August Meeting – Bugs & Garden Plagues

 

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 5th August and our speaker is Geoff Hodge.

Geoff is a freelance gardening and horticultural writer, author, editor and radio and TV broadcaster living in the UK. His stated aim is to help gardeners get the best from their plants and garden and somewhere be someone you can go to ask plant and gardening questions, solve your problems and get help, hints, tips and advice.

Geoff last spoke to us back in March 2013 on the vital subject of pruning. On this occasion Geoff will be talking about pests and diseases of the garden, who they are and what to do about them. Always an informative and humorous speaker, Geoff’s talk will no doubt make for an entertaining evening.

This meeting is the last one before the Annual Flower and Produce Show to be held on Saturday 10th August in the village hall. There is still plenty of time to consider your entries as the closing date for all categories is Thursday 8th. If you are able to donate something for the Tombola or a raffle prize then please bring contributions along on Monday evening.

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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July Meeting -Morton Hall Gardens

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Our next meeting is on Monday 1st July. Our speaker for the evening is Harry Green.

Harry is head gardener at Morton Hall Gardens in Holberrow Green near Redditch. A relatively young garden, Morton Hall consists of eight acres of gardens and park encircling the house. They were designed by landscape architect Charles Chesshire  as a succession of distinct ‘garden rooms’. While each of these rooms has its individual character, defined by landscape, planting style and colour scheme, there is a strong sense of continuity. Harry’s talk will take us through the garden and hopefully reveal some of the secrets behind the upkeep of such a lovely place.

There are some places still available for the Grand Day Out on Tuesday July 16th to Llanover House Garden and High Glanau Manor. As this is the last meeting before the trip the full balance should be paid this evening.

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.

 

 

 

Evening Visit – Little Malvern Court

 

 

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A quick reminder for those coming along on Monday evening to Little Malvern Court.

The garden is open from 6pm. Car parking will be in the field below the garden, NOT in the priory car park across the road. Entry to the garden will be directly from the field.

Upon arrival please enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or apple juice before exploring the garden.

Due to the recent heavy rain the garden is a bit damp so please wear sensible footwear.

Entry to the garden for the evening is £5. The visit is restricted to those who have paid in advance. All proceeds from the evening are going to the Little Malvern Priory organ restoration fund. The priory will be open so that you can go and see (but not hear) the recently re-installed organ.

 

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.

 

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.