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Chairman – Alan Dallman

Membership Secretary – Myfanwy Probyn

Treasurer – Jo Sheehan

Secretary – Roxane Stirling

Committee Members: Laura Boothman, Anne Dallman, Celia Davies, Sylvia Hurst, Yvonne Locke, Jill Marston, Steven Marston, Patrick Roberts, Pat Simons, Rosie Slosek, Gary Sycamore

Contact Details:

Highgate Horticultural Society




Alan Dallman, Chairman,
27 Wood Vale, N10 3DJ
Tel: 020 8883 9186

Roxane Stirling, Secretary, 26 Ashmount Road, N19 3BJ. Tel: 020 7263 6831

Myfanwy Probyn, Membership Secretary,
48 Brookfield Mansions, Highgate West Hill, N6 6AT. Tel: 07896 940 089

Founded in 1859


Newsletter 32 - October 2016


What a strange year for weather - summer in April ... and again in September.  When I was young it was in July and August!

But as I write the wind is whistling and the leaves are blowing around the garden and it now feels like autumn.  You will probably have frozen as many stewed apples as your freezer can take and are looking forward to warming soups after a hard day raking leaves in your garden.  You will have earned a rest so as the day draws to a close, sit down and have a look through the catalogues for bulbs and seeds for next year.  It will be upon us before we know it!

We are always looking for ways to raise funds, so if you can sow a few extra seeds we can sell the plants at our shows. If next year you have a glut of flowers, fruit or vegetables bring them along so we can sell them.  So many of our visitors ask if they can buy the exhibits (which of course they can if they are donated for the auction!) but we have found home grown produce flies off the table so to speak!


It is autumn already, although it only seems like yesterday I wrote that spring was on its way.  Looking out to my garden there is still a lot of colour, but soon the bedding will have to go and the spring bulbs planted.  Don’t forget to study the enclosed schedule for the spring show and plant your daffodils in pots now and, as I do, plant more in about two to three weeks’ time so you have a better chance of perfection for the show. Tulips should be planted late October early November.

The Society, once again, has enjoyed a very successful year. All three shows in 2016 were well attended and it is good to see some new members exhibiting for the first time. The shows could not go on without the exhibitors whose produce and flowers make it worthwhile so thank you all for your efforts.

The organisation of the shows take time and hard work and we are very lucky to have a dedicated but much reduced committee and of course an excellent band of helpers. We are still looking for new committee members so if you are interested contact Roxane or me for a chat.

Another point is that although our membership is fairly healthy we would welcome new faces, so spread the news to family, friends and neighbours.

Happy Gardening.


Show dates for 2017 are 1 April, 15 July and 16 September.  Our AGM will be on 18 March at 2.30pm.  This is your opportunity to have you say in how the Society is run so do please come along.



As we have said many times, we are still looking for able bodied volunteers to help us set up the show on Friday morning particularly, carrying tables and setting them out in the church and of course the same in reverse on Saturday evening.


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