Brief History of Botanic Gardens – Press release

The meeting on 14th October began with chairman Tony Bowers welcoming all present with two apologies of absence. He also thanked Karen Hall and Sandra Prior for their hospitality on opening their gardens for a visit on 16th September which was most enjoyable.

Guy Lloyd presented his monthly gardening advice before showing some striking examples of shrubs, trees and flowers from Ty Newydd and other gardens.

Questions were answered from the floor before Tony introduced the evening’s speaker, Dr Judy Fox of Cambridge. Before her retirement, Dr Fox was one of the education team at Cambridge University Botanic Garden and she gave a most interesting talk on the history and importance of botanic gardens.

The original Cambridge Botanic Garden started on a five acre site in 1762 but in 1846 moved and opened to a larger area where the public can visit and see a variety of plants and trees from different parts of the world on display. The gardens are also home to scientific and technical research.

Dr Fox also showed a variety of photographs of different garden aspects and finally a photograph of the Emmenopterys henryi the thirty year old specimen that flowered for the first time in 2012.

The vote of thanks was given by the chairman who announced the winner of the monthly competition as Sandra Prior.

Next meeting 11th November “Work of the RHS trials and award of garden of merit to plants” with Chris Sanders. Competition a photograph taken at a famous garden visit.

Sian Ward Press Officer