June Meeting – Gardens and Plants of Norway

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd June. Our speaker for the evening is Tommy Tonsberg. Tommy is a gardener, nurseryman and writer who lives north of Oslo, where he grows everything from alpines and vegetables to tender plants, as well as running a nursery for herbaceous perennials. Tommy has a growing media profile, is a keen Tweeter (@TommyTonsberg) and has just been involved with the build of a garden at RHS Chelsea. Tommy will be talking about gardening in a very different part of Europe which should make for a fascinating evening.

The June meeting is also the last chance to book a place on 17th June for the evening visit to Little Malvern Court (www.littlemalverncourt.co.uk). There is no restriction on numbers but we do need to know in advance how many are coming along, for car park and refreshment calculations, so pre-payment is essential please.

There are also some places still available for the Grand Day Out on Tuesday July 16th to Llanover House Garden and High Glanau Manor. A small deposit will secure a place on the coach.

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

Plants will be on sale before the meeting.  Anyone wishing to contribute plants to the plant stall (all proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund) is most welcome to. Thank-you to everyone who helped ensure the hall was left spotless after the meeting.

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

 

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May Meeting – Gardening With and For Wildlife

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Our next meeting is on Monday 6th May. After last month’s successful Gardeners’ Question Time this month we return to the usual lecture format. Our speaker for the evening is Victoria Logue. Victoria runs a nursery, Whitehall Farmhouse Plants and you may remember her from last year’s GQT. The subject for the evening is Gardening With and For Wildlife. Victoria has a keen interest in ecology in general and a special interest in encouraging beneficial insects in the garden. As a beekeeper herself, Victoria will be sharing her ideas for plants and horticultural techniques that help insects to help us.

Whitehall Farmhouse Plants, which was started by Victoria back in 2003, is a nursery situated high up in the Cotswolds where the plants are used to conditions which are likely to be much harsher than those in your garden.

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

Plants will be on sale before the meeting.  Anyone wishing to contribute plants to the plant stall (all proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund) is most welcome to. Thank-you to everyone who helped ensure the hall was left spotless after the meeting.

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

 

April Meeting – Gardeners’ Question Time

IMG_1056This month’s meeting sees us switch from our usual format of an horticultural talk and instead host a gardeners’ question time.  Joining chairman Reg Moule on the panel are three local gardening experts (details to be announced shortly).  Judging by previous GQTs it should be a lively and entertaining, and hopefully informative, evening.  So come armed with all and any questions horticultural and put the panel through their paces. Questions can also be submitted in advance, to the chairman of the WCHS, via email.

Our evening kicks off at 7.00pm with plant sales and complimentary refreshments.  The April meeting is also the occasion of the Michael Jefferson-Brown Competition.  This has two categories: firstly for a pot or container of growing flowering bulbs, corms or tubers and secondly for a vase or container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.

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

Plants will be on sale before the meeting.  Anyone wishing to contribute plants to the plant stall (all proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund) is most welcome to.

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

 

March Meeting – Ideas for the Garden in Spring

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 4th March.

Our speaker for the evening is Jeff Soulsby whose talk is entitled Ideas for the Garden in Spring.

Jeff managed Hillier Garden and Plant Centre for 12 years and now runs his own peat-free nursery at Harvington near Evesham.  Jeff specialises in herbaceous plants and supplies a diverse range of plants to many National Trust gardens, including Hidcote, as well as the likes of Spetchley Park and Painswick Rococo gardens.

Jeff will illustrate his talk using actual plants (as opposed to slides) and will be selling plants on the night.

Our March meeting sees the return of the very popular plant sales raising money for the Percy Picton Memorial Fund.  We would like as many people as possible to contribute good quality plant material to the sale, so if you would like to help then please do.  If  bringing plants please arrive by 7pm, before the big rush.

There will also be an opportunity to secure places on either or both of the Evening Garden Visit and the Grand Day Out.

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 membership needs to be renewed from January.

February Meeting – Woody Plants at Aberglasney

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 4th February.

Our speaker for the evening is Joseph Atkin whose talk is entitled Woody Plants at Aberglasney.

Joseph has been head gardener at Aberglasney since March 2011. Aberglasney is a very special 10 acre garden in Carmarthenshire and the only Welsh garden to feature in a 2015 RHS list of top 10 formal gardens to visit in the UK. Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” which followed its restoration.

Joseph’s talk will explain the use of woody plants at Aberglasney and offer an insight into their use in extending the season of interest.

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 membership needs to be renewed from January so please think about arriving a few minutes early to allow time for the committee to process the paperwork.

January Meeting – Bulbs for the Unusual

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Happy New Year. I hope everyone enjoyed a good Christmas and is looking forward to a good gardening 2019.  We have a new programme to whet the appetite, details on the Programme page.

Our next meeting is on Monday 7th January.

Our speaker for the evening is our own Ross Barbour whose talk is entitled Bulbs for the Unusual.  Ross has been a career-long gardener, previously head gardener at Ragley Hall before moving back home to Old Court Nursery where he is very much part of the team. Ross has a number of horticultural interests including Galanthus, alpines and ferns, but his talk will focus on one other: bulbs that we may be less familiar with.

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 membership needs to be renewed from January so please think about arriving a few minutes early to allow time for the committee to process the paperwork.

December Meeting – Plants Need a Balanced Diet Too

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd 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 Roger Umpleby entitled Plants Need a Balanced Diet Too.  Roger is a professional entomologist, horticulturist, and a passionate plant and nature  lover who enjoys sharing his low and respect for the natural world with anyone prepared to listen.  Previously Roger has spoken to us about his trip to Fiji and Samoa, but this time he will stay closer to home with a talk focused on soil and soil nutrition and unravelling the mystique of what plants need to survive.

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.