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Horticultural Society

2nd of June 2004

On Friday 30 April, 72 people heard Bruce Taggart deliver a talk with slides on ‘Hertfordshire Garden Wildlife including Birds’. Bruce completely captivated his audience with his knowledge and enthusiasm. There were several interesting and varied questions, including how many years of training it takes to become a qualified bird ringer! So many people enjoyed the evening, great value at £2 a ticket including coffee and biscuits, that we hope to hold a further talk later this year, details of which will appear in Chipperfield News. Thanks must go to Elaine at Brits News for selling tickets and to John Stickland for his expertise with the sound system, we are grateful to them both.
The Spring Show was held on 3 April. This year, as a result of the warm weather, some spring bulbs in the garden had already flowered, but despite this the standard was as high as ever and the Village Hall was filled with plants, flowers, vegetables and handicraft. The colour and fragrance was wonderful and all who came to the show were very impressed. The major prizewinners were:
The Abrahams Cup – Shirley Brooks (overall points winner in the show).
The H. Simmonds Cup – Tony Dillon (runner up).
Our Summer Show on Sunday 4 July will be a riot of colour and scent as there are numerous classes for roses and sweet peas. Other flowers and plants such as delphiniums, sweet Williams, pansies and fuchsias all have their own classes, as do the pot plants and vases of flowers. Classes for fruit and vegetables, such as strawberries, raspberries and other soft fruits, broad beans, beetroot, cabbages, potatoes, peas and many others. Floral art is always popular and this year there are 3 classes, as well as 5 classes in the domestic section, plus one class for hens eggs. Last year we introduced 2 classes for photography, we had fantastic entries. This year we again have 2 classes: A view of St Paul’s Church and An Animal(s). So there is plenty of time to take that stunning photograph and enter. An auction of produce, a raffle and tea and cakes are all on offer in the afternoon.
Staging takes place the previous evening by arrangement and on Sunday morning between 10am and 12 noon. Doors open in the afternoon at 2.30pm and prize giving follows at 3.30pm.

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