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Great Chesterford and District Garden Society

Dr Twigs Way is a lecturer and writer with a fascination for the history of gardens and gardeners.  Her talk at the December meeting entitled Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson – Edwardian Plant Hunter Extraordinaire was stimulating, portraying the man, and the years given to discovering the locations of plants that we consider, today, to  be part of our garden landscape in the West. Interested in plants from an early age he had the opportunity to travel to China in the latter 19th century.  Experiencing torturous terrain, political unrest and threat of tropical disease, he nevertheless over the period of eleven years introduced 2000 species, including Lilium Regale, Rhododendron, Acer, Berberis, Clematis and the fascinating Handkerchief Tree.  His photographs of the locations remain as well as the meticulous records of his discoveries and the terrain in which they were found. The Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden is now a permanent reminder of his early years and is open daily in his birthplace, Chipping Campden.  This last meeting of 2018 ended with mulled wine and seasonal refreshments.  Ann Tozer won the competition for ‘Something Seasonal’ with a sparkling table decoration.

The February Meeting on Wednesday 6th will be the SPRING PARTY & QUIZ – £3 entry includes refreshments. 
The AGM & PLANT SALE in April, and on Saturday 7th September the colourful Bi-Annual SOCIETY FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW will be held at Chesterfords Community Centre. Don’t be Shy! Enter some exhibits! Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and Afternoon Tea! 
As always the monthly speakers are interesting and knowledgeable, imparting enthusiasm for their chosen subject.  Look forward to return visits from Geoff Hodge, Dr Twigs Way – and Summer Visits to some beautiful formal gardens
New members (including novice gardeners) and visitors are always welcome to Meetings. Members are entitled to discounts through national and local garden suppliers.  For further information please contact the Chair, Mrs Pauline Gale 01799-525543. Meetings are normally held at 8.00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month (except January & August).Venue:Main Hall, Ickleton Village Hall, Frogge Street, Ickleton.