Programme 2022-23

Covid Rules

Welsh Covid-19 rules in existence at any time will be followed. 

Last meeting report (July) by Ros Hammerton

On a beautiful summer's evening in July we had a great talk and demonstration by Andy Cook of Rhoshill Herbs and Garden Plants, which was enjoyed by a large group of members and visitors. Andy Herbs, as he is known to all, has an infectious enthusiasm for not only herbs, but also pollinators, the environment and its care. He shared much useful information such as the perils of imported plants, how they may have been treated with insecticides, grown in unsustainable compost and bring virus or disease into the UK. He also pointed out that Bee friendly notices on purchased plants did not always mean that they were good for bees and other pollinators. All his plants are grown peat free and without pesticides. He uses natural predators and nematodes showed photos of some and passed around samples, explaining how they worked.

 

After a short resume of his career and where and how he gardens and trades now, he used photo slides and his own herbs to indicate how they are grown and many tips for their care and use. He then went through the alphabet of his herbs, using live plants and passing around snippets for the audience to taste, smell and savour. This was great fun and lead to questions about the culinary use, how to keep them fresh and he recommended cutting them back to encourage fresh, tender new growth.

 

The plant stall run by Liz and Jenny had a large selection of plants and was surrounded by eager buyers. The raffle was drawn with 7 plant prizes, tea and coffee followed and many members flocked to buy herbs from Andy's display. An excellent meeting!

 

Next meeting.....

 

Wednesday 10 August at 7.30pm

'Native Plants for your Garden' with Carly Green

Carly Green, a graduate horticulturist, works at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and has her own nursery. In 2018 she was responsible for restoring the Conserving Wild Plants area at the Gardens and her talk will focus on the benefits of growing more native plants, and the National Nature Reserves in Wales and their importance. Club plant table.

 

Wednesday 14 September at 7.30pm

'Salvias' with Simon Richards

In a change to the previously published programme we are pleased to welcome Simon Richards, of Lamphey Walled Garden, to talk on one of the current vogue plants, Salvia. Simon has a large collection of Salvias and he is also responsible for the renovation of the Walled Garden at Scolton Manor, nr Haverfordwest. Members of the club will be visiting Lamphey on 3-4 September so there is every chance to see the Salvias in bloom.

 

Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm

'The Treasures of Tadjikistan and Uzbekistan' with Bob & Rannveig Wallis

Bob and Rannveig Wallis were plant hunting in Central Asia before the pandemic and this illustrated talk starts on the border with Afghanistan and goes via Samarkand and Tashkent to the Chatkai Range. This is the centre

of Tulip and bulbous Iris development and also features Fritillaria and Corydalis. Superb photographs and an excellent speaker. Club plant table.

 

Wednesday 9 November at 7.30pm

'Costa Rica' with Julian Cremona

Julian Cremona’s brilliant photography brings this small country’s amazing wildlife and flora to life. Dense broadleaf evergreen forest, palm trees,

mangroves, mosses, orchids and tropical plants as well as monkeys, sloths, anteaters, snakes and iguanas. Club Seed Swap

 

Saturday 10 December at 2.00pm

Christmas Social

N.B. not Wednesday 14 Dec as per the published programme. More details nearer the time.

 

Wednesday 11 January 2023 at 7.30pm

'Cardigan Bay Honey and Bees' with Ceri Morgan

Ceri Morgan has been keeping bees for more than 20 years, with his hives located around the Teifi Valley and in coastal areas. Renowned for his natural and gentle bee handling skills he and his family produce a variety of lovely, pure Welsh, wild flower honeys and beeswax products which will be

on sale at this meeting.

 

Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 7.30pm

'Back Garden Biodiversity' with Malcolm Berry

Malcolm Berry, the Dreaded Gardener, a professional horticulturist, explains how to provide for the needs of biodiversity in a garden situation. He will describe the best habitats and how to manage them and some of the plants that he finds useful to grow.

 

Wednesday 8 March 2023 at 7.30pm

'My Very Succulent Story' with Howard Drury

Howard Drury last came in November 2016 and this new, beautifully illustrated and informative talk explains his fascination for succulents, his vast collection and where they come from, new plants and plant breeding. He will have a selection of rare and hard to find, but easy to grow, succulents for sale.

 

Wednesday 12 April 2023 at 7.30pm

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