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North East

About the Group

The group meets at  Stannington Village Hall, Near Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6EL (map)
Madeline Giles
t. 01207 560586
For full details visit the North East Group Website

2017 Programme

All meetings commence at 7-15 pm unless otherwise stated.

23rd January, 2017
“Plant Taxonomy: a little Latin goes a long way”
Chris Metherell

We may not think about it too much but as gardeners we use Latin every day as we buy plants and tend to our gardens. Chris Metherell of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland will be taking a humorous look at the vagaries of Botanical Latin, with the accent firmly on the odd and amusing.

27th February, 2017
“Dahlias and the History of Halls of Heddon”
David Hall

The renowned traditional family run nursery Halls of Heddon was established in 1921 by David’s grandfather William Nicholson Hall. Since the early years they have specialised in Dahlias and Chrysanthemums and now grow almost 150,000 plants annually.

27th March, 2017
“Meconopsis and Autumn Gentians”
Gavin McNaughton

After studying biochemistry, Gavin joined the family business, Macplants Nursery, gaining expertise from hands on experience. The nursery grows highly praised autumn Gentians bred by Dr Ian McNaughton, plus a large range of Meconopsis cultivars. Gavin is bringing plants for sale.

24th April, 2017
“A Blank Canvas - making a new garden”
Susie White

Susie is a garden writer, photographer and author. A lifelong and passionate gardener, she spent 23 years at Chesters Walled Garden. With her husband David Oakley, she has started afresh and created a new garden in a hidden valley in Northumberland.

22nd May, 2017
“Plant breeding for practical gardeners“     
Gerry Parker
Plus Big Plant Sale & Seedling Swap

Expect a sardonic approach as long term North East Group member Gerry Parker imparts his wit and wisdom on plant genetics and propagation by seed. 
Followed by the ever popular Big Plant Sale & Seedling Swap.

2016 Programme

25th January, 2016 
Kathleen Scott
An enthusiastic and knowledgeable galanthophile, Kathleen has an impressive collection of more than 270 different snowdrops in her Ponteland garden.
A timely talk on these harbingers of spring.

22nd February, 2016 
“Sedum for the Garden”
Ray Stephenson
Founder and Chairman of the Sedum Society, with the National Collection of Sedum in his Northumberland garden. 
A recognised authority and author of a highly acclaimed book on Sedum.

21st March, 2016 
“Sissinghurst, Hidcote and Great Dixter - A Gardener’s View”
Martin Walker
Former Head Gardener at York Gate, this followed 39 years in horticulture with Leeds City Council including winning 3 Gold Medals at Chelsea. Martin will be looking at three famous gardens from a gardener's perspective; exploring style, planting ideas and how they can be incorporated into the average small garden.

25th April, 2016 
“The Versatile World of Campanulas”
Leila Jackson 
Leila owns and runs the award winning small nursery, T3 Wall End Plants, near Leominster, Herefordshire, specialising in Abutilon, Salvia, and a range of unusual perennials.

Saturday 21st May, 2016 10am 
Coffee morning
with Fiona Cowley in Rothbury

23rd May, 2016 
“Demonstration: Propagating Violas”
Janet Beakes
Plantswoman and co-founder of Chipchase Nursery, our very own expert plant grower will demonstrate how to propagate one of her favourite plants.
The big plant sale and seedling swap follows - don't forget your containers and labels for collecting seedlings and to bring surplus seedlings and plants to share.

Wednesday 8th June, 2016 6pm 
Summer garden visit
Mike & Pearl Dale in Felton

Friday 17th June, 2016 
Bus trip to Mount St John
in Felixkirk, Yorkshire.

Tuesday 5th July, 2016 10am 
Coffee morning
with Doreen Soulsby in Wall

Saturday 13th August, 2016 2pm 
Summer garden visit
Sandra Dickinson in Stannington

Saturday 3rd September, 2016 10am 
Coffee morning
with Marie Robson in Stanley

26th September, 2016 ,AGM at 7pm followed by
“The Gardens at Wynyard Hall - Roses, but not as we know them”
Alistair Baldwin
The creator of the new rose garden at Wynyard Hall with its restored walled garden and 3000 roses. The hall was originally built more than a century ago for Theresa, Lady Londonderry and when Sir John Hall bought the hall, the garden was derelict. Alistair was commissioned to create the gardens which opened in August 2015.

24th October, 2016 
“It’s not time for bed yet! Re-thinking Autumn in the English Garden”
Helen Picton
Helen is the third generation working in the family business, Old Court Nurseries, specialising in the modern Asters hybridised by Ernest Ballard in the early years of the twentieth century. Autumn flowering plants, including Asters of course, will be the subject of this talk.
Helen will be bringing plants from the nursery for sale.

5th December, 2016 
“Bulbs in the Garden”
Ian Young
A respected Alpine plant specialist, Ian has concentrated his attention on studying bulb cultivation for nearly 20 years and grows many bulbs both in the garden and in pots under glass. He is a regular contributor for ‘The Rock Garden’ the journal of the Scottish Rock Garden Club and has written for ‘The Alpine Gardener’ and other gardening magazines.

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