The first meeting of 2015 was held on January 20. The chairman, Margaret Burns, opened the meeting with notices for members and to confirm that the treasurer has again negotiated a 10% discount with a local nursery. Forthcoming events were confirmed. February 24, a joint meeting between this society and the Herne and Broomfield Allotment Society; April 21, An Evening with Steve Bradley (of Radio Kent’s Sunday Gardening programme) – Your Gardening Questions Answered, who will be taking questions from the floor. Tickets for this meeting are on sale at £3.50; contact Sue Forrester 07729 255839 or Margaret Burns 01227 369365.
Chris Lane gave an informative talk, together with slides, on the Wonder of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis), a winter flowering plant. Chris gave a brief overview of his time at Hadlow College where he saw witch hazel for the first time and where his interest began. He spoke of where the first four shrubs came from originally; the botanists that brought the specimens back; gave hints on how to plant and look after Hamamelis and which were scented.
The next meeting is on February 17 when Philip Johnson will be speaking about Sweetpeas – How to Grow and Show Them. At the extra meeting on February 24, members will be joined by the Herne and Broomfield Allotment Society for a talk by Margaret Burns on Growing Your Own Vegetables, with time for tea and cake and a chat.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month except August and December at the Institute Hall, Canterbury Road, Herne. Doors open at 7pm with the speaker commencing at 7.30pm. New members are welcome, subscription fee for 2015 is £10. Visitors £2. For information on membership/visiting contact Sue Forrester on 07729 255839 or for information on the society contact Margaret Burns on 01227 369365.
Herne Bay Gazette, February 5th 2015