Plants behaving badly - 10.00am, Tuesday, 22 April 2014Ken Thompson is a FOBS Member and Tour Guide. He is an experienced ecologist, gardener and author.
Visitors £3. Plants for sale.
Summer e-bulletin DeadlineThe e-bulletin is scheduled to be released at the end of May and give all the last minute updates before the summer season. Please notify the FOBS Committee of any announcements you wish to be included by 8 May.
Garden Up - Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 JuneGarden Up is a brand new Horticultural event for Sheffield, designed to showcase innovation and display an artistic approach to Landscaping, Gardening and the Home environment. Over 60 exhibitors and trade stands, showcasing new innovative products and ideas. Several Show Gardens designed by garden designers who will inspire you and your garden no matter what size space you have back home. Sheffield Schools display mini-gardens in the Glass Pavilions, and Art Installations on the woodland walk, all using plants and garden materials. Creative activities for the Kids and parents at the 'Landing Zone'.
For more information see www.gardenup.org
Important Notice about 24 June MeetingPlease note that the talk by Chris Chadwell on "Plant hunting in the Himalaya for the Sheffield Botanical Gardens" scheduled for 10am on 24 June and the subsequent FOBS 30 Birthday celebrations are by invitation only. Current FOBS members will have received their invitations with the Spring Newsletter and are urged to contact the Committee to book a place as soon as possible. There is a restriction due to the classroom size - maximum number permitted is 80 people.
Update 15 April The talk is fully booked and a reserve list is being compiled in case of cancellations. There are still places available at the Himalayan Garden opening ceremony and the lunch, please contact the committee to make a reservation.
Tour Guide's Briefing Day - Wednesday 19 March 2014
Ian briefs the tour guides at the Himalayan Garden
©Alison Hunter, 19 March 2014
On a glorious sunny day it was a pleasure to just be in the Gardens. The group of tour guides assembled for lunch and Kay Keeton went through this years' programme of tours. It looks like a fairly busy year with a variety of interested visitors. Curator Ian Turner was his usual enthusiastic self as he explained that this year he was concentrating on offering a choice of short tours rather than the full-garden experience, especially with the 'Garden Up' event happening in June.
Round the World in 30 minutes
Flowers and Fossils
East Side Story
Curator's Briefing Day for Volunteers 2014
Volunteers at the beech tree stump.
©Alison Hunter, 15 January 2014
Sarcococca confusa ©Alison Hunter, 15 January 2014
A very mild day for January, if somewhat cloudy and damp, saw a record turnout of volunteers for the Curator's Briefing Day. Ian Turner went over health and safety procedures, basically a common sense approach to knowing your own limitations and being aware not only for your own safety but that of everyone else. Keep tools tidy, avoid leaving tripping hazards and remember not to overload collecting bags so that the staff can collect them without injury. Each volunteer has now been issued with a FOBS handbook describing procedures and working practices.
The tour started at the remains of an old beech tree outside the Robert Marnock Garden. The tree had become infected with Meripilus giganteus and had to be felled. A stump has been left and Ian hopes to plane down the surface so that annual growth rings can be counted and a display of local and world-wide events can be mounted to show the history of the Gardens while the tree was growing. The loss of this tree has made a huge different to the growing conditions in and around the Marnock Garden, essentially from deep shade to an open south-west aspect. New planting is being considered.
There are some exciting events happening in the Gardens this year, in June there will be a 'Garden-Up' event with show gardens, plant sales, demonstrations and equipment exhibitions. The 'Tour de France' will be celebrated in the bedding displays in the Victorian Garden and the beds immediately in front of the Pavilions.
The 'Spring' area in the Four Season's Garden has been totally replanted and we look forward to the sight of the new bulbs and plants - hopefully only a matter of weeks away! The Himalayan Bed has developed well, most plants having been grown from seed directly sourced from that region. Mulch has been ordered to improve the soil condition and discourage weeds and the area will be the 'star' attraction during FOBS 30th birthday celebrations.
As we haven't really experienced any severe 'winter weather' so far this year, the more tender plants in the Mediterranean Garden are doing surprisingly well considering they were only planted in May last year. Even the 'Money Tree' Crassula arborescens has survived outside so far. One major loss due to high winds in early December was the 'Headache Tree' Umbellularia californica, which will alter the environment in the Asia Garden. The Hamamelis Walk in the Woodland Garden is growing well - and scent of the Sarcococca perfumed the whole of the Gardens.
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