Whiteparish Garden Club
2008 FLOWER & HOBBIES SHOW REPORT

Once again we had a most successful show and we were lucky to have a warm sunny start to the day, which helped with all the unloading of the various exhibits, both large and small. The number of entries were down on last year, but this was not unexpected bearing in mind our lack of good weather. It was good to see so many people trying their best to fill the hall with such a colourful display. We were very fortunate to have Dr. Rosemary Parry (before her impending retirement) to award the cups and prizes, so at the end of the afternoon there were a number of very happy people carrying their cups aloft!

Cup Winners

ADULTS:
Fruit and vegetables
- Stella Gardener
Flowers - Kate Roberts
Floral Decorations (and John Lear Memorial Cup) - Wendy Headly
Preserves and Cookery - Sarah Skeates
Handicrafts - Rita Marshall/Dorothy Hobbs

 
Art - Richard Hocking/Dorothy Hobbs
Bryan Rose Bowl - Peter James
RHS Banksian Medal - Kate Roberts
(awarded by the RHS and presented by the Club to the exhibitor with most points in the horticultural sections)

The Sir Alfred and Lady Wort Perpetual Challenge Cup (for highest points in show):
Stella Gardener

CHILDREN:
The Udel Perpetual Challenge Cup - Max Bishop

RHS Junior Certificate of Merit - Under Eights - Georgia Higgins
Over Eights - Max Bishop

Prizewinners

Class
First
Second
Third
Vegetables & Fruit
(Classes 1 to 28)
Stella Gardener John Troke Kate Roberts
Flowers
(Classes 31 to 48)
Kate Roberts Peter James Keith Hobbs
Floral Decorations
(Classes 51 to 54)
Wendy Headly Brenda Long Ilona Hocking
Preserves & Cookery
(Classes 61 to 70)
Sarah Skeates Maggie Davis Dawn Nichols
Handicraft
(Classes 71 to 76)
Rita Marshall/Dorothy Hobbs Max Gould-Hocking/Ilona Hocking/Veronica Iles/Cathy Thorne
Art
(Classes 81 to 85)
Richard Hocking/Dorothy Hobbs Ilona Hocking Wendy Headly
Children (Classes 91 to 96)
For a detailed list of prizewinners, click here.

2008 BARBECUE

Photos of the annual barbecue can be seen in the website's "Galleries" section, or by clicking here.

2007 AGM REPORT

Our AGM was held on November 22nd, when the minutes of the last AGM were adopted. Colin Iles, our Chairman welcomed members and he was pleased to report a good year overall and thanked the Committee for their support throughout. He was delighted that Stella Gardener has agreed to take over from Dave Boakes as Treasurer, however a vacancy still remains for Club Secretary, as Ilona Hocking has “retired” from that post. He thanked them both for their hard work and input over the years. Dave Boakes reported that financially, the Club is in good shape and we have a net surplus of £384 compared to a loss of £122 last year. The May plant sale and the stall at the fete helped to boost our finances considerably. The Treasurer gave special thanks to John Butcher for kindly auditing the accounts. Membership fees are to remain at £10.00, and at present we have 45 paid up members. Kate Roberts gave a résumé of our 2008 programme and asked members to let her know if they had any suggestions for future visits or subjects they would like covered by guest speakers. The club’s 2008 programme of events is listed below.

After the AGM closed we were very lucky to have Pat Woodruffe share her slides and experiences of a recent trip to the Algarve, Portugal. We were “whisked away” to warm sunshine and the most exquisite plants and flowers that live around the coastline. The amazing thing was that most of them could easily be grown in this country! We all appreciated her vast knowledge and enthusiasm, so thank you Pat for entertaining us. The evening concluded with a sociable gathering around a table laden with tasty bites and a glass of wine.

Our first meeting of the year is on January 24th when Douglas Patterson will give us a talk on Rosemoor RHS Garden. It is a beautiful garden and much to look forward to.

The Club Committee send Season's Greetings to all members and friends.

YEAR'S PROGRAMME

The programme from January 2008 to early 2009 is as follows:

MEETINGS START AT 7.30 PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
Date Subject Presenter
Jan 24 Rosemoor RHS Garden Douglas Patterson
Feb 28 Stourhead Garden & its history - Meeting at Farley Village Hall  
Mar 27 Vegetable growing through the year Mr Shergold
Apr 24 Buddleias Peter Moore
May 10 Plant Sale – Village Hall - 0900-1200 (Saturday)  
May 22 Visit to Bramdean Garden, Hinton Ampner, Winchester (1430)  
Jun ?? WHITEPARISH FETE  
Jun 26

Visit to Westcroft, Boscombe village - Lyn Miles (1900)

 
Jul 24 Garden Club BBQ - Old Nursery House, Romsey Road (1800)  
Aug 23 FLOWER AND HOBBIES SHOW  
Sep 25

Visit to Gilbert’s Nursery - Talk on cultivation of Dahlias. 6:30pm. Tea/Coffee will be provided

 
Oct 7

Inter-Club Quiz hosted by Sherfield English (1930)

 
Oct 23 Pumpkins and Halloween Fancy Dress Competition (1800)  
Nov 27 AGM followed by social evening including “Gardeners Question Time”. Also bring along your photographs of garden club events.  
December NO MEETING  
Jan 22 2009 Creation, Trial, Selection of new & unusual plants Kevin Hobbs
 
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