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November 3rd, 2017 
Nick Benge - Water Gems

Nick Benge with Mike after  the Garden Gems talk

Our November meeting was a very interesting presentation from Nick Benge of Water Gems. (www.watergems.co.uk) His company is responsible for the installation of many garden ponds, lakes and water features all over the country. One he showed us was in Edinburgh and there was a two metre deep pool with massive rocks around it. The owners would dive into it from the rocks for a swim each day. He showed us what Water Gems did for their entry at Gardening Scotland one year. It was most impressive.

The lining used for the ponds these days is a very durable material, a firestone product, which can be repaired. In the past if a pond lining was damaged it was pretty much a disaster. Foxes would be a problem. Frogs would settle under the rim of the pond and the foxes would tear at the lining to get at them. The cased caddis fly was an interesting problem too. It nibbles at the liner and ends up in a jet black case, its house. The liner ends up in a sorry state, leaking from a thousand cuts. Caddis are also apparently put in tanks with gold and gems and create their case from that. The result can then be sold as jewellery.


November 4th, 2016 
Billy Carruthers - Binny Plants, Peonies

DBHS turned out in force to attend the November talk. Billy Carruthers from Binny Plants came along to tell us a bit about peonies. Billy has had show gardens at Chelsea and, as well as DBHS has had show gardens at Gardening Scotland.

He presented a set of beautiful photographs which demonstrated clearly the different kinds of peonies available today. As he talked through the various species we learned many useful and interesting facts about growing and caring for these wonderful plants. We discovered that they are very hardy indeed and live for a long time, some surviving for more than 200 years. The time it takes to develop a new cultivar can be twenty years, and collectors will pay many hundreds of pounds for newly created plants. Thankfully as new plants are developed and propagated the prices start to tumble making them accessible to most domestic gardeners.

Billy explained that the right plant in our climate can withstand winds and rain and have a flowering time longer than one might expect. He brought some bare root plants which are right for planting now, many of us couldn't resist them and are looking forward to some spectacular blooms in our own gardens next May and June.

Billy Carruthers with Helen Miller after the talk

October 7th, 2016  John Marshall - Tattie Talk


September 2nd-3rd, 2016 DBHS Annual Show

DBHS Annual Show Results 2016


Here are the results of Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) 41st Annual Show held on

Saturday 3rd September 2016:


Closed Sections: Confined Vegetables: Dalgety Quaich, P Brennan; Confined Flowers: B & D Powell Trophy, A & I Rennie; Confined Pot Plants: Maureen Trotter Memorial Trophy: D & J Forrester; Most Points in Confined Sections 1,2 and 3: DBHS Championship Quaich, A & I Rennie; Confined Industrial: Joe Meldrum Trophy, G Shah; Open Sections: Vegetables: Weekend Magazine Cup, S & S Sheail; Best Vegetable entry: NVS Medal, S & S Sheail; Fruit: Millennium Quaich, P Brennan; Herbs: DBHS Silver Jubilee Quaich, G Reid; Cut Flowers: Herbaceous & Annuals: Mansfield Trophy, A & I Rennie; Roses: Stewart Rose Bowl, I & C Greig; Carnations: Carnation Bowl, A & I Rennie; Chrysanthemum: Dalgety Bay Cup, A Davidson; Dahlia: Garden Plan-It Trophy, J Thomson; Sweet Peas: Society Quaich, A & I Rennie; Gladioli: J & S Brown Trophy, D & J Forrester; Most Points in Cut Flowers Sections 8 to 14: BAE Systems (Dalgety Bay) Trophy, J Thomson; Fuchsia: Douglas Boath Memorial Trophy, A Stirling; Special Fuchsia Class: Balnacraig Fuchsias Trophy, A Stirling; Pot Plants: Anniversary Cup, G Reid; Alpines: MJG Bowl, G Reid; Cacti & Succulents: Pitcairns Trophy, R Arnott; Begonia: D & J Forrester Trophy, D & J Forrester; Bonsai: DBHS Decanter, W MacDonald; Most Points in Pot Plants Sections 15 to 20: Bruce Shaw Ltd Trophy, D & J Forrester; Most 1st Placed Entries in Sections 5 to 20: Printing Services Show Champions Shield, J Thomson; Floral Art: DBHS Silver Jubilee Plate, M Haynes; Floral Displays: Sign Plus Trophy, A & I Rennie; Wines & Beers: D H Chalmers Trophy, S & S Sheail; Baking & Sweets: Lambert Trophy, E Bryson; Preserves: Dalgety Bay Sports & Social Club Trophy, G Shah: Handicrafts Traditional: Scothomes Trophy, B Borrows; Handicrafts Contemporary: Curtis Motors Trophy, J Forrester; Most Points in Industrious Sections 24 to 27: DBHS 2006 Trophy, G Shah; Photography: Henson Trophy, T Kille; Nursing and Residential Homes: Lion’s Club Quaich, Matthew Fyfe Home, Dunfermline; Novice: St David’s Quaich, A Jarvis; Green & Recycled: Laughlan-Deans Trophy, G Shah; Just for Fun: Pat and Pat Bacon Fun Cup, S & S Sheail; Young Gardeners: DBHS Young Gardeners Cup, M Page; Young Photographers: DBHS Young Photographers Cup, I Sutherland; Local Groups: PJG Trowel Trophy, Dalgety Bay Rainbows; Schools: Community Council Schools Cup, Donibristle Primary School; Allotments: DBHS Allotments Cup, I & C Greig; DBHS Top Tray: A & M Sherry DBHS Top Tray, P Brennan; DBHS Top Vase: A & M Sherry DBHS Top Vase, I & C Greig; Choice of the Sponsor: DBHS Sponsor’s Trophy, A Sutherland. Our sponsor this year was Rev Christine Sime from Dalgety Parish Church, who was presented with a replica of the Sponsor’s Trophy. The Chairman’s bottle raffle prize was won by Isobel MacFarlane of Dalgety Bay. Gardening Dingbats was won by Ann Parkhouse, DBHS Member.


It was another successful show for DBHS. The weather stayed dry until 5:30pm when it started to rain when we were putting everything away. Oh well, it’ll be dry for next year. There was a steady stream of people at our Farmer’s Market and in our tea room in the morning and it became busier when the show opened at 2:00pm. We cannot open the show until judging is complete. We might look at the timings to see if it’s might be possible to open a wee bit earlier. We were missing one or two of our more prolific exhibitors but we still managed to put on a display. Well done to all of our exhibitors and we look forward to seeing you next year.


The team hard at work with Mike in reflective pose

The team at work

August 5th, 2016 
 David Ross Scottish Association for Mental Health and EATS Beds

July 23rd, 2016  DBHS Allotments Open Day

Saturday July 2nd, 2016  Annual Coach Trip to The Secret Herb Garden, Lothianburn

We had our “Annual Coach Trip by car” to The Secret Herb Garden near Lothianburn, across the water, on Saturday 2nd July 2016. Hamish, the owner, gave a good background talk about how the garden was started and how it was developed. They were getting ready for a wedding on the day we went. It was very interesting and I would recommend a visit to anyone. After his chat we were let loose to explore the garden and the tea room. It was all lovely.




June 4th, 2016 
 DBHS at Gardening Scotland

Silver Gilt at Gardening Scotland

DBHS with Soroptimists International Scotland South Region

At Gardening Scotland 2016


Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS), following the success with Soroptimist International Dunfermline (SID), last year at Gardening Scotland, partnered with Soroptimists International Scotland South Region (SISSR) to create a winning garden at the show this year.


The garden, “Green from the Rubble” was inspired by a visit to New Zealand and, in particular, to Christchurch in the South Island, which suffered terrible earthquakes in 2011 and 2012. The centre of the city was virtually flattened and devastation was all around.


The path through the garden showed the earthquake zone of rubble and with the odd plant taking hold as they do. Crazy paving represented the broken land and the broken people. The path changed to turf, which shows that grass is one of the first planting to recover after a disaster. The planting started with dark plants and as you progressed around the garden this got lighter to show that things do get better after disaster.


A mosaic bench represented all the broken china, broken tea sets, which people lost in the earthquakes. This was designed onto two sides of a marble bench and was quite an eye catcher. The next feature was an archway showing the temporary cathedral in Christchurch, built to replace original building, which had been devastated. The temporary cathedral is known as the cardboard cathedral because it has been built of cardboard tubing. Our archway was built with the inner tubes of carpets with a cross at both ends and stained glass window panels. A griffin at either side protected the entrance and there were buttresses holding up the walls. All good cathedrals have buttresses.


The centrepiece of the garden was a world globe highlighting the “ring of fire” around the Pacific Rim and New Zealand in particular. Under the globe, the garden was planted in rainbow colours to represent hope. Blue and white planting succeeded the rainbow. These are the water colours. Water is one of the first requirements after disaster and we had a everlasting running tap to show this.

In the last corner of our garden we had our tree of hope. Members of the public were asked to buy a leaf from the separate SI stand and after writing a message of hope on it, they could hang it on our tree of hope.


The International President of the Soroptimists lives in Christchurch and the messages of hope would be sent to her for her to make up a scrapbook and have it presented to the SI group in Kathmandu in Nepal. The International President’s appeal this year is the Nepalese Earthquake Disaster Fund and all monies raised on our garden will go to that fund. Messages of suffrage plaques were displayed on the box around our tree of hope.

Beechgrove Garden came to interview me on the garden on Thursday morning but, disappointingly, we were not featured on the programme on Friday evening. Judging took place on Thursday afternoon and, when we arrived on Friday morning we discovered we had won a silver gilt. This was not as good as the gold last year but very acceptable none the less. The judges cannot get it right all the time.

The Sunday Post ran a competition during Friday, where the public were asked to vote for their favourite garden and as a bonus we won it this year. Personally, I think that the award from the Sunday Post counts for more than the judges award. It was really nice to win it and to know that the public like our garden and our story.

Once again, it was a good show and great fun doing it. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work. We had a good team working together well and this paid off nicely. Thank you very much to all who contributed.


Michael Gourlay

Chairman

DBHS


June 3rd, 2016  Clare Reaney Dundee Botanic Gardens

An illustrated talk by Clare Reaney on Dundee Botanic Gardens

Clare Reaney gave us a talk about Dundee Botanic Gardens and really, what a great job she has. It was really interesting. She took us through all the areas of the world from temperate to equatorial and discussed some of the plants in these habitats. She was very good. This could be a future visit for us.



