Open Days

Chairman's At Home

Chairman's At Home


Photographs by : John Ellis

Open days are a popular feature of the Branch calendar. One of these is the Chairman's "At Home" which takes place each August. This used to be held in an evening to replace the normal monthly meeting, however in recent years it has been held on a Sunday afternoon.

In addition we normally hold two or three other greenhouse open days each year. Often looking round the greenhouse is secondary to the social aspects of the occasion. Members can talk, share experiences and advice, or maybe just listen and learn - though much of the conversation is about anything except plants!


Visitors in a member's greenhouse

Guests from other Branches are always made welcome


Photographs by : Martin Brown (left) & John Ellis (right)

Not all the greenhouses are as large as the superb one featured above left which belonged to the late Alan Craig - indeed it was most definitely the exception. As the saying goes "size doesn't matter", it's the hospitality and socialising which is important. Often drinks and some snacks are provided and member's plant sales are actively encouraged. Cuttings also often change hands and newcomers will usually be surprised at the generosity of Branch members.

Admiring a member's plants

Fir Tree's Nursery

Photographs by : Martin Brown
Sometimes the open days can include the admiration of a member's cacti and then just as much admiration of some other sort of plant, such as the Pelargoniums at Fir Tree Nursery, or a fine collection of bonsai or alpines in a member's garden.

Admiring bonsai, outside the cactus greenhouse

Admiring a splendid collection of Alpine plants in the garden of one of our members


Refreshments and good company make for a pleasant afternoon

More Alpines


Looking at gardens and having a chat with friends

Socialising is at least as important as looking at the plants!


Photographs by : John Ellis

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