Summer show August 2018

The Society’s Summer Show once more proved to be an outstanding success with many visitors attending

The Society’s Summer Show once more proved to be an outstanding success with many visitors attending the 2 days. The Hall looked very impressive and professional thanks to all the hard work from the committee and willing volunteers. There was much for the visitors to see, wonderful flower arrangements, beautiful handicrafts with stitching so fine you wouldn’t believe it was hand stitched.

There was a good array of photographs to look at which must have been a difficult decision for the judge although he was very strict and gave some very useful comments. Moving on from there was the domestic economy with mouthwatering cakes, scones, Viennese fingers, lemon curds, jams and pickles, once again a difficult time for the judge. We then saw all the vegetable classes with the biggest onions, and the largest pumpkin coming in at 45 lbs. All the other vegetables were laid out to perfection, and at the back of the hall were the real masterpieces with artfully displayed trays of perfect carrots, onions etc, upstanding celery and plaited leeks that would have not have disgraced Chelsea Flower Show.

The next tables’ were laid out with different pot plants, succulents and amazing begonias, the other side displayed different vases of flowers , including roses, fuchsias and sweet peas and these were the only flowers to be affected by the extremely hot weather with very few entries. Fuchsias in particular hate the hot weather, and roses and sweet peas had mainly finished their flowering, in a cooler summer things would be quite different, it just proved how much gardeners are governed by the weather. Probably the most stunning displays of all on the back table were the dahlias in all shapes and sizes with many different varieties all vying to be the most perfect.

Visitors also took the opportunity to win some good prizes on the Tombola stand and they were keen to keep coming back for another try. No show would be complete without a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake and this proved very popular. Both visitors and members alike agreed it had been a very successful show.

PHOTO BY: Sheila Pettett
Gardening Club in Lowestoft

News & Updates

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.