Secretary’s report:2018 Annual General Meeting
Before presenting this report, I apologise for not being here this evening but I am away on a winter break.
CHANCES ARE your pile of unread books has never looked more impressive: a Babylonian tower of gardening books, ferociously ambitious cook books and novels so long and obscure they’re really only for beach holiday emergencies. If you’re lucky – really lucky – you bought and read the recently issued The Irish Garden magazine which included Martin and Carmel’s garden “facing the wild Atlantic!” The magazine costs €4.95 so why not treat yourself!
The story of a single gardening season and yet so much more than that, it brings the year to vivid life
on so many levels: the trips to Antrim Castle and Clew Bay garden trail: the visits to open gardens by society members in the early summer; the many and varied guest speakers; and the members hopes, fears, and stories of gardening and battling against climate change in a very wet summer and autumn.
While the new gardening season is still a couple of months off, behind the scenes there have been a great deal of work taking place to ensure the smooth running of the society. Dinners, meetings, new meeting venue, speakers, and newsletters have been organised – they do not organise themselves!!
I want to extend special thanks to:
my wife, Ethna who works in the jungle (while I grow one) and who provides support in so many ways.-Eileen McGonigle for her inspirational leadership of the society.-Hedi Coyle for her continuing dedication to produce an informative and humorous newsletter. -Denise Keys for taking on the Treasurers task and the responsibility of accounting for the cash.-John Dickie for his advice, support and wealth of experience. Carole Sowerby and Anna Baskin for their dedication to plant sales and all those who contribute plants for sale.
All the helpers and members who supplied plants for the Mountcharles Heritage day and successful fund raising. For all the members who pass on their secrets and who treasure the living world plants, insects,frogs and the birds etc For all my gardening friends, who continue to inspire me with their enthusiasm, and who freely share their ideas, their gardens and their passion for plants. Enjoy the gardening year.