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April 2021 – Gilbert White the Gardener – David Standing

Naturalist Gilbert White (1720-1793) is sometimes known as the father of modern ecology.  David Standing, the Head Gardener at the Gilbert White Museum in Selborne, Hampshire from 1979 to 2017 gave us a fascinating talk.  It follows the detective story of finding out the original layout and planting of his grounds, and made particular reference to White’s natural history observations in his garden.

Below is the list of plant names found in the garden……….

English Name Latin name
French marigold Tagetes patula
African Marigold Tagetes erecta
Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate Persicaria orientalis
Venus looking glass Legousia speculum-veneris
Flower-of-an-hour Hibiscus trionum
Blue convolvulus Covolvulus tricolur ‘Blue Ensign’
Curled Mallow Malva vericillata ‘Crispa’
Painted Lady sweet pea Lathyrus odoratus ‘Painted Lady’
Clary Sage ‘Turkestanica’ Salvia sclarea ‘Turkestanica’
Marvel of Peru Mirabilis jalapa
Hollyhock (single flowered) Alcea rosea
Gold Laced Polyanthus Primula x polyantha ‘Gold Lace’
Chimney Bellflower Campanula pyramidalis
French Honeysuckle Hedysarum coronarium
Rusty Foxglove Digitalis ferruginea
White Sweet Rocket Hesperis matronalis albiflora
Double sweet rocket Hesperis matronalis alba-plena
Burning Bush Dictamnus fraxinella
Crown Imperial Fritillaria imperialis
Dragon arum Dracunculus vulgaris
Double Hyacinth Hyacinths orientalis double var
Martagon Lily Lilium martagon
Madonna lily Lilium candidum
Purslane Portulaca oleracea subsp sativa
Skirret Sium sisarum
Cardoon Cynara cardunculus
Celeriac Apium graveolens var rapaceum
Apple Nonpareil Malus domestica ‘Nonpareil’
Medlar Mespilus germanica
Quince Cydonia oblonga
Pear Catillac Pyrus comunis ‘Catillac’
Melon Cucumis melo
Apothecaries Rose Rosa gallica officinalis
Rosa Mundi Rosa gallica officinalis versicolour
Rose Celeste Rosa alba ‘Celeste’
Rose Ville de Bruxelles’ Rosa damascena ‘Ville de Bruxelles’
Rose Rambling Rector Rosa sp (Rambler group) Rambling Rector
Austrian Briar Rosa foetida
Rose Mannings Blush Rosa rubiginosa ‘Mannings Blush’
Giant Reed Arundo donax
Scorpionsenna Hippocrepis emerus
Laurestinus Viburnum tinus
Laurel Prunus laurocerasus
Holm Oak Quercus ilex
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera
Cedar of Lebanon Cedrus libani

March 2021 – Birds of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica 

Keith Betton took us on a wonderful journey to the southern oceans, seeing albatrosses, penguins and many other fascinating birds. Keith is a Farnham resident and an author and broadcaster.  


Treasure Hunt – Jan/Feb 2021

Check out the treasure hunt for nature on Normandy Common. The competition is closed now, but you can still answer the quiz and look for the answers on the Common.