March meeting – Pruning, Making it Simple

Wondering when to prune your Prunus or how to espalier an apple then March’s meeting should help.

Geoff Hodge will be giving a practical talk on pruning and hopefully answering all your queries.

The talk starts at 7:30pm on 4th March in Colwall Village Hall.  Refreshments available from 7:00pm

We look forward to seeing you there.


Review of February meeting – Plant hunting in Yunnan

Mrs Winthorp's Garden, Hidcote

Mrs Winthorp’s Garden, Hidcote

We were very fortunate to have good weather for our February meeting which was attended by over a hundred members including several new members who were warmly welcomed.

Our information table was showing signs of impending gardening activity with details of talks and open gardens also meetings and catalogues.  We were reminded that the Michael Jefferson-Brown bulb competition will take place at the April meeting and we were encouraged to consider entering the Open Garden competition at the Malvern Spring Show.  Five or more entries gives the exhibitor  free entry to the show on all four days.

Our speaker was Glyn Jones, head gardener at Hidcote Manor Gardens for the past thirteen years.  Glyn has been gradually returning the gardens to their original planting designs.  The estate was purchased in 1907 for £7,200. As well as the Manor House it included 300 acres of farmland and ten cottages. After service in World War I Lawrence Johnson created the gardens during the 1920s and 30s.  We were told of Johnson’s life and gardening experiences and then shown pictures of a trip to Yunnan Province in China undertaken by Glyn to find plants originally collected for Johnson  by George Forrest in 1930/32, plus other new plants.  The area, on the borders of China, Burma and Tibet, contains much challenging terrain and primitive living conditions.  An amazing variety of flora exists in this region including many beautiful meconopsis, primulae, lilies, iris and geraniums.

The speaker at our March meeting (Monday 4th) will be garden writer and broadcaster Geoff Hodge.  His subject is ‘Pruning – Making it Simple’.

Our meetings start at 7pm with free coffee and biscuits.  Membership is £12 a year (visitors very welcome – £4 a meeting).

Margaret White

2013 Programme

We are pleased to annouce another exciting and varied programme

Monday 7th January –  An Ethiopian Adventure, John Grimshaw

Monday 4th February – Plant Hunting in Johnson’s Footsteps Glyn Jones

Monday 4th March – Pruning – Making it Simple , Geoff Hodge

Monday 8th April – Growing Vegetables Without Digging, Charles Dowding
Also at the April meeting The Michael Jefferson-Brown spring flowering bulb competition. The competition is restricted to members

Monday 6th May – Using a Small greenhouse, Gareth Davies
Also at the May meeting Annual plant sale

Monday 3rd June – Water Gardens and Plants, Hazel Kaye

Monday 1st July –  Scent in the Garden,  Stephen Lacey

Monday 5th August – The Refurbishment of Compton Acres, Mary Payne

Saturday 10th August70TH ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW
from 2 – 5pm  At Colwall Village Hall Show schedule available at May meeting

Monday 2nd September – A Rock Gardener’s Eye, Malcolm McGregor

Monday 7th October
Reception 7pm 27th Percy Picton Memorial Lecture STAR PLANTS FOR SMALL GARDENS Please note that tickets are needed for this event The Ernest Ballard Aster Competition MATTHEW WILSON

Monday 4th November – A Passion for Heucheras,  Vicky Fox

Monday 2nd December – at 7pm Annual general meeting, followed by A Plant Lover’s View Of Fiji and Samoa Roger Umpelby

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings at a charge of £4

Meetings are normally held at 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month in Colwall Village Hall (off the B4218 Malvern to Ledbury road) Refreshments are served before meetings, so come early to make/meet friends and discuss your gardening interests and problems. We have experienced and knowledgeable gardeners in our midst who are happy to answer questions.

Chairman Mrs Margaret White Tel: 01684 540931

Annual Subscriptions: £12 per member per calendar year. Membership secretary Dr Sidney Benjamin Tel: 01684 541136