Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

Incorporating The Garden Club

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Virtual Show Part 5

After a flurry of late entries we are able to bring you lots of flowers from our gardens today – all the photos taken in the last ten days or so.

plus a few more

and even more . .

and finally Fiona sent us this photo with a note – “I know this one isn’t exactly flowers in my garden, but I got it into Garden News and members might be interested? I’ve raised over £1000 now for Little Hearts Matter ( at the garden gate”.

Congratulations to Fiona – and “well done” to all the members who have managed to get photos here on time.

As a finale to our Show tomorrow’s slides will feature those photos taken at other times of the year – gardens and flowers.

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Virtual Flower Show Part 4

Its not only flowers providing colour and interest at this time of year. We are harvesting fruits and the berries and seed-heads of other plants are attracting a variety of birds as well providing a bit of movement and brightness in the borders.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more flowers from our September gardens.

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Virtual Flower Show

This is the first installment of this week’s Virtual Flower (and Garden) Show from the Garden Club of the Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society. As we said in our last post – this is being held due to the cancellation of the Society’s Annual Show

We thought we would start the week with some flowers from our gardens in the last few days. Sit back and enjoy the show . . .

More pictures tomorrow . . .

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Today (19th) should have been the 34th Annual Show of the Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society.

Sadly it had to be cancelled so instead we asked our Garden Club members to go out into their gardens during the last week to take photos.

Starting on Monday we will be presenting our Virtual Garden and Flower Show here – featuring not just chrysanths and dahlias but all sorts of flowers, fruits, berries and seedheads that have provided colour in the gardens recently.

Hopefully things will be back to ‘normal’ by next September and we will be able to hold our Annual Show again, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy this peek into our gardens over the next few days.

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Programme Update

We regret that owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we have decided to cancel all our Autumn meetings. We will review the situation again in November.

We hope to be able to book these speakers to come again once it is safe enough to meet.

Please keep sending any photos of your gardens and plants to us (address on your membership card) and we will feature them here.

These are a few from the last month

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More gardens open for visits

Not just gardens but Plant Fairs too.

Gardens are opening locally for the NGS – you will have to book a timed visit– and two to look out for are opening on Sunday July 26th:- Ruth and Clive Plant at Yew Tree Cottage are opening for the last time this season. and  Peter and Margaret Hargreaves’s lovely garden is open at Grafton Cottage.

Then there are a couple of Plant Fairs to look forward to as well –

Sandon Hall Plant Fair on Sunday 2nd August will be taking place. The fair will be held on the grass and gravel frontage outside the North of the Hall (not inside the gardens) and there will be 10 plant nurseries and 3 garden accessories. The opening times have changed and the FAIR OPENS AT 0900 AND CLOSES AT 1400 .The entrance fee is now £2 per person and entrance to the gardens (a bit overgrown due to the pandemic we are told) is by donation.

The Plant Fair at Dorothy Clive Garden will also be going ahead on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August.
A limited number of tickets will be available for the event from this Monday (20th July). There will be two bookable sessions as follows on both days: – 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm with a maximum of 300 places on each session. To reserve a place(s) please call Plant Fairs 01630 647237 or email  Tickets can be posted to your home address.
The entry fee is £4 per person for entry to the plant fair and gardens.

Here are a few more photos from our Instagram posts

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Open Gardens Weekends

Sadly many of these Open Gardens weekends have had to be postponed for a year but many places have produced video tours instead.

Coming up is The Haywoods & Colwich Gardens which are not open this year but they have Virtual Open Gardens on-line. It will only be on line until the end of this month. “Not as sophisticated a presentation as Eccleshall but a good effort” is what we’ve been told!

Barlaston Open Gardens has also been postponed and you can find a video on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile here are some photos from our Instagram account


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July and RHS Tatton Park

Gardens are continuing their slow re-opening and we are getting used to having to book a time slot for our visits. You can find further information on the various websites including the National Garden Schemethe National Trust, and our local gardens such as Trentham.

Next on our wishlist are the RHS Shows – we have had a virtual Chelsea and this month sees RHS Tatton Park which will also be a virtual show this year starting on July 22nd. You can read more about the effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on the RHS shows and gardens here.

Here are some photos from previous shows attended by members – first is the Harrogate Show in 2019

Chatsworth in 2017

Chelsea in 2017

and finally Tatton Park also in 2017

You’ll find lots of photos on our Instagram account at stone_candd_garden_club and we will post some of them here later in the month.