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April Update

April 11th, 2021

In May we were supposed to be going on a visit to Cairn o’Mhor Winery near Inchture on the A90 between Perth and Dundee. They make fruit wines and cider and this was to be our “fruit” talk. We have not had a fruit talk for a number of years, so this was it. Sadly, it is not to be and we have cancelled it. Maybe next year. I sincerely hope so.

The DBHS Annual Plant Sale has been cancelled also. Some said we could have it outside but we are slaves to the weather, and we’ve had some really wet days at the Plant Sale. Left overs from the Plant Sale usually go to the DBHS stall at the Gala but there is no Gala this year, so no DBHS plant stall.

The April meeting, on Friday 2nd April 2021, was cancelled. It was the second time Tom Campbell had been asked to give his presentation on Brighter Bervie. Tom headed a floral team in Inverbervie on the east coast between Montrose and Stonehaven. They did some wonderful displays around the town. The Scottish Gardeners’ Forum (SGF) held their AGM there one year and we were shown around. It was beautiful.

The DBHS Committee is working on a reduced schedule for the DBHS Annual Show by photograph and we will endeavour to publish a show schedule and circulate it with the next Grapevine. There will be fewer classes than usual in the published sections. There will not be as many Vegetable classes. All the Cut Flower Sections will be amalgamated to make one Cut Flowers Section and all the Pot Plants Sections will be amalgamated to make one Pot Plants Section. There will be a much reduced Industrious Section as well. Exhibitors will send their exhibits in by photograph. There will be the usual prize money, but no trophies will be awarded. Hopefully, many of you will enter.

We are looking forward to this challenge but we will miss the usual buzz of the Annual Show.

The “Jobs for” April part of the DBHS report is on the tips page to see what jobs you should be doing at this time of year.

Michael Gourlay