Slide one of Clare Reaney's talk Clare answers some questions


Clare with Mike after her talk


May 6th, 2016  DBHS Gardeners' Question Time - Bill Tait, Andy Brown

Mike introducing the panel at the start of the proceedings Our May meeting was the Gardeners’ Question Time and Bill Tait and Andy Brown fielded any questions with stories and asides as you would expect from them. This is the first time Andy had been public for a wee while and he admitted to being nervous. He needn’t have worried.


 
panoramic view of part of the audience

April 1st, 2016 - Rob Eves Willow Workshop 3

Rob Eves with Mike after the event
Rob Eves - Willow Workshop 3

Our April meeting was our third Wiilow Workshop led by Rob Eves, who has his own willow business and always helps us out at Gardening Scotland. We built the pour sides of a box to hold our Tree of Hope at our show garden at Gardening Scotland this year. It was good fun and it is always nice to see how the different teams work together when challenged with a practical task such as this.



March 4th, 2016 - Julie Samuel The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn

Julie Samuel - The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn

Our March meeting was a presentation given by Julie Samuel from the Ecology Centre at Kinghorn. The centre was brought back from the brink by a set of circumstances that allowed them to create what they have in place now. It really was quite interesting and showed the community nature of the volunteers who are involved in the projects at the centre. They had a sale of reconditioned tools and machinery on the Saturday, which, to me was just like going into my Grandad’s shed and exploring. The pair of pliers I selected, they were lying on the floor, were not in the tool sale. I thought they looked too new.

Since the last meeting, the DBHS Chairman, Michael Gourlay, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Royal Caledonien Horticultural Society for service to horticulture in Scotland and attended the presentation at the Cale in Edinburgh. He had to make a short speech. His wife and eldest daughter went with him and it’s said that, when hearing about the speech, his daughter said, “we’re going to be here all night. That’s two things. They come in threes so I wonder what will be next?


Julie Samuel with Mike after her talk


February 5th, 2016
- DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine Evening - and a Presentation

Mike receiving TIMMS community trophy

Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) Annual Cheese and Wine evening, always a popular event with members and their friends, took place on Friday 5th February 2016 with 94 members and friends in attendance. There was a good spread and lots of wine and non alcoholic drinks available. There was a real buzz about the proceedings. The quiz, a who’s who to identify famous people from their photographs, went down well. The Chairmans’ mother was even part of it.


At the beginning of the meeting, the DBHS Chairman, Michael Gourlay, was presented with the Timms Trophy for services to the Community of Dalgety Bay. The presentation was made by Colin McPhail, Chairman of Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council, a longer title by three letters.


January 8th, 2015 
- Dick Alderson - Dalgety Bay Woodlands Group (DBCWG)



The January meeting was a presentation from Dick Alderson on the work of the Dalgety Bay Community Woodlands Group (DBCWG). The group have taken on three areas of woodland in Dalgety Bay and are responsible for the management of those areas. When they took over these woodland areas, the maps indicated that they got more than they thought they were getting and they now look after the Downing Point area as well as the woods leading up to it. Dick is a good speaker and made the presentation even more interesting with good photography.

Mike with Dick Alderson after the talk

November 6th, 2015 
- Bill Tait - Carolside Garden, Earlston

Bill Tait took us on a visit to Carolside Garden, Earlston in the Scottish Borders. Lots of interesting and colourful plants through the seasons. Bill is a stalwart at our DBHS Garden Question Time and we will see him again next May.

Bill Tait with Mike after the talk

October 2nd, 2015 
- Roger Moore - It's a Turf Life

Roger Moore with Mike after the talk

Roger Moore, not the one with the eyebrow and tux, but the one from Lindum Turf in Thorganby, York, talked to us at our last meeting about turf. His company has produced many turfs to suit lots of different situations. Wow grass is the latest. It is very hardwearing and is used at sports facilities. He showed us some of the high profile jobs he has been involved in like Grassfelt turfing at Lincoln Castle and jobs at Chelsea. In 2015 he had 12 different gardens at Chelsea with Lindum Turf on them. He has supplied the DBHS garden at Gardening Scotland with turf for the last three years and will supply us n next year’s effort too. He was extremely interesting to listen to.



DBHS Annual Show Results 2015


Here are the results of Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) 40th Annual Show held on

Saturday 5th September 2015:


Closed Sections: Confined Vegetables: Dalgety Quaich, P Brennan; Confined Flowers: B & D Powell Trophy, A & I Rennie; Confined Pot Plants: Maureen Trotter Memorial Trophy: I Bryson; Most Points in Confined Sections 1,2 and 3: DBHS Championship Quaich, A & I Rennie; Confined Industrial: Joe Meldrum Trophy, G Shah; Open Sections: Vegetables: Weekend Magazine Cup, P Brennan; Best Vegetable entry: NVS Medal, L Wright; Fruit: Millennium Quaich, P Brennan; Herbs: DBHS Silver Jubilee Quaich, G Reid; Cut Flowers: Herbaceous & Annuals: Mansfield Trophy, G Reid; Roses: Stewart Rose Bowl, A & I Rennie; Carnations: Carnation Bowl, J Rodger; Chrysanthemum: Dalgety Bay Cup, A Davidson; Dahlia: Garden Plan-It Trophy, D & J Forrester & J Thomson; Sweet Peas: Society Quaich, P Brennan; Gladioli: J&S Brown Trophy, D & J Forrester; Most Points in Cut Flowers Sections 8 to 14: BAE Systems (Dalgety Bay) Trophy, A & I Rennie; Fuchsia: Douglas Boath Memorial Trophy, A Stirling; Special Fuchsia Class: Balnacraig Fuchsias Trophy, A Stirling; Pot Plants: Anniversary Cup, G Reid; Alpines: MJG Bowl, G Reid; Cacti & Succulents: Pitcairns Trophy, P Hodge; Begonia: D & J Forrester Trophy, D & J Forrester; Bonsai: DBHS Decanter, A Duff; Most Points in Pot Plants Sections 15 to 20: Bruce Shaw Ltd Trophy, D & J Forrester; Most 1st Placed Entries in Sections 5 to 20: Printing Services Show Champions Shield, P Brennan & G Reid; Floral Art: DBHS Silver Jubilee Plate, I & C Greig; Floral Displays: Sign Plus Trophy, P Craig; Wines & Beers: D H Chalmers Trophy, M Simpson; Baking & Sweets: Lambert Trophy, E Bryson; Preserves: Dalgety Bay Sports & Social Club Trophy, G Shah: Handicrafts Traditional: Scothomes Trophy, F Ross; Handicrafts Contemporary: Curtis Motors Trophy, M Foley; Most Points in Industrious Sections 24 to 27: DBHS 2006 Trophy, G Shah; Photography: Henson Trophy, T Bryson; Nursing and Residential Homes: Lion’s Club Quaich, Matthew Fyfe Home, Dunfermline; Novice: St David’s Quaich, No Entries; Green & Recycled: Laughlan-Deans Trophy, V Simpson; Just for Fun: Pat and Pat Bacon Fun Cup, P Brennan; Young Gardeners: DBHS Young Gardeners Cup, M Page; Young Photographers: DBHS Young Photographers Cup, R McNeil; Local Groups: PJG Trowel Trophy, St Bridgets Cubs; Schools: Community Council Schools Cup, Donibristle Primary School; Allotments: DBHS Allotments Cup, I & A Henry; DBHS Top Tray: A & M Sherry DBHS Top Tray, P Brennan; DBHS Top Vase: A & M Sherry DBHS Top Vase, A & I Rennie; Choice of the Sponsor: DBHS Sponsor’s Trophy, R Bryson; Special trophy to commemorate 50 years of the town of Dalgety Bay, I & C Greig; Special Trophy to commemorate 40 years of DBHS, W Allan.


The show was wonderful in this our 40th year. The weather was fantastic, which meant set up and take down was easy and the crowds came out to support us. A Farmer’s Market to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dalgety Bay, the town, took place on the adjacent land and it fed the show with people and vice versa. Both the Farmer’s Market and the DBHS Trade Tent were busy, which was lovely to see. Well done to all of our exhibitors and we look forward to seeing you next year.


Michael Gourlay

Chairman

DBHS



August 2015
- Jim Williams - Growing Vegetables (change of talk at the last moment)

Jim with Mike after the talk

It will be our 40th Annual Show this year and a Farmer’s Market, as part of the 50th Anniversary of Dalgety Bay will take place on the same day. The idea is that the two events will feed each other and contribute to a successful day for each. DBHS has commissioned two special trophies to be presented this year. One is for the 40th Anniversary of DBHS, and one for the 50th Anniversary of Dalgety Bay.

Our August speaker called off at the last moment but we were fortunate to have a talk from Jim Williams, Chairman of the Judges Board for the National Vegetable Society. This man knows his vegetables and gave away a few wee secrets as well a plenty of hints and tips about growing vegetables. I fully expect poly tunnels to spring up around Dalgety Bay and people to produce massive onions and long parsnips and carrots. All the better for our show. Jim was judging at Ayr Flower Show on Friday and was saying that entries seem to be down a bit. Our show still seems to be thriving.




June-July 2015 - DBHS up and coming events

Our Annual Coach Trip takes place on 3rd July 2015. This time we will go, by car, to the Walled Garden in Devilla Forest, on the road to Kincardine. For £8.00 we will be given the tour of the garden and finish with tea, coffee and cake. If you want to go please contact Len Hulston on Tel: 01383 822142; Email: l.hulston@btinternet.com, who is looking after this trip for DBHS. You are welcome to come if you are not a member but you will be asked to join at £3 each per annum.

DBHS will hopefully be represented at two community events coming up. The first is ECO day at Dalgety Parish Church on Saturday 13th June 2015. The second is Dalgety Bay Jubilee Fayre at Dalgety Bay Primary School on Saturday 27th June 2015.

Another event is our DBHS Allotments Open Day on Saturday 25th July 2015. Please come along and see what is behind that big hedge between the houses and Peter Vardy Cars. This event costs nothing, although you may be asked for a donation towards refreshments, and is open to the public.

This year is the 40th Anniversary of DBHS and also the 50th Anniversary of the town of Dalgety Bay. We will have two special trophies to cover this at our Annual Show to be held on 5th September 2015. This year a farmer’s market will be running in the Community Council ground between the church and Louie Browns. Hopefully, footfall at the two events will be better as a result.

Pretty Ugly Plants was the title of the presentation given by Alex Reynolds whose business is called Pretty Ugly Plants. He gave a very interesting talk, without notes, on the life of his carnivorous plants. Did you know the venus fly trap only closes three times then dies. So think about that if you ever buy one and keep poking at it to see if it still makes a grab for you.

DBHS partnered with Soroptimists International, Dunfermline to build a garden at Gardening Scotland this year and we were awarded a gold medal for our efforts. Loads of praise was directed at us from the judges, other professionals and the public. We were very excited and proud of our achievement.


