Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

Incorporating The Garden Club


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Our talk last month on Forest Fires from Dr Peter Thomas was fascinating and very informative – it turns out the fires in forests are indeed ‘a good thing’ and we need to manage our forests in a more sustainable way to prevent these fires from becoming uncontrollable.

Our next evening meeting will be on Thursday March 9th at the Christ Church Centre in Stone, starting at 7.30pm when our speaker will be Don Witton with Once Seen, Never Forgotten – “Whether it is unforgettable garden scenes, beautiful flower blooms, bizarre plant names or hilarious horticultural encounters, this talk has an eclectic mix of images caught on camera during my garden and wildflower travels around this country and further afield.”

Bugle (Ajuga reptans) – a wild flower and sometimes a garden flower but it’s name has nothing to do with musical instruments.

There are several updates so keep scrolling for events in no particular order . . . .

Also coming up this month are two Zoom talks via the Tendershoots Garden Club Network (see their website for details on how to join in)

March 20th Monday – Peter Moore – ‘Plant Breeding’- It’s extremely likely you will already have one of his plants growing in your garden.

March 27th Monday – George Hargreaves – Notable Botanic Gardens of the UK

Spring is definitely on the way as the Plant Hunter Fairs are back too. First is Saturday March 25th at Sugnall Walled garden near Eccleshall. 10 – 4pm; admission £1. The following day (Sunday 26th) is one at Arley Hall, Northwich; 10 -4 again and admission £2.

Those of you who came on our trip to Ashwoods Nursery and John’s Garden in September may be pleased to know that our trip has helped raise money for their charity of 2022 – The Albrighton Trust – We are pleased to announce that the total raised by the Ashwood Charitable Trust for our 2022 Charity of the Year, the Albrighton Trust, is an amazing £26,895.10! Thank you to all of our customers and friends who have helped us raise this amount through purchasing tickets for Hellebore Tours and Garden Tours, visits to John’s Garden and many kind donations. You may also like to know that The Albrighton Trust gardens are open to the general public to visit all year round. For more information about visiting the gardens and seeing what fantastic facilities the charity have to offer, visit

We have had a plea from The Dorothy Clive Garden –

We are looking for gardening volunteers to help keep our Garden looking beautiful for our visitors.

Do you have a few hours to spare? Are you interested in gardening? (not essential). If you would be interested in helping out we will be holding a volunteer social event in our Tearoom on Wednesday 8th March at 11.00am. Why not come along for a cup of tea and a cake, chat to other volunteers and find out how you can help out.

If you aren’t able to attend on the day please get in touch at We look forward to meeting you.

If you are closer to another garden that is open to the public they too may require volunteers (indeed many gardens rely on them) – it is always worth asking!

Finally did you know that 6th – 12th March is Cultivation Street Week ? It is all about community gardens, school gardens, allotments etc. Have a look on the website to find out more.

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