Gardening Society - 26 April 2018 report

                    Spring-Flowering Perennials                     Speaker - Rosy Hardy.      

We welcomed back Rosy Hardy from Hardy’s Cottage Plants for her third visit. She and her husband Rob have a nursery in the village of Freefolk, near Whitchurch, in Hampshire and they have recently celebrated the winning of 22 Gold Medals at Chelsea in the 25years that they have been putting on displays at the RHS Show. They are planning to introduce three new plants at this year’s Show - all top secret until then!

It was a pleasure to listen to someone so naturally enthusiastic and knowledgeable about gardening. Her talk was full of practical tips presented with humour and showed a deep understanding of what it takes for particular plants to flourish. ”The right plant in the right place” is her motto.
There was no need for slides - as she spoke, she just held up pots containing a wide variety of the plants from her nursery and talked us through the planting needs. Members were pleased to be able to buy them at the end. We were assured that they would do well in the chalky soil of Stratford as their nursery is on similar soil in “Watership Down” country.

Some of the plant highlights:-

Geum “Totally Tangerine” - a special Hardy’s introduction.
Veronica “Mountain Breeze” - 3 flushes of flowers each year.
Epimedium “Amber Queen” - suitable for dry shade.
Primula “Guinivere” - long flowering with purple leaves.
Mathiasella “Green Dream” - green flowers on tall red stems.

A most enjoyable and informative evening with Rosy who, together with her husband, has one of the country’s leading nurseries.

Garden Visit on Thursday 14th June.

We have arranged to visit the lovely garden of Lucinda and Hugh Cookson at The Manor House, Stratford Tony on Thursday 14th June at 2.30 p.m. The cost will be £10 (includes tea and cake). For further details and to add your name to the list, please contact Elizabeth. Tel 335967.

Elizabeth and John Winders

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Our next meeting on Thursday 24th May is about ‘The Fascination of foliage’ given by a man with vast experience in the world of plants – Don Everitt. New members and visitors are most welcome, 7.15 for 7.30pm in the Reading room, SP1 3LL, where there is a free car park.

AGM Thursday 28th June, is the AGM. After speeding through the business, two members will entertain us with garden related topics and then one lucky member, with the winning ticket, will receive free membership for the next season. 7.15 for 7.30pm in the Reading Room is where it all happens.

Dorothy Richards