Current news from Hagley Gardener's Club
The first month of autumn is here and the mornings can be decidedly chilly. Our first meeting since ‘lockdown’ will be held on Wednesday 22nd September (also the date of the autumn equinox), when we will discuss the future of the club and the suggestion of holding further meetings in the afternoon. The meeting will be at St Saviours Church Hall at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Friends and visitors will be welcome.
We are very sorry to have to report the death of Maureen Hurst who died in July. We send our sincere condolences to all her family and friends.
John Oakes (a former Chairman) sends these autumn comments: We can still enjoy Dahlias, Asters (Michaelmas daisies), Sedums, Rudbeckia, Penstemons and the mellow colours of the grasses such as Stipa Gigantea. For a wonderful display of Asters visit Picton Gardens in Colwall, near the Malvern Hills. It is a good show for butterflies, taking their last drops of nectar before hibernating. There is also the Malvern Autumn Show from 24th to 26th September. Advance tickets cost £18.00. Now is the time for a general tidy-up and get ready for the winter and spring.
Bulbs are in the shops, buy now for your favourites such as narcissus triandrus thalia, a white with pointed petals. Do not forget Anemone blanda, the wood anemone or wind flower. For the last of the tomatoes to ripen, remove leaves which overhang the fruits to let the sun in
This page is published by John Oaks
Hagley Gardeners' Club is celebrating its 25th birthday and it has become an integral part of village life and interest, but where did it all begin? Written records are sketchy, many founder members have died but it seems to have had its origins with a group of fervent allotment holders leaning over their spades on a Sunday morning and complaining about the cost of all their gardening needs. One had joined Wollaston Gardeners' Club because they had a shared purchasing scheme. Why not Hagley? In February 1974 the first meeting of the Allotment Holders was held at the Community Centre and to the delight of all, 26 turned up and appointed a Committee. They all agreed to pitch in cash to buy the first stores (this was refunded after 3-4 years). The local council purchased the first shed and great was the excitement when the first order was delivered. Meetings began at the Free Church during the Winter of 1975 and the club became affiliated to the National Society of Leisure Gardens Association. Originally for allotment holders only, the club was opened to local gardeners and speakers were invited to speak on practical gardening techniques. In November 1979 the A.G.M. was asked to consider Club outings. These materialised along with charity concerts, celebrity speakers, stalls at village fetes, participation in TV panel games and harvest suppers. At Easter 1979 Hagley Gardeners' Club created its Jubilee Garden in Worcester Road and happily this has been revived and is diligently maintained by Bill Simpson. Regular articles were submitted to the Village News from 1978-85 and the club continued to grow, moving from the Free Church to St. Saviour's Hall. Writing in September 1974 the then Secretary considered there might be a Horticultural and Flower Show one day and the WI, and the Gardener's Club staged their first show in 1983 (now an established annual event). The club continues to expand with regular meetings, professional speakers and interesting outings. We shall be proud to celebrate 25 years in January 2000, at Hagley Country Club 7.15 for 7.45 pm. Tickets are E10. Further information from 882875, Betty Ellis