Meeting Cancelled

MEETING CANCELLED - 28th February 2018   Due to risk of substantial snowfall Ian considers it prudent to cancel tonight’s meeting ....
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Change of Venue. Meetimg 14 February 2018

CHANGE OF VENUE Unfortunatlely the Caversham Primaru Scool Hall is not available on the 14th February 2018. The meetimg that evening will be held at the church hall at Earley St. Peters, which many of us know already: it's where the Hardy Plant Society and East Reading Gardeners meet. http://www.earley-stpeter.org.uk/hall.htm There is a screen, a kitchen for tea and coffee, space for loads of people, ample parkinga with overspill into the school playground next door. The address is Church Road Earley Reading Berkshire RG6...
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Blackthorn in Summer and Autumn

Jon Evans talked about the former Blackthorn Nursery near Alresford, Hampshire, which is now a private garden. He photographs regularly there, and showed us a succession of beautiful pictures of plants in summer and autumn. Many of these plants are from former nursery stock, once common 30 years ago, now rarely offered. Others have been bred by the owners or have freely naturalised. Amongst many stunning images, one of a grassy bank covered in orchids which, undisturbed for 30 years, have hybridised freely, will remain in the minds eye for a long time. We look forward to hearing Jon again next year talking about Wildside, another unusual...
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House Plants

Geoff Hodge is a freelance garden writer and product tester. He studied botany at Reading University, under our president, Michael Keith-Lucas. His ebullient style, no-nonsense delivery, and humour, made for a great evening’s entertainment. He covered all aspects of buying and caring for houseplants, such as how to choose, feed, water, position, prune, propagate, repot and display plants. Although starting with the basics, it quickly became obvious that his knowledge was deep and wide, his advice succinct and practical, and his enthusiasm contagious. As a gardening product tester, he had numerous items to add to our raffle, all of which were snapped up...
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Jerusalem Botanic Garden Lecture

After a career in the City in insurance, Neil Miller made a complete change in life and became a gardener, joining the staff of Hever Castle in Kent in 2002. Remarkably quickly he became the head gardener there, a post he has held since 2006. He has strong links with Jerusalem Botanic Garden, a 38-acre site in the heart of Jerusalem. Open to all, it walks a delicate line in a politically-charged situation, but manages to attract visitors and volunteers from all communities. It has a unique collection of Mediterranean flora. November is the beginning of the growing season, March the end: the rest of the year is virtually rain-free. Neil leads a group...
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