April Meeting – Perennial Violas


Our talk on the 4th April is by Jack Willgoss, one half of the team behind Wildegoose Nursery.  Jack Willgoss and Laura Crowe took on the Bouts Viola Collection from Mark and Stephanie Roberts in 2011.  They are based in the walled garden at Millichope Park in Shropshire where they are building up their business selling violas at shows and on-line.

Jack’s talk entitled ‘The wonderful world of perennial violas’ will cover violas’ history and cultivation and offer some recommended varieties.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm in Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome with visitors tickets costing £4 and a year’s membership £12.



Garden Visit – 20th June 2016

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From 6pm Nick and Jan Walker are opening their garden at Stonehouse Farm, Mathon to members of the society. Their one acre garden including an old orchard, lovingly created over the last 15 years, lies mainly to the south and west of the house.

Beech, yew and willow (new) hedges define the external boundaries whilst recycled hop poles, swathed with climbers including clematis and roses provide internal “walls”. Topiary yew, box and holly provide complimentary structure to enhance Jan’s love of perennial form and colour.

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Admission £5.00, including complimentary drink on arrival, by pre-bought tickets, available at the April, May and June meetings or with payment (cheque made payable to Wyche & Colwall Horticultural Society) by post to Tim Beaumont (Sheepcote, Putley, Ledbury HR8 2RD). Book early to avoid disappointment!

Stonehouse Farm is on the edge of Mathon on the Coddington Road WR13 5PS.

Invitation: RHS Malvern Spring Show Preview


An invitation has been extended to members of the society to attend a special preview of the show gardens at RHS Malvern Spring Show followed by a champagne reception.

The RHS Malvern team have kindly offered the UCARE charity (Urology Cancer Research and Education) the opportunity to host a show garden preview reception on judging day, Wednesday 4th May, 1430-1800.
UCARE are offering140 tickets to local gardening enthusiasts, for £30 per person. All proceeds raised will go to UCARE
This is a unique opportunity for you to visit the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and have an exclusive preview of the show gardens before the gardens are open to the public.  
You will be able to look around all of the show gardens, and meet some of the designers and then you return to the Festival Theatre, a beautiful marquee in the centre of the festival green with the backdrop of the Malvern Hills. Guests will then be served canapés and Lanson champagne.(Non alcoholic soft drinks available)
James Alexander-Sinclair will draw UCARE’s raffle to raise funds for their vital research.  Prizes include ‘An Executive’ package at Stanbrook Abbey with dinner, bed and breakfast and other fabulous prizes.
Various garden experts have been invited and hope to attend. We also recommend practical footwear for the garden tours.

1430    Guests arrive via West Gate Car Park to Festival Green and Festival Theatre
1500    Show gardens are open for you to wander around and chat to some of the designers
1630    Return to Festival Theatre, for champagne and canapés
1650    Charity draw by celebrity gardener James Alexander-Sinclair
1800    Guests leave via West Gate. 
If you members would like to reserve your ticket then please contact; ucare@ucare-oxford.org.uk