HALF PRICE PLANTS ON SALE AT OUR MEETING THIS EVENING!

We are looking forward to this evening’s talk back in Colwall village hall. Sally Gregson will suggest plants for those difficult spots from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas in her talk ‘Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels’. Sally will be bringing plants for sale from her nursery, Mill Cottage Plants in Somerset. These will be HALF PRICE!

The evening starts at the usual time of 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there. There will be no charge for this talk.

PPML Tickets and September’s talk in Colwall Village Hall.

TICKETS FOR THE PERCY PICTON MEMORIAL LECTURE ARE NOW ON SALE at John Goodwins Estate Agents in Colwall and at The Old Court Nursery on Walwyn Road. Tickets for the PPML cost £10 as there will be no pre-talk reception this year.

They will also be available at Colwall Village Hall on Monday 6th September when we will be back in person for Sally Gregson’s ‘Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels’. To maximise the space in the hall and as this is our first step towards being back in the village hall there will be no refreshments or raffle at this meeting. Come for a 7.30pm start and please bring a mask.

Sally Gregson from Mill Cottage Plants in Somerset

September Meeting – Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels.

Our next meeting is on Monday 6th September and our speaker is Sally Gregson from Mill Cottage Plants in Somerset. We are happy to announce that this meeting will be held in Colwall Village Hall. Please arrive in time for a 7.30pm start. This meeting is free.

As this is our first face to face meeting since March 2019 and pre- covid restrictions, there will be no raffle or refreshments to enable us to space out the chairs as much as we can. We ask that masks are worn inside the hall. Windows will be opened to ensure good ventilation.

Our speaker, Sally Gregson, trained in nursery practice at Hadlow College, Kent and then worked as a propagator before setting up her own nursery, Mill Cottage Plants in Somerset, which is well known for its specialism in rare hydrangeas.  Sally is a regular writer for many publications including the Country Garden Magazine and lectures widely.

Her talk will provide suggestions for planting in difficult spots ranging from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas and hopefully she will have the opportunity to answer questions from a live audience. 

The Percy Picton Memorial Lecture is going ahead on Monday 4th October! James Alexander Sinclair’s talk, ‘Bucolic Bliss’ is the story behind the creation both of his garden and other country gardens he has created. Tickets will be on sale at the meeting. They will also go on sale soon at John Goodwins Estate Agents in Colwall and The Old Court Nursery, Walwyn Rd.

On behalf of the WCHS committee, we look forward to seeing on Monday 6th September in person!

Liz Thomas

WCHS NEWS AND UPDATE!!!

Our 77th Annual Flower and Produce Show is taking place next Saturday 14th August at Colwall Village Hall! Please support this event by entering some of the classes and coming along on Saturday from 2pm – 5pm. This year it is free to enter as we are keen just to get people back together and to have fun. The show schedule, entry form (and more details) can be found on the Summer Show 2021 tab above or picked up from the Old Court Nursery or John Goodwin Estate Agents in the village. Entry forms must be returned to Helen Picton by Thursday 12th.

We are delighted to announce that in September we are returning to face to face meetings in the village hall! Our speaker is Sally Gregson, from Mill Cottage Plants in Somerset who will be talking about ‘Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels’: suggestions for those difficult spots from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas. More details nearer the time.

The Percy Picton Memorial Lecture is going ahead at The Elms School on Monday 4th October! James Alexander Sinclair’s talk, ‘Bucolic Bliss’ is the story behind the creation both of his garden and other country gardens he has created. Tickets will only cost £10 as we don’t expect to put on a drinks reception to avoid congregating in the hall entrance. Tickets will go on sale shortly – more details to follow.

August’s meeting was held on zoom. ‘Climbers and Other Garden Favourites’ with Jim Almond. We all love the heights of beauty given by climbing plants and Jim brought his considerable experience and knowledge to this engaging talk to show us their versatility and diversity of form, and the considerable range of seasons for which we can find these flowering species.  Whether needed for cloaking fences or softening the hard edges of buildings Jim showed us with lovely photographs all the possibilities and pitfalls, the easy to grow and the rewarding challenges.  It may have sent others, like me, to their new plant lists to note the 3 pruning regimes of Clematis or mark the potential mistakes, too vigorous or too freely suckering in limited space.  Take care with “The Fence Breaker” Clematis armandii , and I hadn’t realised that my pretty winter flowering Clematis cirrhosa might in the future be pushing through the cracks in the paving! It wasn’t all just Clematis though, and we were reminded of the of plants to scramble over or climb through others or, like some wisteria, to be grown free standing if space allows.  After the climbers came the favourites and it was excellent to see examples of flowering beauty to lift us from the gloom of winter through to the richness of summer and autumn, including some useful detail on varieties of Galanthus and Camassia.  Thanks to Jim we know that we can enjoy every month in the garden wherever we are.

Thanks to Sue for her reflections on Jim’s talk. Jim’s plant list can be found by clicking on this link.

Click here for Jim’s plant list

On behalf of the WCHS committee, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Saturday at the show. Let’s hope the sun shines!

Liz Thomas

August’s talk ‘Climbers and Other Favourite Garden Plants’ with Jim Almond. Monday 2nd August. Starts at 7.30pm on zoom.

