On Sunday 11 August Parham House was once more the venue for a 'Grow Your Own Festival' - a gathering of local Horticultural Societies, food producers and small holders.
For the second year committee members loaded a camper van at dawn with all the paraphernalia and essential items needed to erect, stock and decorate a stall inviting enough to attract visitors and maybe increase our membership. The stall also needed to be educational and advertise the purpose of our society. The committee had brought along produce from their own gardens or plots, together with preserves, jam and even strawberries in gin. There was a steady flow of people interested in what we had to offer, especially the leaflets on companion planting and garden weeds which prove popular at all the shows COGS attends.
The weather was ideal, sunny but not too hot and from time to time helpers were able to slip away to view the other exhibits. There were stalls selling produce and vegetables to plant out, others with herbs and essential oils, a display of bee keeping, honey for sale, and some livestock.
The gardens were open, as was the house, both well worth a visit and very lovely, full of historical interest. The head gardener, Tom Brown, had given us a talk earlier in the year and we were able to investigate the progress of the various projects he had described. In spite of the hard work involved the shows we attend as a society are always worthwhile and fun.
With especial thanks to John and Anne Bennett for allowing us the use of their camper van, pergola and other equipment, and of course to Penelope and all other members of the committee and society who helped to make the day a success.

Report by Susan Sinnett-Jones