February Meeting – Hepaticas

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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.

January Meeting – A Plantaholic’s Paradise

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Our next meeting is on Monday 6th January and our speaker is Helen Picton.

You will probably know Helen as a member of the WCHS. as well as an ex chairman and Vice President. Helen runs the Old Court Nursery and Picton Gardens  in Colwall.

Helen’s talk will take us on a personal journey to remind us of the simple pleasure of plants and hopes to inspire us to try some of the more challenging aspects of horticulture.

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

December Meeting – Foxgloves: The Great Survivors

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd 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 Terry and Mary Baker entitled Foxgloves: The Great Survivors.  Terry and Mary are holders of the National Plant Heritage collection of foxgloves and keen to share their passion for traditional foxglove species and their more modern hybrids.

Terry and Mary run The Botanic Nursery at Atworth in Wiltshire.  As well as foxgloves they are growers of rare and unusual garden worthy plants. They are often to be found at plant fairs and garden shows, including RHS Malvern. They will be bringing plants and seeds to sell.

Also this evening there will be a pop-up shop selling seasonal gift items, such as cyclamen and stocking fillers, with all monies raised going to the raffle prizes fund for the summer show.

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.

November Meeting – Beat the Drum!

 

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Our next meeting is on Monday 4th November and our speaker is Christine Skelmersdale. 

Christine has been an enthusiastic gardener since childhood and has been the Managing Director of Broadleigh Gardens, a nursery which specialises in smaller bulbs, woodland and foliage plants for 40 years. The 5 acre garden is open every weekday for a charitable donation.

Author of ‘Creative Gardening with Bulbs’ (1989), Christine writes articles and reviews for, amongst others, The Garden, The Daily Telegraph, Gardeners’ World Magazine and published “Gardeners Guide to Bulbs” in July 2012.

Christine was a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society for 11 years. She was a member of the Gardens Committee, with special responsibility of Rosemoor, for 12 years and is Vice Chairman of the Bulb Committee and a member of the Daffodil and Tulip Year Book Committee.

Tonight’s talk concentrates on the story of the drumstick allium and introduces some exciting new cultivars as well as offering advice on cultivation and planting combinations.

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

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

 

 

 

Percy Picton Memorial Lecture

 

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We are delighted that Carol Klein will deliver the 33rd Percy Picton Memorial Lecture on the 7th October 2019.  Her subject for the evening is Making a Garden.

Carol, who is fast becoming a National Treasure, is well known to us all from her many appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World and her many books and articles. She has a true passion for plants and it is this infectious passion she will be sharing with us.

The lecture is held annually by Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society to raise funds for the Percy Picton Memorial Fund.  The charity gives financial support to local horticultural students.

Tickets for the lecture are £12 per person which includes complementary refreshments.  Tickets can be purchased from Old Court Nursery and  John Goodwin Estate Agents, both in Colwall.

The lecture will be held at The Elms school in Colwall with complementary refreshments available from 7pm and the lecture commencing at 7:30pm.  Because there is very little parking available at The Elms we are requested to park either at the village hall or on side roads near the old school.  There is a drop-off point closer to the hall for people who may find the walk a little too far.

The evening is also the occasion for the annual Ernest Ballard Aster Competition.  One entry per person of a vase of Michaelmas Daisies, preferably mixed varieties.  The trophy is awarded to the best exhibit.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what should prove to be an entertaining evening.

September Meeting – Gardening with Grasses

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Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd September and our speakers are Jack and Laura Wilgoss. It is a welcome return for Jack and Laura who spoke to us so brilliantly just a few years ago about all things Viola.

Jack and Laura run Wildgoose Nursery located in a beautifully restored walled garden at Millichope Park in Shropshire. As well as specialising in violas, Jack and Laura also sell an interesting range of herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. You may have seen them featured in the Garden magazine when Roy Lancaster visited them at the nursery.

Tonight’s talk concentrates on the beauty and variety of ornamental grasses and how to combine them with other plants and use them to their best in a garden setting.

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.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Percy Picton Memorial Lecture. This year the lecture is being given by Carol Klein on the subject of Making a Garden. Tickets for the evening cost £12 and include complimentary drinks and canapes.

Plants will be on sale before the meeting.  This will be the last plant sale of the year. 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.

 

 

 

Summer Show – Saturday 10th August

 

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This Saturday is our annual Summer Show. The show is held at the Village Hall in Mill Lane and opens at 2pm and entry is £2.

As well as all the marvellous exhibits of flowers, fruit and vegetables to see, there are also entries for photography, handicrafts and cakes and cookery.  Lots to look at and enjoy.

There will will be plants on sale, a tombola and raffle, ice-cream and tea and cakes and for the first time this year a display of owls!

It is not too late to enter the show as an exhibitor! Entries close at 5pm on Thursday 8th and forms can be found at Old Court Nursery or John Goodwin in the centre of the village. If you have not entered before but fancy having a go this year, then jump in – the water’s lovely. If you enter 5 or more classes then entry to the show is free on the day.

Also on sale at the show are tickets to the annual Percy Picton Memorial Lecture to be given this year by none other than Carol Klein. The talk is held on Monday 7th October at The Elms school. Tickets cost £12 including a reception at the start of the evening.

The Summer Show is organised by the Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society. Annual membership (which runs from January to December) is £15. If you join the society at the show you get the remainder of 2019 and the whole of 2020 as well. Bargain.