The August speakers at the Comox Valley Horticultural Society will be Mervillites Jim Webb and Summer Joy. Last September these avid gardeners went back to England, where they had been living until moving here in 2010. Amongst the various garden adventures they indulged in while there, they attended the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Malvern Autumn Show.
There are a number of huge RHS show events, all with long histories, held throughout the year in England, with the best known probably being the Chelsea Flower Show. At Malvern, the RHS hold a Spring Show and an Autumn Show. The autumn event focuses on fruit, vegetables and flowers of the season.
It is hard for people here to imagine the vast scope and size of this sort of horticultural event. It is truly enormous, jam-packed with beautiful and amazing displays and competitions, and also includes vendors for just about everything related to gardening, from plants to tools to garden ornaments to handcrafts of all kinds, and fabulous food and drink. One part of the slide show presentation on Monday night will feature the amazing giant vegetables competition. If you have an interest in knowing more about what goes on in the gardening world in England come to our meeting on August 17.