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THe UK’S laRgeST neTwoRK of gaRdening clUbS
SUMMeR newSleTTeR 2009

                                                                                                 w       elcome to the fourth
                                                                                                         and final newsletter of
                                                                                                 the 2008-9 affiliation year!
                                                                                                 i hope you have enjoyed
                                                                                                 receiving the information
                                                                                                 packs and the increased
                                                                                                 communications this year.
                                                                                                 we are continuing to work
                                                                                                 toward ways to further
                                                                                                 develop the scheme and
                                                                                                 to support gardening clubs
                                                                                                 around the country and the
                                                                                                 next affiliation year will kick
                                                                                                 off with RHS dig Together
                                                                                                 day, in which many of you
                                                                                                 have registered to take
                                                                                                 part! This is a chance for us
                                                                                                 all to lead the way in this
                                                                                                 celebration and awareness-
                                                                                                 raising day, and we are very
                                                                                                 excited by this opportunity
                                                                                                 to increase the profile of
                                                                                                 gardening clubs and their
                                                                                                 activities around the UK,
                                                                                                 wiTH YoUR HelP and
                                                                                                    other developments for
                                                                                                 the 2009-10 affiliation year
                                                                                                 are being made to open up
                                                                                                 the network of gardening
                                                                                                 clubs and other gardening
                                                                                                 related community groups,
                                                                                                 such as britain in bloom
                                                                                                 participants, so that groups
Jon enoch

                                                                                                 can easily find and link up
                                                                                                 with like-minded individuals
                                                                                                 and organisations in their

            e have been        try – literally getting their    Day celebrations – many          area to run activities, events
            delighted with     hands dirty! Visitors will       incorporating activities         and other gardening
            the response to    also be treated to tours of      into their existing annual       initiatives. The aim is to
RHS Dig Together Day – a       the park’s allotment, secrets    shows. If you have not yet       collectively encourage more
big thank you to all those     from the royal gardeners         registered, it is not too late   people to get involved in
societies that have so far     and hands on activities for      to do so! We are not asking      community gardening
registered to take part!       children. The RHS’s Head         you to hold a major event        activities, to share gardening
   The RHS is very excited     of Advisory, Guy Barter,         and it doesn’t matter what       knowledge and inspire our
to be collaborating with       will be there to answer any      you do, so long as you are       neighbours, friends and
The Royal Parks to stage the   gardening queries and we         encouraging members of           family, thereby strengthening
RHS Dig Together Day           are encouraging anyone and       the public to come and see       community gardening
launch event – a village       everyone to come and find        what you do, to join in your     throughout the UK.
fete inspired celebration      out more about gardening         activities and learn a bit          i look forward to another
– in and around the St.        clubs and community              more about gardening in          exciting year ahead and wish
James’s Park allotment on      gardening activities in their    your area.                       you all a very warm and
Tuesday 1 September 2009.      area, or to simply soak up the     Details about all              happy summer.
Local gardening clubs have     atmosphere, which will be        participating societies as
been invited to showcase       completed with live music,       well as further details about
their horticultural talents,   shire horses and bunting.        this exciting celebration and
pass on invaluable advice         So far, over 70 Societies     awareness-raising day can        Rachel coogan
and encourage the park’s       have registered to host          be found at         Development Executive
                                                                                                 (Community Horticulture)
visitors to give gardening a   their own RHS Dig Together       uk/digtogetherday.

