May Meeting – Gardeners’ Question Time

IMG_1056This month’s meeting sees us switch from our usual format of an horticultural talk and instead host a gardeners’ question time.  Joining chairman Reg Moule on the panel are none other than Helen Picton from Old Court Nursery, Victoria Logue from Whitehall Farmhouse Plants and you very own society chairman Hugh Thomas, head gardener at Little Malvern Court.  Judging by previous GQTs it should be a lively and entertaining, and hopefully informative, evening.  So come armed with all and any questions horticultural and put the panel through their paces.

Our evening kicks off at 7.30pm with a short talk given on behalf of Perennial, the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society.  This will highlight the work done by the charity, with a special emphasis on their current and future involvement with The Laskett Gardens.

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

Plants will be on sale before the meeting.  Anyone wishing to contribute plants to the plant stall (all proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund) is most welcome to.

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

 

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A Grand Day Out – Tuesday 17th July 2018

This year our annual Grand Day Out takes place on Tuesday 17th July.  It promises to be a great day with visits to two classic Cotswold Gardens with lunch sandwiched in between.  In the morning we visit Cerney House Gardens near Cheltenham before moving on to Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury after lunch.

Cost: £25.00 (or with lunch, £32.95) includes coach travel and all garden entries.

Tickets are available from Tim Beaumont at any of our monthly meetings.

Itinerary for the day

9.00 am: leave Colwall Village Hall

10.15am: arrive Cerney House Gardens (coffee included)

“Set around a Victorian walled garden, the gardens are described by Country Living as “what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve””

12 noon: depart Cerney House

12.20pm: arrive Dobbie’s Garden Centre, Cirencester.

Lunch has been especially arranged in The Conservatory, for those who wish, at a cost of £7.95, paid with booking; this consists of a selection of sandwiches, cakes, mini scones & butter, fruit and tea or filter coffee. 

14.00pm: depart Dobbie’s

14.30pm: arrive Abbey House Gardens, Malmsbury

“… the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world …”.

(The Carp Cafe is open for those who need further sustenance.)

16.00pm: depart Abbey House Gardens

17.45pm: arrive Colwall Village Hall.