The speaker at the April meeting of Dawlish Garden Society was Lori Reich of Shute Fruit Farm with her talk entitled “Strawberries and Cream Teas”. American by birth but Devonian by choice, she talked as she demonstrated her jam making skills whilst multi-tasking by mixing the dough for scones – all within a half hour timescale. This was an ambitious target but Lori managed it, engaging her audience with tales of her childhood and top tips on how to make the scones light and fluffy – by the addition of yoghurt to the mix. Meanwhile the jam was now bubbling away on the stove. She uses the double drip method to test when the jam will set then bottles up into sterilised jars. The bite size scones came out of the oven after 9 minutes, all fluffy as expected, to be split then coated in clotted cream and topped with her own strawberry jam. The group were invited for a taste test which everyone tucked into, complimenting her on the flavour. Lori has won many awards for her jams and preserves and their farm is open from July to September for “Pick your Own” fruit in Bishopsteignton. she is keen to recycle – her jam jars are returnable with a 20p off next purchase offer.
The results of the March Spring Flower Show were announced, certificates handed to the many members who entered with Jenny Lancaster awarded the John Hayday Cup as overall winner with the most points. Flower of the Month was selected by Lori for its’ strong scent, a White Lilac brought by Roberta Stather.
The next meeting will be on Thursday May 30th 7.15pm at the Manor House. The speakers will be Edna and Mike Spires talking about the Garden at Feebers Cottage. More photographs and information at dawlishgardensociety.org.uk.