Harry Baldwin is a
young dendrologist (study of trees and shrubs) and horticultural
taxonomist, currently working at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. His CV
lists an impressive number of diplomas, honours and awards, as well
as an array of practical experience and botanical travel trips
worldwide. His articles have been published in botanical
publications, he has been involved in organising and giving lectures,
and is particularly passionate about reaching out to youngsters faced
with making career choices.
Wednesday’s lecture, accompanied by interesting slides from his travels in China, South Africa and the USA, followed his career to date, starting with helping his Dad in his landscaping business, his particular interest in trees (he calls himself an “oak man”), and relating the many opportunities and choices he encountered along the way. His enthusiasm is infectious, and on Wednesday he managed to both entertain and educate our members, who may be looking at a career from the wrong end, but who are now well-equipped to advise the next generation about careers in horticulture!
These are local and
inter-village competitions, held annually. This year Headley hosted
both at their Autumn Show.
For the Snow Cup, local horticultural societies were asked to enter an exhibit entitled: The Haymaker’s Story (poem by John Clare), and Terry and Maureen B., Terry F. with help of others put a lot of thought and effort in their composition, awarded with a third prize. The Snow Cup was won by Headley.
The Close Brooks Cup was just as demanding, and required entrants to submit a collection of vegetables, fruit, a pot plant as well as 2 displays of flowers. Anne W. sourced all vegetables, with contributions from John, Leslia, Vanessa, Rosario, Lynn, Margaret, Piers, Ann P. and Joy and John S. Despite all efforts, Tilford managed to trump both Grayshott and Headley with their XXL vegetables, with Headley coming second, and Grayshott third.
Next year will be
another chance to aim for the top, please look out for an appeal to
members for flowers or vegetables in peak condition!