Autumn is rushing towards us, Christmas is only 22 weeks away and the Society has lots of events to interest you between now and the festive season!

The final third of the year opens with the Autumn Show on the 9th of September. It was very encouraging that so many new members entered their exhibits in to the Summer Show. It would be marvellous if every member could contribute at least one exhibit (hopefully more) in to the Autumn Show. The RCHS is always trying out new ideas for the shows e.g. Schools’ competition and the Surplus Produce table – both of which have been very successful – now this Autumn the Society will be trialling a new idea with regard to the Photographic Competition. As well as having a professional judge there will be a “Peoples’ vote”. You will be able to vote for the photograph that you think deserves to win. It will be interesting to see if your view corresponds with that of the judge!! The schedule for the Autumn Show, with all the classes, can be accessed from the Events tab at the top of the page.

The talks start again on Tuesday, 19th September. Howard Drury (presenter on Central TV’s Gardening Times programme) will give a talk on “40 years of Gardening tips”. On Tuesday, 17th October, Andrew Mikolasjski, author of more than 30 gardening titles and lecturer at RHS who has complied the RHS A-Z Encyclopaedia, will talk about “Plants for Dry shade”.

The return of the ever popular Quiz Supper Night is on Saturday, 28th October. Tickets always go quickly and they will be on sale at the Autumn Show and at the two talks mentioned above. This is always a fun evening and there will be something for everyone with regard to the questions. The final talk of the year features Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour, using their successful experiences at the Chelsea Flower Show, to talk abut “Creating Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show”.

The final event ties in with the Christmas preparations. For the past two years the Society has held demonstrations on producing a floral decoration for the Christmas period. This time the format will change and our Chairman, Margaret McIntosh, will be leading a workshop. The number of participants will be limited so as to ensure that all leave with a finished decoration. More details on the cost, what will be provided and how to book a place will be given out in a separate communication. If you are interested then put the date into your diary now: it is Tuesday 12th December in the afternoon.

So the Society hopes to see as many of you as possible at these events and talks. Your support is valued – without you there would be no Society.