Alex with Mike after the talk


1st May 2015
- DBHS Gardeners' Question Time with Bill Tate and  Peter Foley

Our Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday 16th May in Dalgety Bay Community Centre from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. This year we will have teas and coffees, something else to get volunteers for, but just to make it a wee bitty better perhaps. Come along and grab a bargain.

This year is the 40th Anniversary of DBHS and also the 50th Anniversary of the town of Dalgety Bay. We will have two special trophies to cover this at our Annual Show to be held on 5th September 2015. This year a farmer’s market will be running in the Community Council ground between the church and Louie Browns. Hopefully, footfall at the two events will be better as a result.

The next DBHS meeting will take place, as usual, in Dalgety Bay Community Centre. It will be a week earlier than normal, on Friday 29th May 2015, because of Gardening Scotland. Alex Reynolds of Pretty Ugly Plants will give a talk on his carnivorous plants. He will have a stand at Gardening Scotland, therefore it is easier for him to travel from Edinburgh than from his base in Dumfriess and Galloway. We will look forward to that.

The Question Time in action

The DBHS Annual Gardener’s Question Time took place on 1st May, the day when we all wash faces in the morning due. I do anyway to maintain my youthful looks. It was held this year, not at Dobbies Garden Centre, Dalgety Bay, but in our usual meeting place, Dalgety Bay Community Centre. Our resident panelist, Bill Tait, a friend of DBHS for many years was as sharp as ever, straying off the subject occasionally to give us some amusing anecdote or other. Peter Foley, guest panelist this year, was excellent as well. He is a very lnowledgable man having been a horticulturalist all his life. He is used to Gardener’s Question Times having done it on Radio Lancashire for many years. Mine host hurled a few of his own opinions into the mix, which seemed to go down well. Ron and Catherine Price won the lucky ticket draw with two complimentary tickets to Gardening Scotland as the prize. There was a successful plant sale and all in all the evening was a success. Most folk liked having the meeting in the Community Centre with two or three preferring Dobbies. We will have it in the Community Centre therefore in future years.



6th March 2015
- Simon Jones - Horticulture at Edinburgh Zoo


Simon Jones, Sustainability Manager at Edinburgh Zoo gave us an extremely interesting presentation on the use of horticulture at zoo. How unique environments were created for individual animals. Gone are the days of concrete enclosures where the animals lived in such bland surroundings and now they have lush enclosures emulating their natural habitat. The animal may completely destroy a tree to make a nest but that’s what they would do in the wild so let it be. It was a really captivating talk. He sometimes takes his young daughter into work. This is usually first thing in the morning when the animals tend to come out and when there are few humans around. She thinks that her daddy owns a zoo. Isn’t that wonderful? He went into a little more detail about the pandas and how they need a quite s few species of bamboo to exist. They don’t just eat bamboo of course but they are incredibly fussy eaters seemingly. It was a good evening.


6th February 2015 - DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine Evening

The DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine social evening is always enjoyed by those who go and is always well attended. This year 100 tickets were sold and around 90 attended. The pickled onions this year were kept away from the cheese, which seemed more acceptable and everything went down well. The quiches are good. Thank you to Sue Gooda who makes them for us. We had enough food and enough wine. Very little was discarded at the end of the night. The quiz was photographs of landmarks of Fife, which went down really well. As I said, everyone enjoyed the evening including my jokes and stories. Thank you all who came along and made the night so special.


8th January 2015 - Extraordinary General Meeting

The DBHS first meeting of 2015 was an Extraordinary General Meeting, due to the fact that all the office bearers of DBHS were unavailable in December when the Annual General Meeting was held. The new committee was duly elected and they are as follows: Michael Gourlay, Chairman; Ruth Aitken, Secretary; Su Kille, Treasurer; Douglas Martin, Allotment Manager; Sharon Greig, Grapevine Editor; Len Hulston, Membership Secretary; Matthew Simpson, Norman Kurzman and Jack Wilson, Committee Members. We could do with two or three additional committee members so if anyone would like to take this on please contact Michael Gourlay on 823425. The meeting concluded with a beetle drive, which was very exciting.


7th November 2014 - Suzanne Gilfeather - Scotland in Bloom

Suzanne Gilfeather gave us a talk about some of her work with Scotland in Bloom and similar initiatives throughout Scotland.



Suzanne and Matthew after the talk

3rd October 2014
- Ross Ainslie - Dahlias

DBHS at Gardening Scotland DBHS at Gardening Scotland
DBHS at Gardening Scotland DBHS at Gardening Scotland

On a very wet and windy night Ross had to cancel his DBHS talk. Matthew stepped in to give a talk, and behind-the-scenes details, of DBHS's
exhibition gardens at Gardening Scotland. Both this year and last.


6th September 2014 - DBHS Show

DBHS Annual Show Results 2014


Here are the results of Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) 39th Annual Show held on

Saturday 6th September 2014:


Confined Vegetables: Dalgety Quaich, P Brennan; Confined Flowers: B&D Powell Trophy, A&I Rennie; Confined Pot Plants: Maureen Trotter Memorial Trophy: M Pearson; Most Points in Confined Sections 1,2 and 3: DBHS Championship Quaich, A&I Rennie; Confined Industrial: Joe Meldrum Trophy, G Shah; Vegetables: Weekend Magazine Cup, L Wright; Best Vegetable entry: NVS Medal, L Wright; Fruit: Millennium Quaich, D&D Baty; Herbs: DBHS Silver Jubilee Quaich, G Reid; Cut Flowers: Herbaceous & Annuals: Mansfield Trophy, K Brand; Roses: Stewart Rose Bowl, A&I Rennie; Carnations: Carnation Bowl, D&D Baty; Chrysanthemum: Dalgety Bay Cup, J Rodger; Dahlia: Garden Plan-It Trophy, D&J Forrester; Sweet Peas: Society Quaich, J Kurzman; Gladioli: J&S Brown Trophy, D&J Forrester; Most Points in Cut Flowers Sections 8 to 14: BAE Systems (Dalgety Bay) Trophy (New for 2014), J Rodger; Fuchsia: Douglas Boath Memorial Trophy, A Stirling; Special Fuchsia Class: Balnacraig Fuchsias Trophy, T Dair; Pot Plants: Anniversary Cup, J Rodger; Alpines: MJG Bowl, G Reid; Cacti & Succulents: Pitcairns Trophy, P Hodge; Begonia: D&J Forrester Trophy, D&J Forrester; Bonsai: DBHS Decanter, A Duff; Most Points in Pot Plants Sections 15 to 20: Bruce Shaw Ltd Trophy, D&J Forrester; Most 1st Placed Entries in Sections 5 to 20: Printing Services Show Champions Shield, D&J Forrester; Floral Art: DBHS Silver Jubilee Plate, No Entries; Floral Displays: Sign Plus Trophy, J Matheson; Wines & Beers: DH Chalmers Trophy, M Simpson; Baking & Sweets: Lambert Trophy, E Bryson; Preserves: Dalgety Bay Sports & Social Club Trophy, G Shah: Handicrafts Traditional: Scothomes Trophy, K McDonald; Handicrafts Contemporary: Curtis Motors Trophy, G Shah; Most Points in Industrious Sections 24 to 27: DBHS 2006 Trophy, G Shah; Photography: Henson Trophy, A Sutherland; Nursing and Residential Homes: Lion’s Club Quaich, Matthew Fyfe Home, Dunfermline; Novice: St David’s Quaich, A Allan; Green & Recycled: Laughlan-Deans Trophy, V Simpson; Just for Fun: Pat and Pat Bacon Fun Cup, D&D Baty; Young Gardeners: DBHS Young Gardeners Cup, A MacDonald; Young Photographers: DBHS Young Photographers Cup, A Sutherland; Local Groups: PJG Trowel Trophy, 1st Dalgety Bay Brownies; Schools: Community Council Schools Cup, Donibristle Primary School; Allotments: DBHS Allotments Cup, I&A Henry; DBHS Top Tray: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Tray, L Wright; DBHS Top Vase: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Vase, D&D Baty; Choice of the Sponsor: DBHS Sponsorship Trophy, K McDonald.


The show was well patronised with even more exhibits than in 2013. It stayed fair all day on Saturday, which meant everything was dry when we packed up. There were plenty of people there and lots of children. The trade tent area was busy and everybody was enjoying themselves. My favourite exhibit this year was the Talking Heads family by one of the Local Groups. It depicted Bart and his family, the Simpsons. There was a story attached, which was just the best. Very imaginative. Well done all of our exhibitors and see you on 2015, our 40th year.


Michael Gourlay

Chairman

DBHS


a view in the flower hall
in the vegetable hall
crafts at the show
junior entries

30th August 2014 -.DBHS Allotments Open Day 2.00pm to 4.00pm


A great day out at the DBHS Allotments. The weather was kind and some of the Allotments had a great show of produce and flowers. There was a good turn out of visitors who all seemed to enjoy themselves.


August 2014
Andrew Cathcart/Tom Sneddon  Streptocarpus.

Streptocarpus was the subject of the presentation given by Andrew Cathcart and Tom Sneddon at last month’s DBHS meeting. Both are keen growers and know their plants. Andrew gave us the background and history of the plant and Tom led us through the practicalities of growing them. I found it interesting that Dibleys Nursery in North Wales is the main supplier of the plant and the British Streptocarpus Society can supply different plants. I would have thought that a specialist nursery would be able to supply all varieties of the plant it specialises in. There are two distinct types of plant, the streptocarpus and the streptocarpella, very similar but with subtle differences. It was a good and interesting talk. They also provided some plants for the raffle.

Mike with Tom and Andrew and after the talk

July 2014 - Visit to  Lindsay Morrison's  Inwood Garden, Carberry, near Musselburgh.

DBHS at Inwood Garden

DBHS at Lindsay Morrison's  Inwood Garden, Carberry, near Musselburgh.

Inwood Garden near Musselburgh was really lovely. Friday was the only day it rained last week but, as Lindsay said, the garden was needing a good water anyway. 23 DBHS members enjoyed the visit in six cars and no-one got lost. We went by car as running a coach could not be justified. The evening finished with a cup of tea and a cake in their wee tea room. We had the raffle as usual.


June 2014Lindsay Morrison - Inwood Garden, Carberry, near Musselburgh.
Lindsay Morrison gave us a wonderful talk on her garden which the DBHS is to visit on July 4, 2014.
Lindsay with Matthew after the talk

May 2014DBHS Gardeners Question Time at Dobbies.

