Saturday the 13th of April we held our annual Spring show, after a slow start with the entries, we eventually had , 425 entries, 7 more than last year, 60 exhibitors, 3 less than last year and it was pleasing to see there were the same number of members exhibiting as guests, whereas last year guests greatly outnumbered members entering. The teas did a roaring trade & kept our team busy all afternoon. Thanks to the generosity of people, we had a lot of plants and “Garden junk” for sale, and cakes for the teas. Thanks also go to those hardy souls who braved the cold wind, outside all day, at our sales stall. Both the above, help raised funds to support the show. Many thanks to those who gave up their time to help set up & run the show, and all those who most importantly, helped clear up afterwards. Our special thanks go to Jess Bailey & Julie Dowsett for all their endless work they put in to organise the event. On April the 15th we held our monthly meeting where our speaker was Michael Brown, the “Historical gardener”, the talk was entitled “The Georgian gardener” & Mike came suitably attired in the costume of a Georgian gardener. The talk explained the great influence the great landscape gardeners of the period, such as Capability Brown, Humphrey Repton & others, showing examples of their designs we can see today, and at the other end of the spectrum, how other gardeners worked in lesser gardens keeping the house supplied with fresh produce & the ingenious ways they used to produce fruit & vegetables out of season. Mike had brought along a selection of historic gardening tools, my! Those gardeners of old must have been a tough breed ,I could barely lift the shears they used. Altogether a very interesting talk opening up a window in the tough life of the Georgian gardener. The member’s monthly competition was won by Joy Wheals with a primula, this was the last member’s competition that we will run, due to poor take from members. On Monday the 17th of this month we will, instead of our usual monthly meeting, be visiting an open garden, Friar’s Court, at Clanfield, with lawns, water lily filled ponds beds & borders, plus specimen trees & many other interesting features, included in the visit are teas & cakes. The evening is free to members & £10 for guests, as I have mentioned before, being a member is still the best £10 you can spend in Wroughton. Some advance information for you, in July, the afternoons of Saturday the 13th & Sunday the 14th, between the hours of two until five o’clock, we are organising a “Wroughton’s secret gardens” event. At the time of writing we have eleven gardens open to the public, some offering teas & toilet facilities, at certain locations,also there may also be plants & produce for sale, at some locations, come and see what interesting gardens lie behind those fences & hedges, there will be a treasure hunt at each location for children. Your map/passport will cost you £4, which will gain you access to all the gardens, on both days These maps will be available to purchase from the Co-op (Devises Road branch), Coventry Farm stores, McColls & the Parish office in the Ellenune Community Centre, plus all gardens taking part on the day. All proceeds will be donated to “Vision 4 Wroughton”, willowbrook gardens, help support the good work the group carry out on behalf of the village, visit interesting and different gardens & help make this a great social event for the village. The event is being run in conjunction with the village Scarecrow trail, so a good opportunity, also to judge some of those scarecrows as you travel round the village .
Something that sums up this month ;The philosopher who said work well done, never needs doing again, has never weeded a garden!