evening for £7, and that includes a hot drink and a mince pie.

Hope this is of interest to you

Linda Humphreys


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