June Meeting – Siberian Iris

Have you been wowed by the beautiful irises at the recent RHS Malvern and Chelsea Flower Shows, maybe you have been lucky enough to see the Siberian iris display at Bryans Ground in Herefordshire (above) and are wondering if you could grow Siberian irises in your garden? Your questions will be answered at our June meeting on the 5th June when Alun Whitehead, will be talking to us about his and his wife, Jill’s national collection at their home near Leominster.

Visitors’ tickets are £4 per person including complimentary refreshments.  The talk commences at 7:30 at Colwall Village Hall with refreshments available from 7pm.

Don’t forget your donations for the members plant stall and if you want to book a place on one of the two garden visits please make sure you register with Tim Beaumont as places are limited – more information on the visits is available on the programme

Finally, the Show Schedule for the Annual Show in August is now available, both in hard copy at the meeting and on-line from this page. We welcome entries from members and non-members, the more the merrier so why not make this the year when you pluck up courage and have a go.

 

Gardeners Question Time

Want to know when to prune your fruit trees, what has eaten your prized plant, why your seedlings have died, the best plants for dry shade? Then come to our Gardeners Question Time on Monday 15th May and pose your questions, thorny or otherwise.

Questions will be answered by a panel of local horticultural experts chaired by Reg Moule, BBC Hereford and Worcester’s gardening guru.

The cost of the evening is £4 per person and all are welcome.  Doors open at Colwall Village Hall at 7pm with the actual question time session starting at 7:30pm

So why not come along, bring some friends, and get your gardening conundrums answered – probably!

May Meeting: Julian Dowle

May Meeting: Julian Dowle

Julian Dowle’s 2005 Chelsea Show Garden – photo courtesy of http://www.gardenvisit.com

Our talk on the 1st May (yes Bank Holiday Monday) is by Julian Dowle – well known for his popular Chelsea showgardens.  Julian’s talk is entitled Country and Cottage Gardens and I am sure there will be lots of idyllic gardens for us to look at.

The talk starts at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at £4 a ticket. Membership runs from January to December and is £12 a year.

In addition there will be a members’ plant stall – so please don’t forget to pot up some of those divisions and bring them along.

Finally, there are still some places available on the two garden visits.  Details are on the programme and if you would like to book a place on either please see Tim Beaumont.

April Meeting – Auriculas and Primulas

Our talk on the 3rd April is courtesy of Ingrid Millington of Hillview Hardy Plants who will be talking to us about Auriculas and Primulas.  The talk will commence at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with refreshments available from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 to include complimentary refreshments.  Membership is £12 a year with annual subscriptions due from January each year.

Members are reminded that we hold the Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Flowering bulb competition at our April meeting. The Michael Jefferson Brown Competition is for members only; there are two classes
1. Pot or container of growing flowering bulbs, corms or tubers
2. Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.
One entry per person in each class.
Exhibits are judged on quality and presentation. The Trophy
will be awarded for the best overall exhibit

You can also book your tickets for the garden visit which have been scheduled in June and July – details on the programme

Finally, we will again be holding a plant sale for members’ donated plants with the proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund. We would be very grateful for any donated plants, cuttings, divisions and seedlings.

 

March Meeting – Gravel Gardening

March Meeting – Gravel Gardening

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At our meeting on the 6th March Derry Watkins, of Special Plants Nursery, will be talking to us about Gravel Gardening.  Derry is author of two books on gardening and has introduced many plants from her plant collecting trips to South Africa and elsewhere. The result is a collection of unusual plants from all over the world,  including an amazing range of hardy herbaceous and rockery plants as well as many tender perennials for terrace and conservatory.

Also at March’s meeting there will be a Plant Stall for members’ plant donations with all the proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund.  So if you have a chance to do some lifting and dividing of perennials, pot your left overs up, label them and bring them to the meeting. We ask that any unsold plants are collected by the donor.  The members plant stall will also run in April, May and June.

Finally, a reminder that if you would like to go on one of the two garden visits included in this year’s programme then you can book your place with Tim Beaumont at the meeting.  Details of the garden visits are on your printed programmes or you can access them via this link.

Visitors are always welcome to the meetings at a cost of £4 each which includes refreshments.  The talk will commence at 7:30 with refreshments available from 7:00.  As ever we will be meeting in Colwall Village Hall.

 

 

February meeting – Tales of a Plant Hunter

 

Photo courtesy of Pan Global Plants

Photo courtesy of Pan Global Plants

Our talk on the 6th February is by Nick Macer, owner of Pan Global Plants.  Nick who has spent 25 years collecting plants from around the world will be talking to us about the plants that ‘turn him on’.

As ever the talk will commence at 7:30 with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm.  Visitors are always welcome at £4 each.  Annual membership is £12 and is payable in January.

Members – if you were unable to attend the January meeting please don’t forget that you need to renew your membership at February’s meeting.

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January Meeting – Tales from the Gardener

David Morgan, NGS County Organiser for Worcestershire, will be joining us on the 2nd January to entertain us with tales of honing his gardening skills whilst creating his and his wife, Di’s, garden near Bromsgrove.  (as seen in the photo above)

The talk will commence at 7:30pm in Colwall Village Hall.  Complimentary refreshment are available from 7pm.

Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visit.

Members are reminded that their annual membership fee of £12 is due at this meeting – so come early to allow plenty of time