Considering the January meeting was cancelled due to a heavy downfall of
snow, there was full attendance, including visitors, for our speaker Roger Clark
with a talk entitled Spring in Japan. He was accompanied by Chie
Nakatani who has practised acupuncture both in England and Japan. Many
members had watched the recent tv programme that Monty Don had presented so
interest was already raised. Roger and Chie illustrated their talk with
many images of a recent 3 week trip. Chie explained, with the help of a
map, the diverse Japanese climate which ranges from tropical in the south
to minus 20 in winter in the far north of the country. This makes it difficult
to predict the timing of the all important flowering of the cherry blossom.
We saw pictures of Japanese family groups celebrating Hanami under the
blossoming cherries, with picnics during the day and lanterns hanging
from the trees which are lit after sundown.
Roger and Chie visited Shinjuku Gyoen National Park and many Botanical
gardens, some by bullet train, to photograph different varieties of
cherry, pear and peach blossom. They also showed us raked gravel gardens
where 15 upstanding large stones demonstrate reaching enlightenment.
Gardens featuring blowsy camellias, in a wide colour range, amongst the
Temples; serene slow growing moss gardens; and rare unusual alpine
plants concluded this interesting journey through an intriguing,
interesting country.
Flower of the Month Rose Bowl for 2018 awarded posthumously to Ann
Lambert was accepted by her son Simon Lambert on behalf of her family.
Gordon Hayday kicked off this years competition by winning with a petite
daffodil, Rip Van Winkle and the raffle was won by Hazel Lunn.
Dawlish Garden Society meets monthly at The Manor on Thursdays at 7.15pm.
More information to be found at www.dawlishgardensociety.org.uk
The March meeting will be the AGM and Spring Flower Show.