Welcome to:

New members Jane and Graham Sharpe from Leominster and Rosemary Stanford from Lucton.

Don’t Forget:

  • This month there is NO meeting in the Hall as the kitchen is being refurbished
  • The forms for the Lavender Farm visit in July are on our website.  Please return your forms to Gill as soon as possible so that we can finalise arrangements, especially transport as we have had to cancel the coach through lack of interest.  Those who have already returned their forms and wanted to go on the coach will be contacted to organise transport.

Celebrity Speaker – 25th September – Christine Walkden:

Sale of tickets is open to members to buy guest tickets, and they are now on sale in Orleton Village Shop and open to other local gardening clubs and the public.

As already explained, on the evening, we will need extra help organising the event.  Refreshments will be served in the small hall, we will need first aiders, fire marshals, car park attendants to name but a few, as well as help to clear up at the end of the evening.

The response to the rota circulated at the last meeting was very disappointing, so please let us know if you are able to help.  Although there are no reserved seats on the evening, seats will be reserved for helpers! 

Plant Sale 

As we said last month, the success of the plant sales, and the fact that we are planning to hold another one next year, means that we will be able to have another Celebrity Speaker next year – watch this space!!

38TH ANNUAL SHOW – Saturday 18th August 2018:

We now have less than two months to our Annual Show and our gardens are becoming full of types of flowers which could be used in our floral creations.  Study the 5 classes in the Floral Art Section listed below and see if any of the flowers required could be home grown rather than bought from the florists.

Dahlias are particularly good for flower arranging but they need to be picked and stood in water for 24 hours, before using with oasis.  This ensures that the stems are full of water and therefore rigid. Dahlias are easy to grow and provide plentiful blooms from July until the first severe frosts.  Gladioli, if planted late (i.e. late April) may also provide blooms which could introduce dramatic height and colour.

Section F – Floral Art


75        Storm in a Teacup     Miniature arrangement no more than 6” width and 8” height.

                                                (Can include the saucer which on average is 6”)

76        Bold as Brass             Bold bright colours in a brass container

77        Green Medley            Foliage arrangement but can include green flowers as well.

                                                (NOT dyed flowers)

78        Standing Tall             Think tall in this composition – either flowers, container or both

79        Tools of the Trade    GARDEN FLOWERS – Accessories allowed

Material may be brought in from external sources in every class EXCEPT Class 79.  Accessories allowed only in Class 79.  You may attach a written description of your entry to help the judge interpret your exhibit.

Floral Art ranges from the big flamboyant arrangements to the more minimalistic style demonstrated in Japanese Ikebana, requiring only a few leaves and/or flowers.  Each year the Floral Art displays provide a wonderful focal point in the village hall and are always much admired by members of the public as they walk round on the afternoon of Show Day.

We would love to see more entries in this section.  It really isn’t difficult to do, so come on members, have a go.   You still have time to practice those creations.  Your Show Committee have been working for months preparing for this annual event and are relying on your support – ALL of you.

Full Schedules can be downloaded from our website www.orletongardeningclub.co.uk  or printed schedules are available from Orleton Village Shop.

A rota for stewards circulated at the last club night and, again, the result was disappointing!

We still require stewards for

  • Section C – Pot Plants;
  • Section D – Preserves;
  • Section E – Cookery;
  • Section G – Fun;
  • Section J – Craft;
  • Section I – Cordials.

Please contact Monica and let her know if you are willing to help on the day.

Please remember that without the necessary stewards, we may not be able to keep all the classes, because the show cannot realistically take place without enough stewards, who are needed for staging and judging.