FOR the society’s second meeting of 2015, our speaker was Philip Johnson of Johnson’s Sweet Peas, who gave a very informative and interesting talk and slide show on How to Grow and Show Sweet Peas. The Latin name for Sweet Peas is Lathyrus Odoratus, which means the scent which is so strong. Sweet peas are one of the most popular annual flowers, which are especially prized for their colour and wonderful scents. They are an annual climbing plant that, depending on the variety, can grow from a dwarf size up to 2 metres high, and many more sizes in between. Philip took us through the growing process and the best time to plant them is between October and November in cold frames, especially for those who want to show them. He took us through the various stages of cutting, training, feeding and selecting, whether you wanted to show them or just have them at home for their beauty and scent. The slides were also very helpful and showed how to achieve the various stages, ending with some slides of past show entries, the variety of colours and sizes. Margaret Burns, chairman, thanked Philip for a very informative and interesting talk.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 17, which is the spring show, doors open at 7.15pm for staging and judging will take place at 7.45pm. A Nosh and Knowledge evening has been arranged for Saturday, April 18, and on Tuesday, April 21, we have an open evening with Steve Bradley, who is one of the presenters on the Radio Kent Gardening programme ‘Your Gardening Questions Answered’, where he will be taking questions from the audience. Doors open at 7pm at the Institute Hall (address below). Tickets £3.50 are available from Sue Forrester on 07729 255839.

Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month except August and December at the Institute Hall, Benstede Close, off Canterbury Road, Herne, CT6 7JP. Doors open at 7pm, with the speaker commencing at 7.30pm. New members are welcome; subscription fee for 2015 is £10. Visitors are also welcome, the visitor fee for 2015 is £2. For further information on membership and visiting please contact Sue Forrester (membership secretary) on 07729 255839, or for information on the society please contact Margaret Burns, chairwoman, on 01227-369365.

Herne Bay Times, March 4th 2015


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