Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

Incorporating The Garden Club

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March – Cheshire gardens

Kevin Pratt from Village Plants, Stockport will be talking about the Private Plants and gardens of Cheshire Village Plants– “For 30 years I was a gardener for the footballers and the millionaires in Hale and Alderley Edge, Cheshire. This is a rare look at the gardens you can’t visit. A look behind the electric gates of some footballers’ and racing drivers’ gardens and one TV celebrity chef, but certainly the very rich households. . . . A light hearted look at the gardens that are strictly PRIVATE.”

And while it is still February, it is not too late to go and look for snowdrops. The National Trust has a list of gardens in the Midlands renowned for their snowdrops here and the Great British Gardens website also has a list here with links to NGS gardens with snowdrops. Not metnioned by either is Hopton Hall  near Wirksworth in Derbyshire – their snowdrop walk is open until March 4th.

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February 2018 Canadian Rockies

This photo of Mesa Verde National Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Dr Peter Thomas Reader in Plant Ecology at Keele University will be giving a talk on the Canadian Rockies. He has been at Keele since 1986. Following degrees in Biology and Ecology and after working for a year, he moved to the University of New Brunswick, Canada supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship to work for a PhD on the regeneration of trees after forest fires.  While at Keele he has spent sabbatical periods as Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada and as Bullard Fellow at Harvard University, USA.

Dr Thomas is also involved with the National Collection of Cherry trees at Keele, which we will be visiting later this year – see the Events page for details.

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December – Endon Well Dressing Festival

wellOur December meeting is on Thursday 14th December when Robert Barton will talk about the Endon Well Dressing Festival. His talk will cover 170 years of history of the event. If you have been inspired by this talk and wish to see well dressings for yourself you can find a calendar of these on the well dressing website – the 2018 calendar will be available in the New Year.

There will also be our usual light refreshments with mince pies etc.

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Trip to London in 2018 WisleyIn conjunction with Regent Travel we have a trip to London on June 9th for three days when on Sunday we will explore some of the gardens open during London Open Garden Squares weekend. Saturday’s excursion is to RHS Wisley shown in the picture from Visit Surrey. The fully escorted trip also includes a visit to Oxford Botanic Gardens on Monday 11th. You can find further details of the trip here. This holiday is now open to all, not just members, so please contact Regent Travel in Stone (01785 818202) for full details and pricing.

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November – The Gardens of France

Our Novembgivernyer meeting sees Duncan Coombs return to give us a talk on The Gardens of France which will focus mainly on the gardens of Bagatelle and Giverny. Duncan Coombs has recently retired from Pershore College where he lectured in Decorative Horticulture. He now writes a monthly blog for the college cataloguing the changing seasons at Pershore.

If you would like to know more about gardens to visit in France there is a useful website to bookmark for your next holiday – ‘French Gardens‘.

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October – Alpines and Bulbs

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On October 12th Rob Potterton of Pottertons Nursery in Lincolnshire will give a talk on Alpines and Bulbs – from Mountains to Market. You may well have come across this nursery at various Plant Fairs locally and they will be bringing plenty of plants for sale after the talk as well. You can pre-order plants for collection on the evening (save postage!) – look at the catalogues on their website for further details. It promises to be a fascinating evening.