A PLACE FOR NEWS, TIPS, AND THOUGHTS
Congratulations to our members Jane Symes and Paula Hore on their Silver Gilt awards and Anne Brooks on her Silver award at the virtual AOIFA and Munster Agricultural Society's Christmas Floral Art Competition. Also Jill Swift, Helen Moorehouse and Karen Robinson for their entries. Well done to all.
A presentation was made to Iris Tector to mark her retirement as vice chairperson and committee member. Normally this would happen at the AGM but with Covid this wasn't going to be possible in the foreseeable future. So just 7 committee members represented the committee and club in thanking Iris for her great contribution to the club down the years.
Helen Rath designed a beautiful card. Margaret said " Iris always put the club first". Helen Battigan noted Iris's talent in the floral art dept, while Edie told some hair-raising stories of garden trips! Iris was surprised but appreciated the occasion. She said "she loved the club and found everyone worked so well together". She congratulated Paula Forte on being vice chairperson and wished her all the best. She will continue to organise the plant sale in Clonroche and the Christmas party, whenever!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in our Christmas competition. Many thanks to our judge, Betty Cumiskey who had a very difficult task. Enjoy the slideshow below.
Congratulations to Margaret Woodbyrne for a fabulous demonstration and for sharing all her wonderful Christmas ideas. Thank you also to Christine Rigley, Helen Moorehouse, Anne Brooks, Jill Swift, Bridget Kinsella and Paula Hore for their wonderful exhibits also. Have a look at some of the creative, amazing designs from our zoom demonstration from Margaret Woodbyrne.
More designs from our Christmas zoom night.
Thank you to Christine Hughes who kindly agreed to judge our "Spirits of the season" competition. Well done to everyone who entered.
JFK Arboreteum, New Ross has free entry for remainder of 2020. Free Guided tours on foot only at 12 noon and 3pm. Coffee shop is not open but there is a coffee / ice cream stall at weekends only.
Johnstown Castle, Wexford. The grounds and Agricultural Museum are open €9 or €7 OAP's. Castle tours must be booked and cost an extra €4 or €3. No charge for entry to restaurant only.
Members and friends will be aware of the Charities we support with our annual Plant Sale & Coffee Morning each April - currently Co Wexford Hospice Home Care and a small African Charity - Breadline Africa.
Information about Hospice is readily available but Breadline Africa less so. Breadline Africa was established in Cape Town in 1993. Their primary goal is to provide safe educational facilities and developments for children, but they also help families in need with food parcels, along with running other initiatives.
We have all suffered to greater or lesser extent with the consequences of the Covid 19, but since the word of lockdown Breadline Africa has shifted its focus to support feeding programmes. The following is a report from Breadline Africa:
The first real cold front hit Cape Town this last week bringing strong winds and plenty of rain. While many welcome the rain, there are those in informal settlements who have no heating, face flooding and are trying to stave off hunger.
A few days ago I received a message from Asanda who runs one of the feeding projects in an informal settlement in Macassar Village. The wood was wet and cooking on an open fire was impossible. Asanda Blou is 25 and father of two year old twins. Long before the lockdown, Asanda used his wages to buy loaves of bread which he cut in half and handed out to the people in his community. When the lockdown started, just like many people Asanda was laid off but this did not stop him from feeding his community. Three times a week he cooks food on an open fire at the back of his shack serving the children first, then the elderly and if anything is left, the rest of the community. Asanda had only a 15 litre pot which served 80 small portions. We used your donations to buy him a bigger pot and dried ingredients and vegetables. During the downpours, he was unable to light the wood but he didn't give up. He borrowed an old gas stove and ensured that those in the community could still receive a hot meal.
His determination and depth of caring is what makes him stand out. He is so humble too. As desperate as he is to provide for his own family each day he has the same desire to help his community. When I spoke to Asanda, he told me how far people come to get a bowl of food and one thing that stuck with me was, that even those living in the low cost houses also join the feeding line. He said “We are all in the same boat — unemployed and nothing to eat”
His words really struck home. He wasn't concerned about what they had but what they didn't have like a warm bowl of food. We were so inspired by Asanda, that with your help, we bought him a gas stove and large gas cylinder which will help him cook during the long winter months.
Find more information about Breadline Africa here
Best Overall Photograph - Paula Hore - Herbaceous Border.
Peoples Choice - Rosemary Quirke - Robin.
