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.

2021 Programme of Monthly Meetings

We will be holding a programme of meetings this year, but via Zoom thanks to cooperation with the Barlaston Village Garden Club and the newly formed Tender Shoots Garden Club Network. Please contact them via their website or Facebook pages to join the meetings. Meetings open at 7.15 (usually) for a 7.30 start. You are welcome to attend all the the talks and events listed below, not just the ones we have sponsored. If you struggle with Zoom the talks are live-streamed on You Tube and you may find that easier.

Some of the talks are available on the Tender Shoots YouTube channel for about a month after the talk.

Members and friends – please keep an eye on your inbox for details of all meetings and events. Those organised so far –


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 10th February at 7.30 pm.  “Auriculas”  Speaker – Ingrid Millington from Hillview Hardy Plants. Sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society. 

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

Monday Feb 22nd  at 2.30pm (meeting rooms open 2.15pm)   “Wildflowers – Establishing & maintaining a wildflower area” – John Chambers from Knaresborough.  Sponsored by Barlaston Village Garden Club


Monday March 1st  at 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm)    “New tricks for old gardeners”.  Talk from Katherine Crouch (Chelsea Gold Medalist). Sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club.

Wednesday March 3rd  at 7.15pm – “Love & War, How we created our garden birds”  Speaker – Kevin Reynolds.   Sponsored by Great Bridgeford & District Garden Guild

Wednesday March 10th at 7.15pm  –  “The Making of Bridgewater Garden: Plans & Progress”. Speaker – Marcus Chiltern Jones.  Sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society.

Thursday March 11th at 7.15pm –  “Brilliant Borages, starring the pulchritudinous Pulmonarias”  Speaker – Dr. Andrew Ward, Norwell Nurseries.   Sponsored by Stone Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society Garden Club. The Borage family is very diverse and contains familiar and unfamiliar garden plants often with intense flower colour. This talk is great for spring and looks at Pulmonarias, Omphalodes, Brunnera, Symphytum, Anchusas and others plus plants from outside the family that will complement them. Download a plant list.

Wednesday Mar 17th at 7.15pm – Quiz – from Kings Bromley Garden Club


Tuesday  April 6th at 7.30pm –  “Succulent Gardens”. Talk from Howard Drury.  Sponsored by Burbage Garden Club.

Thursday April 8th at 7.30 pm  –  ‘Millenium seed bank project’.  Talk from Sue Bosson.  Sponsored Sue Bosson & Stone, Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society

Monday April 12th at 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm)  – “Drought tolerant plants”.  Talk from Nick Hamilton (Son of Geoff Hamilton). Sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club. Download the plant list.

Tuesday Apr 13th at 7.30 pm –  ‘The Dorothy Clive Garden Seasonal Changes’. Talk from Kathryn Robey.  Sponsored by Cannock Wood & Gentleshaw Gardening Club. Download the plant list.

Tuesday April 27th at 7.30 pm – ‘Successful Fruit Growing’. Talk from Philip Aubury.  Sponsored by Snitterfield Garden Club. Download the fact sheet.


Friday May 7th at 7.30pm  –  ‘The Plant Hunters’.  Talk from Jeff Bates.  Sponsored by Austrey Gardening Society. Download the slide sequence.

Tuesday May 11th at 7.30pm – ‘Extending the Season in your Garden’. Talk from Victoria Logue.   Sponsored by Ellesmere Garden Club

Thursday May 13th at 7.30pm – “The History of Herbs”.  Talk from Margaret George. Sponsored by Stone, Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society

Wednesday May 19th at 7.30 pm – Talk from National Arboretum Alrewas – Sponsored by Penkridge Garden Guild

Wednesday May 26th at 7.30pm   –  “Gardens of Paradise” (This talk covers the history, design and symbolism of Persian/Islamic/Moghul gardens). Talk from Adrian James. Sponsored by Evesham G&C. Download the list of gardens mentioned in the talk.