Reminder: A Year in the Garden at Overbecks. Monday 7th June on zoom

Don’t forget to join us for an interesting and entertaining journey through a year in the Garden at Overbecks on the Salcombe Estuary in Devon. Join from 7.20pm for a 7.30 pm start.

If you have a family member or friend who you think would be interested then let them know how they can join:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 863 9822 3754
Passcode: Overbecks

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Liz Thomas (chair) on behalf of the WCHS committee

‘A Year in the Garden at Overbecks’ with Chris Groves. Monday 7th June at 7.30pm on zoom.

Chris Groves is Head Gardener at Overbecks, a National Trust property in Devon. The garden can be found on the Salcombe Estuary, sheltered by woodlands and cliffs. As a result, it enjoys a mild microclimate thereby providing ideal growing conditions for many less hardy trees and shrubs. It sounds like it’s a gardener’s paradise with an amazing and unusual collection of plants as well as some fabulous views!

Chris will take us on a journey through the year of this wonderful garden. I’m sure this interesting talk will be illustrated with many fabulous photos, if his Instagram account is anything to go by!

Don’t forget that this talk is open to members and non-members of the Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society. To join, click on the link:

Or enter the ID and password:

Meeting ID: 863 9822 3754
Passcode: Overbecks

The talk starts at 7.30pm, but you can join from 7.20pm.

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

Liz Thomas

Open Gardens to Enjoy

Just a reminder that there are lots of gardens for us all to enjoy this weekend and in the weeks ahead. It’ll be good opportunity to get out safely and who knows who you may bump into that you haven’t seen for a while.

Coddington Vineyard is open on Sunday 30th May from 11 – 3pm under the NGS. Kay will be there with her plant stall and all money raised will go to the PPMF. Kay would appreciate plant donations to sell on the stall which would need to be dropped off on the day. Please label any plants you are able to donate.

Tim and Julie Beaumont;’s garden, Sheepcote is also open on Sunday under the NGS

The Picton Garden. at The Old Court Nursery is open on a regular basis for the NGS too. Please check the NGS website for booking/visit details and up to date information.

Don’t forget, that Sidney and Veronica Benjamin have invited all WCHS members to visit their garden in Colwall. This is by appointment only so please call them on 01684 541136 to arrange a time that suits.

Spring Show photos to enjoy!

On Monday evening we held our first ever virtual Spring Show celebration on zoom! The show presentation was hosted by Paul Picton who took us through the photographic entries with his usual knowledge and enthusiasm for all things plants.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the show by taking and sending in your photos. A lot of consideration and thought had gone into the entries and the standard was high! In all there are over 100 photos for everyone to enjoy. To view them click on this link:

or go to the links tab above> > WCHS > Spring Show

I would like to thank Sharon Maiden, Ross Barbour and Helen Picton for helping to draw up the schedules.

I would also like to thank Angela Thompson, Hugh Thomas and Sharon Maiden for judging the entries.

Special thanks to Paul Picton for all his time and energy in collating the entries and putting together a wonderful presentation for us to enjoy. I know it has kept him very busy when it’s been raining and he hasn’t been able to get out in the garden.

The judges each nominated a favourite photo and three lucky winners won a prize:

a bottle of Coddington Vineyard wine – Anne Bard (thank you Sharon)

a Old Court Nursery voucher – Lynn Humphries (thank you Helen and Ross)

and some lovely pelargoniums – Sarah Jane Arden

Prizes aside, I hope everyone will agree that the Spring Show has been a fun thing to do and kept us busy over the last few months. I sincerely hope that we will be able to hold our annual Flower and Produce Show in the village hall on Saturday 14th August. We will keep you posted.

Details coming soon about how to join June 7th’s Monday meeting ‘A Year in the Garden at Overbecks with head gardener Chris Groves. Check him out on Instagram where you’ll be able to enjoy very many wonderful photos of the garden and the views from it.

Best wishes

Liz Thomas on behalf of the WCHS Committee

The results are in! Join us for a Spring Show celebration on Monday 17th May on zoom.

We have been really happy with the response to our first ever virtual Spring Show! Thanks very much to everyone who has taken part by sending in photographs. Thanks to our judges and the sub-committee who helped plan and set up the schedules. Special thanks to Paul Picton who has worked very hard to collate all the entries for judging and for setting up a presentation for us to enjoy on Monday evening. We couldn’t have done this without his support.

Join us for a 7.30 pm start.

To join the Zoom Meeting click on the link below:

OR use:

Meeting ID: 899 2952 8310
Passcode: springshow

See you there

Liz Thomas

Garden opening in Colwall for members of the WCHS ‘Alderley’

Members of the WCHS may remember that Sidney and Veronica Benjamin had kindly offered to host our annual Evening Visit last June which was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. The good news is, Sidney and Veronica are now happy to welcome groups of up to 4 people, who are members of the society, to their garden. This will be by appointment. Please call them on 01684 541136 to arrange a time that suits.

