Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the September edition...
On entering the hall we were greeted with a lovely display of dahlias for this evening’s competition, considering the weather we had this week, the flowers all looked wonderful, these were to be judged later on by Chris Wiles.
Brian Spiller our chairman opened the meeting, gave out the notices, including that one of our long term members Giz Maidment had broken her hip we had sent on a card wishing her well.
Michelle the treasurer gave out an update on the summer show, announcing that we had made a profit of over three hundred pounds this year 2016 we made just under seventy pounds, she thanked everyone for all of their hard work on the day.
Brian introduced this evening’s speaker Greg Morter (From plant to fork).
Greg tailed to us on the evolution of plants, spanning millions of years, he began back as early as 450 million years ago, with the first known plant, being “liverworts and ferns”, these were sporophytes and vascular plants.
Our first plants formed in water then as the earth warmed up then began to become land plants, gradually turning into small tees, such as monkey puzzle, redwood and the gingko tree.
The first creatures were insects, but these were on the large side, some a meter tall, at this time there were around seven types of vascular plants, which produced seed, and only a few producing spores.
300mya the land had its first reptiles, this was known as the “Permian” period, moving onto 250mya this was known as the “Triassic” period, the first beetled were then exploring the land.
Moving on “Dinosaurs” were beginning to roam the land these were at first herbivores, plants then became more spikey and much taller to survive.
120mya we saw the beginning of plants with flowers and more creatures appeared, then 55mya the first plants with fruits and nuts, so began the arrival of rodents and primates.
The first grassland then appeared along with hunter gathers, then moving onto the first known settlement’s found in O’halo Galilee.
As the temperature began to rise, more crops began to grow, and agriculture as we know it today, our bee specie playing a huge part in our plant survival today.
Thank you to Greg, a new speaker for our garden society, this was a fastenating talk or history/science lesson, for our club, there was total silence as everyone listened with intent.
Everyone enjoyed this very different talk and questions were asked at the end.
Now we had the results of the” dahlia competition”. Kindly judged by Chris with help from Geoff.
Decorative- 1st Geoff Jeans 2nd Brian Spiller
Cactus- 1st Geoff 2nd Brian
Ball- 1st Geoff 2nd Brian 3rd Paula Stent
Pompom- 1st Geoff 2nd Brian 3rd Michelle Howell
Any Other- 1st Angela Flavell 2nd Michelle 3rd Brian H/C Carolyn Loosen Thank you to all of you who took part.
Next month is our 2Apple competition” so do bring your apples along 3 of each cookers or/and dessert.
Talk is New and exciting plants for your garden with Marcus Dancer. So come and join us at the hall on Thursday 12th October 7.30pm
Autumn has now arrived, the end of summer seemed to have just stopped, so make the most of any nice warm days that we have and enjoy the flowers, and bring in the harvest, as the weather reporters say that the first frosts are on their way.