Current news from Hagley Gardener's Club
We hope to recommence meetings later in the year but are still looking for a volunteer (or two) to take on the role of Chairman. If we do not find anyone it will not be possible for the club to continue to function. Please give this some serious thought and contact me as soon as possible. Contact details below.Here are some springtime thoughts from John Oakes, a former Chairman.
Bluebells, my mother's birthday flower, are in full bloom now. Many woods in Worcestershire to visit, name but a few, Clent Hills, Croome Park, Wyre Forest, Beacon Wood, Lickey Hill, Chaddesley Corbett wood. Together with the white wild garlic, a picture to behold.
I get quite excited, like a child almost, when seeds germinate. Its nature's miracle, and seeds sown in April will now have germinated and growing well in seed trays or later sowings in the warmer soil. You might be tempted to buy plants, but beware, night frosts are not uncommon this month so protect with fleece or bubble wrap until planting out at the end of the month. Get baskets, pots and containers ready for potting up with garden centre plants. Start cutting lawns once a week and lower the blades. They could do with a feed too if not already done. In the meantime, let us enjoy other people's gardens who have Rhododendrons, Azaleas and in full bloom, not forgetting Iris Germanica. Likewise, the hanging chains of bright yellow Laburnums and blue Wisteria. The scented Viburnums, Syringa and later the Philadelphus or mock orange.
Some of you may well have had your second vaccine, and like the weather, things are looking brighter.
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