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Members & their Greenhouses
John Chiswell    Part 1

John, a member of the affectionately named group of growers the “Radstock Mafia”, is a regular “must visit” from time to time. He is lives in Midsomer Norton where he carries out his propagating activities, with his show plants located at a nearby site in the village of Chilcompton.
   We visited on the Monday after the National Show on a wet and windy evening up on the Mendips. However, what we saw brightened our day. You would have thought that after the National there would not be too much to see. How wrong could you be?
   John grew 130 plants to supply blooms for both the Portchester and Bideford Area Shows in early August and a further 320 plants to cover the National in early September. (Click on National Show link to see how John got on) Of this number 40 are selected and the balance remained back at base. On our visit some of these were of course going over, some in their prime and the others catching up.
   Together with John’s help I took many pictures and a selection is shown below and others will follow in the next instalment.  


Growing complex


Greenhouse left


Greenhouse right


Dorothy White


Shade house


City of Ballaarat


Gypsy


George Tatton


Helen Jessica


Angela Jane


Christine Barclay


Beverley B

Part 2
Pictures and text by Basil Billinger  September 2008
 John's Greenhouse  2009

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