April 2020 Meeting CANCELLED

Due to the Coronavirus Aprils’s meeting is cancelled. 

Please refer to website for further information.

 

March Meeting – Stumperies

 

Andrew Tolman

Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd March 2020 and our speaker is Andrew Tolman.

Andrew has over 30 years of practical experience in the world of gardening during which time he has developed a passion for topiary, stumperies, ferns and other woodland plants. He has been a member of the Professional Gardeners Guild for 12 plus years and the European Boxwood & Topiary Society for 8 plus years.

Andrew’s talk will touch on the history of stumperies: how to construct one and with what. He will give advice on suitable plants to use from the canopy to the pockets on the ground created by the stumps themselves.

As always the venue for the evening is Colwall Village Hall and complimentary refreshments will be available from 7pm.

Our March meeting sees the return of the ever popular plants sales. Don’t forget to bring some money!

The evening is free to members or £5 per visitor. Annual membership which runs from January to December is £15.

February Meeting – Hepaticas

Samantha Hopes

Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd February 2020 and our speaker is Samantha Hopes.

Samantha who is a trained geologist, has studied at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Pershore College. She has trained at RHS Wisley specialising in Rock and Alpine plants as well as working for short periods at Kew and Great Dixter. Her interest in Hepaticas developed whilst working at Ashwood Nursery looking after John Massey’s Hepatica Collection. Samantha and her husband Nigel open their garden where people can explore a National Collection of Border Primula auriculas. Samantha propagates and grows unusual plants to sell at her talks.

Samantha’s talk on Hepaticas will look at different species and cultivars with lots of advice on cultivation, both in the garden and under glass.

As always the the venue for the evening is Colwall Village Hall and complimentary refreshments will be available from 7:00pm.

The evening is free to members or £5 per visitor. Annual membership (which runs from January to December) is £15.

Remember that memberships can still be renewed at the February meeting so please think about arriving a few minutes early to allow time for the committee to process the paperwork.

January Meeting – A Plantaholic’s Paradise

Helen Picton

Our next meeting is on Monday 6th January and our speaker is Helen Picton.

You will probably know Helen as a member of the WCHS. as well as an ex chairman and Vice President. Helen runs the Old Court Nursery and Picton Gardens  in Colwall.

Helen’s talk will take us on a personal journey to remind us of the simple pleasure of plants and hopes to inspire us to try some of the more challenging aspects of horticulture.

As always the the venue for the evening is Colwall Village Hall and complimentary refreshments will be available from 7:00pm.

The evening is free to members or £5 per visitor. Annual membership (which runs from January to December) is £15.

Remember that memberships can be renewed at the January meeting so please think about arriving a few minutes early to allow time for the committee to process the paperwork.

December Meeting – Foxgloves: The Great Survivors

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd December.

The meeting will commence at 7pm with the Society’s AGM.  Please arrive early so that the AGM can start promptly.

The AGM will be followed by a talk by Terry and Mary Baker entitled Foxgloves: The Great Survivors.  Terry and Mary are holders of the National Plant Heritage collection of foxgloves and keen to share their passion for traditional foxglove species and their more modern hybrids.

Terry and Mary run The Botanic Nursery at Atworth in Wiltshire.  As well as foxgloves they are growers of rare and unusual garden worthy plants. They are often to be found at plant fairs and garden shows, including RHS Malvern. They will be bringing plants and seeds to sell.

Also this evening there will be a pop-up shop selling seasonal gift items, such as cyclamen and stocking fillers, with all monies raised going to the raffle prizes fund for the summer show.

As always the the venue for the evening is Colwall Village Hall and complimentary refreshments will be available from 6:30pm.

The evening is free to members or £5 per visitor. Annual membership (which runs from January to December) is £15.

November Meeting – Beat the Drum!

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 4th November and our speaker is Christine Skelmersdale. 

Christine has been an enthusiastic gardener since childhood and has been the Managing Director of Broadleigh Gardens, a nursery which specialises in smaller bulbs, woodland and foliage plants for 40 years. The 5 acre garden is open every weekday for a charitable donation.

Author of ‘Creative Gardening with Bulbs’ (1989), Christine writes articles and reviews for, amongst others, The Garden, The Daily Telegraph, Gardeners’ World Magazine and published “Gardeners Guide to Bulbs” in July 2012.

Christine was a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society for 11 years. She was a member of the Gardens Committee, with special responsibility of Rosemoor, for 12 years and is Vice Chairman of the Bulb Committee and a member of the Daffodil and Tulip Year Book Committee.

Tonight’s talk concentrates on the story of the drumstick allium and introduces some exciting new cultivars as well as offering advice on cultivation and planting combinations.

As usual the the venue for the evening is Colwall Village Hall and complimentary refreshments will be available from 7:00pm. Talk starts at 7.30.

The evening is free to members or £5 per visitor. Annual membership (which runs from January to December) is £15.

 

 

 

Percy Picton Memorial Lecture

 

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We are delighted that Carol Klein will deliver the 33rd Percy Picton Memorial Lecture on the 7th October 2019.  Her subject for the evening is Making a Garden.

Carol, who is fast becoming a National Treasure, is well known to us all from her many appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World and her many books and articles. She has a true passion for plants and it is this infectious passion she will be sharing with us.

The lecture is held annually by Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society to raise funds for the Percy Picton Memorial Fund.  The charity gives financial support to local horticultural students.

Tickets for the lecture are £12 per person which includes complementary refreshments.  Tickets can be purchased from Old Court Nursery and  John Goodwin Estate Agents, both in Colwall.

The lecture will be held at The Elms school in Colwall with complementary refreshments available from 7pm and the lecture commencing at 7:30pm.  Because there is very little parking available at The Elms we are requested to park either at the village hall or on side roads near the old school.  There is a drop-off point closer to the hall for people who may find the walk a little too far.

The evening is also the occasion for the annual Ernest Ballard Aster Competition.  One entry per person of a vase of Michaelmas Daisies, preferably mixed varieties.  The trophy is awarded to the best exhibit.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what should prove to be an entertaining evening.