They would like to ask visitors to make a donation and proceeds will go to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund, as will any money taken from plant sales. They have a 2 acre garden on the edge of Colwall with a large range of plants with mainly naturalistic design. What a lovely opportunity to meet up with a friend or 2 and support the PPMF.

Sharon Maiden is also opening Coddington Vineyard on 30th May from 11 – 3pm. This is a garden open under the NGS scheme but Kay will be there with a plant stall. Proceed from the sale of these plants go to the PPMF. Kay would like to ask for donations of plants to sell on the stall which would need to be dropped off on the day. Please label any plants that you are able to donate.

Looking forward to seeing you later on for tonight’s talk ‘A Year in Pots’ with Harriet Rycroft. Scroll down to find zoom log in details.


Spring Show Update – the end is near!

If you haven’t already done so, it’s now time to start thinking about sending in your photographic entries for our first ever WCHS Spring Show!

All the details for how and where to send your photos can be found under the Spring Show tab above. There are lots of different ways of sending them.

It would make it much easier for Paul Picton if you could caption each photo with the class name and number. Alternatively, you can send a list of the classes you have entered in an email.

Closing date for taking photos is this Friday coming, 30th April.

Closing date for Paul to receive them is midnight on Monday 3rd May.

We will have a zoom celebration evening on Monday 17th May when we will announce the winners, show the winning entries and award a few prizes! Entries will be available to view online soon after.

Details of how to join the celebration will be sent out the week before.

We look forward to seeing your entries.

Hope to see on zoom for our Monday 3rd May meeting, ‘A year in Pots’ with Harriet Rycroft.

Enjoy your gardens or simply being outside.

Liz Thomas (chair) on behalf of the WCHS committee

Potty Time (A Year in Pots) with Harriet Rycroft. Monday 3rd May at 7.30pm on zoom!

Harriet Rycroft spent 13 years at Whichford Pottery mainly in the role of Head Gardener. Harriet was in sole charge of planning, creating and maintaining large displays of planted pots all year round, including displays at the Chelsea Flower Show. As well as propagating most of the plants for these displays, Harriet wrote a regular blog about the garden and travelled around the UK and other countries giving talks and demonstrations.

Harriet is a real expert when it comes to container gardening and wants to encourage us all to experiment with planting and develop our own style and palette of plants.

I’m sure this will be a fascinating talk and will hopefully inspire us all to create some fabulous pot displays and not just for the summer months!

To join the Zoom Meeting via laptop/ipad/PC

Click on the link below:

Or type in:

Meeting ID: 898 8213 2970

Passcode: pots

Looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Don’t forget, this is open to members and non-members of the WCHS.

Liz Thomas (chair) on behalf of the committee

Gardens to enjoy in the coming weeks!

I would like to draw your attention to the following gardens that are open.

Sharon Maiden’s garden at Coddinton VIneyard: Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th April, midday till 3pm.

Kay from the WCHS will be there selling plants to raise money for the PPMF so please go along and support this good cause. You are welcome to go around the garden: donations for entry would be accepted.

Two members of the Stoke Lacy gardening club are opening their garden, Dovecote Barn on 8th and 9th May. This is through the NGS so please see the NGS website for booking/visit details. Plants will be on sale with all proceeds going to the Marie Curie and Macmillan nursing funds.

Our own members from the WCHS, Tim and Julie Beaumont, are opening their garden, Sheepcote on Sunday 30th May under the NGS too. Please check the NGS website for booking/visit details.

The Picton Garden at The Old Court Nursery in Colwall is also open for the NGS on a very regular basis from now on. Pre-booking essential.

Lots of wonderful gardens to visit so get out there and enjoy them.

‘New Varieties, Old favourites‘. Our talk this month with Josh Egan-Wyer was most enjoyable and interesting. Josh had lots of energy and enthusiasm for all the plants that he talked about. He gave lots of useful tips for using the plants. For example, using Pittosporums instead of Box – available in great colours and can be clipped into shapes and to size too.

I’m still waiting for Josh to send me the plant list. I have sent him a reminder so will put it up as soon as I receive it!

Don’t forget, the deadline for taking photos for the Spring Show is in a few weeks time, the end of April. Please send your photos to Paul Picton as soon as you are ready. Full details and guidance under the Spring Show tab.

Liz Thomas

‘Where did your Garden Grow?’. A talk by Cristine Skelmersdale for you to enjoy.

I have been notified of this talk on Zoom to which you are invited to join. It is hosted by the Red Cross.

Date 21st April 2021 on Zoom. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.15pm start.

The evening will be hosted by Nigel Cox, Senior Horticulture Lecturer who will be joined by Christine Skelmersdale. Christine is the owner of Broadleigh Gardens, a nursery specialising in unusual and S. African bulbs.

“We have the best gardens in the world but very few of our plants originate in this country so just where do your favourite garden plants come from?” Christine will delight with her knowledge and illustrate with photos of familiar plants in their native habitat.

The event is free although a donation to the British Red Cross would be much appreciated. You will need to register to join the talk.