Letter from the Chair

October 2016

Dear Friends,

As I write this newsletter, the weather has once again lurched into being autumn – damp and chilly, but who knows what is around the corner. I hope you are all having a productive time in your gardens – reaping the harvests of all your labours earlier in the year. From a personal perspective, potatoes doing well, broccoli pretty good, but the persistent rain and cold earlier in the summer has definitely affected detrimentally my onions, runner beans and French beans. Maybe I need to talk to them a bit more! The ornamental parts of the garden though are booming and much cutting back will be required come the autumn.

When I last wrote my contribution to the newsletter, we were anticipating Gardening Scotland. We were very lucky with the weather – best ever in my memory, and once again the Pallet and Planter Challenge put on a wonderful display – read more about the entries later and also look at the photographs on the website. The SGF is very grateful firstly to all the entrants without whom the competition would not take place. Also much thanks to the volunteers from a number of our member gardening clubs who helped out before, during and after the show.

This year, we were very fortunate in having a contingent of students from the SRUC who not only assisted in setting up the infrastructure for the Challenge but also for participating enthusiastically and helping to take down the windbreaks, etc when the Show closed at five o’clock.

The SGF is determined to get out and about and meet more of our member clubs. Difficult to achieve given we are few and you are many! However, as a step forward, Roger Evans, our Treasurer and myself, took a stand at the Ayr Flower Show on 5th August. We were fortunate to be placed adjacent to the Scottish Rock Garden Club – where the Ayr Rock Garden Club had set up a very impressive stand.

Now we are approaching Autumn and our AGM which as many of you know, is a very enjoyable day out for clubs – being an opportunity to meet with our gardening enthusiasts over lunch and have a number of interesting talks and activities. Last year the Glasgow Botanic Garden hosted us, and this year we have swung back to the east – where the Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society has invited us to hold our AGM at Dalgety Bay. We are looking forward to the visit where David Knott, Curator of the Edinburgh RBGE and also current President of the RCHS (Caley) will be speaking and also Dick Alderson from the Dalgety Bay Community Woodlands Group.

So a good day out is expected. We are of course, always on the lookout for new members on our council – so if you feel you would like to join us as we move forward in this rapidly changing horticultural world, do get in touch. Many of the council have been in place for a long time, and we do need to bring in new talent (to complement the old!) So keep in Touch.

Best wishes

Shiona Mackie (Chair, SGF)

If you would like to contact Shiona about any of the points she has raised, Leave a Reply at the bottom of this page.

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