Meeting 5th October: Pollination – The Sex Life of Flowers

I have always been fascinated by the huge variety of flower forms that nature has evolved.  I was spoilt for choice on what picture to use but I hope you will agree that this passion flower is really special.

Our October meeting welcomes Dr Michael Keith-Lucas – an expert plant scientist with an extensive knowledge of pollination of plants.  His talk, Pollination – The Sex Life of Flowers, is about the relationship between flowers and their pollinators, looking at why flowers are particular shapes and colours and how the pollinators interact with the form of the flowers.

Usual time, usual place, click on the notice or the picture to enlarge it.

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Meeting Sept 7th – Photography in the Garden

Here’s your chance to get some advice in readiness for the photography competition in November.

The speaker will be Michael Sleigh (Derek Leary was unable to make the meeting); the subject Photography in the Garden.

Before the talk, don’t forget that we have the Bring & Buy Sale in the car park behind the hall – start 6.50 p.m.

As the name suggests you can bring plants to sell or buy some.  Your contributions will be most welcome.  There are sometimes cakes or jam too.  See you there.


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August meeting and competition entries

Rosy Hardy was an excellent speaker and brought a variety of plants for sale.  Her advice was invaluable and already some members have visited her nursery, in Whitchurch, and are busy shuffling (or replacing) border plants.

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We had a very good show of exhibits (below) in the annual competition – well done everyone for your entries.

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2017 Club Challenge Results …

Well, there were only three entries in the end of Onion ‘Red Baron’ – sadly some members forgot to bring their exhibits!!  Maisie Mattinson’s efforts won her the £5 garden token which was presented by Chairman, Brian Webb.  Well done to Maisie.

Maisie Mattinson wins the 2017 Club Challenge – A £5 garden token presented by Chairman, Brian Webb.

Just 3 entries – Onion ‘Red Baron’. Maisie’s nice shiny exhibit is on the right.



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Meeting 3rd August – Rosy Hardy on Summer Flowering Perennials

With 26 years’ exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and 22 Gold Medals – Rosy Hardy is a talented specialist nurserywoman.  So we are delighted that she is coming to give an illustrated talk on Summer Flowering Perennials.

There will be plants for sale.

Do come and join us for this special evening – doors 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm at Sunningdale Village Hall.  Details on the notice – click on it to enlarge it.

It’s also time to bring your onions to be judged – the annual Club Challenge is upon us.  £5 garden token to the winner.

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July competition entries

It was such a hot evening, we were all melting, and it (and Wimbledon?) probably kept people away – so we had a small meeting compared to normal.  The competition entries were still smashing.  Agnes’ white phlox had such a powerful scent and Maureen’s blue hydrangea was quite exquisite.  Here are those two entries; the rest are on Past Events.


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Grass Roots #30 – Summer 2017

You should know what to expect now when you see this picture … I don’t get many thrushes on my lawn so this was a special visitor.
Click Grass Roots [#30] Summer 2017 for the latest Grass Roots update from the RHS.

A flavour of the contents:
– Bring in the pollinators
– Bee identification
– Working with schools
– Greening grey Britain
– Interview with Jekka McVicar
– Tips for wildlife ponds
– Blooms behind bars


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