                                      The RHS, the UK’s leading gardening charity
                                                    Community Gardening

    RHS Affiliated Societies … RHS Affiliated Societies …                                                                                                    RHS Society Spotlight … RHS Society Spotlight …

    More developments to                                                                                                                                                                       eastry Horticultural Society
    the scheme in 09/10!
                                                                                                                                                                   astry Horticultural         of the year – a gala day for     they were helped to a greater     in shows at county level
                                                                                                                                                                   Society celebrate their     festivity and laughter, with     degree by lady members of         entering inter-society classes,
                                                                                                                                                                   130th anniversary in        bunting and a band – the fair    the society. Despite this help,   winning awards and raising
                                                                                                                                                             2009! Colin Coulson, EHS          was in town!                     the war years meant that          their profile.
                                                                                                                                                             Chairman, tells his society’s        The society continued to      the society would inevitably
                                                                                                                                                             story, revealing some of the      attract members and flourish     go into some decline – the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hold as many events/
                                                                                                                                                             secrets behind its success…       until the start of the First     annual show was still staged
                                                                                                                                                                                               World War. With the young        but on a lot smaller scale, the   activities as possible
                                                                                                                                                             A common interest                 men of the village leaving to    venue changing to the old         and maintain variety
                                                                                                                                                             In 1879 a group of local
                                                                                                                                                                                               fight for King and country       village school.                   and interest
                                                                                                                                                                                               the life of the society was
                                                                                                                                                             gardeners met in a local                                                                             Eastry HS now holds three
                                                                                                                                                                                               left in the hands of the older   Meeting venues                    shows a year, which are very
                                                                                                                                                             Eastry inn and talked about
                                                                                                                                                                                               men and they carried on                                            well supported and attract
                                                                                                                                                             their work and abiding                                             Despite the end of the war,
                                                                                                                            information                      interest in gardening. Out
                                                                                                                                                             of that common interest
                                                                                                                                                                                               as best they could. Smaller
                                                                                                                                                                                               shows were still held but the
                                                                                                                                                                                               hearts had no doubt gone out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the show never returned to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coopers Meadow but instead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  visitors from near and far.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Individuals continue to

                                                                                                                            Packs go                         they decided to meet on a
                                                                                                                                                             regular basis and so, Eastry
                                                                                                                                                             Horticultural Society was
                                                                                                                                                                                               of them and the shows were
                                                                                                                                                                                               a shadow of their former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                was held in the village hall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meetings were traditionally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                held at the local pub but a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  compete for trophies and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  awards – many of which have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  been donated in memory of
    fiona Secrett

                                                                                                                                                                                               happier days.                                                      past members of the society.
                                                                                                                                                             born – 130 years ago! Many                                         change in approach moving
                                                                                                                                                                                                  After the war, a semblance                                      Talks are given at the society’s
                                                                                                                                                             of these gardeners were                                            them to the village hall
                                                                                                                                                                                               of normality gradually                                             monthly meetings and visits
                                                                                                                            Y   ou will recall when you      employed at the large,                                             resulted in a marked increase
                                                                                                                                                                                               returned and by 1920 the