Gardeners Question Time at Dobbies Listening to the solutions 1
Listening to the solutions 2 Raffle Prizes

A good number of people turned up at Dobbies on Friday 2nd May for our Annual Gardener’s Question Time. On our panel were resident Bill Tait, Horticultural Advisor to Dobbies and Stan Green from the Plant Market and Growforth, on the Fordell Road. Sadly, Willie Duncan was unable to come along and we missed his stories. He says he “just cannae be dain wi drivin’ in the dark ony mair” and we must respect that. Our thanks to him for all he has done for us in the past.

We had a busy evening and both Bill and Stan were at ease answering all the questions thrown at them. A bit flummoxed with the climbing rose growing up the dead cherry tree but we’ll allow that. Bill says that Friday was his 18th time at a DBHS event, 12 times at the GQT and 6 at normal meetings. That to me shows how good we think he is. We’ll have him back next year for a talk as well as the GQT. Stan was quite impressed at the numbers at the GQT and we pondered awhile deciding if that was down to the charismatic attributes of the DBHS Chairman or what. He maintained it couldn’t be my jokes but I disagreed.


March 2014 - Rob Eves Willow Workshop.

What a great evening! Rob Eves from Auldgate Willows in Kirkliston came and gave us a practical demonstration on working with willow. He supplied enough willow for eight teams of us to build a garden obelisk. Starting with a card template for the bottom spread of the obelisk we tied the top stems together. Then working around the bottom of the structure the weave was built up to about eight strands. The middle was weaved and a bit at the top to hold it all together. Willow is very flexible and this was proved by us during our attempts at construction. Rob helped each team throughout by giving hints and tips and the obelisks were lined across the stage at the Community Centre so we could pick the best. It was really good, very neat and with a tidy weave. The one least likely to win any competitions was hanging together very loosely. It had a baggy bottom. That’s all you could say about it really. It was a great evening and everyone enjoyed the practical aspect of taking part.
Rob will help DBHS at Gardening Scotland as he has done for the past two years. He said that business is booming and that he is supplying cane to Inverness for coffin making. His sister is in the cane growing business as well and constructs different animals to order.


Rob Eves with Mike after the workshop

February 2014 - DBHS Cheese and Wine Eventing

Matthew telling one of Mike's jokes

The DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine social evening always seems to be enjoyed by those who go and is always well attended. Between 70 and 80 members and guests attended this year. Some adjustments need to be made to my shopping list for next year, for example, not so many pickled onions. The evening was a success, the quiz was easier than usual, the jokes were and stories were good and I wasn’t there. Thank you, Matthew Simpson for hosting it this year. You did really well.

 
January 2014
- Norman and Ben Kurzman Digging Down Under

Norman started with the Aboriginal bush call “Coowee, Coowee” ……..an answer sounded from beyond the hall “Coowee; coowee” then Ben rushed through the door. It turns out that this is the call you would give or hear if you were lost in the bush in Australia. Norman and Ben Kurzman gave a presentation, entitled “Diggers Down Under” to the last meeting of DBHS. They took us through some of the national parks of Queensland Australia including Mount Tamborine, Lamington National Park and Gondwana Land, world heritage site. The range of woodland ranged from tropical to temperate and some of the plants were special. The fig ivy grew down through the trees and eventually, over many years, rooted itself to take over the tree completely. This resulted in hollow trees. We learned that never should you stick your hand into a hollow. You just never know what is in it.
When visiting home, Norman visted his cousin who took him to Beelarong Allotments and Community Gardens, in which she has an active role. (It must be in the blood.) This was very interesting with a policy of recycling everything including waste from the on site toilets. There was a community building where you could have a meal from the produce grown and of course, being Australia, the ubiquitous barbeque.
We moved on to Brisbane and were shown pictures of both botanical gardens in the city and the grounds of Brisbane University. Ben is moving to Brisbane soon to attend the university. We at DBHS, where he has been an active member all of his life, wish him all the very best.


Michael Goulay with Norman and Ben after the talk

November 2013 Pat and Tracey Galfskry - Chillicious

Mother and daughter team Pat and Tracey Galfskiy introduced us to chillies. Their company, Chillilicious, was the first in Scotland to farm chillies and they are based near Ceres in Fife. It is a family affair, with dad now taking part in the growing of the plants. They told us about how the chillies are grown and had a few plants with fruits on them for us to try, if we dared. I tried a mild one which was hot enough to give me hiccups. I was alright after a drink of cold water. The heat of chillies is measured on the Scoville scale. It measures the pungency of the chillies in Scoville Heat Units (SHU) from the concentration of the chemical compound capsaicin. The scale ranges from 0 SHU to 16,000,000 (SHU) which really must be super hot. It sounds too hot for me anyway.

Pat makes chutneys and pickles and other chilli products including chocolate and Tracey designs and makes glassware with chillies in mind. All these products are sold at various craft fayres around Scotland. Tracey also runs glass making classes. Look out for the Chilli Festival, which they are trying to bring to Scotland


October 2013
- Peter Foley Horticulturalist

Peter Foley is a well respected horticulturalist and has been a nurseryman all his life. He gave an excellent presentation on his garden at Waddow Lodge in Waddington a little village near to Clitheroe in Lancashire. Liz and he started with virtually with a blank canvas of grass and have created the most wonderful of gardens. It has flower beds named after significant people in their lives full of their favourite plants. Whereas we have a plant “in memory of”, Peter and Liz have whole flower beds. There is an alpine house which is Peter’s passion and a new green house where Liz can while away the time. It is not just an ordinary 6’ X 8’ either, it is a Victorian styled building, probably about 20’ X 8’ with full under floor heating. They have a handyman gardener, James, who comes around and, as well as numerous projects in the garden, he has helped in the development of the pond and the millennium orchard with many indigenous apple and pear trees.

The vegetable patch is wonderful. It is a 120’ X 12’ strip. It runs the full length of the garden over the wall and fenced off from the field which also belongs to them. It has all kinds of vegetables and all kinds of fruit bushes. They picked 48 sweetcorn last week and bought a new freezer to store them, which is in the large basement of the house alongside jars of his jams and pickles. 

Peter and Liz have become good friends of ours when DBHS and the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) got together in 2012 to build a show garden at Gardening Scotland. Peter had the design for the garden and DBHS built it. They always have gardening projects on the go and each time we visit there is something new. Their garden is in the English version of “the yellow book” and if you are ever in the area it is well worth a visit. Google “Waddow Lodge” for more information. Just let them know you are DBHS members.


Mike with Peter after the talk

August 2013 - Beryl McNaughton: Perennials for Scottish Gardens

Beryl MacNaughton of Mac Plants in Pentcaitland, south of Edinburgh gave a very knowledgeable and in-depth talk on perennials for the Scottish Garden. Gentians are a speciality and her husband was responsible for creating the dome type plant typical nowadays from what was a rather unruly looking plant. There was an amusing meeting with the royals at Balmoral which gave us a bit of a laugh too. It was an extremely clear and concise presentation. We may take up the invitation of a visit to Mac Plants at some point in the future.


Beryl with Mike after her talk
July 2013 - ECO Studies

Some of our younger members gave a presentation on Eco Schools, the Organic Garden at Inverkeithing High School and the John Muir Trust. Jack Simpson and Tara Shannon were present, Ben Kurzman had to tender his apologies as he had just attended an international eco conference in Istanbul and is now in Australia considering universities. All three of them were given awards for their environmental work at Inverkeithing High School and the enthusiasm displayed by Jack and Tara was obvious. The school will miss them as they go on to further themselves academically at university. They did well and their talk was excellent.

Jack, Ben and Tara do a lot of work for DBHS. All three were involved in the garden build at Gardening Scotland last year. Tara and Ben couldn't help this year because of exams but Jack was there. They were all plant porters and as well as a grandstand seat for the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, they earned a bit of cash at the show. They have also been a help at our own Annual Show. I have known each of them personally for a good few years, Jack and Ben especially and it has been a pleasure watching them grow into the young adults they are.


Jack and Tara with Mike after the talk

June 2013 - Gardening Scotland



May 2013 - Gardeners' Question Time (at Dobbies)

2013 DBHS Gardeners' Question Time

DBHS held its Annual Gardener’s Question Time with Dobbies at Dobbies at the beginning of June. On the panel were our resident speakers Bill Tait and Willie Duncan together with Robert Herd, Plant Manager and Dobbies in Dunfermline. Contrary to popular belief Robert did not arrive in a JCB. He is not that type of Plant Manager. Anyway he did well and with the humorous anecdotes and stories told by Bill and Willie, the evening went very well indeed. All the stories related were of course true and none of them could possibly be made up. I even managed to get my story about the bottle of whisky in like I do every year. Dobbies donated prizes to the raffle and the proceeds of the raffle will go towards the fund, which has been set up for Jen who so tragically died recently.

April 2013 - Sophie Eastwood: The Red Squirrel (in Fife)

Did you know that grey squirrels in Fife were first introduced to Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline and now they can be found all over the Kingdom? (They must have boarded the No 7 bus). Sophie Eastwood, the Red Squirrel Project Officer in Fife told us that and many other interesting facts and figures about squirrels both red and grey. The red squirrel is a native species of the UK. The grey was introduced from America. The red squirrel population is slowly being driven north, although they do have a different type of habitat to the grey squirrel. Reds like the conifer environment whereas greys prefer deciduous. There continue to be sightings of the reds in Fife but not too many now. But the biggest threat to the future of red squirrels in Scotland is squirrel pox virus (SQPV). Grey squirrels are unaffected and act as carriers. If SQVP reaches the central belt of Scotland the future for the reds is uncertain. There are attempts to contain the spread. One method is vaccination but as you can imagine, to vaccinate squirrels is very difficult and costly.
        The Red Squirrel Project in Fife is totally funded by donation and grant. We can volunteer or donate. Use the link to the red squirrel project at:

Sophie Eastwood with Mike after the talk
http://fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/Support-Us/Donate_8.html

March 2013 - Stella Rankin: A Hobby That Got Out of Hand

Stella with DBHS members after the talk

Stella Rankin gave a very interesting and passionate talk on the Kevock Garden. The garden started as a hobby and is now a thriving business. As she said “it is a hobby that got out of hand”. The garden is just south of Edinburgh and is well situated on a south west facing slope down towards the North Esk River. It is well drained at the top of the slope and permanently wet at the bottom of the slope so a huge range of plants can be grown in a relatively small area.

There are loads of bulbs in the spring and summer is ablaze with the colour from azaleas. There is a natural pond with good marginal planting. An interesting rock garden has been developed and in the autumn it seems that the garden is on fire with the canvas of glorious colour. Every day of the year you can see something that will be in flower.



