Current news from Hagley Gardener's Club
Our speaker for October was Simon Gulliver, who gave us a very interesting ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse into the work that goes into managing the many and varied gardens and grounds belonging to the National Trust. Simon specialises in the management of plant collections in historic landscapes and he is a gardens and parks consultant for the National Trust. His talk took us on a journey through the Midlands showing a number of well known gardens and grounds, such as Hanbury Hall, Croome Park and Wightwick Manor and explained how careful management of trees, landscapes and buildings tries to capture the ‘Spirit of the Place’ and highlight the historical significance of the grounds.
To finish the year on a festive note, our meeting on 27 November was a talk by Dr. Michael Jones about what we call mistletoe - a hemiparasitic plant steeped in myths and legends. It is related to sandalwood and belongs, evocatively, to the order Santalalaes. There are over 1,000 species. The one most familiar to us is the European mistletoe, which is quite different to the one Americans use in their Christmas traditions. Looking ahead into 2020, the first meeting will be on 22nd January when the speaker will be retired engineer Glynne Bowsher and his subject A lifetime of photography. The speaker at our AGM on 26th February will be “plantaholic and professional horticulturalist” Samantha Hopes, who will talk about hellebores.
More information later about these events and the featured speakers. If you are interested in gardens and gardening and would like to know more, why not come along to one of our meetings. We meet at St. Saviour’s Church Hall on the fourth Wednesday of the month 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Visitors welcome, £3.00 at the door.
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HAGLEY GARDENERS' CLUB 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