Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

Incorporating The Garden Club

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2016-07-03 12.13.21Byron Machin, a geography teacher from the Staffordshire Moorlands, has a passion for all aspects of landscape history. He has been researching our native British orchids, particularly those of the Peak District for a number of years and on Thursday April 11th, will be sharing that research with us.

Our Plant Sale is next month – May 4th. If you are likely to have any surplus plants you can donate please let Helen know.

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Richard and Jill Rawlings, owners of Mynd Hardy Plants, will be talking about the History of Walled Gardens at our March meeting on Thursday 14th.


Mynd Hardy Plants is a plant nursery within the Victorian walled garden of Delbury Hall at Diddlebury, Shropshire. Well worth a visit, they also open for the NGS (as shown above), and featured on BBC Gardeners’ World in April 2015.


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2018-12-25 09.21.44National Hellebore Collection Holder Mike Byford will be bringing plants for sale from Hazles Cross Farm Nursery, Kingsley to accompany this seasonal talk on February 14th. Of his passion for Hellebores Mike says –

“I have had a passion for hellebores for over 30 years since discovering them in the gloomy depths of winter illuminating an otherwise drab winter garden in a large stately home. From there I investigated the work of Elizabeth Strangman, Helen Ballard and Will McLewin in studying the wild species and developing further the range of garden hybrids first developed by the early Victorians in Germany and the UK.”


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January AGM

Happy New Year!

Our January meeting is on Thursday 10th, and as it is our AGM meeting it starts a little earlier at 7.30. As we have a lot to get through there will be no plant sales table this month, so please save any spares for February.

Our speaker this month will be David Emley from Staffordshire WIldlife Trust talking about 42 years of watching wildlife. Our advertised speaker – Andrew Dobraszczyc – is unfortunately unable to come this month; we look forward to welcoming him another time.

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December – Christmas Crackers

Our December meeting is on Thursday 13th and starts at the much earlier time of 2.30pm – we will be having an Afternoon Tea instead of an evening supper, which will be served at 3.30. The cost for this meeting will be £3.50, not £1.50 to help cover the cost of the tea. All refreshments are provided so no need to bring anything except yourselves (and your ticket)! If you were unable to attend the November meeting to buy your cream tea ticket please contact Helen Harrison.

2017-10-29 15.45.24Before tea our speaker is Janette Merilion from Billinghay in Lincolnshire who will talking about plants for the Festive Season, the title of her talk being Christmas Crackers. She is a garden designer and historian who has designed over 300 gardens to date and has done a garden-makeover series for Yorkshire Television.

Please remember you will need to pay for parking if you park in the carpark by the Centre.