February 2013 - The DBHS Cheese and Wine Evening

The DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine, the Wine and Cheese or even the Cheese and Shloer someone called it, evening is usually a good evening and this year seemed to be no different, although two people, I heard, would disagree. So, most people enjoyed an evening of good food, good drink and good cheer. There were lots of groans at my jokes, but then that’s what I aim for. Sometimes I hear my father talking as I must follow in his footsteps. He must be very proud of me. The quiz, which I thought was reasonably straightforward, seemingly was a stinker. I think we’ll have a very simple one next year. There was a big raffle too. What I like is that people come along and just set up the tables. They know what is required and just do it. They are not asked to. Then at the end they take it all down. It is set up and cleared away in no time. My thanks to everyone who helped with the evening. It went well.


Cheese and wine pictures
Michael Gourlay, Chairman, DBHS
Cheese and Wine raffle

January 2013 - The Show Bench - Bob Simpson


Bob Simpson with Mike at the end of the talk

It was really nice to start off the new year with a home grown presentation. Bob Simpson is a DBHS Member who also happens to be a judge, his expertise lying in vegetable judging. He judged the vegetables sections at our Annual Show in 2012.  He went through the classes in the closed and open sections of our show schedule and gave general hints and tips about each one. If the schedule says trim carrot tops to 3” then that is what should be presented. If the schedule asks for a marrow then do not present a courgette, although there was discussion as to when a courgette becomes a marrow. With potatoes, choose those of the same variety and of similar size. Clean them but not to the extent of damaging the skins. Choose nice looking vegetables and not ones covered in scab or of irregular shape. He has given advice on one or two of the classes, which will result in amendment to the schedule for 2013. Bob is a begonia man as well and showed off some of his best begonias. He intends to show at the DBHS Annual Show in 2013 so watch out folks, he knows what he is about.

Bob had some old newspaper cuttings about the Currie Horticultural Society shows of the past, which make interesting reading. Currie is his local society and has been going for a lot longer than DBHS. He had some schedules from past shows. In one the Children’s Section is split between boys and girls and one of the classes for the boys was “a collection of queen bees”. Changed days indeed.

Our next meeting is the Annual Cheese and Wine evening. If you are not a member, you can come by invitation. So get yourself invited. It’s a good night. Plenty of food, plenty of wine and plenty good humour.

Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) holds it’s meetings on the first Friday of each month at 7:30pm in Dalgety Bay Community Centre. You are welcome to come along to our meetings and, who knows, you may be convinced to join us. We offer discounts on seeds, chemicals, organics, seed potatoes and bedding plants, all of which we buy in bulk. Trees and shrubs are on offer at very reasonable prices. We hold a plant sale in May and our Annual Show is in September. There are coach trips to places of interest. We also have around 50 allotments in Dalgety Bay.

If you think you may be interested in joining, please phone Michael Gourlay, Chairman, on 01383 823425. He will give you all the information you need.

Michael Gourlay
Chairman



October 2012 - A Presentation on The Scottish Gardeners Forum (and particularly Pallet Gardening) by Jim Dickson

Jim Dickson with Mike Gourlay after the SGF talk

The Pallet Garden Competition at Gardening Scotland has increased in size and popularity over the years that Gardening Scotland has been at Ingliston in Edinburgh. The Scottish Gardeners Forum (SGF) runs the competition, which was first started for its members to enter. Since then it has been opened up to all sorts of groups including primary schools, nursery schools, guide groups, scout groups and others. It is very popular. Jim Dickson, Chairman of the SGF gave the presentation on the pallet gardens and took us through some pictures showing some very innovative ideas and designs. DBHS entered a couple of years ago, due to the efforts of Susan Bains and Julia Miflin. Dalgety Bay Primary School has also entered a few times and the Dalgety Bay Out of School Club (DBOOSC) has shown an interest as well. I will keep the 23 local groups I know of in Dalgety Bay up to speed with any information I get about the competition and hopefully we will see Dalgety Bay better represented at Gardening Scotland in the future.



August 2012 - A presentation on creating the DBHS garden at Gardening Scotland

The DBHS Garden at Gardening Scotland

In case you hadn’t heard, Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) won a silver gilt award at Gardening Scotland 2012 for their garden, Blossoms and Butterflies. Pretty good, we thought, for a first time. Well done to everyone involved. It was a great achievement. Will we do it again? Watch this space.

The speaker for the last meeting could not manage so we put on a home grown presentation which showed a series of photographs taken of the building of the garden at Gardening Scotland and explained how it was all put together with the help of copious amounts of bubble wrap and bark. The photographs were taken by Chief Photographer for DBHS at the event, Tara Shannon, and by Matthew Simpson, who talked us through the presentation. It was a really good evening and everyone enjoyed this home grown presentation. We must do it more often.

4th May 2012 - DBHS annual Gardeners' Question Time at Dobbies Garden Centre

panoramic view of the team in action

close up of the team after the event
The annual DBHS Gardeners' Question Time was held in partnership with Dobbies at Dobbies Garden Centre Dalgety Bay.  It was a nice evening and a good crowd turned up to hear resident panellists, Willie Duncan and Bill Tait and guest panellist Roy Daniels give their answers to a variety of questions from the audience. The wee stories and anecdotes were flying from all three panellists. Roy held his own as guest and did really well. He enjoyed it as much as the rest of us did. Bruce and Brenda Borrows won the lucky ticket draw of 2 tickets to Gardening Scotland.  

Shown here are the team of experts: Willie Duncan, Bill Tait, Roy Daniels.



3rd April 2012 - Ian Christie, Blue Poppies and Friends

Ian Christie with Mike after the talk

The last meeting was held in the Kabin because the Community Centre was being decorated and it proved to be a popular meeting. I borrowed chairs from the church as contingency and we needed them. Thanks to Anne Shields we managed to get the heating working. I never saw that switch, honest.


Ian Christie gave the talk on Blue Poppies and Friends and it was him who discovered Meconopsis Willie Duncan. It must be nice to have a plant named after you. Mind you…..Michaelmas Daisy. Ian has discovered many other plants as well and has brought seeds back from many far flung places, notably the far east. He included lillies and orchids in his talk and was well received with lots of questions. He was very knowledgeable and very interesting.  


2nd March 2012 - Stewart Bonar, The Fife Coastal Path

In March we were visited by Stewart Bonar and given a presentation on Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry to Leven, which is the stretch of path he is responsible for. What a delight it was to see the different species of flora and fauna which is right on our doorstep. From bird life to animal life to plant life, Stewart has seen them all and is very knowledgeable about them. He was a very good speaker and very clear. His talk was much appreciated by around eighty members, a good turn out. It was my birthday and everyone sand to me. I was very nice. There were cakes as well thanks to Veronica and Judy who did the teas for the evening. It was all very much appreciated. What nice friends I have. 

Our April meeting will be a talk called Blue Poppies and Friends given by Ian Christie. Willie Duncan has a blue poppy named after him, Meconopsis Willie Duncan. I wonder if we’ll hear about that one?


3rd February 2012 - DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine Evening

Our February meeting took the form of our Annual Cheese and Wine, or Annual Wine and Cheese if you prefer. I always enjoy this evening because I have 80 people in the palm of my hand waiting for the punch line and they all laugh at the right times. I’m well made up by the end of the evening. Everyone there enjoyed good food, good wine and I must say excellent company.



James Christie with Mike after the Woodland Trust talk
6th January - James Christie - The Woodlands Trust

James Christie showed beautiful pictures and gave a fascinating and humorous talk on the Woodland Trust



4th November - Andrew Lear - Orchards of Scotland

Andrew Lear, Appletreeman, was very, very good at the last meeting of DBHS. Some of his slides showed very old apple trees and pear trees and the graft lines were plainly visible a hundred years on. One showed how a pear tree had put out aerial roots. It was fascinating, really interesting. I liked the way he could pick out an apple variety at 20 feet. Mind you I did that with the bloody ploughman. His delight at finding an old variety shone through. It was nice to hear that he was at an apple day with Willie Duncan and he hung on to Willie’s every word. David Cooper was kind enough to lend us his projector. Thank you very much David. It was much appreciated.


Andrew Lear with Mike after the Orchards of Scotland talk


Bill Tait and Mike at the end of Bill's talk
7th October - Bill Tait - Gardens of Edinburgh

Bill Tait, good friend of DBHS gave his presentation on Gardens of Edinburgh at the last meeting. He had his anecdotes and lots of good slides. He showed us the garden at Duddingston Loch, Lord and Lady Fraser’s garden at Inveresk, my favourite, Anna Buxton’s garden in Corstorphine and Lauriston Gardens in Silverknowes. They are gardens all within easy reach of Dalgety Bay. Maybe we will arrange a coach trip one year.

The next DBHS presentation is entitled about Orchards of Scotland, by Andrew Lear, known as Appletreeman. He helped the Dunfermline Soroptimists with the planting of a community orchard at Townhill. So did I.




3rd September - DBHS Annual Show

DBHS Annual Show Results 2011


Here are the results of Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) 36th Annual Show held on

Saturday 3rd September 2011:

2011 show picture

Confined Vegetables: Dalgety Quaich, I Henry; Confined Flowers: B&D Powell Trophy, A & I Rennie; Confined Pot Plants: Maureen Trotter Memorial Trophy: D Forrester; Most Points in Confined Sections 1,2 and 3: DBHS Championship Quaich, I Henry; Confined Industrial: Joe Meldrum Trophy, G Shah; Vegetables: Weekend Magazine Cup, G Whyte; Best Vegetable entry: NVS Medal, A Sheail; Fruit: Millennium Quaich, D&D Baty; Herbs: DBHS Silver Jubilee Quaich, G Reid; Cut Flowers: Herbaceous & Annuals: Mansfield Trophy, T Nelson; Roses: Stewart Rose Bowl, T Nelson; Carnations: Carnation Bowl, D&D Baty; Chrysanthemums: Dalgety Bay Cup, A Davidson; Dahlia: Garden Plan-It Trophy, J Thomson; Sweet Peas: Society Quaich, T Nelson; Gladioli: J&S Brown Trophy, D Forrester; Most Points in Cut Flowers Sections 8 to 14: Marconi Trophy, T Nelson; Fuchsia: Douglas Boath Memorial Trophy, J Harwood; Special Fuchsia Class: Balnacraig Fuchsias Trophy, A Stirling; Pot Plants: Anniversary Cup, A Hain; Alpines: MJG Bowl, G Reid; Cacti & Succulents: Pitcairns Trophy, P Hodge; Bonsai: DBHS Decanter, A Duff; Most 1st Placed Entries in Sections 5 to 19: Printing Services Show Champions Shield, G Reid; Just for Fun: Pat & Pat Bacon Fun Cup, D&D Baty; Floral Art: DBHS Silver Jubilee Plate, M Haynes; Floral Displays: Shell Expro Trophy, M Laing; Wines & Beers: DH Chalmers Trophy, P Brasher; Baking & Sweets: Lambert Trophy, I Robertson; Preserves: Dalgety Bay Sports & Social Club Trophy 2005, A Williams; Handicrafts Traditional: Scothomes Trophy, C Fair; Handicrafts Contemporary: Curtis Motors Trophy, D&J Boath; Most Points in Industrious Sections 24 to 27: DBHS 2006 Trophy, I Robertson; Photography: Henson Trophy, P Stanford; Nursing & Residential: Lion’s Club Quaich, Matthew Fyfe Home; Novice: St David’s Quaich, C Blair; Green & Recycled: Laughlan-Deans Trophy, G Harraghy; Young Gardeners: DBHS Young Gardeners Cup, Dalgety Bay Out of School Club; Young Photographers: DBHS Young Photographers Cup, L McLaren; Local Groups: PJG Trowel Trophy, 2nd Dalgety Bay Brownies; Allotments: DBHS Allotments Cup, I Henry; Schools: Community Council Schools Cup, Dalgety Bay Primary School; DBHS Top Vase: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Vase, D&D Baty; DBHS Top Tray: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Tray, G Whyte; Choice of the Sponsor: DBHS Sponsorship Cup, D Forrester.


