Titchfield Gardeners’ Club was founded in March 1986 when its first committee was elected to take the club forward from a successful pilot. In 1992 and again in 1993, the Club entered The Royal Chelsea Flower Show Hanging Basket/Window Box Competition for Gardening Clubs which was great experience for a newly formed club but unfortunately there was no 1st, 2nd or 3rd Award for the Club. The competition has now been discontinued. However, next month sees us celebrating 35 years of a very successful and enthusiastic gardening club.
The first Annual Horticultural Show was held in 1987 in the Titchfield Parish Rooms and this has continued to be held annually until 2020, when we had to cancel it because of the current epidemic. From the very beginning, the club arranged outings to gardens and places of interest. In June 2020, we managed our free annual visit to the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley and on a lovely late September afternoon, the club had a tour of Swanwick Lakes with Marco Bartolini, a qualified Arboriculturist. Although the lakes are on our doorstep, many of us had never visited them.
Our Spring Show is always combined with our AGM and 2020 was notable, as it turned out it would be the last face to face meeting before the national lockdown was imposed. Sadly we also had to cancel our annual Spring Sale but as many of us had plants growing, the committee did a sterling job in distributing plants locally, which were put on sale on our new Facebook page set up by Steve Nash. Thanks to Facebook we have seen some wonderful gardens and flowers in bloom. It also helped members to post a photograph of an unknown plant and have it identified.
With the help of Zoom we managed to restart monthly meetings in October with Ray Broughton on Topical Tips and New Ideas. Our monthly meetings have continued with guest presenters and a full monthly programme is scheduled for 2021. One excellent outcome from using Zoom is that we can have presenters from anywhere in the UK and our December meeting on Plants and Garden Photography was presented by Richard Barnes from Northumberland! Sarah Green has done an excellent job in sourcing our speakers and it has been very much appreciated by the members.
A very big thank you to the Committee for being so imaginative and helpful in finding ways to keep the Society running smoothly. Thank you to you the members in supporting our activities. We are looking for at least two new Committee members so if you would like to volunteer please do contact us. Meanwhile, we look forward to the rest of our programme for 2021. You can keep up to date on our website and our Facebook group.