Many of our local groups combine a Christmas or Winter party with their Annual General Meeting; have a look at our website to see what is going on in your area. The Surrey group organised a bring and share lunch, a seed swap and a Photographic competition to make their AGM a very enjoyable event.
I took along my seeds and came away with packets of Nerine, a Knophofia and an Agapanthus. ‘Will flower in its third summer’ is the instruction on the Agapanthus. I love this far sightedness and hope.
The Photography competition, theme ‘Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ was judged in a very democratic way. Each image was labelled with a letter; below the display were covered plastic pots with corresponding labels. Voting was by posting 10p pieces into the pot labelled with the letter of your favourite image. The image getting the most coins was the winner and the money raised went to Plant Heritage. Unlike voting for your MP, you could, or were even encouraged to vote more than once, as this raised more money. Michael Boatman won with his atmospheric view of Winkworth Arboretum.
David Stephens, Crocus National Collection Holder, had brought along some Crocus, Iris and Ranunculus. I couldn’t resist a pot of Crocus ‘Ladykiller’, which will have a stunning deep purple flower edged with white.
And the AGM, Surrey’s 30th, was a lively discussion with reports from Sandra, the chair, David the treasurer, Anne the Collections Coordinator, Marion, custodian of the Wisteria Collection and Peter, Surrey’s representative on the Plant Heritage Council. Officers were elected and there were some interesting comments from the floor. If you are considering going to Floriade in the Netherlands next year, the Surrey group are hoping to organise a special trip. Get in touch with the group if you are interested in hearing more about this.