                                                                                                                                                             privately owned houses in                                          in membership and a general       to local and national places
           his year we saw                                    develop a community           plan to have an exclusive           renewed last year that                                         annual show was back on at
                                                                                                                                                             the village. Naturally, their                                      upgrading of the life of the      of interest organised for
           the introduction                                   gardening network and all     Affiliated Societies area and   you were sent an Information                                       Coopers Meadow. The event
                                                                                                                                                             conversations would have                                           society.                          members.
           of the Information                                 new Community gardening       online forums so that we        Pack: a reference guide to the                                     was moved from Thursday
                                                                                                                            scheme and all its benefits.     revolved around how well
    Packs, an additional three                                pages on RHS website due      can discuss the hot topics                                                                         to Saturday and an all day
    newsletters a year and four                               to go live in the coming      of community gardening          We have made updates to          their flowers, vegetables
                                                                                                                                                                                               admission charge introduced      Pass down knowledge               Live as a community
                                                                                                                                                             and fruits were growing as                                                                           and create a sense of
    e-communications a year for                               months will help us achieve   and will be planning more       the current Information pack                                       to cover the running costs.      to younger generations
                                                                                                                            and an updated version will      they strove to grow them
    those with email, keeping                                 that. With a ‘megamap’        events and campaigns
                                                                                                                                                             to perfection for their
                                                                                                                                                                                               Attendance grew, modern          Part of Eastry Horticultural      belonging
    you closer to the RHS. RHS                                allowing people to search     which will invite your          be posted online in time                                           amusements were introduced       Society’s success is the
                                                                                                                                                             masters and for themselves.                                                                          It is quite remarkable that
    Dig Together Day is also                                  for gardening clubs and       participation. The coming       for the next affiliation year.                                     with gardening still playing a   continuity of family interest
                                                                                                                                                             Gardening in those days was                                                                          Eastry Horticultural Society
    a first for the scheme and                                other community gardening     affiliation year is set to      Please go to the website to                                        large and important part.        amongst its members. Key
                                                                                                                                                             not a fashion or a hobby but                                                                         has continued to this day
    something we hope will                                    groups in their area, we      be a big one in terms of        download the latest version at                                                                      positions have been held
                                                                                                                                                             a way of life – a means to                                                                           and, in fact, thrives 130 years
    prove to be a big success                                 want to help people to        strengthening community                                      Younger members and              by parents, children and
                                                                                                                                                             survive and be self-sufficient.                                                                      later, continuing to meet the
    and be repeated year upon                                 find you and for you to       gardening and the profile       Don’t forget to pass on your                                                                        grandchildren proving
    year. We still have many                                  find and contact other        of gardening clubs in this      Information Pack should a                                          key individuals                                                    ideals of those first members.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                just how important it is          The society continues to
    more plans to further                                     gardening clubs. We also      country.                        new Secretary be appointed!      Shows and                         As is all too common,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to introduce the younger
                                                                                                                                                                                               the older members and                                              greatly contribute to the
                                                                                                                                                             Competitions                                                       generations to the world of       life of the community set
                                                                                                                                                                                               officers grew less energetic
                                                                                                                                                             By the beginning of the                                            gardening and pass down           in the heart of the Kentish
                    Protection increases, premiums remain unchanged!
                                                                                                                                                                                               and able, so the younger
                                                                                                                                                             twentieth century the                                              that knowledge inspiring          countryside despite the
                                                                                                                                                                                               members came to the fore.
                                                                                                                                                             society had become fully                                           their involvement in the          growth of building, the
                                                                                                                                                                                               One notable character

                                                                                                                                                             established and soon its                                           society and its activities.       noise of cars and the many
                                                                                                       he equipment, cups and Trophies insurance cover                                         – George Andrews – became
                                                                                                                                                             members would begin to                                                                               other pressures of modern
                                                                                                       is to be renamed Sheds, equipment, cups and                                             President of the society
                                                                                                                                                             compete at the Annual Show,                                        Team up with other                day living. They are proof
                                                                                                       Trophies as cover now includes – you guessed                                            in 1934 and was a noted
                                                                                                                                                             which was held on the last                                                                           that gardening clubs can
                                                                                               it – sheds! what’s more, the PReMiUMS ReMain                                                    figure in agriculture. His       local groups – raise your
                                                                                                                                                             Thursday of every July in                                                                            and do overcome difficult
                                                                                               UncHanged! due to this additional cover we have               Coopers Meadow. A large
                                                                                                                                                                                               skill in vegetable growing       profile                           times to continue to bring
                                                                                               introduced another level of cover – £20,000 – to allow                                          awarded him the title of         Another great success was as a
                                                                                                                                                             tent was erected and each                                                                            people with a passion for
                                                                                                                                                                                               “County’s Best gardener”         result of a casual conversation
                                                                                               you to adequately insure your communal shed and               individual’s best blooms                                                                             gardening together and to
                                                                                                                                                                                               and he was recognised and        but which resulted in a very
                                                                                               gardening equipment. The other development this               were displayed, along with                                                                           allow people to feel like they
                                                                                                                                                                                               admired for his horticultural    successful and one-off “Rural
                                                                                               year is the doing away with the ‘average’ condition.          the finest quality vegetables                                                                        are very much part of their
                                                                                                                                                                                               ability. Although he passed      Reflection Exhibition”, which
                                                                                               Previously, the ‘average’ condition meant that if the         and mouth watering fruits.                                                                           local community, no matter
                                                                                                                                                                                               away in 1951, to this day        drew visitors from all parts
                                                                                               sum insured at the time of a loss was less than the           Not only was the produce                                                                             if that’s in a quiet corner of
                                                                                                                                                                                               he continues to be an            of the county and beyond.
                                                                                               actual value of the property insured, then the amount         from members’ own gardens                                                                            the countryside or in the
                                                                                                                                                                                               inspiration to members as        Eastry HS teamed up with the
                                                                                                                                                             on show but also that from
                    Paul bullivant/RHS The garden

