Our first evening speaker for the winter programme was RHS Fruit Tree Specialist, Jim Arbury. He started work at Wisley in 1982 after studying Botany and Geography at Sheffield University.
He gave a very comprehensive talk about the care and pruning of all types of fruit trees, covering apples, pears, and stone fruits. This included bush and pyramid trees as well as trained trees such as cordons and espaliers. He also spoke about pruning of young trees as well as pruning more established trees. In addition, he spoke about the techniques used and merits of winter and summer pruning.
He has written articles and sections of books including the tree fruit section of the RHS Vegetable and Fruit Growing. "Show him an apple and he'll often tell you what cultivar it is from memory".
Our AGM is on Thursday 16th November - all members are welcome.
The next speaker, Ian Jenkins, visits us on 18th January 2024 at 7.30pm at Headley Village Hall and the subject is "Bees".
The Society has a new and exciting programme of speakers and outings organised for 2024. There are also three shows, newsletters, an annual plant sale and local garden centre discounts, all for the annual subscription of £5.00 per person, renewable from January 1st. This would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Call the Membership Secretary, Marjorie Hall on 01428 712898.