Meetings will be held at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall, Abernethy unless otherwise stated.
14th October Composting Wrap
11th November Gardening for Wildlife RSPB
13th January Orchards Talk Catherine Lloyd
10th February TBA
10th March AGM followed by Vegetable Gardening
14th April Visit to Logie Farm Plant Nursery Gail Hunter
It is late January as I write this and by the time you read this, spring will have sprung, the grass will have ris' (and will need to be mowed). It is amazing to think it is one year since we placed an advert in the Crier with regards restarting the Abernethy Horticultural - and what a difference a year makes. The Horticultural Society is back. In the Autumn of 2009 we held our Garden Day and it was a stunning success. With a giant plant stall, over a hundred entries in the potato decorating competition, a stunning array of cakes for sale, seed planting, a massive raffle and a number of stalls giving advice on subjects from bees to composting, it truly was a fun day out for all the family. And then through the winter and into the spring we held a series of talks. I'm not sure exactly when the Crier will be out in March (so I may be advertising a talk that has happened) but on the 10th of March will be a talk on Garden Tools and Machinery. This is to be done by Marshalls Garden Machinery and will be an excellent way to find out what is new and also how to maintain what you have. This will be held on the Wednesday, 10th of March at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall.
A month after that on Wednesday, 14th of April we will be taking a trip to Gail Hunter of Logie Farm Plant Nursery for lessons in hanging baskets and window boxes. We will look to co-ordinate transport and will discuss this in more detail in the March meeting or alternatively you can keep an eye on noticeboards. For all our talks, non-members are welcome (£2.50 per evening) however for some talks places are limited and will of course go to members first.
Thanks to all who have helped in so many different ways in getting the society back on its feet. We are always looking for new members, looking for ideas for talks and ideas for the garden day in Autumn 2010 and so please do get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org or call Keir on 850676
The horticultural society has now completed its first year with the last talk of the year happening back in April. It has been a fantastic first year which started with the Garden Day in the Williamson Hall and was followed by six very well attended talks on various subjects. For 2010/11 season we are looking to repeat the same programme and people should mark in their diaries Saturday, 25th September for the garden day. This year we will be asking the younger folk to put together a flower pot person and the older ones to enter our knitted veg contest. We will have a variety of stands giving ideas for things to do in the garden and the plant stall for people to pick up great plants at great prices. We will have the apple press again and anyone with any fruit can bring them along and juice them (and make the juice into cider should they wish!). Look out for fliers through doors a month before the event with entry forms and more details.
Talks for this season will again be on the second Wednesday of the month (Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, March and April). This season we will cover Alpines, Gardening for birds (the feathered ones) and a whole lot more.
The money raised by the society is being used to cover the running costs with the excess we have helped the school with some planting, and are now looking at ways of setting up a community orchard (see the article by Dave Cheer) and also still trying to set up local allotments.
We are always open to new members and anyone interested should get in touch as we will need help setting up the garden day and hope the talks starting in Autumn are of interest. Hope you have a great gardening year.
For more info please contact AbernethyHorticultural@googlemail.com or Keir 850676