                                                                                               claimed under the policy was reduced in proportion                                              they compete for the “George                                       centre of a bustling city
                                                                                                                                                             the owners of large houses,                                        Eastry Rural interest Club and    – communities are there, you
                                                                                               to the underinsurance. This is now not the case and                                             Andrews Cup” for the best
                                                                                                                                                             who would have encouraged                                          the Local Women’s Institute       just have to nurture them.
                                                                                               therefore better for your society in the event that you                                         plate of potatoes!
                                                                                                                                                             their employees to display                                         and so were able to stage an
                                                                                               are underinsured and making a claim.                                                               The Second World War          even bigger and better event
                                                                                                                                                             the finest produce from                                                                                Thank you to Colin
                                                                                                  if you would like more information about this cover,                                         once again took away the         with a much larger audience.
                                                                                                                                                             their carefully and skilfully                                                                        Coulson, Chairman of Eastry
                                                                                               please contact aon ltd on 0117 948 5002. To purchase                                            young men leaving older          Gradually this resulted in the
                                                                                                                                                             nurtured gardens. The                                                                                Horticultural Society for his
                                                                                               insurance please indicate this on your renewal form.                                            members to carry on but the      society competing once again
2                                                                                                                                                            Annual Show was THE event                                                                            contribution to this article.      3
                                                                                                                                                                                               difference this time was that
                   Community Gardening

    RHS Community Campaigns … RHS Community Campaigns …                                                                                 RHS Community Campaigns … RHS Community Campaigns …

    Volunteers’ week
            olunteers’ week took
            place between the
            1-7 June. The theme
    of Volunteers’ Week was to
    recognise, reward and recruit
    volunteers. For the first
    time, the RHS community
    campaigns was an official
    partner of Volunteers’ Week
    in order to help raise the
    profile of Britain in Bloom
    and the Neighbourhood
    Awards and encourage more
    people to get involved with
    their local group.
      Britain in Bloom is one
    of the largest horticultural
    campaigns in Europe
    working year-round to
    create a cleaner and greener
    Britain through community

    action. Projects focus on
    horticultural achievement,
    environmental responsibility                                     or focus on a particular          group/project and we
    and community                                                    project such as creating a        know the groups genuinely
    participation. Over 82,000                                       community garden in a             appreciate the support of
    people volunteer in over                                         disused area. In 2008 there       their local gardening club or
    1,100 participating cities,                                      were over 48,000 volunteers       horticultural society. Getting
    towns and villages across the                                    involved with over 640            involved can help you to
    whole of the UK each year.                                       Neighbourhood Awards              raise your profile in your
    Volunteers do everything                                         projects/groups across the        local community and meet
    from litter picks and bulb                                       UK benefitting hundreds of        potential new members. If

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       liphook in bloom
    plantings to fundraising and                                     thousands UK residents. The       you would like to be put in
    education. Literally millions                                    Neighbourhood Awards give         touch with your local Britain
    of UK residents benefit from                                     individuals the opportunity       in Bloom or Neighbourhood
    the work of these Britain                                        to volunteer but they also        Awards group (or start            Lee’s Mackenzie’s garden
    in Bloom volunteers and                                          give them the opportunity to      your own!) please e-mail