Alexander Sheail won the Chairman’s Bottle and as there were only two entries to the DBHS Spot the Difference Competition, this year, it was decided that both entrants would win a prize. They were Gregor Rodger (8) and Scott Henry (6).

The show was well patronised with around 800 exhibits from around 100 exhibitors. There were plenty of people there and lots of children The new Tallest Sunflower Charts were a success. The weather was no too promising in the morning but it was alright in the afternoon.


It was nice to see some new names on some of the trophies this year and our new Young Photographers attracted entries, which was good. David Simpson was, once again, the designer of the show schedule cover, which was really quite excellent. Thank you David.



5th August 2011 - Fiona Thackeray speaking about Trellis Scotland

Trellis is a national Scottish charity that supports, promotes and develops the use of horticulture to improve health, well being and life opportunities for all. Fiona Thackeray, from the organisation was most professional and delivered an interesting talk. They have many projects on the go around Scotland, gardens in hospital grounds, care homes, community gardens and that sort of thing.



Mike and Fiona at the end of the talk on Trellis Scotland.

Mike with Fiona Thackeray


1st July 2011 - DBHS visit to the SWT wildlife reserve at Cullaloe

Mike with Janie and Grahme at the end of the visit
 Instead of our annual coach trip we stayed on our door step and were pleasantly surprised by our visit to Cullaloe Wild Life Reserve on the quarry road towards Kirkcaldy. Some of you will remember the reservoir you could see through the trees at the squiggly bit of road that took you round it. Grahame Boath and Janie NcNeil work as volunteers on the site and showed us around. Both very knowledgeable about the site, they pointed out things that would just not be seen and sounds that just would not be heard. It was fantastic. The hide that overlooks the beautiful little loch was my favourite bit. I would recommend a visit to anybody. This is right on your door step.


See the other pictures: here


18th June 2011 - DBHS Allotment Open Day

Not the best of weather on this open day, although it did brighten for a while. A gallery of pictures of the people who attended and some of the allotments is at this link:DBHS 2011 Allotment Open Day

June 2011 Girvan Community Garden

Julie Campbell and Diane Mutimer with Mike

This month’s talk was a presentation about Girvan Community Garden. What an enthusiastic pair we had. They had started the garden from absolute scratch and it was making such a difference to the life of some of the volunteers. They had done an awful lot of work both physically and by way of applying for and receiving a multitude of grants. The before and after pictures were so different. They were a joy to have for DBHS. Part of their fee was two tickets for Gardening Scotland. I hope they wore their Girvan Community Garden T shirts to advertise.

        Visit the garden at www.makeithappengirvan.org



May 2011
Gardeners' Question Time

The DBHS meeting in May was our Annual Gardener’s Question Time. Which was held in partnership with Dobbies, Dalgety Bay. Our resident speakers are Willie Duncan, well known retired horticulturalist and story teller and Bill Tait, well known horticulturalist, story teller and horticultural advisor to Dobbies. Our guest panel member this year was Sarah Franklin, a landscape designer, notable for her work on the community garden in Aberdour, and DBHS member. They fielded the wide range of questions, which came from the audience. Bill Tait gave a very thorough list of plants that would have died as a result of the heavy snows we had. Maybe he was trying to get us to buy, buy, buy at Dobbies. Matthew Simpson did an admirable job as MC while David Simpson controlled the output from the speaker system so that everyone could hear properly.


April 2011 - EM (Change of programme)

Robert Sweeney with Matthew
The talk in April was about a product called EM-1 for short, which is the abbreviation for effective micro-organisms and consists of a beneficial mixture of natural organisms which, when combined, improve crop growth substantially. The ingredients are totally organic and consist of a liquid made from yeast, lactic acid bacteria and photosynthetic bacteria and it is 100% safe to use, with no need for special equipment. EM works equally well for flowers or vegetables and improves the growing medium allowing plants to absorb more of the natural goodness available through the soil or compost. Robert Sweeney was so impressed he bought into the company. It was an interactive talk with much discussion. See him at Gardening Scotland.


March 2011 - NTS - Green Bank Garden
David Ferguson set the scene for Greenbank Garden, a National Trust Scotland garden, as he showed us around with slides and a down to earth presentation full of humour and anecdote. Greenbank is worth a visit if you are in the Clarkston area of Glasgow. It follows the same principles as Suntrap Garden near Edinburgh in that it is a teaching garden. It runs various courses throughout the year. Look up the website. I almost felt I didn’t have to bother with any wee jokes last Friday because David was coming out with them thick and fast but I did get some in. It wouldn’t be the same otherwise.
David Ferguson with Mike

February 2011 DBHS Cheese and Wine

The DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine evening went well with just over 70 people enjoying an evening of good fare, good chat, good humour and hopefully they thought it was a good quiz. There was enough of everything to keep everybody happy so another successful evening for DBHS. Three new members, from January and two new members from the evening seemed to join in so that was nice to see.


January 2011 - A Garden for the Herbalist
A good start to the year. Our first meeting was a presentation by Sarah Clarkson on A Garden for the Herbalist. Sarah runs her own business, In House Herbal, in Edinburgh. She was very good, very clear and concise and her pictures were good. She was very knowledgeable and answered any questions with ease, even the one about what herbal remedy would be best for man flu. You would have to pay me a lot of money to give you the answer.
Sarah Clarkson with Mike
December 2010 DBHS AGM

DBHS 2010 AGM

DBHS held its Annual General Meeting on 3rd December 2010. It was a very snowy and cold wintry night but enough people were there for a quorum. Business was brisk but sadly there are no new committee members. We need at least another two or three committee members to help run the Society. If you think you may be interested please phone Michael Gourlay on 823425 and we can have a chat about it.

      

Since the weather was so bad, when business was complete we all went home.

November 2010 - Julia Corden, A Year in the Life of a Botanic Tour Guide
Julia Corden gave a presentation entitled A Year in the Life of a Botanical Tour Guide. She has been all over the world and took us to The Alps, Bhutan, Costa Rica, all very different climates and all a very different range of plants. She touched on the Explorers Garden at Pitlochry, where she is curator and it sounds like a garden you ought to visit. She is also involved in Pitlochry in Bloom in her spare time. She represented the UK in an international In Bloom conference in Canada recently. Dalgety Bay needs an In Bloom Committee.

Mike with Julia Corden after her talk
Mike with Julia Corden

October 2010
- Janie McNeil and Grahame Boath, Cullaloe Wildlife reserve


Janie McNeil and Grahame Boath gave a joint presentation about Cullaloe Wildlife Reserve at the windy corner on the road to Kirkcaldy. They are both volunteer rangers there and their enthusiasm was infectious. Janie gave a very professional power point presentation and Grahame answered all the questions with ease. You’d think they’d been at it forever but this was their first time. Could there be a DBHS visit come of this I wonder?

September 2010 - The 2010 DBHS Show

In the office (1) Bonsai winners That marvelous strudel Handicrafts (1)
Handicrafts (2) Plant sale discussions Flowers in the main hall Herbs and Vegetables
Admiring flowers in the main hall Here be monsters Future woodturners? More activities round the trade tents
Vegetable exhibits (1) Vegetable exhibits (2) Vegetable exhibits (3) The DBHS cups at the show

DBHS Annual Show Results 2010

 

Here are the results of Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society(DBHS) 35th Annual Show held on 4th September 2010:

 

Confined Vegetables: Dalgety Quaich, I Henry; Confined Flowers: B&D Powell Trophy, M Laing; Confined Pot Plants: Maureen Trotter Memorial Trophy: I Bryson; Most Points in Confined Sections 1,2 and 3: DBHS Championship Quaich, I Henry; Confined Industrial: Joe Meldrum Trophy, G Shah; Vegetables: Weekend Magazine Cup, G Whyte; Best Vegetable entry: NVS Medal, G Whyte; Fruit: Millennium Quaich, D&D Baty; Herbs: DBHS Silver Jubilee Quaich, G Reid; Cut Flowers: Herbaceous & Annuals: Mansfield Trophy, T Nelson; Roses: Stewart Rose Bowl, T Nelson; Carnations: Carnation Bowl, D&D Baty; Chrysanthemums: Dalgety Bay Cup, A Davidson; Dahlia: Garden Plan-It Trophy, J Thomson; Sweet Peas: Society Quaich, T Nelson; Gladioli: J&S Brown Trophy, D Forrester; Most Points in Cut Flowers Sections 8 to 14: Marconi Trophy, T Nelson; Fuchsia: Douglas Boath Memorial Trophy, D Forrester; Special Fuchsia Class: Balnacraig Fuchsias Trophy, D Forrester; Pot Plants: Anniversary Cup, A Hain;  Alpines: MJG Bowl, G Reid; Cacti & Succulents: Pitcairns Trophy, D Forrester; Bonsai: DBHS Decanter, A Duff; Most 1st Placed Entries in Sections 5 to 19: Printing Services Show Champions Shield, D Forrester; Just for Fun: Pat & Pat Bacon Fun Cup, D&D Baty; Floral Art: DBHS Silver Jubilee Plate, M Haynes; Floral Displays: Shell Expro Trophy, A Weir; Wines & Beers: DH Chalmers Trophy, M Simpson; Baking & Sweets: Lambert Trophy, M Laing; Preserves: Dalgety Bay Sports & Social Club Trophy 2005, I Robertson; Handicrafts Traditional: Scothomes Trophy, L Cooper; Handicrafts Contemporary: Curtis Motors Trophy, D&J Boath; Most Points in Industrious Sections 24 to 27: DBHS 2006 Trophy, I Robertson; Photography: Henson Trophy, D&J Boath; Nursing & Residential: Lion’s Club Quaich, No Entries this Year; Novice: St David’s Quaich, S Kille; Green & Recycled: Laughlan-Deans Trophy, G Harraghy; Young Gardeners: DBHS Young Gardeners Cup, M Rodger; Local Groups: PJG Trowel Trophy, Donibristle Beavers; Allotments: DBHS Allotments Cup, D&D Baty; Schools: Community Council Schools Cup, Dalgety Bay Primary School; DBHS Top Vase: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Vase, D&D Baty; DBHS Top Tray: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Tray, G Whyte; Choice of the Sponsor: DBHS Sponsorship Cup, Dalgety Bay Out of School Club.

