Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

Incorporating The Garden Club


Visitors and guests are welcome to attend meetings which are usually held on the second Thursday of the month at 7.45 prompt at Christ Church Centre, Christchurch Way, Stone ST15 8ZB
Admission £1.50 including refreshments.

2020 Programme of Monthly Meetings

We regret that we have have felt it necessary to cancel all our talks from April until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to book these speakers again once meeting together is possible in a safe environment.

9th January

7.30pm  AGM (Members Only)

7.45pm – David Wilkinson       –   My Favourite Staffordshire Places

David Wilkinson was Stafford Borough Council Archaeologist until retirement. His talk is a personal choice of some twenty favourite places.

13th Feb

Anthony Tavenor – The discovery of Plas Cadnant hidden garden.

Plas Cadnant is an historic garden under restoration, situated between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey.  Anthony Tavenor, the current owner, bought the 200 acre estate in 1996 and started the restoration.

12th March

Colin Parkes – Gladioli.

Colin Parkes is the Vice-Chairman of the National Gladiolus Society.

9th April  CANCELLED

Heather Godard – Pelargoniums

Heather Godard is from Fibrex Nursery, a family business set up some 50 years ago by Hazel and Dick Key and situated at Petworth. They specialise in Pelargoniums and Hedera (ivies), holding National Collections of both groups.


Peter Gardener  – The Glory of Gardens.

Peter Gardener, the National Garden Scheme County Organiser for Derbyshire,  looks at some of the NGS gardens open in this county.

11th June  CANCELLED

Byron Machin – The Red Data List.

Byron Machin gives us a tour of some of Britain’s rarest flora.

9th July –  CANCELLED

Helen Picton – Its not time for bed yet.

Helen Picton from Old Court Nursery and Picton Garden will look at a wide range of plants suitable for late summer and autumn.

10th September – CANCELLED

Jim Almond  – The all year bulb garden.

A welcome return for retired Biomedical Scientist Jim Almond, whose interests cover all bulbs including snowdrops. He also has a keen interest in Alpines.

8th October – CANCELLED

Tracy Foster – Gardening with the Brontes

Our speaker, Tracy Foster, is a garden designer living in Leeds and has regularly created gardens at RHS Shows, winning several medals, including three golds – one of which was at Chelsea, 2012, for the ‘Brontes’ Yorkshire Garden’. A talk not to be missed!

12th November – CANCELLED

7pm – Gardenalia – our annual sale of surplus from our sheds.

Followed by –

7.45 pm – Mark Duffle – Dragon Mountain, Drakensberg.

A botanical journey to the Dragon Mountain with Mark Duffle, a botanical and environmental consultant based in Shropshire. and

10th December CANCELLED

Margaret (Peggie) Leslie – Christmas Flower arrangements.

NB This is an afternoon meeting to be followed by light refreshments.