                                                                                                                                        getting the community fired up
    getting involved is a great                                      start their own group.  
    way to help transform where     groups/projects involve            Many RHS Affiliated             uk. Or to learn more about
    you live and give something     small groups of neighbours       Societies are already involved    the campaigns, please
    back to your community.         or individuals wanting to        with their local Bloom or         visit:

      Neighbourhood Awards          improve their local street       Neighbourhood Awards              britaininbloom
                                                                                                                                              ee is a part time                                                                              family has used an old
                                                                                                                                              fireman in Liphook                                                                             bookcase to create an eye

                          RHS britain in bloom Mock Judging
                                                                                                                                              and a real star of                                                                             catching floral display in
                                                                                                                                        Britain in Bloom. Every year                                                                         their front garden in Manor
                                                                                                                                        he organises the fireman                                                                             Fields. Lee Mackenzie had
                                                                                                                                        at their station to put on a                                                                         plenty of help from his
                                                                 each year before the RHS britain in bloom UK finals judging tour,      wonderful display for the                                                                            son Daniel (11), daughter
                                                                 the judges take part in a “mock judging” tour which is a training      local competition.                                                                                   Leanne (seven) and wife
                                                                 exercise designed to ensure new judges are adequately prepared           In addition, he enters                                                                             Paula. “We all chip in,” said
                                                                 and that there is a level of consistency in how all the judges         his own garden in the                                                                                Mr. Mackenzie, a firefighter
                                                                 mark. This event is also an opportunity for all judges to hone         local competition AND                                                                                at Liphook fire station
                                                                 their skills and review the criteria. This year Taunton, britain in    encourages and supports                                                                              – which has also won a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          liphook in bloom
                                                                 bloom large Town/Small city (35-100k) Silver gilt and category         the other residents on his                                                                           prize in the competition.
                                                                 winner in 2008, hosted the mock judging tour on 25 June and            estate to do the same. Lee                                                                           “The old bookcase was just
                                                                 have had the opportunity to get feedback from the entire RHS           also makes sure he gets the     Liphook fire station                                                 lying about in the shed,
                                                                 britain in bloom UK Judging Panel. The 2009 britain in bloom           children involved; they                                                                              so we decided we could do
                                                                 UK finals judging tour will take place 3-14 august when 68             plant and look after roundels   taught him to garden     children who live on his                    something with it.” It won
      geoff Hall

                                                                 finalists will be visited by the judges. for further information on    which he helped put up on       when he was a child.     estate.                                     the Mackenzies the prize for
                                                                 britain in bloom visit                   the estate.                     Lee now wants to share     From the Petersfield Post                 the most unusual container
4                                                                                                                                         His elderly neighbour         his knowledge with the   newspaper – The MacKenzie                   or display.                                  5
             RHS & Gardening News

                                  first schools receive new                                                                         Hunt is on for new garden
                                                                                                                                    regeneration projects
                                  alan Titchmarsh award                                                                             I  f you have an area of
                                                                                                                                       community green space
                                                                                                                                                                      more prevalent,” said Wayne
                                                                                                                                                                      Greensmith, Fiskars UK
                                                                                                                                    that needs converting from        senior brand manager.
                                                                  participating in the RHS        Campaign’s benchmarking
                                                                                                                                    eyesore to beauty spot then         “With this in mind we are
                                                                  Campaign for School             scheme, from planning
                                                                                                                                    Fiskars, makers of hand           offering people the chance
                                                                  Gardening scheme is eligible    a school garden (level 1)
                                                                                                                                    garden tools, could be able       to nomiate a project in their
                                                                  to apply for the £500 grant     through to having a fully
    Queen plants                                                  to pay for developing the
                                                                  school garden.
                                                                                                  productive garden that is
                                                                                                  used to teach curriculum
                                                                                                                                    to help. The company is
                                                                                                                                    offering funding to 10
                                                                                                                                                                      area for the Fiskars Orange
                                                                                                                                                                      Thumb team to makeover.”

