January meeting – Chinese Wilson and Birmingham Botanic Gardens


Our speaker on 5th January is Simon Gulliver who will be talking to us about Chinese Wilson (in middle of above photo) and his influence on the Birmingham Botanic Gardens.

Simon is Gardens & Parks Consultant for the North West Region of the National Trust. He worked for Birmingham Botanic Gardens for 10 years, the final few of which were as Plant Collections Manager. Prior to this he worked for Plant Heritage, based at RHS Wisley responsible for the National Plant Collections Simon studied at Pershore College and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens and is currently studying for an MSc in Historic Landscape Management at Bath University.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm.

Don’t forget annual membership fees of £12 are due and Committee members will be available to collect these and provide you with the programme for 2015.  Visitors are always welcome to meetings – we charge £4 per visit).


Programme 2015

We are pleased to publish our programme for  2015.  You will see that covers an interesting range of subjects from why we have green lawns to Islamic Gardens – they should be something for everyone.

5th January 2015 – ‘ Chinese Wilson and Birmingham Botanic Gardens’, Simon Gulliver

2nd February 2015 – ‘Why is Grass Green?’, Jenny Slaughter

2nd March 2015 – ‘My Desert Island Veg’, Pauline Pears

6th April 2015 – ‘Epimediums’, Sally Gregson

4th May 2015 – ‘Cacti and Succulents’, Ian Thwaites

1st June 2015 – ‘Microclimates in your Garden’, Nick Wray

6th July 2015 – ‘My Garden in July’, Bob Hares

3rd August 2015 – ‘ The Plight of the Bee – Flowers to the Rescue’, Marina Christopher

7th September 2015 – ‘The Invaders’, John Scrace

5th October 2015 – The Picton Memorial Lecture ‘My Inspirational Mentors and their Plants’, John Massey

2nd November 2015 – ‘Islamic Gardens’, Nathalie Mignotte

7th December 2015 – ‘Japan in Spring’, Duncan Coombs

All talks start at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall.

A year’s membership is £12 but we welcome guests at £4 per meeting.