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Events Diary 2019

For details of all events please contact the Society Secretary, Janet Finney on 01959 523760, or e-mail gardeners@otford.net.

Location: - Otford Village Memorial Hall
Day & Time: - Tuesdays 8pm (Free Parking)
Admission: - 50p members, £1 non-members. Admission price includes refreshments.

ocation: - Otford Village Memorial Hall (Pay and Display parking)
Day & Time: - Saurdays 2.15 – 4.15 pm
Admission: - 50p, under 16’s free. Refreshments are available until 4pm

Visitors and new members are always welcome

February 5th
Our First meeting for 2019 is a Buffet Supper Evening starting at 8 pm. This is an informal social evening for new and existing members. Admission is £2 and includes a cold buffet supper and a glass of wine or a soft drink.
March 5th
Steve Edney is the first speaker for 2019. He is (amongst other things) Head Gardener at the Salutation Gardens in Sandwich www.the-salutation.com/gardens/. He will give an account of these wonderful gardens in 'The Restoration of the Salutation Gardens'. Steve is also going to bring some plants for sale along.
April 2nd
Michelle Ernoult's interest as an amateur beekeeper has grown and she now has her own website, www.thelittlehoneybeecompany.com . She will give a talk about 'Bumble Bees, Solitary Bees and Honey Bees'. Michelle will also bing honey and wax related products for sale.
March 23rd
The Spring Show is the first show of the year and the displays will include spring bulbs and flowers, floral arrangements, preserves and cookery and photographic classes. There are also junior classes. The show takes place in the OVMH and opens to the public at 2.15pm. Teas will be served until 4pm and there will be a sales table open all afternoon.
May 7th
'Fuchsias My Way' is the forthright title of Derek Dexter's talk. He has been growing Fuchsias for many years and his presentation includes a slide show and a practical demonstration on how to grow this lovely genus of plants. Derek is bringing plants along for sale.
May 24th
Group visit to 'The Himalayan Gardens at Riverhill'. Please contact the secretary for details.
May 27th
Come rain, hail, thunder or sunshine (yes, we have had them all), you will find us on the Recreation Ground with our stall for the Otford Village Fete. We will be selling ornamental and edible plants all raised by our own members. Please visit us and grab a bargain.
June 4th 'Companion planting' is the subject of Kathrine Lynn's talk. For the uninitiated, companion planting has nothing to do with gardening with your mates! It is a style of gardening which strives to include plants which help to introduce beneficial insects to the garden, and discourage pests and diseases.
June 22nd

The Rose and Summer Show is the best show to come to if you are a fan of the scented garden. On display will be roses as well as other summer flowers and plants. Fruit and vegetables, floral arrangements, preserves and cookery, photographic classes and junior classes are included. The show takes place in the OVMH and opens to the public at 2.15pm. Teas will be served until 4pm and there will be a sales table open all afternoon.

September 3rd
Chris Spree has the pleasure of having lived at Owletts at Cobham. He reveals his special association with this National Trust property in 'The first Ten Years in a Walled Garden'.
September 7th

After a summer of hard work, the Autumn Flower and Craft Show will provide a marvellous display of late summer flowers and the harvest from the vegetable garden. We will also have floral arrangements, preserves and cookery and photographic classes. We also have art and handicraft classes. The show takes place in the OVMH and opens to the public at 2.15. Teas are available until 4pm and there is a sales table.

October 1st

Our final speaker for 2019 is Bek Bibby. She and her partner Jen Stuart run a successful ecofriendly wedding flower business www.bloominggreenflowers.co.uk . Her talk 'From Bramleys to Cut Flowers' includes a practical demonstration.

December 3rd

The Quiz and Fun Night is a social evening with a 'warm-up' quiz to break the ice, followed by a table quiz with prizes for the winners. Maximum team size is 6 people. The evening starts at 7.30pm in the OVMH. Please contact the secretary for details.


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