    an allotment                                                    One of the schools
                                                                  to receive the award is
                                                                                                  lessons, and is shared with the
                                                                                                  wider community (level 5).
                                                                                                                                    different community projects
                                                                                                                                    throughout the UK and the
                                                                                                                                                                        To nominate a green space
                                                                                                                                                                      or register your interest click
                                                                                                                                    Republic of Ireland to help       here or write to to Fiskars

    T    he Queen is growing                                      Priestthorpe Primary School       Dr Ruth Taylor, Head, RHS
                                                                                                                                    residents beautify an area        Orange Thumb Project,
         fruit and vegetables                                     in West Yorkshire. Kathryn      Education commented, “The
                                                                                                                                    and improve their local           Fiskars Brands UK Limited,
    at buckingham Palace for                                      Spragg, Head Teacher, said,     RHS is committed to getting
                                                                                                                                    environment.                      Newlands Avenue, Bridgend,
    the first time since the                                      “We are really pleased          all school children gardening
                                                                                                                                      The project, Fiskars Orange     CF31 2XA
                                                                  and excited to receive this     and has seen real benefits
    Second world war.                                                                                                               Thumb campaign, is also             The areas will be selected by
                                                                  award. Our pupils have the      of involving children in
       The new organic                                                                                                              looking for volunteers            Fiskars from September 2009.
                                                                  gardening bug after the local   learning the practical skills
    vegetable patch is                                                                                                              prepared to help with the
                                                                  allotment society offered to    of growing plants and
    approximately 10m x 8m                                                                                                          transformations.“Given the
                                                                  help start the school garden    learning outdoors, a goal
                                                                                                                                    nature and pressures of urban
                                  Jon enoch

    in size – the equivalent to                                   and this money will go a        that is shared by The Alan
    about half an allotment.                                                                                                        regeneration, the creation
                                                                  long way to buying more         Titchmarsh Gardens for
                                                                                                                                    and maintenance of green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      afS Hans v.d.Heuvel
    it includes a wide range                                      gardening resources.            Schools Trust. The Alan
                                                                                                                                    spaces is becoming ever
    of herbs, fruit and               he first schools have         Launched in 2007, the         Titchmarsh Garden for
    vegetables, including six         been awarded the new        RHS Campaign for School         Schools Award gives valuable
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chestnut tree outside the attic where
    old heirloom varieties        Alan Titchmarsh Garden for      Gardening is a nationwide       support to schools trying to
                                                                                                                                    Heirloom veg outperforms
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anne Frank was in hiding
    donated by garden             Schools Award. The grant,       scheme designed to              develop gardens.”
    organic’s Heritage Seed       worth £500, has been given      encourage schools to create       If you would like to find
    library. They include the
    purple-podded climbing
    french bean, ‘blue
                                  to 31 schools participating
                                  in the RHS Campaign for
                                  School Gardening scheme.
                                                                  gardens, teach the skills
                                                                  of growing plants and
                                                                  gardening, and in turn
                                                                                                  out more about Campaign
                                                                                                  for School Gardening or to
                                                                                                  find out how your society
                                                                                                                                    modern cultivars                                                    anne frank tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                        comes to UK
    Queen’, and Tomato              The Alan Titchmarsh           enable their pupils to learn    can work with your local               field trial of lettuces
    ‘golden Queen’, an            Garden for Schools Award        outside the classroom.          school visit              has found that older,
    american strain dating        was launched in April           Each school is encouraged       uk/schoolgardening or email       more traditional varieties
                                  this year. Any school           to progress through the        outperform their modern-
    back to 1882.
                                                                                                                                    day counterparts, standing
       The garden is being run
    along organic lines, using
                                                                                                                                    up better to bad weather and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        T   en saplings from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            horse chestnut tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hospice in West Sussex,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Addenbrookes Hospital in

