Our 2017-18 Programme

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 Cumbleton

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 Myers

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 Ingram

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)

 In-house entertainment…

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.

Matthew Topsfield

Currently works for Conserving Scottish Machair LIFE+, Matthew has a background in environmental conservation


Thursday 22nd February

Alpines in the Wild and Cultivation 

Diane Clement

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 Evans 

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

Five Fritillaria

Ron Mudd

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.

No raffle.


Thursday 24th May  

Tulips and Kazakhstan

David Hughes  

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.



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