Most Points Received - Paula Forte.
A special thanks to our judge Paul Cutler who had no idea who had entered or whose photographs he was judging. Photos were judged on horticultura merit rather than photographic artistry. With such a number and range of photographs it was a very difficult but enjoyable task!
Class 1 Roses
1st. Paula Forte; 2nd. Paula Hore; 3rd. Edie Brosnan;
VHC. Aidan Quirke; HC. Helen Moorehouse; C. Noreen Cunningham.
Class 2 Flowering Shrub
1st. Margaret Fitzpatrick; 2nd. Liz Fitzgerald; 3rd. Caroline Stewart;
VHC. Bea Crowther; HC. Walter Kelly; C. Valsa de Winter.
Class 3 Rock Garden/ Alpine Plant
1st. Susan Crampton; 2nd. Paula Forte; 3rd. Edie Brosnan;
VHC. Christine Rigley.
Class 4 Hosta
1st. Anne Roche; 2nd. Iris Tector; 3rd. Elizabeth Doyle;
VHC. Paula Hore; HC. Bea Crowther; C. Helen D'Eathe.
Class 5 Herbaceous Plant featuring Foliage
1st. Edie Brosnan; 2nd. Walter Kelly; 3rd.Paula Forte;
VHC. Valsa de Winter; HC. Margaret Fitzpatrick.
Class 6 Container - Pot, Window Box or Hanging Basket
1st. Christine Rigley; 2nd. Paula Forte; 3rd. Iris Tector;
VHC. Anne Roche; HC. Anne Brooks; C. Valsa de Winter.
Class 7 Herbaceous Flowers 3 stems in vase, 3 varieties
1st. Paula Hore; 2nd. Edie Brosnan; 3rd. Ida Smith;
VHC. Paula Forte; HC. Iris Tector; C. Walter Kelly.
Class 8 Dahlias
1st. Anne Roche; 2nd. Helen Moorehouse; 3rd.Margaret Fitzpatrick;
VHC. Paula Forte; HC. Ida Smith; C. Noreen Cunningham.
Class 9 Bulbs /Tubers/ Rhizomes - 3 stems, 1 variety.
1st. Paula Hore; 2nd. Christine Rigley; 3rd Edie Brosnan;
VHC. Walter Kelly; HC. Bea Crowther; C. Anne Roche.
Class 10 Vegetables 3 pieces 1 variety
1st. Paula Forte; 2nd. Ida Smith; 3rd. Helen Moorehouse;
VHC. Bea Crowther; HC. Liz Fitzgerald; C. Aidan Quirke.
Class 11 Tomatoes
1st. Anne Roche; 2nd. Liz Fitzgerald; 3rd. Aidan Quirke;
VHC. Paula Forte.
Class 12 Berries / Currants
1st. Edie Brosnan; 2nd Dorothy Hatton; 3rd. Liz Fitzgerald;
VCH. Margaret Fitzpatrick; HC. Sarah Earle; C. Paula Forte.
Class 13 Stone Fruit
1st. Liz Fitzgerald; 2nd. Anne Roche; 3rd. Noreen Cunningham.
Class 14 Herbaceous Border
1st. Paula Hore; 2nd. Elizabeth Doyle; 3rd. Dorothy Hatton;
VCH. Susan Crampton; HC. Anne Brooks; C. Valsa de Winter.
Class 15 Patterns in Nature
1st. Margaret Fitzpatrick; 2nd.Sarah Earle; 3rd. Liz Fitzgerald;
VHC. Christine Rigley; HC. Noreen Cunningham; C. Edie Brosnan.
Class 16 Animals in the Garden - Wildlife or Pets
1st. Bea Crowther; 2nd. Paula Forte; 3rd. Margaret Fitzpatrick;
VHC. Helen Moorehouse; HC. Christine Rigley; C. Rosemary Quirke.
Class 17 Friends in the Garden
1st. Helen D'Eathe; 2nd. Margaret Fitzpatrick; 3rd. Paula Forte;
VHC. Ciaran Fitzgerald; HC. Edie Brosnan; C. Liz Fitzgerald.
Congratulations to all 36 members who entered in our Summer Horticultural Photo Competition.
We also had 2 non-members who sent photos. These were not included in the judging but their photos were displayed. We had approx. 210 entries with some just submitting 1 or 2 photos and one person submitting 17! Thanks to everyone for your entries.