THE first meeting of 2014 took place on January 21. The guest speakers, Tim and Gillian Ingram, gave a talk with slide show on Seeds and Methods of Propagation. They grow alpine and woodland plants in their garden in Faversham. The alpines, from all around the world were breathtakingly beautiful. Helpful hints were given, for instance the correct mixture for these plants made up from compost, grits and sharp sand and how to sow and keep them in cold frames out in the garden. Gillian gave us an insight into a normal day for her, which consists of propagating, growing on and finally planting. At the close of the slide show and talk questions were taken from members of the audience. Margaret Burns, chairperson, thanked Tim and Gillian for their presentation. The meeting was informed of a wine and wisdom quiz in April, and that Teiry Jewiss had negotiated a 10 per cent discount with a local nursery for all paid up members. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the Institute Hall, Canterbury Road, Home. New members are welcome, membership is £10 per annum, a 10 per cent discount card for 2014 will be distributed to each paid up member. Visitors can attend any meeting, entry £1.50. includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Our next meeting is on February 18 at 7.30pm and will be a practical demonstration of flower arranging by Ann Berry and Shirley Davis of the Herne Bay Flower Arrangement Society, entitled A Touch of Spring. Should you wish to receive further information regarding the society. please contact the membership secretary Sue Forrester on 07729 255839 or Margaret Burns, chairperson, on 01227 369365.
Herne Bay Times, January 30th 2014