Anne Waddell and helpers added a colourful note to the fair in Grayshott on Saturday, with fragrance provided by Gill and Jan in the form of Lilies of The Valley. There were plenty of takers, both young and old, who stopped by to hear and read about Grayshott Gardeners. A great effort, which may well result in some interested youngsters becoming future members!
The 2019 Spring Show organised by Grayshott Gardeners again proved a great success, with many entries, despite the period of freaky weather preceding the show. A total of 139 persons enjoyed the the exhibits and other attractions presented by the teams. Results and a brief report on the Shows page here, photo gallery to follow soon.
We are thrilled to announce that the Snow Cup, the annual flower arranging competition open to local horticultural societies which was hosted by Headley at their Autumn Show on Saturday, was won by Grayshott Gardeners, with Telford in second place and Headley coming third. It is the first time GG have won since 1995! Well done to Gill Purkiss for her imagination, ability to be creative and for arranging everything so well, with help from Suzi Gordon.
Grayshott Gardeners chalked up another triumph with Saturday’s Summer Show 2018. Despite the dry and hottest June for many years, there were masses of colourful plant and flower displays and mouth-watering fruit and vegetable exhibits. The Floral Arrangements were especially spectacular and admired by the many visitors to the Show, who had foregone Wimbledon and England’s bid for the World Cup in order not to miss this annual highlight put on by Grayshott Gardeners’ Show Team and the members who entered one or more of the 229 items in 76 different classes. The Juniors comprised a particularly strong contingent with their dwarf French Beans grown in jam jars (Open Classes), which augurs well for the future of Grayshott Gardeners.
Having enjoyed the sumptuous display, including entries for the Close Brooks Cup which Grayshott hosted this year and was won by Tilford with their box of beautifully displayed vegetables, visitors welcomed a cup of tea and a home-made cake served by the Catering Team, only to be waylaid by Karen and the Plant Sales Team with a tempting offering of plants. Free entertainment was also provided by Karen who had inadvertently given a lift to some juvenile frogs who played hide and seek in the tea room! Home-grown and very tasty cucumbers proved an additional attraction.
More photos on the Photo Gallery Page
This annual event proved again a resounding success, thanks to the many members who grew, potted on and then helped arrange, price and sell the countless plants on display, all skillfully and efficiently directed by our Chair, Karen Flood. The Grayshott Plant Sale has a reputation for low-priced quality plants, and there was no shortage of customers, many who arrived with baskets and out-sized carriers, and left delighted with their haul. The catering team under Sue Debenham was on hand to revive anyone in need of a sit down and refreshments whilst considering where to plant their purchases.
Treasurer Dennis Homer was well satisfied with the fundraising result, as was Programme Officer Terry Boorman, who will no doubt continue to arrange for the very best speakers at our Club Night Lectures.
Committee Member John Price has been busy taking many photographs, which are displayed on the photo gallery page.
Grayshott Gardeners secured second place in the Intervillage Competition, the Close Brooks Cup, on Saturday 9th September in Elstead.
Many thanks to Gill Purkiss for co-ordinating our entry and the members who contributed the plant, flowers, vegetables and fruit. Next year Grayshott will be hosting the competition in Grayshott.
There are 45 notable pink colours listed on Wikipedia, a number easily surpassed on Wednesday. Pink balloons, pink flowers and tables decked out in pink awaited our members, who themselves had made a great effort to dress up in, you guessed it, pink – rose pink, salmon pink, hot pink, shocking pink (and that’s just the men). Pink bubbly added to the rosy glow which soon descended on the visitors, resulting in animated conversation which was interrupted only by the serving of salad with chicken and pink-hued ham. The challenging quiz set for the interval turned a few members puce, but was fairly won by the pink table, and the person in the pinkest attire was Anne Noyce.
One question remains unanswered: who is sitting on those fifty pink balloons, last seen stuffed in a king size pink duvet cover?
Photos by Gordon Rae (click on image to enlarge)
Visitors to the Fair in the Square on Saturday stopped by the Grayshott Gardeners stand which displayed our full and interesting programme of lectures and visits, including our main Show events and other social activities. Members were on hand to answer questions and offer membership leaflets to locals as well as people hoping to move to Grayshott.
Grayshott Gardeners held another successful plant sale on Saturday which was enjoyed by many people and proved also very profitable for club funds. Comments from visitors included: very enjoyable; professionally run and quality plants; best plant sale in the area! A huge thank you to Karen and her many helpers, including the catering team.
Photos by Gordon Rae