Pelargonium and geramium societies to merge

The two national societies dedicated to pelargoniums and geraniums are set to merge to "add more weight to the promotion and interest" of the plants to the general public.

The British Pelargonium & Geranium Society (BPGS) and the British & European Geranium Society (BEGS) will cease to exist on 31 December.

They will merge to become The Pelargonium and Geranium Society from 1 January 2009.

BPGS chairman Roy Jacklin said: "I am sure members of both societies will feel that, with the forming of one larger society from the two present bodies, we will be able to add more weight to the promotion and interest in pelargoniums and geraniums to the general public."

BEGS chairman Derek Lusby added: "There is still a considerable amount of work to be done by the new acting management committee that has been set up to oversee the transition. Among these are the procedures for setting up regional groups that will hopefully bring the society closer to its members and the public at large."

The National Pelargonium Show will be held next year in June at the Marston Stadium in Hinckley.

Those interested in joining the society can download a membership form at www.pelargoniumregister.com.


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