Michelle Howell's report on the January Meeting of Stalbridge Garden Society...
Brian welcomed all of the members to this month’s meeting, and reminded us all that the £10 subs were now due.
The speaker for this month was Mike Webber the topic being ”Botanic Gardens from the Arctic to the Tropics”, this was something new.
Mike, began with the botanic gardens of Tromso in Norway, where there is a very short growing season, due to the light levels, with only a few hours of daylight in the winter months.
This means that when in May there are more hours of daylight all of the flowers arrive at the same time, daffodils, roses etc.
We then saw gardens in Leicester, Oxford, and Cambridge, which has a wonderful collection of outdoor “cacti”.
Kew botanic garden has its own “mango swamp area “of plants. Then Mike took us over the water to Washington DC, San Francisco, with its Japanese garden, onto Atlanta Georgia.
Next we saw slides of Christchurch New Zealand, and its wonderful botanic garden, with huge “pear arches”.
Then Lisbon and Madeira, and as far away as South Africa, with “Kirstenbosch botanic garden”, home to the “protea” family of plants.
Finishing with Singapore, and its magnificent outdoor “orchids”. Mike gave us a brilliant talk with beautiful pictures, we all enjoyed it.
Next month we are having a trip to “Castle gardens”, we need to make our way there by 6.30pm.
Date Thursday 9th February. Do come and join us for what I know will be a good evening.
On walking around my garden today I have just noticed the first “snow drops”, a sign that spring is just around the corner.