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Mid Anglia

Since November 1975
Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month. There is a programme of insightful talks and lectures and garden meetings during the summer months. However during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding Zoom meetings with neighbouring Groups which are 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

    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.