Wokingham Hor­ti­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion

The Wokingham Paper - - SOCIETY -

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.

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