Our October 2015 Meeting was attended by some 30 members and guests who were treated to as always, an excellent talk by David Allison on a Beginners Guide to Fruit Growing (part 1). Not only did David show us examples of how to train apples and pear trees for the small garden, such as cordons and espalliers (ideal for along fences) but gave us information on why as well as how to grow fruit trees, even for the smallest of gardens, but he also brought samples for us to taste and take home.
For those who like a bargain, he also brought with him a number of a relatively new Strawberry variety, Maxim. These fruits are as sweet as regular sized strawberries but can grow as large as peaches and they were available for just £1 for a large plant, ready to fruit in 2016.
The 2016 membership cards were also available for the first time this month and the membership forms can be downloaded from our website, http://ilkleygardeners.org.uk, or renewal can be done at our next meeting which is on 5th of November and features Chris Cocks from Taylor Clematis who will be bringing plants for sale with him. Chris was due to come this month but the meeting clashed with a family holiday so has been rescheduled to next month. We look forward to seeing him, and you then.
Our 2016 Meetings are planned and although more details will be posted nearer the time for each individual meeting, here's a list of who we have booked for your enjoyment this coming year.
Our year starts off with our March AGM and meeting with Alan Wilson. April sees Julie Clarke giving a Vegetable coooking demonstration. May is our regular Plant Auction with a Guest Auctioneer from CCM at Skipton. June sees Michael Mitchell from Slack Top Alpine Nurseries and July sees Keith Barber Nostalgia presentation. August is a surprise and include our Mystery Fuchsia Competition Judging. September sees Radio York's Nigel Harrison return whilst in October Michael Myers makes his welcome return. In November Ros Lilley returns with more info on the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and we end the year with David Allison's Review of the Year.
All meetings are held in the Ilkley Parish Church House Hall on the first Thursday of the month, doors open 7.30 for 7.45pm start, admission £1 for members, £2 non-members/guests, including a cuppa and biscuits and all with an interest in gardening are made welcome.
Following a questionnaire distributed at our September 2015 meeting, the members present voted overwhelmingly to make the following changes to the Stores Openings in the future.
Rather than continue to open later in the year where the changes to the seasons seem to be more apparent, ie: wetter, colder and no one comes when we open, in future the stores will be open each Sunday morning, 10am-noon from March to the end of June. As most people seem have got their composts and feeds by then, we will no longer be opening July-November. These changes will apply from 2016 though we reserve the right to close October & November later this year (2015).
Following a vote taken at our September 2015 meeting, where the Association Mystery Fuchsia was judged by John Foley of Holden Clough Nursery and regular stalwart of the Association Margaret Metcalfe won, again, It was decided that in future years, the Fuchsia judging would take place at our August Meetings.
Several reasons where put forward at the August meeting for the change including September was a busy month anyway with a raffle PLUS the Fuchsia Judging, time was often tight, people where away during August so the plants suffered as there was no one available to water the plants and shade if necessary and the most compelling reasons of all, with the apparent changes of the season, the plants were at their best in early August anyway.
This years' Association Mystery Fuchsia was Angie.
The Stores Sheds will be open from 10am to noon on the following Sundays during 2014, weather permitting:-
|March 8, 15, 22, 29||August 9|
|April 5,12, 19, 26||September 6|
|May 3, 10, 17, 24|
|June 7, 21|
No cash or valuables are left in the sheds.
The 2016 IGA Membership and Meetings Schedule card is now available and Membership can be renewed as from the October 1st Meeting and indeed the Stores Sheds from March 2016 or download the Renewal Form and send it in.
Membership is now £10 for the year, only one membership is required per garden, not per individual.
Our 2016 Meetings are planned and although more details will be posted nearer the time for each individual meeting, here...
Our October 2015 Meeting was attended by some 30 members and guests who were treated to as always, an excellent talk by ...
The 2016 IGA Membership and Meetings Schedule card is now available and Membership can be renewed as from the October 1s...
Our next meeting will be held on October 1st in the usual venue of the Ilkley Parish Church House Hall starting at 7.45p...
We held our September 2015 meeting at the usual venue of the Parish Church House Hall by the main lights on September 3r...
Following a questionnaire distributed at our September 2015 meeting, the members present voted overwhelmingly to make th...