The Annual General Meeting 2018

The thirty sixth Annual General Meeting of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society
will be held at The Savill Garden, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey,
at 10.30 a.m. on
SUNDAY 1st JULY 2018
Information about this year’s AGM Weekend can befound in the article written by our Chairman
in the Spring 2018 Journal.
This year our host is the Savill Garden which forms part of Windsor Great Park which also includes the Long Walk, Deer Park,Swinley Forest, and Valley Gardens, as well as Virginia Water. 

The Savill Garden is laid out in 35 acres of interconnected gardens.
The Visitor Centre has an undulating oak roof which has been shaped to look like a rippling leaf, and the wooden grid shellarchitecture has been constructed from sustainable timber sources from within Windsor Great Park. 
The AGM itself will be in a marquee in the Lawns area.  
General Information
-  Garden open 10 - 6pm ║ Car Park open 07.45 - 7 pm ║  Gallery Cafe open: 09.30 - 5.30 pm  ║  
-  BHHS members will not have to pay a garden entry fee to go to the Lawns area.
-  There is a large car park at the Garden - entrance in Wick Lane, (Sat nav post code - TW20 OUJ). On arrival please give the ticket you will have received at the car park entrance barrier to the Chairman or Secretary to have it validated for free parking.   We will be eligible for one free exit each, that is, no multiple entries/exits

Travel directions
Accessible from J13 of M25 via the A30 and J6 of the M4 via the A308 towards Windsor and approx. 4 miles/15 mins. drive from Windsor town centre by road.  Regular sign posts point out the direction.  The car park entrance is on Wick Lane.  Follow brown tourist road signs showing ‘The Royal Landscape’, ‘The Savill Garden’, or a flower symbol.


1. Welcome
2. Apologies for absence
3. Approval of the Minutes for the 2017 (34
th) Annual General Meeting
4. Chairman’s Report
5. Treasurer’s Report and 2017 Accounts
6. Vote of thanks to Hon. Auditor
7. Membership Secretary’s Report
8. Amendments to the Constitution
9. Publicity Officers’ Reports
10. Regional Reports
11. Society Awards
12. Election of Officers and Committee
13. 2019 AGM – venue suggestions
14. Any other business
Please forward nominations for item 12 to the Hon. Secretary, 
Tel: 01582 713798: e-mail:
and obtain agreement beforehand from the Nominee.
Minutes of the 2017 AGM are available to download from our website
Please contact the Hon. Secretary (below) if you would like a printed or email copy sent to you.
Tea and Coffee will be available before the meeting.


Below are a few more places of interest which you can independently explore around the Savill Garden area on the Saturday.  These are in addition to the ones already listed in the Chairman’s AGM article in the Spring Journal.

Saturday 30th June - Other Places of Interest
(See also in the Spring 2018 Journal AGM Weekend article the list of places to visit)
Runnymede Memorial &Water Gardens, and Ankerwycke
Home to the birthplace of the Magna Carta.  Walks at the Egham Trail and Ankerwycke.
Windsor castle
The castle is open every day from 9.30 – 4p.m. (last admission), but check beforehand as there are a few days when it is closed.
Garden at 26 Lower Newport Road,  Aldershot GU12  4QD
Open for NGS on 29th& 30thJune:  A small town garden in 4 sections. Some interesting things to see, included among many other interesting features, are perennials, a secret garden, raised pond, a water feature, potager, vegetables, roses and a collection of nearly 50 hostas.

Sunday 1st July - AGM in the Marguee (Lawns Area) - Itinerary

From 09.30:     Meet up in the Gallery cafe. 
                           [Please hand in your parking ticket to the Chairman or Secretary during this time
                             so that we can have them validated]
10.30 – 12.30:  AGM business meeting   
                          [Agenda and proposed changes to our Constitution attached]
This will be followed by a presentation of trophies to this year’s BHHS award winners, and end with our popular auction of members’ donated plants to raise funds for the Society.  After lunch the afternoon will then be free for you to tour the garden (accessed directly from the Lawns area) and for your return travel.  



The Annual General Meeting 2017

RHS Harlow Carr
Cragg Lane
North Yorkshire

The 2017 AGM was held at 10.30 am on Sunday the 7th May in the Bramall Learning Centre at RHS Harlow Carr. It was a great venue and we were all made to feel very welcome, so our thanks go to Harlow Carr and the RHS.
The AGM was preceded on the Saturday by a Hosta leaf show, a display of hostas and a display of the contents of the Society's Hosta Library, all of which were open to the public. Plants were also for sale . The attendance from the general public on both days was good, the displays were very much appreciated and a lot of plants were sold.
The visitors were asked to vote for their favourite cut leaf. H.'Dinner Jacket' was the victor. An informal poll of the display plants produced an overwhelming vote for H.'War Paint'.
Photographs of the event are shown below - click on the image to enlarge it. Thanks to Marjorie Sturman for providing these.

Of the 6 awards the BHHS makes each year at the AGM, only 5 were awarded this year as, unfortunately, there were no nominations for the Newbold Hemerocallis award. Of these 5 awards that the committee made, only John Baker was able to attend the meeting to receive his.
Details of the awards are as follows :
Peter Fernyhough Award to Paul Harris of Brookfield Plants (for successful show work).
Dick Kitchingman Award to Jan and Andy Wyers for their work in maintaining the Hemerocallis Library, Jan for taking charge of the DelightfulDaylilies robin and for checking and correcting daylily photos and IDs on the new website.
Eric Smith Rosebowl to Jim Allnutt for overseeing and maintaining the Society's Facebook page.
Newbold Hosta Vase to Mark Roberts of Stafford Lake Nursery for Hosta 'Niki Mouse'.
Grenfell-Grounds Trophy to June Colley and John Baker for their outstanding contribution to the Society, including the production of the Bulletin over the last 9 years.

June Colley and John Baker were also presented with Certificates of Appreciation from the American Hosta Society.
The traditional annual plant auction followed, with Stephen Baker once again taking the role of auctioneer. We raised more from the sale of plants at the Cut Leaf Show and the auction than we've rasied at any previous AGM.

To view the Minutes for the 2017 AGM click here
To view a list of the Committee Members for 2017-2018 click here
The BHHS banner and a table display
The cut leaf show, which stretched most of the length of the ground floor in the Learning Centre
The cut leaf show, which stretched most of the length of the ground floor in the Learning Centre
A display of hostas in the foyer of the show
Stephen Baker with Midas Touch at the auction
John Baker receiving his award from John Carr