Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

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Meetings Update

FURTHER UPDATE – our next talk is on February 15th – this is an afternoon talk on a Monday at 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm) by Nigel Hopes, Head Gardener at Ashwood Nurseries who will take us through ‘A Year in Johns Garden’. This talk is sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club.

Our last talk was February 10th at 7.30. The speaker was Ingrid Millington from Hillview Hardy Plants talking about Auriculas and the talk was sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society. This was a really interesting talk covering both Auriculas and Primulas – download the factsheet. Ingrid has kindly offered a discount to paid-up members of Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society’s Garden Club (and other clubs sponsoring these Zoom talks) for the next 14 days only. Order online and then phone to claim your discount.

On the subject of discounts we can also now claim a discount from Suttons. Again this only available to paid-up members and you will need the discount code which you can get from Helen, who also has a limited number of catalogues available for those unable to get online or order one by post.

As you may know by now our meetings are being held in conjunction with several other garden clubs as part of the Tender Shoots Garden Club Network. They are all via Zoom and some have been recorded and posted on the YouTube channel. These include the January talk by Darren Rudge on gardening on a budget – and you can download the information sheet that accompanied his talk. The fascinating lecture from Simon Gulliver of the National Trust on the Secret Life of Trees will be available for a few more days – until about Feb 20th.

Jim Almond’s talk on Snowdrops and other Winter Joys was not recorded but you can download the list of plants he mentioned.

A list of talks scheduled so far is now on our Programme page and the next talk is Feb 15th – this is an afternoon talk on a Monday at 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm) by Nigel Hopes, Head Gardener at Ashwood Nurseries who will take us through ‘A Year in Johns Garden’. This talk is sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club.

On Wednesday February 17th at 7.30 (rooms open at 7.15) is a talk from Jo Bird –  ‘The Story Behind David Austin Roses’ – Sponsored by a Barlaston Village Garden Club member. Download the plant list.

Keep checking here and watch out for emails as further talks are organised by other clubs and notified to the Network.

If you are unsure about Zoom there are videos on the TSGCN YouTube channel on using Zoom and also how to access the talks via YouTube instead.

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February Meetings

As a club we will continue to have  “virtual”  speakers, in conjunction with Barlaston under the Tender Shoots Gardening Club Network,  all via Zoom. The network now have a full programme booked for February, please note not all are on Thursdays and the times may vary.

Wednesday 3rd February 7-30pm  ‘Snowdrops & Winter/Spring Bulbs’  Jim Almond from Shrewsbury         Sponsored by Stone Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society.

Monday 15 February 2-30pm  ‘A Year in John’s Garden’  Nigel Hopes, Head Gardener at Ashwood                  Nurseries.    Sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club

Wednesday 17th February 7-30pm ‘The Story Behind David Austin Roses’    Jo Bird.    Sponsored by Barlaston  Village Garden Club Member

Monday 22nd February 2-30pm  ‘Establishing & Maintaining  A Wildflower Area’ a talk from John Chambers, Wildflowers, Knaresborough.

For each of these talks do log in about 15 mins before and join the Waiting Room , if you need any Zoom help/training please contact the Tendershoots Garden Club Network as Indy, the Barlaston Chair, is proposing to run a session at the beginning of February.

Members and friends should have received an email or letter with all the details. We will send out a full list for March later in February but do put March 11th in your very busy diary as Dr. Andrew Ward from Norwell Nurseries  will be the speaker.

We hope to ‘see’ some of you at these meetings and are looking forward to the time when we may be able to meet safely in person.

PS – Have you seen that the NGS are now offering live online talks from some of the gardens and gardeners in their scheme? They mostly cost around £10 a talk but there are some interesting ones coming up and it is one way to ‘visit’ those gardens we are currently unable to, as well as helping to raise money for the charity.

In the meantime – here’s a photo of Helen’s Hamamelis ‘Wisley Supreme’

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January Meetings

Our January meeting will be held this coming Thursday January 14th. This will be via Zoom with the Tender Shoots Gardening Clubs Network.

Our speaker is Darren Rudge with a talk entitled Gardening on a Budget – Teabags, Bras and Tights. It promises to be a very entertaining evening and one not to be missed.

Members and friends should have received an email or letter with details for joining in with these meetings. It is very easy and you do not need to install anything on your tablet or computer – you can even join in by phone.

The meeting is due to start at 7.30 but the ‘waiting room’ will open at 7.15 and you should find the opportunity to then move into the our club’s breakout room so you can meet and chat with friends beforehand – each club has its own ‘room’.

If you are not a club member or friend but would like to attend then please contact the Tender Shoots Network or Indy at Barlaston Village Garden Club for details on how to join the meeting.

On Wednesday January 20th at 7.30 we have the opportunity to join in with another Tender Shoots Zoom talk – this will be given by Simon Gulliver from the National Trust on The Secret Life of Trees.

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2021 Meetings

For the foreseeable future our meetings will be held online via Zoom. You do not have to install this on your computer or tablet – you can join in a meeting directly via the internet. You can also enjoy a sound-only meeting if you have no computer by using your phone and dialling in to the meeting.

We will be joining with Barlaston Village Garden Club and other local groups under the joint title of:-

        Tender Shoots Garden Club Network

(Here we must add our thanks to Indy, Chairman of the Barlaston Garden Club, for setting all this up and organising it.)

Wednesday 6th January at 7-30pm will be a Barlaston Club meeting with the chance for you to join and try out Zoom and ask any questions you may have.

To join the Zoom meetings, please contact Indy via the Tender Shoots Facebook page or the Barlaston Village Garden Club website.

Future dates for your diary:-

Thursday 14th January at 7-30pm         “Gardening on a Budget – Teabags, Bras and Tights”.

                                                                    Speaker   Darren Rudge

Wednesday 20th January at 7-30 pm    “The Secret Life of Trees”

                                                                    Speaker  Simon Gulliver — National Trust.

Wednesday 3rd February at 7-30pm       “Snowdrops and Winter/Spring Bulbs”

                                                                     Speaker    Jim Almond

Wednesday 17th February at 7-30pm     “The Story Behind David Austin Roses”

                                                                    Speaker    Jo Bird

We hope you will join in with this network of clubs and enjoy linking up with like-minded gardeners.

Please contact Indy for any help or advice on joining the Zoom meetings via

Members and Friends will all be sent details of future events but do keep up-to date with Stone C & D  via our website.

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Happy New Year

Tier 4 isn’t the best way to start 2021 but here’s saying a big thank you to all the NHS, care workers, and other essential workers who have kept everything going – and an equally big thank you to the researchers who have managed to produce vaccines that work. Hopefully this coming year will see us (eventually) return to some form of normality.

In the meantime let us celebrate our gardens, the joy and solace they brought over the difficult months of last year and the hope they bring for this year