Meetings in 2022, 2021 & 2020
Kevin Pratt from Village Plants stepped in at short notice when the booked speaker was ill.
Kevin gave us a detailed talk on: -
Plant that merit attention
He selected over forty species that are attractive and viable to use in our gardens that are often overlooked and only usually to be found in specialist collections.
These included some of his personal favourites such as unusual Berberis varieties and Veronicas, the new official name for Hebes.
For more information go to: - www.kevinpratt.co.uk Village Plants Ltd 7, Bosden Fold Road, Hazel Grove SK7 4LQ
April Meeting 2022
March Meeting 2022
At a packed meeting, Adam Frost, garden designer and TV presenter, gave a relaxed but highly informative talk on "Getting the most from your garden".
He began by emphasising the need to understand your garden, starting with the state of your soil,
before moving on to talk about the garden's climate and understanding the nature of the space it occupies.
He recommended that you should, slow down, stop, look and take in the garden, noting how it changes throughout each day and the seasons.
This, he explained would allow you to plan the space and get more from the planting that goes in.
Using examples from his work as a designer, he talked about choosing plants for, size, texture, shape and scent. He acknowledged that while colour was important, it shouldn't be the only factor. "We need to ask ourselves what elements does each plant bring to the space".
In summing up, he talked about looking after our gardens, planning for the future while accommodating the changes to our climate. He stressed the need to ensure diversity and gardening in an environmentally sensitive way and the joy of creating a space that attracts wildlife.
Febuary Meeting 2022
"Cyclamen, Hepaticas and Snowdrops"
Mr Bob Worsley, a self-confessed enthusiast for these three Alpines (he has the T-shirts) gave an illustrated talk on the delights of growing these plants. His enthusiasm for their various foliage forms was clear, as was his appreciation of the many rich and varied flower types. He brought examples to show with some for sale.As a keen advocate for the Alpine Garden Society https://www.alpinegardensociety.net and the East Cheshire Group which meets in Wilmslow. He invited everyone to see what they had to offer. https://www.alpinegardensociety.net/local-groups/east-cheshire-ags-group/
January Meeting 2022
"Flowering and Fruiting Bonsai"
Returning by popular demand, Mr Tony Tickle a bonsai specialist, gave an amusing illustrated talk on the art of bonsai. He explained the various forms of bonsai and the requirements for each category that is grown, along with the elements that support each exhibit. He ended the talk with slides about his role as one of the judges at the 2014 China National Bonsai Championship.
For more information go to Tony's website
"The Wild Flowers of East Cheshire"
Mr Jack Swan gave an illustrated talk on many of the wildflowers that can be found in East Cheshire.He began by explaining the importance of sites such as the "Coronation Meadow" at Dane-in-Shaw pasture Congelton, in sustaining the diversity of species and the importance of some of these plants as food sources for bees, butterflies and hoverflies.The site has SSSI status and has been greatly improved by using Yellow Rattle and other hemi-parasites to weaken the grasses and to allow plants such as Common Spotted Orchid and Common Cat's-ear to flourish.
"The work of Chester Zoo in helping to conserve native plants"
Mr Richard Hewitt, Nursery Manager at Chester Zoo gave a detailed talk on the zoo's role in helping to conserve native plant species. In their work with several other organisations the zoo's nursery staff have propagated and provided trees and shrubs to be re-established in the their natural settings. These have included Black Poplar, Barberry, Llangollen Whitebeam, native Juniper, and Cotoneaster cambricus.