It’s the people who make the AGM so very special: some regulars, some first timers.  This is a round up of some of the faces – not comprehensive by any means and in no particular order, but just a flavour of who you might meet and what you might see.


Kris Harper (with Sophie Leguil from National Office) and Amanda Whittaker (owner of the above boots), both new Collection Holders since the last AGM (Fuchsia and Crassula).


Joan Taylor, NCH of Geranium nodosum and responsible for introducing G. ‘Silverwood‘. I arranged to go and see her collection at beginning of June.


Lovely to see Judith Wiles, Hampshire member and former National Office book keeper.

Gill and Judith
Gill and Judith

Helen Moorcraft, chair of the BBO group, admiring the fruit tree tunnel at Longstock.


Gill striding out.

"I claim this island for Plant Heritage"
“I claim this island for Plant Heritage”

Jude Lawton, chair of the Kent Group, taking the low view of Fritillaria meleagris across the water.


The Surrey group arrive with their contributions to the Plant Exchange.

Anne Folkes, Gill Ringrose, Clare Hogan, Ann Hare, Sandra Tognarelli
Anne Folkes, Gill Ringrose, Clare Hogan, Anne Hare, Sandra Tognarelli

Theodora and Julian Stanning from Dumfries and Galloway.


A working lunch for some of the Group Newsletter editors.


Gillian with Doug Smith, chair of the Hampshire group and mastermind of the AGM weekend.

Gillian and Doug

Maddy Ward and Jonathon Berry from the Sussex group.


Genevieve, Mercy and Sophie.


Lindsay Pink, Hampshire Plant Exchange coordinator.


Catherine Penny, John Wilkinson and Peter Foley from the North West group competing in the Friday evening quiz.

Catherine Penny, John Wilkinson & Peter Foley ident comp

Linda Eggins (NCH Aucuba) from the Worcestershire group with Genevieve


Gary and Maria Firth (NCH Myrtaceae and Gongora) with their Longstock purchases


Gill with Roger Evans of the Shropshire group

Gill & Roger Evans Shropshire2

David Jewell and Wolfgang Bopp of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

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Peter Allatt from the North East group.


John Hillier, President of the Hampshire group.


Patrick Govier and Susan Barley from one of our sponsors, NFU Mutual.


Joan and Jack Lamb (NCH Fuchsia) from the Yorkshire group with Paula Brewster (centre), East Midlands


Joanna going incognito in her wooly hat


Fashion show from Sophie and Lamorna Thomas from the Cambridgeshire group


Doug sent us some photos of the trip to Exbury on Sunday morning, including the group photo in the banner of this post.

Lionel de Rothschild with Sally Kenyon


It was a great weekend and as you see there was even some sunshine.  If you have any photos of people you would like to add to this post, send them through to and I will add them in when I am back in the office on Tuesday.  See you next May in Norfolk.