Our meetings are held on the 4th Thursday in the month from September to May.* We meet at the Chilworth Hall (behind The Chilworth Arms) and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
*The December meeting will be on Thursday 14th, at Hursley Road.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are served at each meeting (except December when wine and soft drinks are available).
At most meetings there is a raffle, plant sales, and a display table, and all are encouraged to bring plants for these.
Visitors are welcome – entrance is £2.50.
Programme for Sept 2017- May 2018
Thursday September 28th
Pleiones for Pleasure
Paul worked for the RHS at Wisley for 11 years, responsible for the rock garden, alpine meadow, crevice garden, and the alpine display houses.
At this meeting there will be a
Bulb and seed sale
This has become a regular event for us now, and we hope that it will continue to grow and benefit all! So please bring along any spare bulbs/bulbils that you have, and seed too.
Proceeds will go to the group funds. Please pack your bulbs in 50p or £1 packages (or more if appropriate, but in multiples of 50p please!), and seeds in 20p packages.
There will also be a selection of bulbs which we have purchased for members to grow, and hopefully bring to the display tables next spring! There will be a small charge for these, to cover our costs. Usually £1 for 5 bulbs unless it’s cost us more.
Thursday October 26th.
The AGS Open Lecture
Woodland ranunculaceae – Anemones, Hepaticas, Aconites, Hellebores and Celaandines
Mike is a lecturer at Craven College, and an active botanical and gardening contributor to social media under the title ‘@Snowdropman’! Not surprisingly, he has a weakness for snowdrops!
Thursday November 23rd
Under the Apples – Adventures with woodland plants
Tim and his wife Gillian run Copton Ash Gardens and Nursery in Kent, regularly open under the National Garden Scheme. Their nursery attends many AGS shows, including Wimborne.
Thursday 14th December (Note: 2nd Thursday in month)
Hosted this year by Paddy and Ben , 179 Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford, SO53 1JH
There will be some brief slide presentations from members and a fun quiz, followed by a cheese and wine supper which will be provided.
Thursday 25th January
In the footsteps of Blanchard: Narcissus in south-eastern Spain.
Currently works for Conserving Scottish Machair LIFE+, Matthew has a background in environmental conservation
Thursday 22nd February
Alpines in the Wild and Cultivation
JDiane makes a huge contribution to the AGS and is currently the director of the AGS Seed Exchange. She is also a regular exhibitor at AGS shows.
Thursday 22nd March
The 20th Lionel Bacon Memorial Lecture
Plant Photography in the Garden
Jon is the official photographer at many AGS Shows, and also judges photographic competitions, including the Rocky Flower Show
There will also be a Competitive Show for the David Benton Rose Bowl (voted for by our members) and a Photographic Competition for the Margaret Hedges Trophy (judged by our speaker).
There will be Plant Sales and a Raffle.
Other AGS groups are invited.
Thursday 26th April
Ron has been studying Fritillaria in the wild and in cultivation for almost 40 years. He founded the International Fritillaria Study Group in 2014.
This lecture will be followed by the
Annual Plant Sale
Please note the change of Month for this annual event (due to circumstances beyond our control!!) We hope many of you will bring plants for this sale, to raise funds for the group.
Thursday 24th May
Tulips and Kazakhstan
David is a member of both Hampshire and Dorset groups, and travels widely across Europe with his wife Christine. He also runs the Rocky Flower Show photographic competition.
This lecture will be followed by the
Annual General Meeting
which as usual will be brief. Food and wine will be provided.