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Mid Anglia

Since November 1975
Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month. There are garden meetings during the summer and autumn. During the colder months there is a programme of interesting indoor talks and lectures, some of which are virtual meetings via Zoom that are held in conjunction with neighbouring Groups. These are also advertised on the AGS website and by email to Group members.
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  • Contact

    Hon. Secretary:  Mrs Jenny Clarke, Pentlow Mill, Cavendish,

    Suffolk CO10 7SP    Tel: 01787 281072 jenny.clarke@alpinegardensociety.org

    Programme Secretary: Dr. Lynne Joyce

    Hon.Chairman: Ruth Jones

    Hon.Treasurer: Margaret Rufus

  • Programme of events 2021/22

    The following Zoom meetings are arranged for the winter months 2021/2022

    Wednesday December 8th at 7pm
    The Four Seasons  By Tony Goode

    Visits to Wisley, RBGE, Kew and Gothenburg at different times of the year and how the inspiration gained was translated into a small suburban garden

     

    Tuesday January 11th at 7pm

    Cream of Alpines By Cliff Booker

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    Tuesday February 15th at 7pm

    Spring in Kygyzstan By Arthur Nicholls

     

    Indoor and outdoor meetings for 2022

     

    Saturday 12th March 2:00pm

    Long Melford Memorial Village hall,
    Long Melford, nr Sudbury Suffolk CO10 9JQ

    Richard Hobbs will give a talk called “ Little Blue Bulbs”

    Richard is one of our regular speakers and he has also led walks for us around some of East Anglia’s nature reserves. In this talk he will share with us his knowledge and expertise in growing the genus Muscari. Richard holds the National collection of Muscari and specialises in growing the hardy varieties with flower colours ranging from the palest baby blue to the deepest indigo, shades of pink, white and yellow also exist.

     

    Saturday 2nd April at 2:15pm
    Visit to the garden of Catherine and John Harrison at Garlands Farm, Steeple Bumpstead, Haverhill CB9 7BL

    We are delighted to be returning to Catherine and John’s fascinating garden which we visited last summer.This time we will see their beautiful plantings of spring bulbs

     

    Saturday 21st May 2:30pm
    Visit to the garden of Ruth and Colin Lorking at
    Rosedale,40 Colchester Road, Bures Suffolk CO8 5AE

    We look forward to seeing Ruth and Colin’s garden  which always has so many interesting and unusual plants to admire.

     

                      Saturday, June 18th at 2.30pm

    ‘Strawberries and Cream’ summer meeting to the garden of Catherine and John Harrison at Garlands Farm, Steeple Bumpstead, Haverhill CB9 7BL

    Those of us who visited this spring will already know that Garlands Farm is a special place with so much to see, mature trees, meadows and streams,ornamental ponds and wildflower meadows. To this, Catherine and John have added gardens around the historic farmhouse, filled with flowering shrubs, clematis,climbing roses,wisteria, alliums, peonies and much more.

    Thursday August 18th 2:00pm

    A visit to see Denny Swete’s garden at Tinkers Green Farm, Sampford Road, Cornish Hall End, CM7 4HP

    This interesting and densely-planted garden is featured in Barbara Segall’s book ‘Secret Gardens of East Anglia’ and is not open to the public very often. The five acre garden is in a beautiful setting with lots to see, unusual plants, meadow, borders and pots. There is a vegetable garden, a wildlife pond, a display of old tools and much more besides.

    We are asking members to pay £5 towards the cost of this visit which includes tea and cake as well as a contribution to Denny’s choice of charity

     

    Saturday, September 3rd from 2:00pm until 4:00pm.

    This year, our Plant and Bulb Sale will be held at Fullers Mill,West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6HD

    We will be joined by Hartside nursery, a family run nursery that sells a wide range of Alpines, Primulas, Spring and Autumn flowering Gentians, Rock garden plants, Dwarf conifers, Dwarf rhododendrons and Hardy ferns.
    We will also have one of our most popular East Anglian nurseries, The Plantsman’s Preference.They sell an wide range of hardy geraniums and ornamental grasses as well as many new, rare and unusual perennials.
    We will also have our usual stalls from Witton Lane Seeds, Riverside Bulbs, Veronica and Alan Munson’s card stall and the Members Plant and Bulb stall. If you can help provide items for this stall please bring your contributions along on the day. If you wish to sell on a 50/50 basis, please give the people who are running the stall a list of your plants/bulbs for sale. Also, make sure that you double-label each item.These labels must have the plant name, price and your initials.
    There will be a raffle, auction and free refreshments.
    Friends and family are welcome.

     

     Saturday October 15th at 2:30pm

    Long Melford Memorial Village hall,
    Long Melford, nr Sudbury Suffolk CO10 9JQ

    Derry Watkins will give a talk called “Summer flowers from seed, wonderful annuals and biennials.”

    Derry will also bring plants for sale.

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Here are some of the photographs taken by Jon Evans of our Mid-Anglia AGS Group Bulb/Plant Sale.
The pictures show the members Bulb and Plant stall, Guest nurseries Molksilver and Aberconwy. Witton  Lane seeds, Riverside Bulbs, Kit Strange giving a practical demonstration on growing bulbs and the Auction.

 

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These photographs were taken by Doug Joyce of our visit to Fullers Mill on 23rd September. The Colchicums were at their best in the beautiful autumn sunshine.