Simply Gardening event a blooming great success

A Breitling Chronometre Navitimer watch with a brown leather strap was stolen during a burglary at Seabrook Road, Kings Langley
A Breitling Chronometre Navitimer watch with a brown leather strap was stolen during a burglary at Seabrook Road, Kings Langley
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Horsham In Bloom held its inaugural ‘Simply Gardening’ on The Forum on Saturday 7 June.

It was opened by the Jonathan Lucas of Warnham Park, the current High Sheriff of West Sussex who gave an informative and amusing address laced with various anecdotes.

Rob Sayell  in car preparing to go out

Rob Sayell in car preparing to go out

He presented Ceri Fitzgerald with her prize for winning the competition to create a logo for the event since when she has designed further eye-catching publicity to promote ‘Simply Gardening’.

Two ‘Gardeners’ Answers’ sessions were held during the day chaired by Jean Griffin, with expert local gardeners Mark Dobell and Mike Burdett who fielded questions including a large number on various garden pests. There was much humour and encouragement from the panel.

Also within the same marquee were community groups The Friends of Warnham Nature Reserve; Horsham Organic Growers; Transition Horsham and Southwater Horticultural Society who were selling honey.

Each group had set up colourful displays of their work. The Friends of Warnham Nature Reserve displayed high quality photographs of the diverse wildlife to be found in the outskirts of the town.

JPCT 070614 S14240802x Horsham in Bloom 'Simply Gardening' event in the Forum, Horsham. Melissa Williams of Blackbird Plants -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140906-102131001

JPCT 070614 S14240802x Horsham in Bloom 'Simply Gardening' event in the Forum, Horsham. Melissa Williams of Blackbird Plants -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140906-102131001

Horsham In Bloom displayed their work with volunteer groups, the development of the Human Nature Garden and the results of schools competitions first held in 2007.

The sessions devoted to gardening were interspersed with musical entertainment provided by folk duo Will and Louise and Pickled Lilies who had brought flowers to decorate the stage and their microphones. These sessions helped to draw listeners into the marquee. Hilliers Garden Centre provided the plants in front of the stage.

A competition to identify plants was won by a member of the Friends of Warnham Nature Reserve who intends to donate the prize of a hanging basket, donated by Newbridge Nurseries, to the reserve.

Other participating groups in gazebos around The Forum survived a massive downpour just as the event started; however, the rest of the day was dry and sunny ensuring a steady flow of people onto the Forum.

A Breitling Chronometre Navitimer watch with a brown leather strap was stolen during a burglary at Seabrook Road, Kings Langley

A Breitling Chronometre Navitimer watch with a brown leather strap was stolen during a burglary at Seabrook Road, Kings Langley

Plants sales company Blackbird, Flax Farm of Sedgwick Park, Sussex Wildlife Trust, The Jam Lady and Busydays Face Painters completed the attractions together with sponsors PDH Cars who completed the line-up.

Sue Brundish, Chair of Horsham In Bloom, commented: Staging a high profile event in the town centre has been a massive challenge for such a small Committee but efficient teamwork and a determination to promote a fresh initiative for the community in Horsham, has resulted in Saturday’s successful undertaking highlighting the wide range of activities which together can be called ‘Simply Gardening’.

Colourful railing planters are now in place in the town centre, sponsorship for which is organised by Horsham in Bloom. There is still time to enter the Summer Competitions. Details and entry forms can be found on the HIB website.

Horsham in Bloom is keen to recruit new members for Committee to ensure its work can continue in making Horsham stand out from many other towns in the region. Please contact Sue Brundish at sgbrundish@hotmail.co.uk if you feel you may be able to help. Please see our website www.horshaminbloom.org.uk and follow us on Facebook

Article contributed by Horsham in Bloom.