Thursday 12 Oct 2023, 7:30 p.m., Fungi - the good, the bad and the ugly with Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is an English mycologist with 26 books to his name but probably best known as the author of "The Encyclopaedia of Fungi of Britain and Europe". He is founder and Chairman of the Association of British Fungal Groups (ABFG).
Thursday 9 November 2023, 7:30 p.m., The Making of a City Garden with Matthew Symonds
Mathew Symonds has recently won the 2023 B & Q Gardener of the Year competition. He has a small city garden in Bristol, just 21 x 18 feet, split on two levels with lots of trees, a pond, greenhouse, two seating areas and a bike store plus lots of plants. He is going to tell us about the making of this.
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In 2023, so far, we started our year with the AGM and Annual Quiz Evening in January and listened to Jane Moore who talked about "Crops in Small Spots". In March, Chris Sperring MBE addressed the subject of "ReWilding" and in April Sally Gregson focused on "Hydrangeas". Our first day trip this year was made to Chideock Manor in Bridport on 20 April. May brought a talk about a Victorian Head Gardener and in June we visited Deans Court in Wimborne and Houghton Lodge Gardens in Stockport. The, Sally Nex talked to us about a low carbon way of gardening.
In the summer months we managed to make a number of visits to fabulous local gardens. In June we visited Stoberry Park with breath-taking views over the City of Wells and the Vale of Avalon, walled garden, ponds, wildflower meadow, sunken garden, potager, lime walk and plenty of benches to sit and relax. In July we were once again welcomed by James Cross at the Bishop's Palace Garden and wandered about on a beautiful summer's evening. In August Simon Tudway Quilter kindly agreed to allow our club exclusive access to the 5 acre garden on the lower slopes of the Mendips. There were some interesting walks into the arboretum, along the terraces, herbaceous borders, rose beds and swimming pool with splendid views of the City of Wells. In September we saw Yeo Valley Garden In Blagdon. In October we managed to visit Lady Farm at Chelwood, which was a treat. And in December we were treated to enjoying the festive Bishops Palace and illuminated gardens.