Bovingdon Horticultural Society

Chairman’s report for 2016

Once again welcome to the AGM. The Society has completed a successful year with our full range of activities – Shows, Talks, Outings, Plant Sale, Winter Social Evening and for the first time a Summer Social.

The Society’s Shows are our major effort and continue to be supported by a strong following of exhibitors who achieve an extremely high standard. The Show Secretaries’ Reports provide fuller details of each show in a later agenda item. With the proceeds of the Winter Social in 2015 we purchased new display stands for use in the Shows for paintings, photographs, quilts and notices.

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Our talk in February was given by Christine North on “Topiary”. This included a practical demonstration of the art and was attended by 18 people. The second talk took place in March when Graham Pavey gave us some ideas for “Vertical Gardening”, with a similar attendance.

There were 2 outings in 2016 and a third had to be abandoned. On 18th May David Kirk of the Box Moor Trust led a group of 28 around the Bovingdon Brick Works. It turned out to be a fine evening and much was learned about the wildlife on our door step. The Second visit was to Rod Pengelly’s garden in Chalfont St Giles in June. Rod’s small garden is filled with 350 rose bushes for exhibition and another 150 on trial. It was amazing to see what he has accomplished and we thank him for inviting us and passing on his tips.

The Society put up 34 baskets in the High Street, 1 more than in the previous year. The winners, as judged by Vic Coe were Fyfes, second the Memorial Hall and in third place Seaways; the presentations were made at the Autumn Show.

The Village Gates continue to be maintained by some of our members – Sue Miller, Doreen Woods, Gillian Johansson, and Lindsey Coates and we thank them for their efforts to enhance the village.

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