Monday 6th July 2020


We are very pleased to announce that Ross’ talk on “Gardening for Tomorrow” is going ahead on Zoom (an online video app) on Monday 6th July.

Ross will discuss how we can manage our gardens, improving their ecology and biodiversity. Ross is a member of the WCHS, works at the Old Court Nursery and is part of the Picton family. He is responsible for keeping the Picton garden looking its best and developing it alongside Helen.

If you haven’t already used Zoom as a means of staying in touch with family, friends or work colleagues over the lockdown period, it is easy to download for free onto a lap-top, computer, iPad or smartphone. Click on the link below from 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start.

Join Zoom Meeting

Alternatively, open the Zoom app and put in the

meeting ID: 864 7371 0973

and password: worms 

We hope as many of you can join us as possible. Posters are up around the village and roundabouts. Please let others know as this is open to members and non members.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Peonies: An Article For Everyone To Enjoy

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Good morning,

I am very pleased to tell you that Paul Picton’s article about Peonies is ready for us all to enjoy. As we had to cancel our June meeting Paul kindly offered to write soemthing for us on this subject.

Entitled ‘The Peony an Aristocrat of the Flower Garden’, you can find it by following these 3 simple steps:

1) Click on the ‘links’ tab above.
3) Click on Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society on the 3rd line down.
If you know of any members who have not subscribed to receive this notification, please let them know that the article can be found via the WCHS website. Please let friends and family aware of it too.
This is a wonderful article full of  interesting information and facts. It is of course, illustrated with many fabulous photographs and illustrations.
On behalf of all us who will receive great pleasure in reading this article, I would like to say thank you very much indeed to Paul for all his efforts in writing it for us.

June’s meeting is cancelled. However….

Dear Members,

Unfortunately, it is no surprise that we have to cancel our June meeting about Peonies and Irises. However, Paul Picton and Helen are working on an article about Peonies which will be posted on Paul’s blog/website. As with last month’s article by Victoria Summerley, this will be accessed via the link on our WCHS website. I will let you know when it is ready.

If you are regular viewers of BBC 2 Gardener’s World, some of you may have seen an episode featuring our June speaker, Susannah Applegate. If you didn’t catch it, I can recommend you watching it on BBC iplayer: 2020: Episode 5. It is a lovely piece and Susannah’s love of and enthusiasm for growing Peonies comes through. It contains some interesting information too. If you don’t want to watch the whole episode, her piece begins about 13 minutes in.

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I will be in touch soon when Paul’s article is ready to enjoy.  In the meantime, if you receive this notification through your email, can you check with other members and friends to see if they do. If not, please can you remind them that they simply need to click to subscribe on the WCHS website.

Enjoy the weather!

Liz Thomas




Good morning members,

I am pleased to inform you that Kay is planning a plant sale today, Sunday from the top of her drive! As usual proceeds are going to the PPMF. If you are travelling in the direction of Malvern from Colwall on the Wells Rd, Kay’s house is on the right hand side just before Daniel’s car garage/petrol station. Look out for a sign. I hear you can’t miss it!

Kay is setting some plants out this morning with an honesty box but will be manning the stall from 1.30 pm with the help of Elaine, her next door neighbour. I know Kay has already collected over £100 from previous sales in recent weeks.

If members have any plants to donate to the sale, please take them along (named and priced if possible). Kay would appreciate any donations and might hold another sale tomorrow.

On behalf of all the members of the WCHS, I would like to extend our thanks to Kay and Heather and all those who support them, for their continued efforts and time in growing, nurturing and selling plants for the PPMF.

Heather has been able to sell many of plants via a third party and raised an amazing £270 which has been sent to our treasurer!! Many thanks indeed.

I hope some of you will manage to pop along to the sale. A plant bought today might help produce a beautiful arrangement like the one below!


Best wishes


Liz Thomas


V Summerley

‘COTSWOLDS GARDENS’ by Victoria Summerley

Dear members,
Due to the cancellation of her talk about ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ this month, Victoria Summerley has written an article especially for members of the WCHS.
I am pleased to announce that this article is now available to read. Paul Picton has kindly put it on his blog. To find it, follow these 3 simple steps:
1) Click on the ‘links’ tab above.
3) Click on Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society on the 3rd line down.
If you know of any members who have not subscribed to receive this notification, please let them know that the article can be found via the WCHS website.
I hope you enjoy reading Victoria’s article and looking at her photos.
Best wishes
Liz Thomas and the committee


Dear members,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and keeping well in these troubling times. In light of the government restrictions due to Covid-19, the committee has taken the decision to cancel the Grand Day Out and the evening visit.

Our evening visit was due to take place on Monday June 15th. Whilst this date is cancelled, Sidney and Veronica Benjamin have agreed that, depending on government advice at the time, they will consider re-scheduling the evening visit for a date in September 2020. The garden will still be looking lovely at this time. Failing this, we will be welcome to visit ‘Alderley’ in June 2021. We will keep you posted.

Our Grand Day Out on Tuesday 14th July though has been cancelled for 2020. There was a great deal of interest shown in visiting Ampney Brook House and The Coach House Gardens so Meg will kindly re-book these for 2021. Brian, our treasurer has already been able to refund some money for those who have made full or partial payments. Please contact him (details on programme) if needs be or he will brings refunds to our next meeting. Whenever that may be!

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The Coach House Gardens

Posting messages on the website is the only way we have of staying in contact with you. Some of you have been on the WCHS website and subscribed to receive notifications when something is posted. If you know of anyone who hasn’t done this, please could you remind them that they can do this by simply going on the homepage of the website and entering their email address.


Keep an eye out for an article written especially for us by Victoria Summerley. Victoria was due to talk to us this month about the ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’.  We are sure you will enjoy reading it and looking at the photos.

At least we have been enjoying some wonderful weather which looks set to continue. Let’s hope it’s not too long before we start to get back to normal.

With very best wishes

Liz Thomas and the WCHS committee.

March Meeting – Stumperies


Andrew Tolman

Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd March 2020 and our speaker is Andrew Tolman.

Andrew has over 30 years of practical experience in the world of gardening during which time he has developed a passion for topiary, stumperies, ferns and other woodland plants. He has been a member of the Professional Gardeners Guild for 12 plus years and the European Boxwood & Topiary Society for 8 plus years.

Andrew’s talk will touch on the history of stumperies: how to construct one and with what. He will give advice on suitable plants to use from the canopy to the pockets on the ground created by the stumps themselves.

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

Our March meeting sees the return of the ever popular plants sales. Don’t forget to bring some money!

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

February Meeting – Hepaticas

Samantha Hopes

Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd February 2020 and our speaker is Samantha Hopes.

Samantha who is a trained geologist, has studied at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Pershore College. She has trained at RHS Wisley specialising in Rock and Alpine plants as well as working for short periods at Kew and Great Dixter. Her interest in Hepaticas developed whilst working at Ashwood Nursery looking after John Massey’s Hepatica Collection. Samantha and her husband Nigel open their garden where people can explore a National Collection of Border Primula auriculas. Samantha propagates and grows unusual plants to sell at her talks.

Samantha’s talk on Hepaticas will look at different species and cultivars with lots of advice on cultivation, both in the garden and under glass.

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 memberships can still be renewed at the February meeting so please think about arriving a few minutes early to allow time for the committee to process the paperwork.