Dawlish Garden Society Newsletter July 2020

A goodbye this month
As many of you will know Val and John Carne have moved this month from Dawlish to Keynsham to be near their family.
They have both, over the years, been strong supporters of the society, with Val on the committee for many years and secretary up to February this year.
We would have liked to given everyone the opportunity to say goodbye, however it had to be just June and Suzanne, standing 2 metres away at their front door. Val was given a lovely Dartington Glass vase for their new flat and some flowers to enjoy before they moved.

Good News
Summer plant sale
Saturday August 8th, 9.00—14.00, or until the plants run out, outside the Strand Centre as usual. If you have any spare plants you would like to donate to the sale, then you can drop them off on the Friday between 18.00-19.00 or between 8.00—9.00 on the Saturday. If you can label the plants that is always helpful.

Re-start of meetings
We are planning to restart meetings and our speaker for September, Peter Burks of Fermoys Garden Centre, is happy to attend. We will have to work within the Covid-19 restrictions, so only 30 people in a room. Before we go any further though, can you let Suzanne or June know if you would attend, so: “yes I would”, “no I would not” or “I might attend.” It is really important so that we can plan ahead, and know by mid August. If everyone is keen then we would have to look at some form of booking system.

Autumn Show
Sue Thompson is working on a member’s only autumn show, but as with the restart of meetings she needs to know if members would take part. Therefore as with the meetings we need to know from you, “yes I would like to” or “no I would not take part”. The show categories would reflect flowers, fruit and vegetables of autumn.
The Photograph Section will be ‘My Garden in Summer 2020’
If we do not have an autumn show, this photograph category would be used next spring or summer.

We believe the society last had an autumn show in 1977 and between 1886-1903 the society autumn show was a big event in town, with 6 separate cate- gories for chrysanthemums alone!

In June there had been planned two combined Dawlish Society visits to the gardens at Stonelands. Head Gardner Saul Walker has let us know that the gardens are looking good and sent us a photograph. He is looking forward to seeing us back next year.

Dawlish in Bloom—virtual lock down competition
The town council received record number of entries for the competition and with so many lovey gardens judging proved difficult. Below are the winners, congratulations to everyone.
Front gardens, Winner—Alison and John Foster. Second place, Richard and Helen Bays.
Containers, Winner Gordon Hayday. Second place, Eileen Davies.
Back garden, Winner—Diana Pocock. Second place , Catherine Johnson.
With highly commended back gardens to— Elaine Tucker, Jill King and Thomas Vaughan

Flower quiz
From Eileen Lowry
The answer to each of the statements below if a flower’s name
Example question: She was rescued by Peter Pan
(Answer – Tiger lily)
1. A nice man called Bill
2. A sweetheart’s farewell
3. Part of the eye
4. Musical instrument
5. Cathedral chimes
6. A bovine accident
7. A foggy affair
8. Foppish ferocious animal
9. Flower between the hills
10. A vegetable that needs no sugar
£5 to the first list of 10 correct answers out of the hat, Answers to Suzanne by July 30th
List of answers will be in the August Newsletter

The National Trust podcast service.
These cover a variety of subjects, a new episode is released every other week, looking behind the scenes at gardens and landscapes
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/national-trust-podcast- series-four

Due to lack of space the article on the Veitch Nurseries in Exeter will be in the August Newsletter
For enquires contact: Chair, June Cassidy on 439076 or Secretary Suzanne Jones on 889184