The Dorset group is one of the founding groups, established before Plant Heritage, then known as NCCPG, really came into being as a charity. The group started the year with their AGM on 12 January, held in Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester.
Apart from the AGM itself the event was full of the wonderful plant enthusiasm; with propagated plants to sell including some heavenly snowdrops alongside the raffle and interesting gardening books. Tim Hooker, President of the Dorset group and Collections Coordinator for 20 years, entertained the meeting with a talk about his past travels in South America and Canada. He showed interesting examples of how plants adapted to living in difficult climates, and how they protected each other against the wind.
The group has arranged a calendar of meetings for 2012 including their annual plant sale at Athelhampton on 6 May, visit the Dorset group page on our website, www.plantheritage.org.uk.