Before introducing the evening’s speaker, the chairman welcomed us all.
A list was circulated for donations to the Christmas party with a request for raffle prizes and items for the charity sales table. Menu choices for the New Year dinner on 25th January at Min Y Mor hotel Barmouth also circulated.
Resident gardening expert Guy Lloyd gave advice on different pruning needs of soft fruit with a reminder to lift dahlias and begonias before frosts. We were also shown examples of autumn foliage from Ty Newydd.
We were very privileged to rewelcome Chris Sanders as guest speaker, being a leading plantsman and member of the RHS hardy plant committee.
Mr Sanders has been involved with RHS plant trials for over twenty years which are mainly undertaken at Wisley. Offsite assessments are made along with Euro trials involving a group of six European countries trialling plants and comparing results.
Trials take over a period of years when problems are noticed and correct identifications made. It is a policy to invite experts with a wide background and knowledge of plants to assess, and at the end of the trials, decisions are made whether specific plants can be awarded the garden of merit.
We were shown slides of current and past trials including those of Abelia’s, phlox and clematis and of plants successful in obtaining the AGM.
The vote of thanks was given by Tony Bowers who stated that it had been a most fascinating evening especially with all the knowledge of plants and their backgrounds that Mr Sanders had provided.
Winner of monthly competition Merle Barber.
Next meeting club’s Christmas party on 9th December