        Douglas Simpson won the Chairman’s Bottle and young Andrew Thomson won the DBHS Spot the Difference Competition, in its’ first year. This was designed by David Simpson, who also designed the cover of our show schedule this year. He is a talented young man.

 

There were plenty of exhibits, plenty of visitors and the weather was good. It was a good show. There was a real buzz about the place. Three, possibly four new members signed up at the show. I like that. It was nice to see the inventiveness of our Local Groups who were asked this year to design a super hero. Well done everyone who exhibited and we’ll see you again next year. Thank you to all who helped and we’ll see you again next year too.

 

Michael Gourlay

Chairman

DBHS



August 2010 - David Knott - Plant collecting at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Mike with David Knott

David Knott is a plant collector. What a fantastic job that is you’re thinking. He collects plants for the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. He talked about collecting in Nepal, China, Japan and the Malaysia Peninsula and what an exotic life he must lead, you are thinking. Well some of the vistas are absolutely on top of this world, particularly when he was in Nepal, and some of the countries he has visited are very exotic indeed but the camping bit in all weathers, as you do when you camp, didn’t appeal to me. His stories were pretty fantastic and when a totally new plant is discovered, that’s what makes the job is it not. It must feel pretty fantastic. New plants are often named after the person who discovered them and he did assure us that he had nothing to do with the introduction of Japanese Knotweed, which is a very invasive species, to the west.



June 2010 - DBHS open allotments day

A fair turnout of members and people from much further afield enjoyed the DBHS open allotments day which took place on a very hot summer's day. This combined with what appears a very good growing year meant that the allotments were looking at their best with some members making a big effort to win the "Prettiest Allotment" competition (won by Julia Miflin). Many pictures were taken and a sample of these may be viewed on Google pictures pages here and here

DBHS open allotments


June 2010
- Sandra Halliday, Visits to Floriade
Michael with Sandra Halliday
Internationally, Floriade is one of the biggest exhibitions of flowers and gardening and is held every 10 years in Holland. Sandra Halliday, our speaker at our meeting last week has been there and showed us around all of the wondrous sites to be seen there. By the sound of it, the slides did not do it justice. There seems to be so much to see and so much to do. The next one will be held in 2012. Hmmm…….that could be a DBHS outing.

DBHS at Gardening Scotland
Last weekend, DBHS ran a coach outing to Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh. We were blessed with the weather and we enjoyed a good day out. DBHS entered the Pallet Garden competition this year thanks to two of our Committee Members, Julia Miflin and Susan Bains. We won a silver gilt award. So well done Julia and Susan and congratulations. Julia also managed to get a couple of new members.

More pictures at:
Julia with the DBHS pallet entry
http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliamatt2009/sets/72157624196339118/

May 2010 - DBHS Gardeners' Question time

The DBHS Annual Gardener’s Question Time was held at Dobbies Garden Centre, Dalgety Bay on Friday 7th May 2010. The panel, Willie Duncan, Bill Tait and John Dewar were on form answering all the gardening queries and adding their own little anecdotes and little stories. All in all it was quite a hilarious evening. Around £55.00 was raised for charity and given to the manager of Dobbies to pass onto CHAS, the chosen charity for the GQT. The prize ticket of meal vouchers for the Clubhouse Restaurant in Dalgety Bay went to member Eileen Donaldson of North Queensferry.


April 2010 - Kirklands Garden, Saline

Mike with Peter Hart

Mike with Peter Hart

What an absolutely excellent evening we had at our meeting with Peter Hart, who took us round his garden at Kirklands in Saline. He gave a professional power point presentation and had an interesting and often amusing little anecdote for every nook and cranny of the garden. I particularly liked the one where his dog had a better understanding of the local Scottish dialect when he asked some worthies to clear up their rubbish. DBHS is running its Annual Coach Trip this year to Kirklands Garden in Saline. We are looking forward to it very much. Thank you Peter for a great evening.


March 2010 - Clare Reaney - Plant conservation in Hawaii

Plant Conservation in Hawaii was the topic of the presentation given by Clare Reaney at the March meeting of Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society. It was a professional power point presentation delivered expertly. Clare had volunteered to go to Hawaii to do the conservation work and she had obviously enjoyed it very much. I indulge in a bit of plant conversation myself, in Dalgety Bay. I speak to them all the time. It’s said it helps them grow better

Clare, at the end of her talk, shaking hands with Mike Gourlay
Mike with Clare Reaney

February 2010 - DBHS Cheese and Wine night

The DBHS Annual Cheese and Wine evening, one of the great social events of the year took place at the beginning of February. Seventy plus people attended to listen to and laugh at the Chairman’s stories and to enjoy what was a really enjoyable evening. There was plenty of food, plenty of drink and plenty of really good chat. Two new members were signed up on the evening, which is a bonus. The quiz called “So You Think You Know Cliff Richard” outed a couple of die hard fans. It was a really enjoyable evening.

Our next meeting is a presentation called Plant Conservation in Hawaii to be given by Clare Reaney on Friday 5th March 2010 in Dalgety Bay Community Centre at 7:30pm. Pease come along. We’ll be happy to see you.


January 2010 - Tom Mabbott - Paris in the Spring

mike and tom mabbott

The first DBHS meeting of 2010 was a power point presentation entitled Paris in the spring, given by our old friend Tom Mabbott. The presentation followed the study tour last year of Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society members who traced the footsteps of some of the great gardeners of the past by visiting some of the most amazing parks and gardens in and around Paris. My favourite garden was Monet’s garden brought alive by some of his instantly recognisable paintings. Tom usually has some interesting asides and did not disappoint. 

Our next meeting is our Annual Cheese and Wine evening. This is by ticket only. If you would like to go, join DBHS or ask to be asked by an existing member. It will be held in the Community Centre on Friday 5th February 2010.


November 2009
- Susan Falconer: Pentland Hills Regional Park

Susan Falconer is a Senior Ranger at Pentland Hills Regional Park and has a definite passion for her job. She took us on a virtual visit of the area with some stunning slides and an extremely good presentation. There are only six full time rangers in the park but there are nearly forty volunteers. Some of the views from the top of the Pentlands are stunning (especially those of Fife). She was well received by the DBHS members in attendance and had leaflets and her book about walks in the Pentlands to hand out afterwards.

October 2009 - Jim Dewar: Practical Plant Propagation
Mike and John Dewar John Dewar, who teaches at Elmwood College, gave DBHS a demonstration on Practical Plant propagation and showed us the different ways that you can grow on your plants. Seed, of course, is obvious and anyone can plant seeds but do you always get results. The different methods of planting shrubbery from cutting, to soft wood and hard wood were shown and if all the members of DBHS propagate half a dozen plants each and donated them to the plant sale we would have a whopper of a plant sale next year. 
Some of the herbaceous plants were straightforward enough simply by splitting the plant and begonias and streptocarpus plants can be grown from leaf cuttings. Then there are the plants you drop on the ground and they grow like ivy and some sedum. He donated all the pots he planted and cuttings he prepared to the raffle. The coveted spider plant was won by our Treasurer.

September 2009 - DBHS SHOW
collage of 2009 show

DBHS – Annual Show Results 2009 

Here are the results of the Dalgety Bay Horticultural (DBHS) 34th Annual Show, held on 5th  September 2009:

Confined Vegetables: Dalgety Quaich, J Miflin; Confined Flowers: B&D Powell Trophy, D Forrester; Confined Pot Plants: Maureen Trotter Memorial Trophy: D Forrester; Most Points in Confined Sections 1,2 and 3: DBHS Championship Quaich, D Forrester; Confined Industrial: Joe Meldrum Trophy, G Shah; Vegetables: Weekend Magazine Cup, G Whyte; Best Vegetable entry: NVS Medal, G Whyte; Fruit: Millennium Quaich, D&D Baty; Herbs: DBHS Silver Jubilee Quaich, G Reid; Cut Flowers: Herbaceous & Annuals: Mansfield Trophy, T Nelson; Roses: Stewart Rose Bowl, T Nelson; Carnations: Carnation Bowl, D&D Baty; Chrysanthemums: Dalgety Bay Cup, A Davidson; Dahlia: Garden Plan-It Trophy, J Rodger; Sweet Peas: Society Quaich, T Nelson; Gladioli: J&S Brown Trophy, D Forrester; Most Points in Cut Flowers Sections 8 to 14: Marconi Trophy, T Nelson; Fuchsia: Douglas Boath Memorial Trophy, D Forrester; Special Fuchsia Class: Balnacraig Fuchsias Trophy, D Forrester; Pot Plants: Anniversary Cup, A Hain;  Alpines: MJG Bowl, G Reid; Cacti & Succulents: Pitcairns Trophy, D Forrester; Bonsai: DBHS Decanter, A Duff; Most 1st Placed Entries in Sections 5 to 19: Printing Services Show Champions Shield, T Nelson; Just for Fun: Pat & Pat Bacon Fun Cup, D&D Baty; Floral Art: DBHS Silver Jubilee Plate, M Haynes; Floral Displays: Shell Expro Trophy, P Craig; Wines & Beers: DH Chalmers Trophy, M Simpson; Baking & Sweets: Lambert Trophy, G Shah and M Laing (this was a dead heat); Preserves: Dalgety Bay Sports & Social Club Trophy 2005, I Robertson; Handicrafts Traditional: Scothomes Trophy, J Forrester; Handicrafts Contemporary: Curtis Motors Trophy, L Cooper; Most Points in Industrious Sections 24 to 27: DBHS 2006 Trophy, I Robertson; Photography: Henson Trophy, G Bird; Nursing & Residential: Lion’s Club Quaich, Craigie House, Crossgates; Novice: St David’s Quaich, B Kurzman; Green & Recycled: Laughllan-Deans Trophy, J Miflin; Young Gardeners: DBHS Young Gardeners Cup, M Rodger; Local Groups: PJG Trowel Trophy, 1st Dalgety Bay Guides; Allotments: DBHS Allotments Cup, D&D Baty; Schools: Community Council Schools Cup, Donibristle Primary School; DBHS Top Vase: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Vase, D&D Baty; DBHS Top Tray: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Tray, G Whyte; Choice of the Sponsor: DBHS Sponsorship Cup, G Bell.

The Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) Annual Show 2009 will be remembered for the enormous cabbage entered by society member Graham Bell from Meadowfield. This was the first time he entered anything anywhere and I’m sure he will be persuaded to enter more next year. It was entered in Section 1, Class 1, Cabbage on a dish and you couldn’t see the dish. This year again was a well supported show and there are a few new names on the trophies, which is always nice to see. A though the cloud cover was heavy and it rained only for five minutes it was windy and the Trade Tent people nearly blew away at times. Thank you for the support of everyone involved, to all our sponsors and advertisers and to Laura Hastie, who represented Dobbies Dunfermline and presented the trophies. The van Steve Curtis Cars supplied this year was particularly appreciated by Ian Henry, who is a dedicated Pars fan. I’m glad we were able to make his day. 

Michael Gourlay

Chairman, DBHS

June 2009

Many of you will have heard of Green Thumb. Some of you may use them. We use them and we like them. They came and gave us a talk at our last meeting about how they started up, what they do and how they have grown over the last few years. They were all very enthusiastic about the product. The presentation was straight and to the point. Mark, the franchisee introduced the product and was supported by Michael, the technical expert and smiling Norman the marketing man. He was always smiling, he said, because he enjoys his job so much.

The presentation was followed by an informative question and answer session and they even came up with the “spray whisky on the grass joke”………”to keep it half cut”.


May 2009
Bill Tait and Tom Hardwick

The DBHS Gardeners Question Time is now a well established meeting of our syllabus. It is held in partnership with Dobbies in Dalgety Bay and we have a panel of three experts all with a wealth of horticultural knowledge and all with a great sense of humour.

Our first resident panel member is Willie Duncan, an honorary member of DBHS and a great character. He was a Fife Council parks man many years ago and worked with apples. His garden at Dumeldrie near Upper Largo is well worth a visit and is open under Scotland’s Garden Scheme. See the yellow book for more details. He has a poppy named after him, meconopsis Willie Duncan and is well respected in the world of horticulture.

Our second resident panel member is Bill Tait, who was the herbaceous supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh for many years. He has been awarded the horticultural medal from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society for services to horticulture and is now Horticultural Advisor to Dobbies. He is a well travelled man and loves to tell stories of where he has been what he has seen and who he has met.

Our guest and third panel member this year was Tom Hardwick from Dalkeith. Tom is a retired gardener. Do gardeners ever retire? He has been a Vice President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and a past President of the Fuchsia Society. He has also been President of Dalkeith Horticultural Society.

What a threesome. The questions were a wee bitty slow to start with but, as I threatened to tell some jokes if nobody started to ask, people started to ask. There were some examples of diseased plant life and the experts answered as you would expect with a good deal of humour thrown in.

It was a very enjoyable evening with wine and nibbles and shopping available. The income from the raffle was given to Dobbies to present to their chosen charity of CHAS in Kinross. This amounted to just over £80.

April 2009

So, moths are not just dull, brown beasties who fly at lights in the dark and turn to powder when you squash them!! A lot of the butterflies we see flying about in our gardens are, in fact, moths, very colourful and very exotic looking in some cases. Duncan Davidson gave us an insight into the caterpillar to butterfly and moth transformation and what a really captivating talk it was. He is passionate about his subject and the talk was well put over. Most interesting it was.
Mike and Duncan Davidson

March 2009


jim jermyn and mike 20090306

What a really well presented meeting DBHS had at the beginning of March. Jim Jermyn took us on an Alpine finding tour of the Dolomites in Northern Italy and ventured also into the Alps. Mind you, a few visits would be necessary to see all we saw in one evening because of the flowering seasons of different species. He was most interesting and most informative. We are lucky to have such people to come and talk to us. Jim is also Show Manager of the Ayr Flower Show and of Gardening Scotland. He chatted about these as well. The meeting was very well attended with new members coming along for the first time.

February 2009

DBHS held its Annual Cheese and Wine evening on 6th February 2009 and what a night. There was plenty of food, plenty of wine lots of good humor and a different sort of quiz this year. We had close up photographs of everyday objects, some more everyday than others and we had to guess what the object was. It was very good and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We always have a bigger than usual raffle on this night and there were plenty of prizes to go round. Thank you to all who helped in the background and to all of you who donated prizes for the raffle.

January 2009

The first DBHS meeting of 2009 was David Boath on preparing Photography for the Show. His advice was absorbed and some of the photographs he showed were absolutely stunning. On some of them he pointed out little details, which would be judged against you at the show. These details are things that you or I would not really notice but they are what the judge is looking for. The presentation went down really well with those who were at the meeting and feedback has been that it was extremely interesting and well presented. David is a member of DBHS and it’s nice to have a home grown meeting from time to time. Well done and thank you David.


December 2008

DBHS held its Annual General Meeting on 5th December 2008. Business was brisk and a full new Committee was elected within a reasonably short space of time, which left us plenty of time for a Beetle Drive. What a hoot. A really enjoyable evening was had by all who attended. Our AGM is never boring.

November 2008

Bill Tait worked a great deal of his life in the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Latterly he was responsible for the herbaceous borders. Since leaving there he has been the Horticultural Advisor to Dobbies. He was awarded the Horticultural Medal for services to horticulture in Scotland. All in all he is very experienced in his field.

Bill is a world wide traveller and takes photographs wherever he goes. This presentation was about a subject closer to home, Gardens to the North of Inverness of which there are a few. The most well known is the Castle of Mey, which was one of the Queen Mother’s favourite places. Bill designed a hebaceous border here. Other gardens included Dunrobin, the House of Tongue, Lanwell at Berriedale and, of course, Inverewe. It was pleasing to see that, despite the hospitable weather in some of these places, the plants survived. It was a very interesting trip Bill took us on.


Mike and Bill Tait after Bill's talk on "Gardens North of Inverness".

Mike and Bill Tait

October 2008

Tony Payne, Director of the Craigencalt Ecology Centre project at Kinghorn Loch gave his presentation to DBHS on Friday 3rd October 2008. This replaced the scheduled speaker who had had a holiday offer he could not refuse. His wife told him he could go with her or never speak to him again. Tony had slides, which showed Craigencalt to be the really beautiful place it is. Nestling on the shores of Kinghorn Loch the centre is an education centre for the many school children who visit each year. A lot of work is done with the handicapped and those less fortunate than ourselves as well.

Mike with Tony Payne

It is run by a small band of key employees and an army of volunteers. Recycling is a big thing at the centre and this message came over loud and clear in the presentation. The site has charitable status and is well worth a visit. New buildings are planned when the lease runs out on the old ones and these, I’m sure will have the most up to date methods of recycling and power saving there is.


September 2008

DBHS – Annual Show Results 2008

Here are the results of the Dalgety Bay Horticultural (DBHS) 33rd Annual Show, held on 6th September 2008:

Confined Vegetables: Dalgety Quaich, T&R Courts; Confined Flowers: B&D Powell Trophy, T&R Courts; Confined Pot Plants: Maureen Trotter Memorial Trophy: T&R Courts; Most Points in Confined Sections 1,2 and 3: DBHS Championship Quaich, T&R Courts; Confined Industrial: Joe Meldrum Trophy, G Shah; Vegetables: Weekend Magazine Cup, T&R Courts; Best Vegetable entry: NVS Medal, T&R Courts; Fruit: Millennium Quaich, D&D Baty; Herbs: DBHS Silver Jubilee Quaich, T&R Courts; Cut Flowers: Herbaceous & Annuals: Mansfield Trophy, T Nelson; Roses: Stewart Rose Bowl, T&R Courts; Carnations: Carnation Bowl, D Forrester; Chrysanthemums: Dalgety Bay Cup, J Rodger; Dahlia: Garden Plan-It Trophy, D Forrester; Sweet Peas: Society Quaich, T Nelson; Gladioli: J&S Brown Trophy, D Forrester; Most Points in Cut Flowers Sections 8 to 14: Marconi Trophy, D Forrester;Fuchsia: Douglas Boath Memorial Trophy, D Forrester; Special Fuchsia Class: Balnacraig Fuchsias Trophy, D Forrester; Pot Plants: Anniversary Cup, A Hain;  Alpines: MJG Bowl, T&R Courts; Cacti & Succulents: Pitcairns Trophy, T&R Courts; Bonsai: DBHS Decanter, A Duff; Most 1st Places Entries in Sections 5 to 19: Printing Services Show Champions Shield, T&R Courts; Just for Fun: Pat & Pat Bacon Fun Cup, D&D Batyr; Floral Art: DBHS Silver Jubilee Plate, Not Presented; Floral Displays: Shell Expro Trophy, A Weir; Wines & Beers: DH Chalmers Trophy, M Simpson; Baking & Sweets: Lambert Trophy, J Magee; Preserves: Dalgety Bay Sports & Social Club Trophy 2005, G Harraghy; Handicrafts Traditional: Scothomes Trophy, D&J Boath; Handicrafts Contemporary: Curtis Motors Trophy, D Smyth; Most Points in Industrious Sections 24 to 27: DBHS 2006 Trophy, D Smyth; Photography: Henson Trophy, D&J Boath; Nursing & Residential: Lion’s Club Quaich, Benarty View Nursing Home; Novice: St David’s Quaich, J Miflin; Green & Recycled: New Laughllan-Deans Trophy, D&J Boath; Young Gardeners: DBHS Young Gardeners Cup, T Shannon; Local Groups: PJG Trowel Trophy, 1st & 3rd Dalgety Bay Guides; Allotments: DBHS Allotments Cup, I Henry Esq; Schools: Community Council Schools Cup, Dalgety Bay Primary School; DBHS Top Vase: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Vase, G Shah; DBHS Top Tray: A&M Sherry DBHS Top Tray, T&R Courts; Choice of the Sponsor: DBHS Sponsorship Cup, A Duff.

It was a well supported show. There were lots of exhibits. There were lots of people. Although the cloud cover was heavy it did not actually rain but it was windy and the Trade Tent people had to be inside. There were plenty of volunteers to put up the show and plenty of volunteers to take it down again. In particular, this year, a lot of the youngsters helped. Thank you very much to those who helped in any way with the show and thank you to our 2008 Sponsor, Steve Curtis of Steve Curtis Cars, who presented the trophies for us this year.


Michael Gourlay

Chairman, DBHS




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