                                  large blue butterfly success
                                                                                                                                    showing stronger resistance
    liquid seaweed feed and                                                                                                                                                                             growing behind the house           Cambridge and Preston
                                                                                                                                    to downy mildew.
    garlic drenches to deter                                                                                                                                                                            in Amsterdam where Anne            Prison. The Trust works with
                                                                                                                                       Eleven of the 12 best-
    aphids. deputy gardens                                                                                                                                                                              Frank spent two years in           schools, youth clubs and
                                                                                                                                    performing varieties of


                                                                                                                                                                      garden organic
    manager claire Midgeley            onservationists                                                                                                                                                  hiding from the Nazis are          offenders against racism as
                                                                                                                                    lettuce at the Garden Organic
    has departed from the              are celebrating the                                                                                                                                              being planted in the UK as a       well as promoting the peace
                                                                                                                                    trial were ‘heritage’ types
    conventional straight rows    25th anniversary of the                                                                                                                                               reflection on Anne’s short life.   and tolerance that Anne
                                                                                                                                    – traditional, unimproved
                                  reintroduction to Britain                                                                                                                                               Anne might have been             has come to symbolise, and
    and designed the garden                                                                                                         forms, many of which have
                                  of the large blue butterfly                                                                                                                                           celebrating her 80th               it hopes the trees will serve
    in a circular pattern, with                                                                                                     fallen out of wider circulation   bred winter lettuce ‘Rouge
                                  (Glaucopsyche arion). From                                                                                                                                            birthday this year had             as a reminder of her lasting
    low hedges of purple sage                                                                                                       as modern hybrids have            d’Hiver’ and ‘Bronze Arrow’,
                                  becoming extinct in the                                                                                                                                               she lived through the              legacy.
    around central obelisks                                                                                                         come to dominate the              a loose-leaf variety from
                                  UK in 1979, there are                                                                                                                                                 Holocaust. As a teenager she          The move will also help
    and supports for tomatoes                                                                                                       market. Many of the older         California dating back to the
                                  now thought to be 30                                                                                                                                                  wrote in her diary about the       conserve stock from the
    and beans.                                                                                                                      lettuce varieties trialled were   1940s.
                                  colonies supporting 20,000                                                                                                                                            horse chestnut tree growing        150-year-old tree, which
       “we’re going to be                                                                                                           taken from Garden Organic’s          “It wasn’t what I expected,”
                                  butterflies.                                                                                                                                                          outside the window of her          still stands but is badly
    sending the vegetables up                                                                                                       Heritage Seed Library, which      said Phil Sumption, who led
                                    The success of the species                                                                                                                                          cramped attic – her only           infected with honey fungus
    to the kitchens,” she said.                                                                                                     conserves the seed of old         the research. “When you
                                  has been inextricably                                                                                                                                                 connection with the outside        and further weakened by
                                                                                                                                    vegetable varieties to prevent    grow commercially you tend
    “we sent our first lot of     linked to a red ant (Myrmica                                                                                                                                          world. She was later to die        an infestation of horse
                                                                                                                                    them being lost altogether.       to always go for the latest
    strawberries up yesterday     sabuleti) which thrives in                                                                                                                                            in a concentration camp.           chestnut leaf miner. It is
                                                                                                                                       A Cos variety dating           new varieties.”
    and the Queen had them        the warm soil of grazing                                                                                                                                                The Anne Frank Trust             currently supported by a
                                                                                                                                    back to the 1930s called             Garden Organic is now
                                                                  Martin warren

