News from Bookham, Fetcham and District Garden Society
This has been another exciting year for the Bookham, Fetcham and District Garden Society with interesting talks on varied topics including, bees, herbs, fruit for small gardens and how to garden an allotment in just 2 hours a week.
They were fortunate to have good weather for the outing to High Down Gardens - the internationally renowned chalk garden within the South Downs National Park. This was started by the prominent horticulturalist Frederick Stern and his wife Sybil around 1919.
Participation in Village Day generated interest for the wonderfully successful Summer Show which once again was held in the beautiful 14th centuary Tithe Barn in Little Bookham. Thanks again to the Nicholls family for the privilege to use this beautiful venue. Despite the unusually hot dry weather There were an incredible number of entries in all the flower, fruit and vegetable categories. The flower arranging sections are becoming more and more popular and this year the Society was pleased to welcome participants from the Gracewell Home. There was a great deal of support for the domestic section with delicious bakes and preserves, the mens only section being one of the most competitive. Crafts, paintings and photography complete the diversity with such skills being shown. The show has a lovely atmosphere and is wonderfully inclusive with many new participants entering for the first time, just for the fun of it. The teas and cakes in the garden, the raffle and the plant stall all add to the fun. If you haven't entered of come along before, make sure you diarise Saturday 13th July 2019 for next years show. Information on how to enter will be promoted early next year. The show schedule will be available then, so that partcipants can start planning planting, preserving or doing some crafts .
There is an exciting program for next year with talks, a coach outing to Sissinghurst and of course the Summer Show. Meetings are usually on the last Monday of the month in the Harrison Room of the Old Barn Hall in Church Road, Bookham, KT23 4EN. For more information, please contact Chairlady Angela Stevens on 01372 456713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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