IT is with great delight that Greytown Garden Club will be hosting internationally acclaimed botanist, landscaper, lecturer and former curator of Durban Botanic Gardens, Chris Dalzell of Chris Dalzell International, as the presenter at the Annual General Meeting, set to take place on February 18 from 9 am. The beautifully manicured, peaceful garden of Deon and Esther van Rooyen at 260 Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi/Pine Street will provide abundant shade and cool space as a perfect venue to escape the February heat and enjoy this meeting. Garden Club members and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend this very interesting, illustrated presentation by an exceptionally talented, sought-after speaker. Having studied, worked and lectured both locally and internationally, including initiating the South African exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show, for which he was awarded two silver gilt and one gold between 2007 and 2009, Dalzell has, for over three decades, been a well-respected name in gardening circles. During his 30-year tenure at the Durban Botanic Gardens, where he was in charge of special collections, Dalzell travelled extensively, visiting 62 countries lecturing, fundraising and plant-sourcing. In 1994 Dalzell was appointed curator of the Durban Botanic Gardens, a position he held until 2010 when he left to take up the position as assistant director of development of the $1 billion Gardens at the Bay project in Singapore. For two and a half years, Dalzell was responsible for the design and implementation of the conservancies and for sourcing plants for this world renowned botanic project. Greytown Garden Club is honoured to be hosting a speaker of this calibre, therefore, the committee urges all members and any interested people to join us for this meeting. Members and guests are asked to please bring chairs to sit on and to be punctual as the meeting will begin promptly at 9.30 am followed by the presentation by Dalzell. Please contact Jen Cowie at 082 921 2134 with any enquiries about this meeting. — Supplied.