President's Letter 2014

Dear Members, Exhibitors and Supporters of the Society,

I am writing this on a dark dreary day but having walked round my garden I see spring is trying to show its face so let’s hope we don’t get a hard cold spell now. Let’s look forward to the Society’s programme for this coming year.

The Society now has its own website! It looks great. This is our showcase and will reach a much larger audience. It is also a vehicle for your news, views and photos so do go online and have a look and let us know what you think.

We start our varied programme this year with a talk about Eaton Hall gardens from Head Gardener; Janet Lomas so do come along on 26th February at 7.30pm in Darland School Community Room.

In April we have our Annual Dinner on Wednesday 16th April at Rossett Hall. Full details and a booking form is enclosed with this letter. If there is nothing on the menu that you would like please phone David who will sort something out. The dinner is a chance to meet other members and enjoy a sociable evening and perhaps learn the secret of how to grow the best roses!! So bring a friend!

There will be a plant sale and flower show in June with our main show in August. Please try your hand at showing, it is fun and there is lots of help and advice available from our show secretary and members with lots of experience. Much better to go home with a prize card than saying ‘I’ve got better ones at home’.

Our major event is in 2015. Chris Beardshaw, the well-known Chelsea gold medal winner is booked to come to talk to us on 18th February so put a note in your diary and tell your friends to come to Darland School Hall. Watch out for more information later.

Please renew your subscription and support the Society and if you are not a member please join. The monthly draw has been discontinued and the subscription rate increased to £6 for 2014. An application form can be requested here.

I hope you find the programme as interesting as I do and I look forward to meeting you at talks and the flowers shows and most of all I wish you a successful year of growing and enjoying your gardens and allotments.  

With best wishes

Pat Weir