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Members & their Greenhouses
Ron Haines  

   On the first Monday in September, in blustery conditions and with the light diminishing fast we paid a flying visit to see Ron Haines in Radstock, Somerset.
   Although the weather conditions were not good and the majority of Ronís flowers had long since finished, we were far from disheartened. Through the gloom a stunning basket welcomed us.
   Any one seeing Ronís greenhouses cannot be less than impressed. The only word that can describe them is, immaculate. Many may strive to achieve this standard but few if any actually do.
   No compost, ancillary items or pots (except with plants in, of course!) ever see the inside of his greenhouses. All potting work is carried out in his garage and then painstaking carried over to the greenhouses. The quality of plants and flowers do astonish, none more so than the cutting tubers taken this year.
   Ron has been growing begonias for well over forty year and in his show days exhibited at Berry Barr, Birmingham, Southsea, Hampshire and Clevedon and Weston Super Mare, both in Somerset.
   He was a contemporary of such growers such as Brain Jefferies of Midsomer Norton, George Beevor, Taunton, Ted Haines from Gloucester (no relation), Ray Weekes, Paulton, Cliff Woolley, Fred Martin and Donald Anderson among others. Sadly, a number no longer with us.

It is an inspiration to see Ron and we have vowed to make a timelier visit in 2009.


Cuttings taken 14/04/08


Seedling raised by Maurice Webb


Cuttings taken 14/04/08


Kookaburra


Romance & Flamboyant


Seedling raised by John Chiswell

Pictures and text by Basil Billinger  September 2008

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