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Forthcoming meetings

Except where otherwise shown, indoor meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month, staring at 8:00 pm. At present these meetings are held on-line only, using Zoom. The following meetings have been arranged to date:

February 25th “Gardens of Japan” by John Baker

In 2014, John, a retired Director of Engineering and his partner June, Head of Technology for a Perfume Company, came to talk to
us about hostas. They hold the National Collection at their home in Hampshire (Hanging Hostas in Lindford) and when we visited in
2015 we saw over a thousand hostas packed in to their smallish garden.

In November he told us about the gardens of Moscow and St Petersburg, plus his experience of village flower shows. This time
he is talking about gardens of Japan.

March 25th AGM followed by “Box blight, box caterpillar and other garden pests” by Franzi Cheeseman Head Gardener at Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens.

Stoke Poges Memorial Garden: a beautiful Grade 1 registered gardens, built in the 1930's and designed by Edward White. The gardens are an early and pioneering example of a garden of remembrance. It abandoned entirely and deliberately the established Victorian cemetery model. Sir Noel Mobbs conceived the idea of establishing the 20 acres of land as a non-denominational Memorial Garden south of St. Giles' church, which is famous for Thomas Gray's poem 'Elegy written in a Country Churchyard' and where his tomb is sited. There were to be no buildings or monuments that would identify it as a cemetery. They were designed to be a garden, containing small gardens and plots that can be purchased as a memorial by the public.

Franzi is the owner of Franzi Cheeseman Garden Design and studied for HNC in Garden Design and Plantmanship at Berkshire College of Horticulture from 2003 – 2005. She has been making beautiful gardens in Switzerland and UK since 1988. Contemporary gardens, beautiful outside spaces to complement the interior.

April 22nd “Delightful, delovely, deranged” by Nancy Stevens

Nancy writes: “Having worked for such giants of industry and commerce as ICI, GEC and the Royal Bank of Scotland and seen
them all go downhill when I left, I felt that it was safer for the British economy if I worked for myself and thus became a freelance
journalist (now retired). A keen member of Baldernock Gardening Club, and chairman of it for 7 very enjoyable years before stepping down in 2017, I, (and my long suffering husband Dan), spent 20 years hard labour trying to make a low maintenance garden. Heavy labouring now complete, I (and my back), now relish the fact that these days I garden with border spade and secateurs rather than pickaxe and sledgehammer.

A trip around the world, from the Superbloom of the Atacama Desert and the Flying Duck Orchid of Australia to the ‘Apple of Death’ of
Central America, the Red Spider Lily of Japan and all points in between. Lovely images, amazing stories.”

Plant Sale Saturday 15th May

We plan to hold a plant sale in the forecourt of St Michael’s Church on Saturday 15th May (subject, of course, to Covid restrictions).

May 27th “Beauty and diversity of plant foliage” by Brian Fisher

Brian has visited us several times over the years, most recently the year before last, when he talked about the gardens of Madeira. In this talk about foliage, he will include advice on pruning some of the plants being discussed.

June 24th “Fuchsias my way” by David Dexter

David has been a member of the British Fuchsia Society for over 17 years and has 22 years experience of growing award winning
fuchsias. He has exhibited for 5 years at Hampton Court Flower Show - Silver Gilt Winner, and exhibited at British Fuchsia Society
London Show - 12 First in Class Winners.


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