Programme 2019

  • All events start at 2pm (unless shown otherwise) 
  • Handy one page guide to the 2019 Programme
Sat 5th January  2pm John Tyler

‘The World of Fungi’

Today’s talk explores their lives and how they impact on ours. John trained as a zoologist and conservationist and spent much of his working life developing and running wildlife reserves in London and Kent with a particular interest in introducing children to the natural world. Based in Buckinghamshire he now gives talks and runs guided walks and has for many years studied glow-worms. 

Memorial Hall

Marford Road



Sat 2nd  Feb 2pm Alun and Jill Whitehead

‘Irises for the Natural Garden’

Alun and Jill run Aulden Farm Garden and Nursery near Leominster in Herefordshire, a damp site which they have developed from scratch they hold the National Collection of Siberian Irises. The garden was developed both wildlife and humans in mind and is described as quirky and romantic.

Memorial Hall


Sat 2nd March


Ingrid/John/Sarah Millington

‘Primulas and Auriculas’

The Millington family runs Hillview Hardy Plants in Shropshire and has a particular interest in Primulas and Auriculas as well as other hardy plants and bulbs.

Memorial Hall


Sat 6th  April


Dr Brenda Harold – Wild Flowers of the Canadian Rockies’

This is a return visit for Dr Harold; you may remember the entertaining and informative talk she gave last time about plant defence mechanisms.This time she will talk about Wild Flowers of the Canadian Rockies which no doubt many members will have seen for themselves.

Memorial Hall


Fri 24th May

6 – 9pm

Delivery, sorting and pricing of plants

for Annual Plant Sale

United Reformed

Church Hall,

Homewood Rd,

St Albans, AL1 4BH

Sat 25th May


Annual Plant Sale

(help required from 9am)


URC Hall

(as above)

Saturday 15th June Coach trip to Langthorns Plantery,

Hyde Hall, and Furzelea,


Further details and

application forms

in Spring 2019


Saturday 5th October, 2pm Tony Goode ‘A Crocus for all Seasons’

A keen Alpine gardener,Tony will in his talk today cover the genus Crocus, his specialist subject and will look at the botany of both wild and cultivated plants. Find details in the list of speakers on 

Memorial Hall


Sat 2nd November 2pm AGM and A member of Mid Bucks Beekeepers will give a short talk about honey bees after the AGM Memorial Hall


Saturday 7th  Dec  2pm Helen Yemm:

Another returning visitor, this popular speaker is well known for her column “Thorny Problems” in The Telegraph and other writing. She describes herself as a “passionate muddy-gloves-and-wellies gardener blessed with the gift of the gab”. The subject of Helen’s talk is under wraps but we can certainly look forward to an entertaining afternoon to round off the year.

and Christmas Party

Memorial Hall



Further dates to be arranged


Visitors are most welcome to our meetings, £5