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The winning arrangement.

The November meeting of the Garden Club was opened by Ron Harris, who welcomed everyone.

The Garden Club has recently lost one of its founder members and Treasurer, Andrew Duckworth, who sadly passed away recently after a long illness. Andrew was a great support to the Club, for which he worked tirelessly, and he will be greatly missed. Val, Andrew’s wife, has worked alongside him for many years, acting as the Club’s Chairlady. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Val and to their family.

Ron went on to remind everyone about the autumn jobs that can now be undertaken in the garden. It is a good time to plant bulbs for the spring and to plan and build such permanent garden elements as pools and rockeries.

John Howes, a Club member with vast experience and knowledge, then gave a very informative talk about plants and flowers for the Christmas season. Amongst these are pretty cyclamen and chrysanthemums and John’s own personal favourite, hyacinths. He gave members a number of tips and advice as to how to care for and grow on the plants for the best floral and scented displays.

The next talk was given by Eileen Wallace, a local painter. Eileen brought along her easel and gave a demonstration of her “One Stroke Painting” technique. This method allows for speedy painting of any subject, and flowers are especially suitable. Eileen asked members to come up and try their hand at painting.

Eileen also brought along some of her beautifully painted items, ranging from glassware to wooden items, these proved very popular as Christmas gifts and decorations. She donated the lovely demonstration picture of hibiscus flowers that she had painted as a raffle prize.

John Howes, who is also an experienced Royal Horticultural Society Judge, then selected the winning entry in the competition for a vase of mixed garden flowers.

He explained the various elements that should be considered when preparing flowers in a vase arrangement and then announced the winner, Josie Reeves.

John commended her freshly cut flowers, the even spacing of the blooms and the symmetrical arrangement.

The competition was followed by the usual raffle of plants and a general question and answer time.

Several members expressed concerns about aloes, which suffer from a variety of cancers and infestations, most of which are untreatable at present. Removal and destruction of infected plants by burning was recommended to try to restrict the spread of infection.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 1st December at 1.45 for a 2.00pm start, at Los Rosales Restaurant on the CV895 Lemon Tree Road, Campo de Guardamar.

This will be the Christmas meeting.

There will be the eagerly anticipated garden related quiz, an extra special raffle, and a buffet lunch, members will bring along festive fare to share. If you are interested in gardening and would like to come along please do so, the Club is always pleased to welcome new members.

For further information, please contact The Vega Baja Garden Club at vegabajagardenclub@gmail.com

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