Josh is a professional horticulturalist currently managing the Pershore College Garden Centre & Wholesale Nursery. He also manages the Plant Heritage National Collections at Pershore College and is Secretary of the Worcestershire Group of Plant Heritage. Working in ornamental plant production, Josh has a keen eye on plants, new introductions and use of plants in design.
In his talk ‘New Varieties, Old Favourites’, Josh will look at some newer introductions of tried and tested garden plants as well as some forgotten gems of the past. Join at 7.20 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
I hope the warmer weather this week has inspired you to get outside and start taking photos for your entries into the Virtual Spring Show, if you haven’t already done so!
I adore this Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ in my garden and look forward to opening the curtains in the morning to see the gorgeous single pink flowers emerging from deep pink buds. I will be entering this photo into Section 5B: Tree in blossom.
There are plenty of classes to chose from across the 7 sections. I’m sure there is something to inspire everyone whatever your age. Please encourage younger members of your family and friends to join in as this show is open to members and non-members. Check out all the classes, the rules and guidance under the SPRING SHOW 2021 tab above.
The main thing to remember is to take your photos fromNOW till Friday 30th April.
CLOSING DATE for all photographic entries is MONDAY 3RD MAY 2021. You can of course send your photos in earlier if you can.
Thanks to Advolly for a very stimulating talk on Monday evening which traced the ups and downs of indoor plants from the Romans through to the present day.
Advolly’s talk was full of interesting facts from the use of ‘nosegays’ in the middle ages, a practical initiative of carrying herbs and other plants to hide unpleasant aromas to the popularity of ferns in Victorian times as they had no conspicuous reproductive parts to offend the ladies!
We were taken on a journey through time and discovered how events such as the Great Fire in 1666, the abolition of Glass Tax, the Industrial Revolution, world travel, World Wars and the development of high-rise flats have all played their part in the rise and fall of bringing plants into our homes and impacted how we display them.
I was especially taken with the use of plant hire contractors in the 1800s to supply plants to those who could afford them. They would supply reliable plants that were easy to move and maintain. Plant and flower hire for assemblies and parties! I think this happens to this day! Also, the development of conservatories and window gardening ‘Hortus fenestralis’ – glass boxes attached to windows!
Advolly is a fabulous speaker. If you’d like to listen to another of her talks, then click on the link below for more details. This is being given through the Garden Museum. She will be talking about the Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman, a Victorian botanist and plantsman – looking at his rather unknown contribution to botany, plant collection and horticulture.
Don’t forget to look up the schedules for the Spring Show. We all need to make the most of plants looking their best for our photographs.
I have set up the zoom meeting so you can join by phone as ell as your laptop, PC or iPad which may be useful if your internet connection isn’t very strong. Zoom log in details for joining this way can be found on the previous notification.
Hope to see you there!
Liz Thomas (chair) on behalf of the WCHS committee
Advolly Richmond is a researcher in garden, landscape and social history. She has a special interest in gardens and the wider influence of the Italian Renaissance and the mid 18th century Rococo Gardens of England. Advolly’s own garden has featured on BBC 2 Gardener’s World and she has also presented a feature on The Painswick Rococo Gardens for the same programme. Advolly has written articles for garden magazines and produced her own podcast, “The Garden History Podcast”.
In her talk,“Flora Domestica: a Social History of Indoor Pot Plants”, Advolly will describe how house plants were once a status symbol of wealth and power and how they have been victors and victims of changing fashions. She will trace the history of indoor plants and the complicated relationship we have with them.
I have set up the zoom meeting so you can join by phone as well as your laptop, PC or iPad which may be useful if your internet connection isn’t very strong. If joining by phone, you will be prompted to tap in the meeting ID and passcode.
Time: Monday 1st March 2021 from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start
The WCHS committee invite members, their families and non members from local areas to participate in the WCHS first virtual Spring Show!
To find out everything you need to know: classes, rules and photographic guidance, please click on the Spring Show tab above.
Start taking photos from now onwards until Friday 30th April 2021. Closing date for photographic entries is Monday 3rd May 2021. We have allowed a long period of time for taking photos to enable you to take photos of bulbs, plants and trees as they come into flower and to get started on or finish any crafts and baking!
Entry is free. We will award a few prizes and celebrate all the entries at a virtual award celebration/ceremony on Monday 17th May.
We hope you will all enjoy taking part in the show.
Thanks for joining us last night. We had over 70 people log in!
Ken’s talk dispelling the myths about wildlife gardening was informative and most enjoyable. Drawing on years of academic study based in people’s back gardens, Ken’s message is that more plants and flowers equals more wildlife. We don’t need to worry too much about what types of plants i.e. native or exotic, indeed it seems that a mix of plants to extend the season are most effective in providing for wildlife.
Other good ways of providing habitats and food for wildlife is to have a pile of logs lying around. Better still if we can partially bury some dead wood as this will provide a permanently moist habitat. As they rot down this will encourage an increased variety of insects. Ken pointed out that the more insects we have in our gardens, then this will lead to more of the larger wildlife we love to see such as birds.
Ken also advised that we don’t need to spend too much money on buying ‘fancy’ wildlife nests or hotels. Homemade ones can often be most effective. Blocks of wood with different sized holes for solitary bees will attract a lot more species and leaving an area of uncut grass will provide food for the larvae of many common butterflies. What could be better?
Ken Thompson is a plant ecologist, botanist, lecturer, gardener and author to name but a few! He writes academic papers, books and articles for national newspapers and magazines such as Gardening Which. This talk is based on one of his book of the same name. Using language we will all understand, Ken will explain how we can encourage wildlife into our gardens to promote biodiversity with minimal effort and cost. It will be a fascinating, amusing and enjoyable evening so please feel free to join us.
I have set up the zoom meeting so that you can join using a landline or mobile phone as well as your laptop/PC or iPad depending on your internet connection. If joining by phone, you will be prompted to tap in the meeting ID and password. I hope this is useful.
We are seeing more and more people join us for our talks each month so we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Topic: No Nettles Required
Time: Feb 1, 2021 from 07:20 PM for a 7.30pm start