250 years of green fingers

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Forfar Garden Club is celebrating 250 years of Scottish Plant Hunters and the plants they introduced into cultivation with an illustrated talk by Julia Corden, manager of the Explorers’ Garden at Pitlochry on Monday, February 28, 7.30 pm in the Plough Inn, Market Street, Forfar.

‘In Search of the Blue Poppy’ relives Ms Corden’s plant hunting expedition to Bhutan, with staff from Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.  

In July 2010, Julia was granted special permission by the government of Bhutan to join a small group of plant hunters and enthusiasts to visit and explore the beautiful kingdom of Bhutan. The journey began in Nikka Chu and moved up to the Tempe Tshao at 4,336 m above sea level, before crossing into the high mountain terrain where, in 1949, the famous plant hunters, Sherriff and Ludlow, scoured the landscape in search of extraordinary flora.

‘In Search of the Blue Poppy’ is only the start of the club’s celebration of Spring. On Saturday, March 5th the group hosts a ‘Snowdrop Walk’ at Gagie House. April is the time for a sociable, evening visit to Ferngreen Garden Centre for discounted garden shopping. Next event on the schedule is a visit to Angus Plants, to see at its best, a fine collection of auriculas or painted ladies.

Throughout the Spring and Summer, there will be further visits to gardens and specialist growers as well as a program of speakers, including John Mattingley from Cluny Gardens, Perthshire. 

New members or visitors are welcome to come along to the Plough on the last Monday of the month and enjoy a non competitive, sociable gardening group over a cuppa.

Admission members £2, non members £3.

For further information contact Jan Laird 01307 462525