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New Programme of Meetings Article

MID-ANGLIA GROUP Programme for 2018
Saturday January 20th 2018   2.30pm
David Charlton  ”Flowers of the Picos de Europa”

David has been a member of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and a lover of Derbyshire's wildlife and countryside, for some 30 years. He is also a keen grower and exhibitor of alpine plants. He has just finished his term as a Trustee of the Alpine Garden Society and is currently secretary of its Derby Local Group. For many years he has been fortunate enough to lead mountain flower walks in the Dolomites, Pyrenees and Picos de Europa for a specialist mountain holiday company. He is co-author of two field guides to the flora of those mountains and regularly give talks to try to spread his enthusiasm for their beautiful flowers and wildlife.
The talk will include flowers of the meadows, woods and high rocky places of these beautiful and fascinating mountains where the flowers of Northern Europe meet those of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.
Plant stall and raffle. Please continue to bring plants for the sales table and raffle. Don’t forget to bring that interesting plant and/or plant material, cut flowers, foliage or twigs for the display table.
We also have the boards to display any images you might like to share or notices of events of interest to our group.

Sunday February 4th 2018   2.30pm
Wim Boens  “Snowdrops’s companions: bringing some colour to the winter garden”

We are pleased to welcome Wim back to Birdbrook - he and his friends, Ruben and Eddy, were a great success at the Bulb Sale in 2017 with such an interesting selection of bulbs, both autumn and spring for sale. Last time we thoroughly enjoyed his talk on Eranthus. He also has a particular interest in Adonis (The Plantsman March 2016) and Leocojum. His latest article in The Plantsman December 2017 is double flowered celandines—so imagine the plants we are going to see as companions to the snowdrops. Hopefully he will also bring some plants to sell.

Plant stall, raffle and display table and boards. Please bring contributions.


Sunday March 4th 2018   2.30pm 

Sunday April 8th 2018   2.30pm
Julian Sutton “Adventures with Strange Perennials”
Julian and Sarah run “Desirable plants”, a nursery situated near Totnes in Devon. Their web site says “our bold intention is to list a modest range of immodestly interesting plants from our large and hard won collection”. They propagate almost everything on site.
You will remember they were our guest nursery at the Bulb Sale in 2016 at Pentlow Mill. We are pleased to welcome them to Birdbrook giving us a back to back talk with Bedford AGS group the following evening.
Julian will be bringing plants for sale but do look at the website and place an order for him to bring along. There is a separate web site for South African plants and bulbs.

Plant stall, raffle and display table and boards. Please bring contributions.


 Saturday May 5th 2018   East Anglia Show
 Wymondham High School, Folly Road, Wymondham NR18 0QT 

 Exhibitors: 8am   Plant sales from 10am    Show open: 11am
 This is your local AGS Show. It’s attracting many more exhibitors and plants than ever.         Please come along and support it. There will be an excellent range of nurseries –   Aberconwy, Choice Landscapes, Copton Ash, Little Heath, Potterton and Priory Plants -so lots of plants to purchase as well as many plants to admire on the show bench. In addition, there will be an exhibition of paintings of Codonopsis by Reinhild Raistrick.
There is plenty of parking and a wealth of refreshments.
A very friendly atmosphere-you will be made most welcome.

There will be a members’ plant stall so if you have any surplus plants please take them along either on a 50/50 basis or as a donation to help offset the costs of running the show. There are always some interesting plants on this plant stall to purchase.

Thursday May 17th 2018   2.15 for 2.30pm
Daws Hall, Henny Road, Lamarsh, Bures CO8 5EX

Garden visit with guided tour (just for us)
The hall was purchased in the early 1960’s by Major Iain Grahame who created a wildfowl farm from which grew the idea of a nature reserve that would provide a valuable education resource. A Trust was formed in 1988 to secure it’s future.
The Daws Hall nature reserve, established in 1981, is a 25 acre wildlife haven with a wild flower meadow, river and ponds on the Essex/Suffolk border dedicated to environmental education. It was recently featured in the” Landscape” magazine Sept/Oct 2017.
The garden has year round interest. It has 8 acres of rare and unusual trees and shrubs including a 400 year old cedar of Lebonan and a 300 year old tulip tree. There are several species of water
fowl including a breeding flock of Red-breasted geese.
Amongst the plants featured in the garden are over 100 varieties of shrub roses, 80 clematis plus much more.
We will need to know approx. numbers for this visit please.
Tea and biscuits will be provided

Saturday June 23rd 2018   6.30pm
Garden visit with strawberries and cream and plant sale.

