Gardeners Newsletter September 2017

Gardeners Newsletter September 2017


I am delighted and honoured that I was nominated at the Lammas Court to be your first lady Deacon for the year 2017/18. It is wonderful to be part of a family tradition. William Watson, my great grandfather, was Deacon in 1899/1900 and my father T.Iain Robertson in 1978/79.  I have already met many of you at our community and social events and I look forward to meeting you and your friends throughout this coming year.

Pauline Bell

Forthcoming Events

Choosing Dinner:
Our main event is of course the Choosing Dinner on Friday 13th October 2017 and I am delighted Baroness Annabel Goldie and Ewen Mackie (Ex Deacon of the Bonnetmakers & Dyers) are my speakers. I look forward to welcoming you and your friends.  Please contact Susan Dickson, Deputy Clerk, on for tickets.

Evening with the Gardeners
Our Evening with the Gardeners will be held on Friday 9th March 2018. This will be a musical evening with a floral twist!

Garden Visit
Our Garden Visit will be to Branklyn Gardens in Perth on Saturday 19th May 2018. We will see the gardens at their best, in particular meconopsis poppies and azaleas. The Head Gardener will show us round before enjoying our picnic.

Click here for Branklyn Gardens webpage

Recent Craft Activities

The Let Glasgow Flourish Awards

Prize winners at the Let Glasgow Flourish Awards in the Grand Hall of the Trades House

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The Let Glasgow Flourish Awards is a great event for our Craft and over 200 floral displays are judged.  The event welcomes many new people to the Trades House each year. Master Sarah Jane Davidson coordinates the awards and judging was completed this month by many of our Craft members.

This year's winner was McIntosh House in Blythswood Square. Douglas Kinnard and Stella Fraioli are receiving the Robertson Silver Spade from the Lord Provost in the picture above. Douglas is also the chair of The Blythswood Gardens which also greatly enhance this part of Glasgow. Scottish Gardener magazine featured an excellent article.

Click here for link to Scottish Gardener

Community and Apprentices

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I was delighted to see John MacFarlane receive third prize in the Trades House Apprentices Awards. He is based at Rouken Glen Park in the Young Enterprise Scotland program.  Pictured here with Deacon Nick Parry.
Thanks to our Collector Bill Peebles for arranging the opportunity for our Deacon Nick Parry to present a cheque to the Gold Medal apprentices from the Glasgow Colleges for their super display at Gardening Scotland.   

Craftex Exhibition

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Our Craftex Exhibition which was started by Ex Convenor Sandford is held each June and attracts many wonderful displays, including the floral displays shown above. Dawn Robertson won the Advanced Category, and Liana Cardillo, the non-Advanced category.

Chain Gang Lunch

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Pictured above is Dr Alastair Dorwood, our Deacon Convenor Elect hosting the first get-together for this years "Chain Gang".

Gardeners' Civic Dinner at City Chambers
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A civic dinner was held in the City Chambers to celebrate 400 years since our Craft joined the Trades House.  Here are photos of Craft members enjoying the event.

Gardener's Brooch
We have had a beautiful silver brooch designed which is not only elegant but can also be used a buttonhole.  These will be on display and available to purchase at the Choosing Dinner.

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We would like to welcome Finulla McClosky from Glasgow Botanic Gardens as our newest member to the Master Court.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to be more involved in any of the activities or introduce new members to our Craft.  Please contact our Deputy Clerk, Susan Dickson on or visit our webpages for further information.


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