WINSHAM HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Next talk-17th September




Winsham Horticultural Society Annual Show
Saturday,28th August,2021
A reinvigorated show opened in ideal weather following its absence in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.  A good crowd came along to celebrate the event. A new feature this year was the car boot sale, which enjoyed healthy levels of business, and the newly refurbished Community Club House did a good trade in tea & cakes.

 

Winsham Open Gardens Reports

  

 

On the 26th June, 2021, 17 gardens opened their gates during the first Open Garden event for a number of years. The gardens scattered throughout the village and its rural surrounds provided the occasion for the 280 ticket holders to relax, for a few hours, after the rigours of recent months. Most visitors took full advantage of the occasion taking several hours to savour the delights of each garden in almost perfect warm weather. The day was enhanced by a Street Fair Scarecrow competition which added to a tour already filled with plant and craft stalls, bric-a-brac sales and a few gardens that also provided light refreshments.

 

Committee member Debbie Murray had organised the entire day, assisted by John Llewellyn who took care of essential Health and Safety checks and advice.

 

Smiling visitors returning to their cars clutching bags full of plant purchases and happy children showing off their “Bug Hotels” were a testament to the success of the day. Comments such as “what a beautiful village” and “finally we were able to relax a little” reflected how much people had enjoyed the efforts of those gardeners who had welcomed visitors. Everyone said they had learned something from every garden visited and would be trying a few new ideas once back at home. Many hoped the event would be repeated in the future.

 

After expenses, the event raised £1215.15 to be split between the society and Alzheimer's Research.

Winsham Open Gardens-the full picture
Deborah Murray-Snook, a driving force in the organising of the memorable Open Gardens event held at the end of June provides an interesting record of the day's event, complete with pictures, which describe an event which we hope will be come a regular event.
Click HERE

WINSHAM HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW -2021

Your chance to show off home-grown vegetables, flower arrangements, handicrafts and many more skills will arrive again as we stage the Annual Flower Show on Saturday August, 28th. Catalogues are available from the village shop

 

Proud owners of Hanging Baskets and containers can take part in the show.
If you enter Classes 171 &172 your exhibits can be judged in your own garden during the week commencing 26th July.

Results will be announced at the show on the 28th August.

Click HERE for more information

 

 

 

 

More news form Winsham Horticultural Society...

We are hoping to have a talk by a local expert in the early autumn and a visit to a local garden before the Society’s AGM on the 19th November, 2021. The short meeting will be followed by another informative and interesting talk.

 

To renew or start your membership contact Margaret Long, Marala, 2 Western Way. Family membership £5 or single £3


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Some background...

The origins of the Winsham Horticultural Society are shrouded in the mists of time. In such a rural community, it was certain that most homes would have grown their own vegetables for domestic consumption, with no doubt bartering or swapping anything that was surplus to their immediate needs, or could not be pickled, bottled or somehow preserved. It seems likely that Winsham Horticultural Society was formed sometime between the two World Wars, emerging in its present form sometime in the 1950s. Interest in the cultivation of flowers, among ordinary people, probably grew as more people had the leisure and money to indulge in such interests, as standards of living improved, and hobby gardening became a topic of television programmes. But that can only be speculation.

In recent years, Winsham Horticultural Society has organised an annual Summer Show at the end of August. Located on the Upper Recreation  ground it is housed in a large marquee, and offers many categories of exhibits, with a large number of trophies which have been contributed over the years.

It also holds an annual plant and garden accessory sale in the Jubilee Hall every year on the first Saturday in May, together with numerous outings and talks throughout the year, culminating in the AGM in November.