Wokingham Horticultural Association
THE 65th anniversary of Wokingham Horticultural Association was celebrated in style on Wednesday 24 October with a talk at the Town Hall by Nick Bailey, of Gardeners’ World fame followed by a cheese and wine supper.
The event was attended by the WHA President - Jenny Gilbert, Vice President - Town Mayor, Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner along with over 100 members and guests.
WHA Chairman Lindsey Payne gave a brief history of the Association which was formed in 1953 by the amalgamation of two existing allotment and produce groups in the Town.
That same year the annual Show was held on August Bank Holiday weekend at Star Mead and as many as three thousand local people attended. As well as the traditional fruit, flower and vegetable exhibits there were also classes for livestock and a stall for winning a pig.
Over time the WHA have become an integral part of Wokingham life holding four Shows a year, and members support the Wokingham in Bloom and other Town activities. There is a thriving hub of activity at weekends at the Trading Store on the Ormonde Road allotments site, and Lindsey was confident that the organisation will continue for more decades to come.
Along with some amusing anecdotes from his 25-year career as a ‘garden maker’, Nick Bailey shared many hints and tips to the keen gardeners on how to achieve 365 Days of Colour in your Garden, also the title of Nick’s new book.
His slides included photos of imaginative plantings using various colours and shapes as well as illustrations from the book. The audience were introduced to some unusual and new varieties.
The evening concluded with a delicious selection of cheeses and other refreshments provided by the Committee.
The Association looks forward to their next meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday, November 13, when Elizabeth Davidson with give a talk entitled ‘First Aid for Gardeners’ at the Bradbury Centre.
This promises to be a very informative talk. Guests are most welcome, and the cost is £3.
The talk will be followed on Saturday, November 17, by the Winter Show, held at St Paul’s Parish rooms from 2pm.
New exhibitors are always welcome.
Please check the Association’s website at www.w-h-a.org.uk for more details of these events.