Once again there was an excellent turn-out for Hendrelien Peter's talk on South African Orchids. Hendrelien gave a fascinating presentation on the orchids that grow more or less naturally as garden plants in her area of the world. She also has given the society's library a book of native african plants which can be enjoyed by members.
David Martin was presented the last of his annual awards from 2008, the Banksian Medal.
Arthur Wyatt was awarded the Pat Coupland Trophy for May Show Table, to keep and display until next meeting.
On the subject of awards and trophies :- in order to maintain a reasonable bank balance to allow for unforeseen expenditures,the society is having to amend certain items in order to save on expenditure. Therefore, there will no longer be engraving on trophies for the annual awards. The winners of each category will still receive the trophy to keep for that year, but will also be presented with a relevant certificate which will be a permanent record for them to do with as desired.
The tea and coffee money will also be raised to 40p per person from and including the September meeting at Oakley Hall. This will include fruit teas for those who don't like tea or coffee and a refill will be available, if required, within that amount.I believe that this is the first increase since the society was formed and still represents good value.
If there are any members who wish to take advantage of the free entry to RHS Wisley Gardens on Sunday 7th June, please let me know by Friday 29th May. There are enough places to allow for guests, but as stated previously, will be on a first come first served basis.
Members to meet outside main entrance at 10-45 am. We have to enter as a group at 11am but are then able to please ourselves. There is no time limit to leave the gardens.
Also, I would like details of members who will be coming to the Summer Event at Stephen and Ursula's garden on Sunday July 19th.
Lunch is planned for 1pm, followed by the popular plant auction,10% proceeds to society funds.
If you are entering plants for auction, you will need to number each entry. I will e-mail you a set of ten numbers, the maximum allowed per member, with your request for tickets for Summer Event. [Those not having e-mail will have been posted a set already with this newsletter]. Also it is perfectly reasonable to put a reserve on a particular plant but would be the responsibility of the seller to clearly mark the reserve price before start of auction.
I will need to know how many are coming by Friday 17th July to allow for catering. Tickets are £5 per head payable on the day. We all know that things can happen last minute but I hope you will understand that if a ticket is ordered and the member does not attend , the price of the ticket will still be collected later,unless notified prior to 17th July.
There is no meeting in August.
The next meeting at Oakley Hall will be Sunday 20th September, when Maren Talbot, from Thames Valley Orchid Society, will be giving a talk on Cypripediums.
Enjoy the weather, however it comes!
All the best