2017 HIHS Meetings

Links To 2017 Meetings Posted Below
JanuaryBirds In The Winter Garden
by Steve Oakes
FebruaryThe Tuppenny Barn Project
by Maggie Haynes
MarchThe Work of the Samaritans
by Brian Stevely
AprilA History of Vegetables
by Martyn Cox
AugustGrowing Daffodils For Showing
by Peter Rogers

January Speaker: Steve Oaks

Steve a keen ornithologist and RSPB speaker
gave an illustrated presentation
on birds in our winter gardens.

A full house was in attendance and not dissapointed
hearing an informative, interesting and entertaining talk.

The accompanying overheads were of outstanding quality
taken by a host of highly regarded photographers.

Take this link to the full report. in pdf format.

February Speaker: Maggie Haynes

Maggie, the founder and project manager
for The Tuppenny Barn,
established the organics business in 2005.

Her belief and passion for promoting
the benefits of organic fruit
and vegetables led to the building
of an eco-friendly education centre
as a focal point for
local organisations and the community.

Link to the report. in pdf format.

March Talk: Samaritans

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Our March talk was given by Jo and Paula
on behalf of the Portsmouth branch of The Samaritans.

Brian explained their service helps those in desperation,
to explore ways through problems and
to make decisions that are right for the caller.

The Samaritan help line is always open,
round the clock, every single day of the year.

Confidentiality is assured to make callers feel safe,
so they can speak on how they are really feeling.

Use this link to: the Samaritans Portsmouth website.
Link to the report. in pdf format.

April Talk:
A History of Vegetables

martyn The April talk was given by Martyn Cox a
freelance journalist currently gardening columnist for The Mail on Sunday
and Amateur Gardening.

Named gardening columnist of the year
in the LSL Property Press Awards 2016

His books include Veg Grower's Almanac,
RHS Plants in Pots together with
Big Gardens in Small Spaces.
Formerly on the staff at Gardenlife, Gardeners’ World Magazine,
Amateur Gardening and Horticulture Week.

As part of his research for preparation of the articles
he likes to look into where the vegetable first originated.

By definition the relationship between humans and plants
goes right back to our hunter gatherer days
then progressing to collecting seed to plant themselves,
to increase their food sources for the following year.

This in turn led to humans evolving to become farmers
and their gradual influence on the plants by
natural selection over time for ever improvement of
vegetables to give better yield and storability.

What those early people grew is but conjecture as
only our most recent history has been recorded.

Recent developments in archaeology have begun to
uncover the secretes of the past with identification
of pollen from soil core samples and seeds from graves.

Martyn's talk was based on vegetables popular today,
all available on your local supermarket shelf,
with an interesting known history.

Link to the report. in pdf format.

How To Grow Daffodils
For 2018 Spring Show

On Wednesday 16th August in the URC Small Hall
the talk on growing Championship Daffodils was given by
local expert and prolific prize winner Peter Rogers.

The aim being to introduce members to this fascinating subject
making it as simple and straight forward as possible,
with the hope that they will enter the HIHS Spring Show in 2018.

Peter introduced us to the RHS illustrated guide to
Daffodil classifications.

Going on to advise on what Judges look for.
The RHS Guidance for Daffodil Judges.

List of cultivars winning best blooms in daffodil classes
nationwide 2017 as indication for purchasing guidance
View list. in pdf form.

Link to the report and cultivar photos in pdf format.

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