Fernhurst gardeners enjoy workshop

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FERNHURST Horticultural Society’s recent workshop attracted a full house to learn the correct way to carry out four gardening procedures suitable for this time of the year.

Held in Anne and Noël Tonkin’s garden at Cooksbridge in the south of the village, the Tonkins demonstrated pruning on a variety of shrubs including berberis, choisya and buddleia as well as a number of plants with grey foliage.

Roy Woodward was in the greenhouse showing the best way to pot on seeds and plugs (the latter often a convenient way to buy plants) using various sorts of compost, feed, slow release fertilisers and weather protection.

Rosemary Walker, another member of the society’s committee, was also in the greenhouse taking fuchsia cuttings and planting them in small cubes of oasis, in which they will take root and can be planted out into pots. There were some she had taken some years earlier which had now grown enthusiastically to fill an eight-inch pot.

Louise Buchanan was outside the greenhouse with a number of plants she was dividing and showing how to take root cuttings.

All four demonstrations were watched with interest as questions were asked as to what could be done with other plants and nearly all went home with a number to grow.