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Our annual ‘Gardenalia’ is on October 11th. This is a very popular sale of garden items and plants – search the back of the shed and the greenhouse and dig out those tools and pots you no longer use as they are almost certainly just what someone else has been looking for.
The sale will be followed by a ‘Dahlias’ talk from Jason Smith, a National Dahlia Society judge.
The 32nd Annual Open Show of the Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society will be held on September 15th at Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane, Stone. The Show is open to the public at 2pm. Flowers will be for sale at the show. See the Events page for further details.
We have no meeting in August, our next meeting is on Thursday 6th September – please note that this is a week earlier than usual. This is because our Annual Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society Show takes place on Saturday September 15th at Walton Community Centre – further details on the Events page.
Our speaker for the evening meeting is Michael Myers from Craven College, Skipton whose talk is entitled An Alternative Kitchen Garden. He is an Alpine and bulb/hardy orchid enthusiast, so who knows what grows in alternative kitchen gardens – you will just have to come along to find out!
If you want go visiting gardens over the summer break don’t forget Barlaston Open Gardens on July 14th – 15th and then have a look at our Links page for further ideas. There are over thirty gardens listed in the NGS Yellow Book as opening over the summer.
An interesting evening ahead on July 12th as Dr Steve Reynolds discusses ‘plant problems’. Steve is best known as one of Shropshire’s experts on plant pests and diseases and is a popular speaker on the circuit. He has run garden clinics with the likes of David Bellamy and Daphne Ledward at Southport Flower Show and advises award-winning nurseries such as Ashwoods. Recently he has been teaching Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ trainees to ‘Know Their Enemies!‘. In 2007, Steve was honoured with an invitation to appear on the Celebrity Grow It Stage at the NEC’s Gardeners’ World Live Event. He’s also been present on Gardeners’ Question Time duty at the Holker Hall Festival in the Lake District, the Midlands Summer Gardeners’ Weekend, the Welsh Gardening Show in Llangollen and the Royal Welsh Show on many occasions. In any spare time, he loves volunteer bus driving for Shropshire, plant problem troubleshooting for the National Trust and serious social walking / hill climbing.
Please bring your poorly plants for a diagnosis!
The Journeys and Plant Collections of William Lobb are explored this month by Mark Paviour from Wigmore in Herefordshire. Employed by James Veitch & Sons of Exeter, William Lobb was one of the Victorian Plant Collectors responsible for many of the plants we have in our gardens today, including this Crinodendron or Chinese Lantern Bush.
Mark has been involved in horticulture for forty years including managing a nursery, Head Gardener of seven prestigious gardens, and arboricultural work. He now works free-lance and is co-owner of Paviour & Davies Plants which specialises in South American plants.
Also in June Great Bridgford have their “Scarecrows and Gardens Sunday” on June 10th from 10am to 5pm and Eccleshall Open Gardens Weekend is June 16th – 17th.
Barlaston Community Group also have some garden-related events between May and June. This coming weekend – Sat 12th & Sun 13th May 2pm-5pm – Barlaston Hall opens for the National Gardens Scheme and on May 29th at 7:45pm Hooks Green Herbs – Barlaston Gardens Question time at Barlaston Village Hall. Further details on the website.
This month we travel further afield to the Gambia to explore its flowering plants with Dr Michael Jones – an enthusiastic botanist with a particular interest in parasitic plants. Some of you may recall he came and gave us a fascinating talk on mistletoe back in December 2016. Until recently he was Head of Science at Newman University, Birmingham and has taught in both the UK and Africa. He is also the author of a book on the flowering plants of the Gambia, published in 1994.
We look foward to seeing you on May 10th.
Don’t forget our Annual Plant Sale on May 5th at St. Michael’s Hall, Further details on the Events page.
Brian Ellis from Avondale Nurseries in Coventry is bringing a slide show of pictures from the ‘Library Garden’ at the Nursery. He describes hinself as an enthusiastic plantaholic – he just can’t stop collecting.
“We are now National Collection Holders for three plant families, Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae, Anemone nemorosa and Sanguisorba. Our Wood Anemones are stunning when the nursery opens in March. Our Sanguisorbas are in flower throughout the summer, and over 50 varieties of Michaelmas Daisies are on show in our display garden in September.”
An article in The English Garden , March 2018 has a lovely article about the Nursery and the wood anemones in particular. They have about forty varieties for sale, many not available elsewhere.
Advance Notice – Don’t forget our Annual Plant Sale on May 5th at St Michael’s Hall. Further details on the Events page.