    last night – we’re awaiting   land. Large blue larvae are                                                                                                                                           UK is currently deciding           metal frame and it’s thought
                                                                                                                                    ‘George Richardson’ was           discussing further trials
    feedback!”                    mistaken for those of the red                                                                                                                                         the locations where the            it will soon have to be
                                                                                                                                    only outperformed by one          with seed companies and
       The garden will be on      ant and taken underground                                                                                                                                             trees will be planted: so          replaced with a sapling
                                                                                                                                    commercial variety, ‘Kitare’.     growers with the eventual
    show to visitors attending    where they feed on ant                                                                                                                                                far Kew Gardens is to have         taken from the tree and
                                                                                                                                    Other older lettuce varieties     aim of bringing some of
    the Queen’s garden            grubs before emerging the                                                                                                                                             one, and others are going          already being grown on in a
                                                                                                                                    which outdid modern               the older varieties back into
    parties and those on          following year and turning                                                                                                                                            to the Chestnut Children’s         Dutch nursery.
                                                                                                                                    hybrids included Victorian-       commercial production.
    public tours of the garden    into butterflies.               has been key to the project     programme to help conserve
    this summer.                    The restoration of more       and its success has led to a    four other species of large
                                  than 50 sites for grazing       European-funded research        blue in Europe.
                                                                                                                                                           For further details and all the latest news, visit                                                           7
                                          Gardening Advice

wisteria Scale                                                                                                                  Top 10
                                                                                                                                jobs for

                                                                                                                                1 Prune Wisteria
                                                                                                                                2 don’t delay summer
                                                                                                                                  pruning restricted
RHS/Horticultural Science

                                                                                                                                3 deadhead flowering
                                                                                                                                  plants regularly
                                                                                                                                4 watering! Particularly
                                                                                                                                  containers, and new
                                                                                                                                  plants – preferably

            isteria scale is a                             with whitish dusting and          spraying if the pest is brown        with grey recycled
            relatively new                                 hemispherical in shape.           scale. Organic pesticides, such      water or stored
            pest in Britain,                               The immature scales are           as those based on soft soaps         rainwater
which was first found in                                   less convex and are pale          or plant oils and extracts
a London garden in 2001.                                   brown with pinkish white          will give some control of          5 collect seed from
Although not widespread at                                 encrustations that resemble       newly hatched scales but             favourite plants
the moment, the problem                                    sugar grains.                     several thorough applications
                                                                                                                                6 Harvest sweetcorn
does seem to be spreading,                                    Another more commonly          will be required during
having been spotted in                                     found species affecting           the scale’s egg hatching
                                                                                                                                  and other vegetables
London and the southeast                                   Wisteria is brown scale, which    period in late May-June.             as they become
of Britain.                                                is widespread in Britain on a     Systemic insecticides, such as       ready
   Wisteria scale is a sap-                                wide range of woody plants.       thiacloprid (Provado Ultimate      7 continue cutting out
sucking insect that mainly                                 Brown scale is chestnut           Bug Killer) or acetamiprid           old fruited canes on
occurs on wisteria but                                     brown and oval in shape at        (Bug Clear Ultra) are more
also infests some Acer and                                 the base. Damage is caused by     effective and longer lasting.
Prunus species. It is ¾ inch                               the scale piercing the bark on    They are absorbed into the         8 lift and pot up
in diameter, much larger                                   the wisteria and sucking the      plant tissues and taken up           rooted strawberry
than other scale insects, so                               sap out. Serious attacks can      by the scales when they feed.        runners
infestations are easy to spot.                             weaken or kill the plant.         Wait until flowering is
   The mature scales are                                      Wisterias are not easy to      over before spraying so as to      9 Keep ponds and
found in late spring on the                                spray because of their size.      avoid damaging pollinating           water features
stems of wisteria and other                                It is also difficult to spray a   insects.                             topped up
host plants. The shell or scale                            plant thoroughly when it            For further advice on
                                                                                                                                10 feed the soil with
that covers the insect and                                 is growing against a wall. It     Wisteria scale visit www.rhs.
its eggs is blackish brown                                 is usually not worthwhile
                                                                                                                                   green manures

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