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

    Suffolk CO10 7SP    Tel: 01787 281072

    Programme Secretary: Dr. Lynne Joyce

    Hon.Chairman: Ruth Jones

    Hon.Treasurer: Margaret Rufus

  • Programme of events 2021

    The following Zoom lectures are arranged for 2021

    Wednesday 20th January at 19:00 -20:30 (GMT)

    Favourites throughout the Seasons by Wim Boens.

    A seasonal walk through Wim’s garden looking in detail at his eclectic collection of plants and learning some growing tips from this accomplished plantsman.

    Thursday 11th February at 19:00-20:30 (GMT)

    Flower Show plants by Jim Almond

    Take a closer look at the fantastic plants exhibited at AGS flower shows with Jim’s beautiful photography.

    Thursday 25th March at 19:00-20:30 (GMT)

    Flora of the Mediterranean by Chris Gardner

    Professional botanist Chris Gardner reveals the rich botanical profusion that makes up the flora of the Mediterranean.

    Wednesday 28th April at 19:00-20:30 (GMT)

    Cypripediums by Ray Drew

    An eclectic look at the genus Cypripedium. Examining them from a botanical, geographical and horticultural angle; touching on, from where they grow, through commercial production to seeing them at shows.

    Tuesday11th May at 19:00 -20:30 (GMT)

    More developments in ferns by Julian Reed.

    Julian Reed first started growing ferns as a horticultural student in the late 1970s, he joined the Pteriodology Society in 2007 and is now the current Plant Heritage National Collection Holder of Polypodium Cultivars. He will share his knowledge all these amazing plants, show some unusual varieties, and explain how to propagate and display them.

    Outdoor meetings

    Monday 24 May Visit to Fullers Mill
    meet in car park for 2:15p.m. start

    Fullers Mill is a garden for all seasons, but is likely to be particularly spectacular for this visit. In the top garden, the handkerchief tree, Davidia involucrata, hopefully, will be in flower. There are likely to be many shrubs in flower, including varieties of Dipelta with foxglove-like flowers, Peonies, Irises, Euphorbias and the first of the early flowering perennials.

    Monday 21th June at 2:15pm
    Visit to the garden of Margot Grice at “Dragons” Boyton Cross, Chelmsford, CM14LS 

    Margot has a 3/4 acre garden which is planted for all year round colour and to encourage wildlife. Margot has some wonderful plant combinations with specimen plants, a fernery, clematis, mature dwarf conifers, grasses, a pond, a scree and some vegetables.

    Saturday 24th July 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 invited back to visit Catherine and John’s fascinating garden which we last visited in 2016. Catherine has a passion for plants and is a keen visitor to gardens worldwide, where she gets inspiration for her extensive and evolving gardens at Garlands Farm. It will be interesting to see the changes and additions since our last visit.

    Sunday 22th August at 2:00pm
    Plant and Bulb Sale in the garden of Andrew and Jenny Clarke at Pentlow Mill, Pentlow Lane,
    Cavendish, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO107SP

    This year we will be joined by Aberconway Nursery who specialize in growing a wide range of choice alpine plants and rock garden plants as well as a range of other small plants such as dwarf shrubs and ferns.

    We also have Monksilver Nursery, owned by the renowned plantsman Jo Sharmon. He not only sells many snowdrop varieties but also a selection of unusual perennials and shrubs.

    Both these nurseries propagate their own plants for sale.

     We will  have our usual stalls as well; Witton Lane Seeds, Riverside Bulbs and Veronica & Alan Munson’s stall.

    Friends and family are welcome. There is plenty of parking, and we will serve  tea and cake in the Walled Garden.

    Thursday23rdSeptember 2:15pm
    Visit to Fullers Mill
    West Stow Bury St. Edmunds IP28 6HD

    Meet in the car park 2:00pm for 2:15pm

    At this time of year Fullers Mill has fine displays of Colchicums, Cyclamen, Sternbergias, late summer perennials,dahlias and unusual shrubs.


    Saturday 20th November 2:30pm

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

    Christopher (Kit) Grey-Wilson will give a talk called ”Three Mountains”.

    Kit, who is one of our regular speakers, will share with us his photographs of the colourful spring flora of three of the most botanically-rich mountain regions in Europe. This will include a whole range of flora from the  highly-localized to the more broadly endemic species. The talk starts off in the Picos de Europa, the mountains of northern Spain close to the Atlantic coast. It then moves to the French Alps with its numerous passes and the highest mountain in Europe.  Finally it explores the Transylvanian Alps (part of the Carpathians) in Romania.

    The following Zoom meetings are arranged for the winter months.

    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


    Tuesday February 15th at 7pm

    Spring in Kygyzstan By Arthur Nicholls


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.



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.