Saturday evening saw 52 of us at the Village Hall for the first ever Society Garderner’s Question Time evening. With a glass of wine and a plate of cheese and biscuits we all settled in for a couple of hours of expert advice on all matters horticultural.
On the panel were:
Ted Perrin, Chairman of the Hampshire District Association of the National Vegetable Society (NVS).
Kevin Hughes, Heale House Nursery.
Reg Williams, Salisbury Parks and Gardens.
A wide variety of subjects were discussed such as plant pest and disease problems, moss in lawns, sweet peas not flowering and tomato fruits not setting. We learnt whilst we’d had a relatively warm season so far colder than usual nights were still affecting some plants well into June. There were passionate pleas from the panel not to kill off ants in the garden as they don’t do that much damage, and to give ivy a chance to thrive on trees as it is such a fantastic wildlife habitat. With the experts throwing in the occassional anecdote it was a thoroughly entertaining and informative evening. And the panel weren’t afraid to give straightforward advice such as ‘chopping an old cherry tree down’ when needed!
Many thanks to our panel of experts, to our Chairman Richard for putting the questions to them, Committee members and helpers for organising the event, and to everyone who attended and brought their questions.
The panel (left to right) Reg Williams, Kevin Hughes and Ted Perrin with Society Chairman Richard Soilleux.
Kevin Hughes and Ted Perrin share a joke.
The audience take in the expert advice from the panel.
Don’t forget our Summer Show is only a few weeks away. Please read the schedule in the yearbook to see what classes you wish to enter. If you have children/grandchildren please encourage them to enter the children’s classes, we’d love to see more entries this year. Best of luck with your preparations!