Jim will be a familiar face to many members of the WCHS. He is a retired bio-medical scientist from Shropshire who has more than 20 years experience as a speaker, Alpine Garden Society exhibitor, show co-ordinator, member of judging panels and a show reporter.  He grows a wide range of alpine plants, wherever possible from seed, and his talks reflect his immense experience of the practical aspects of growing and propagating plants.  Expect a very informative talk and have your questions ready.

As with all our zoom talks, members and non members are very welcome to join us. If you have family of friends who you think would be interested, then pass it on! Join by 7.30pm by clicking on the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88145108471?pwd=QTdGOVZ1T3cvd3FEcStFdWdyelBnQT09

Or type in:

Meeting ID: 881 4510 8471

Passcode: climbers

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

77th Summer Flower & Produce Show!! Saturday 14th August in Colwall Village Hall

The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society is very happy to announce that the 77th Summer Flower and Produce Show is going ahead in the Village Hall, Colwall at 2pm on Saturday 14th August. Members of the WCHS and residents of Colwall, Mathon and Coddington are warmly invited to join in!

The Schedule and Entry Form can be viewed and downloaded on the Summer Show 2021 tab.

Paper copies of these can be picked up from The Old Court Nursery.

There are contact details of people to ring regarding any queries you have about any of the classes and exhibits in the Schedule.

We have slimmed down the Schedule and plan to change the layout of the hall to allow for more space between the tables. Plant sales, refreshment and raffle etc will be outside and we will restrict the number of people inside the hall. We hope this will allay any concerns that people may have about coming into the hall to enjoy the exhibits.

We hope that people will support this event and hope it will be a lovely chance to catch up with people we haven’t seen for a while. Looking forward to seeing you there!

July’s talk: New talk, new speaker. David Wyndham-Lewis. Monday 5th July. 7.30pm on ZOOM.

There has been a last minute change to our speaker on Monday 5th July at 7.30. Instead of Lou Nichols, Head Gardener at Ulting Wick Garden, our speaker for the evening will be David Wyndham-Lewis. David’s talk is Big Ideas for Tiny Gardens. The ZOOM details have not changed and are as previously given (see below).

David came to public notice while Head Gardener at the Roof Gardens in Kensington. He is that rare combination of an award-winning gardener and garden designer. He has designed gardens small and large across the UK, Europe and Africa. David now lives in Lincolnshire where he is creating a new one acre 21st Century country garden for himself. David has been a supporter of Perennial for many years and now works for the charity.

The lovely thing about this talk is that David is on the Perennial Speaker Panel and his speaker fee is going to the Perennial gardening charity.

Join the meeting in time for a 7.30pm start.

Click on the link below to join the zoom meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/94378144044?pwd=aSsrT2lMOWVKc1ZlbTVmVU5kVGZpZz09

Or type in :Meeting ID: 943 7814 4044

Passcode: 949487

You can also dial in on your phone with this code.

Meeting ID: 943 7814 4044

Passcode: 949487

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abTOe2iJQ1

Perennial also have a just giving link if anyone would like to make an additional donation to the charity: https://justgiving.com/campaign/hortaid-21 

If you have any friends or family who may be interested in the talk, they are welcome to join us.

Looking forward to seeing you.

July’s talk ‘Ulting Wick Garden’ with Lou Nichols. Monday 5th July. Starts at 7.30pm on zoom.

Lou Nichols is Head Gardener at Ulting Wick Garden, one of Essex’s garden gems. This is a private garden that opens for the National Garden Scheme. Ulting Wick has twice been voted into the top three gardens in the South-East by Garden News and boasts two highly ornate planting schemes throughout the year.

Lou has worked in horticulture for over 20 years, exhibiting and winning medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Malvern, Gardener’s World and Three Counties. She trained at Garden Organic and has had the pleasure of working at Sissinghurst and Hole Park.

The lovely thing about this talk is that Lou is on the Perennial Speaker Panel and her speaker fee is going to the Perennial gardening charity.

Join the meeting in time for a 7.30pm start.

Click on the link below to join the zoom meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/94378144044?pwd=aSsrT2lMOWVKc1ZlbTVmVU5kVGZpZz09

Or type in :Meeting ID: 943 7814 4044

Passcode: 949487

You can also dial in on your phone with this code.

Meeting ID: 943 7814 4044

Passcode: 949487

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abTOe2iJQ1

Perennial also have a just giving link if anyone would like to make an additional donation to the charity: https://justgiving.com/campaign/hortaid-21 

If you have any friends or family who may be interested in the talk, they are welcome to join us.

Looking forward to seeing you.

June Update

June’s talk ‘A Year in the Garden at Overbecks’ given by Head gardener, Chris Groves was fascinating and very interesting. This is now a garden on my ‘to visit’ list! Overbecks is a 2 1/2 acre garden nestled on the Salcombe Estuary which enjoys its own micro-climate. Chris told us many stories about the history of the garden and illustrated his talk with fabulous photographs of many amazing plants that thrive there.

Don’t forget that Sidney and Veronica Benjamin have invited members of the WCHS to visit their garden, ‘The Alderley’ in Colwall. Call them to arrange a time that suits on 01684 541136. Groups of up to 4 are welcome. Donations will go to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund.

Our next meeting on Monday 5th July will be given on Zoom by Louise Nicholls on Ulting Wick Garden, an 11 acre garden in rural Essex. Log in details to follow shortly.

Best wishes

Liz Thomas