Some fifty members attended the first meeting in 2014 and enjoyed an informative talk by Eddie Harris upon his search for plants in South Africa.
Eddie appeared to have visited the area around Cape Town several times and was in no doubt of its attractiveness although Cape Town itself is prone to rain. He covered both the geography of the area as well as illustrating the plants that flourished in the climate, and undercover in one of the largest conservatories in Cape Town itself.
The local population considered the plant collector as mad as they viewed many of the plants as weeds. Exploring further inland and the mountainous regions to the west was always difficult as only dirt tracks existed off the main roads. Palms and Aloes grow to considerable size while more minute pebble flowers are to be found on the ground. (Such pebbles plants can be purchased in the UK). When visiting Worcester he discovered a Reptile Farm and “enjoyed” seeing snakes of all sizes, from a respectable distance. All in all a wide ranging talk on his subject.
Summer Coach Trip to Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bucks.
19th June . Depart Orpen Hall, West Bergholt 8.30am. Visiting the House, Gardens (Including the Aviary garden, and the water garden) and the wine cellars. Over 300,000 visitors come to Waddesdon every year to see the house, shops, restaurant café, wine cellars and plant centre.
TICKETS £25 (National Trust Members £12.50) deposit £12.50. phone 01206 241256
Next Months Speaker
Geoff Hodge who will talk to the Club on the subject of LUSCIOUS LAWNS – LAWN CARE FOR PERFECT LAWNS.
In view of the affect of the last two months wet weather the Association is sure that Geoff’s talk will be well received by members who suffer from moss and mud on their lawns at this time of the year.
17th March 7.00 for 7.30
All are welcome to the Association’s meetings – small charge for non-members.