January Newsletter out now

The January edition of the Newsletter should have reached members by now, by post or email according to their preference.

Last year, we celebrated twenty years of production with a look back at our first four issues, in 1998, and a few more retrospectives have crept into this latest issue. The Fruit Novice is storing quinces in a very old-fashioned way, member Stuart Denton has found a cache of old magazines and promises to entertain us with snippets from the 1930s and 40s, and yes, there really was a Granny Smith. In addition to her (it?), George Baker looks at the origin of some his local apples, as does James Ellson (to avoid losing at scrabble yet again) and Anne Lee is back on the trail of Ernest Oddy’s old notebooks. Plus we have reports on some past events and information on events to come, appeals for help, some research results on mulch, Chris Simmonds on eating fuchsia berries (truly), Celia Cropper on quinces, and lots more.

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January Newsletter

How the time races by! I am already beginning to put together the January edition of the Group’s Newsletter, so if there’s anything about fruit that you are dying to say, now’s your chance. Contributions, comments or enquiries are all welcome and should be sent to me at nfg.newsletter@gmail.com.  Editor

Annual General Meeting this weekend

Our Annual General Meeting will be held this coming  Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 1.30pm at Harlow Carr Garden, and will be followed by a talk by Martin Fish entitled “A North Yorkshire Garden”.  

You will find the draft minutes of the 2017 AGM as an appendix to the October Newsletter. No further papers will be circulated; the agenda and other documents will be tabled at the AGM.

If you are attending, please bring with you your membership card, or wear your NFG sweat shirt, to get free admission to the Garden. There should be time after the meeting to have a look round the Garden, which won the title of best garden in the North East in a recent poll.

The Constitution allows for 13 members on the Executive Committee and we have only 10, so there is room for three more. Why not nominate someone you think would do a good job, or consider standing yourself (in which case please contact our Chairman to discuss it)? You don’t have to be an expert; our society covers a whole range of expertise, and sometimes we need someone to speak up for beginners.

More information about Martin Fish can be found on his website.

Apple Event, October 31 to November 4

The Group’s annual Apple Event will take place this year from Wednesday October 31 to Sunday November 4 in the Lodge and Greenhouse at Harlow Carr Garden in Harrogate. 

Dozens of varieties of apples will be on display, and experts will be available to identify any mystery specimens you care to bring along. 

Setting up will take place on Monday and Tuesday October 29-30. Volunteers are needed both to help with setting up, and to ‘police’ the event as it takes place. You do not need to be an expert! This could be a great learning opportunity, as well as supporting a fruit group event. If you would like to help, please contact Margaret Drury (details in the Newsletter).

Admission to the event is free, as is admission to the Garden if you can prove you belong to the NFG by producing your membership card or wearing our shirt.

For an introduction to the science – or should that be art? – of apple identification, see Anne Lee’s article in our October Newsletter.

October Newsletter

Oops, the October Newsletter hit a bit of a glitch, and will be a few days late, but it should be arriving in members’ mail boxes soon.

Not surprisingly at this time of the year, there’s lots of information about apples and orchards, and what to do with your surplus fruit. Anne Lee explains some of the mysteries of apple identification, James Ellson plans to name a new apple after his long-suffering wife, and there’s more information on how to breed a new cultivar. Plums also get a look-in, with Chris Simmonds following her bizarre method of dealing with pear midge (July Newsletter) with an equally curious remedy for the wretched plum moth. We take a look at two exciting compost items, tea bags and snake eggs, and at the introduction of exotic tropical fruits in the eighteenth century.

So there’s plenty there to amuse and inform as the nights draw in and you can relax a little.

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Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter is now available and in it you will find loads of information on growing and using fruit, as well as some new ideas to try. Peacotums anyone?

We have lots on new plants in general and new hybrids in particular, and on things to do in your greenhouse, with or without the approval of your partner.  The Fruit Novice takes a holiday, Anne Lee spans two decades at Hunt House and Parcevall Hall, John Stewart is concocting alcoholic drink and Chris Simmonds threatens to try a new and exciting method of massacring pear midge.

Plus all the usual information about events and shows.  In particular, see the item about our summer visit to Ripon Walled Garden, and think about joining this interesting day out with like-minded folk.

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