February Talk ‘Four Head Gardeners Explore the Wilds of Chile’


FEBRUARY TALK ‘Four Head Gardeners Explore the Wilds of Chile’
DATE Wednesday February 22nd, 7.30pm
VENUE Uplyme Village Hall

The well-travelled Steve Griffith of Abbotsbury Gardens will recount his plant-hunting adventures in South America and show us some of the unusual plants he found on the trip. Steve’s travelling companions were three head gardeners from the Eden Project, Savill Garden and the National Trust for Scotland. The reason for their expedition was to search for plants that were introduced to British gardens by botanist William Lobb over 150 years  ago, a journey that took them through temperate rain forests, snow-capped volcanoes and dry desert hillsides in Chile, the world’s longest country.

Tea and biscuits will be available before and after the talk.

Schedules for the 2017 Summer Show will be ready to collect at this meeting. A new class this year, sponsored by River Cottage, is for a potato tuber grown in a bucket. To make it fair for competitors, the Committee are supplying the bucket and tuber at a cost of £2.50, on sale at this meeting and from Committee members thereafter until they are gone. The prize, Sunday lunch for two at Park Farm, makes it worth entering, even if you have never grown potatoes before.