Peter and Rosemary Wilson, Holywater House,
Rembrandt Way, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 2LR
Peter and Rosemary have kindly offered their garden as the venue for our strawberries and cream evening this year.
We last visited their garden in 2009. A true plantsman’s garden-full of gems which are regularly shared with us on the plant stall and raffle at our meetings.
Hopefully, the weather will be kind so we can enjoy strawberries   and cream in a lovely garden setting
Please park on the road nearby.
  At this meeting we would like to give our members plant stall a bit of a boost again — you   enjoyed doing it for the last 2 years-so pot up those surplus plants for others to enjoy—you can do on a 50/50 -basis or as a donation
Wine, strawberries & cream will be provided. Non-alcoholic drinks as well.

Sunday July 22nd 2018   10.30am
“Plants Closer to Home no.12” Redgrave and Lopham Fen,Lower Common Road,
 South Lopham, Diss IP22 2HX with Richard Hobb

  Back by popular demand! The site is a National Nature Reserve with well over 270 plant       species including many national and regional rarities – plenty of fauna as well. Please
   remember to bring suitable footwear and of course, a picnic for after the walk. There are  “loos” and picnic areas. The walk will be leisurely as we stop often to look, listen and learn. It   is an informal and social event – please come along try it!                 
After lunch we can visit  “The Plantsman’s Preference Nursery “  Church Road, South Lopham IP22 2LW which is very close.
This is a specialist nursery with an extensive collection of hardy geraniums, perennials and ornamental grasses.

Sunday August 19th 2018  from 2pm
Annual Bulb Sale
Pentlow Mill, Cavendish, Suffolk CO10 7SP
The garden of Jenny and Andrew Clarke

This is a wonderful location-the garden is a delight with extensive river frontage.
We thank Jenny and Andrew for hosting the Bulb Sale once again. As well as an enjoyable
social event, there is the opportunity to purchase bulbs not readily available elsewhere. This
event keeps the Mid-Anglia group financially afloat and allows us to invite speakers from far
and wide. Please come along and bring bulbs to sell (50/50) if you have a few or more to spare.
Doug is always looking for “the rare”, ”the desirable” and ”the unusual” for the auction.

We will have 2 guest nurseries: “Hartside Nurseries”- Neil and SueHuntley and
we welcome back “the Belgians” - Ruben Billiet and Eddy Tijtgat from 2017 with their very special bulbs.
There will also be pottery by Sylvia Dales. Hand thrown terracotta, frost-resistant
pots and pans for alpines and bulbs.
Friends and family welcome.
There is plenty of parking and free refreshments.

Saturday September 8th 2018   2.30pm
Dr Christopher Grey-Wilson VMH “Climbing Bellflowers
and their relatives (the genus Codonopsis) and Adonis”

We have known Kit for many years as Editor (now retired) of “The Alpine Gardener”-
the Journal of the AGS. He is the author and editor of numerous specialist books on alpines –
the most recent being “Meconopsis for Gardeners, published by the AGS in collaboration
with The Meconopsis Group, which was shortlisted as a finalist in the Reference Book of the Year category. And there are yet more books planned for the future!
He lectures worldwide on many topics. A very keen gardener, he has designed many gold
medal winning gardens at Chelsea for the AGS.
So we are in for a treat this afternoon looking at excellent images of Codonopsis and Adonis.

Plant stall, raffle and display table and boards.  
Please bring contributions.

Saturday October 13th 2018   2.30pm
Bob Brown  “New Garden-worthy Plants”

Cotswold Garden Flowers is Diana and Bob (and son Ed) Brown’s renowned specialist nursery with a reputation for easy, new and unusual hardy herbaceous perennials and smaller shrubs. The nursery catalogue is crammed with lots of interesting plants and information about them. Those of you that have visited the nursery will know what a treasure trove it is.
Bob is a well-known, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker and garden writer as well as being one of the most experienced nurseryman in the country. He will be bringing plants for sale.
Plant stall, raffle, display table and boards. Please bring contributions.

Saturday November 3rd 2018   2.30pm
AGM and Members’ contributions

After the main formalities of the AGM have been completed
we can enjoy members’ contributions-we are looking for 3 or 4 volunteers. If you have some interesting images (or slides-we can still accommodate those!) of plants in the wild or in cultivation please volunteer. If you would prefer to bring plant material to talk about that would be welcome too. It is very informal and enjoyable so please contribute!

Plant stall, raffle and display table and boards. Please bring contributions.

Saturday December 15th 2018   2.30pm
Gail Harland  “Peonies, Wild and Tame”
Gail has been a member of our group for many years. She is a professional dietician, keen photographer, horticultural writer and author of a number of books including “The Tomato Book”, “Designing and Creating a Cottage Garden”, “The Weed Digest” and ”Photographing your Garden”. ”Peonies” was written for the specialist group of the Hardy Plant Society and more recently “Snowdrops”. Her talk will cover growing species peonies in cultivation.

Please bring festive goodies to eat - the drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic will be provided.
Plant stall, raffle and display table and boards. Please bring contributions.