Happy New Year – First meeting 1st Feb

Hello everyone.  We hope you’ve had a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you at one of our 2018 meetings : Leaflet A4 for 2018.

Our year starts in the East with an illustrated talk by Vincent Gradwell on Japanese Gardens and PlantsThursday 1st February – usual time, usual place – click the notice to enlarge it.

This talk illustrates typical Japanese gardens in Japan and a selection of Japanese style gardens in the UK and details some familiar plants of Japanese origin.

A reminder too that we will be needing a quiz team for February 14th when we will be visiting Ascot Horticultural Society in an attempt to win back the Alistair Fosdick trophy.  Held this year at their venue, King Edwards Hall, North Ascot, SL5 8PD, it gets a bit like the Oxbridge boat race – with the winning side changing at regular intervals!  Is it our turn this year to be triumphant, I wonder?  We’d love you to come along and support us.  The evening includes a buffet supper, audience participation and a raffle.

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SADGA Xmas lunch ends the year …

Well, another splendid meal at The Berkshire Golf Club to end our year of activities.  Thank you, Linda, for organising the tables of 8 which worked well this year.  Here’s the rogues gallery for you …

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We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.  Have a great Christmas.

 

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RHS Grass Roots – Autumn 2017

Here’s the latest RHS Grass Roots article: 2017-11 RHS Grass Roots [#31].  It has 16 pages so will take a minute to load.  Items include:

  • Bloom 2017 finalists (see Farnham – large town)
  • Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare (with great aerial picture)
  • Gardening for wellbeing
  • School gardening growing up
  • Seasonal jobs in the garden
  • RHS advice on planting trees and small spaces for wildlife
  • The RHS Windlesham Trophy – won by a Welsh prison

Details of the actual Britain in Bloom winners, are here.

 

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Nov Photo Competition results and Annual Competition entries

The Belvedere – Claremont Landscape Garden

View from Belvedere at Claremont

We had an excellent end to our 2017 talks with David Hunt, whose slides were exceptionally good giving us various ideas for outings to National Trust gardens around the country and, indeed, locally.

It was also nice to welcome several guests for the evening and we hope you will call again in 2018 – we begin on February 1st with a talk on Japanese Gardens and Plants.

I am embarrassed to have walked away with all three prizes in the Photo Competition – the three classes were ‘Gone to Seed‘, ‘Tutti Fruiti‘, and ‘Exhibitor’s Choice‘.  Winners were decided by popular vote and Brian said the voting was very close.  So thank you for my garden tokens; here are all the entries and my winners.  The Annual Competition entries follow afterwards.
Well done everyone on the number of entries in both competitions – it makes it much more fun.
All these can be found in Past Events.

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Meeting 2nd November : National Trust Gardens with David Hunt

The final talk of our 2017 calendar brings David Hunt to tell us about National Trust Gardens.
Several of the early houses rescued by the NT had significant gardens and the Trust soon realised that gardens were of historic interest in their own right. Major restoration was required for some to bring them back to their former glory.

David’s talk includes a wide selection of gardens including some local ones. Click on the notice to enlarge it for all the usual details of time, and place.

Dont forget to bring your photographs for the Photo Competition. Reminder of the classes is here.

Open recently for the National Gardens Scheme, these pictures are from National Trust’s Claremont Landscape Gardens in Esher, about half an hour away. Well worth a visit.

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October meeting and competition entries

Well, the sex life of flowers turned out to be quite revealing.  Michael Keith-Lucas was a great lecturer from whom we learnt that plants are pollinated by bees, insects, ants, birds, or themselves, just to name the obvious.  The mechanisms and shapes that have evolved to complete this process are simply stunning.  When you learn that Darwin found a flower which could only be pollinated by a bird with a tongue 1.5 feet (yes) long, and that his prediction was later discovered to be absolutely true, you wonder how some plants survive when they may depend on just one pollinator.  Amazing.

The entries for the October competition are on Past Events but here is a taster:

A 1st – Marigolds – Agnes Green

K 3rd – Rose ‘Sweet Dream’ – Eve Chilton

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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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