We pleased to present the programme for 2018 which we hope members, and visitors, will find interesting and enjoyable. As ever meetings are held at Colwall Village Hall and start at 7:30, with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00. Annual membership, due in January, is £15 and visitors pay £5 per meeting.
Monday 8th January – Are we waiting for Spring? (Jeff Bates)
Jeff has 35 years experience in horticulture and will be talking to us about creating winter interest in the garden through the use of structure, colour and scent.
Monday, 5th February – Some modern Gardening myths (Ken Thompson)
Ken is an ecologist and writer and will be talking to us about gardening lore, debunking some of the myths that many of us hold to be true
Monday 5th March – Stockton Bury in Spring (Tamsin Westhorpe)
Tamsin, whose has a wealth of experience in gardening publication, is also the niece of one of the owners of Stockton Bury and spends time working in the garden.
Monday 9th April – Growing vegetables without a plot (Mark Hall)
Mark Hall, Grounds Manager at Harper-Adams University and a Trustee of the National Vegetable Society will be explore ways of growing vegetables without a plot.
The Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Flowering Bulb competition; see notes
Monday 7th May – Gardeners’ Question Time
The panel will be chair by Reg Moule, from BBC Hereford and Worcester Gardening programme.
Monday 4th June – Oxford Botanic Garden (Tim Walker
Tim is the former Director of Oxford Botanic Garden and specialises in plant conservation. He will be regaling us with stories about the garden.
Monday 18th June – Evening Garden Visit (venue to be advised)
Monday 2nd July – Pin me to the Wall (Andrew Mikolajski)
Andrew is an RHS Judge and will be talking to us about choosing and managing wall shrubs and climbers
Tuesday July 17th A Grand Day Out
Cerney House Gardens and Abbey House Gardens with lunch at Dobbies, Cirencester – see notes
Monday 6th August – Plants Grow in Dirt (Bob Brown)
Bob is well known for his outspoken views about various aspects of gardening so expect a lively talk
Saturday 11th August – 75th Annual Summer Show
Monday 3rd September – Murder, Magic and Plant Potions in your Garden (Marion Stainton)
Marion is interest in sustainable, environmentally friendly gardening, vegetable growing, plant history and science
Monday October 1st – The Percy Picton Memorial Lecture
Succession Planting in the Mixed Border – Fergus Garrett
– see notes
The Ernest Ballard Aster Competition; see notes
Monday November 5th – The Winter Garden (Val Bourne)
Val is an award winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer. Her 1/3 of an acre garden in the Cotswolds is gardened organically
Monday 3rd December – Plants need a balanced diet too (Roger Umpleby)
(Note: AGM at 7pm, Lecture starts at 7:30pm)
Soils/growing medica and nutrition – unravelling the mystique of what plants need to thrive.
Monday 7th January – Bulbs for the Unusual (Ross Barbour)
Freelance consultant at Old Court Nurseries, with 25 years experience..
The Michael Jefferson Brown Competition is for members only; there are two classes
1. Pot or container of growing flowering bulbs, corms or tubers
2. Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.
One entry per person in each class.
Exhibits are judged on quality and presentation. The Trophy
will be awarded for the best overall exhibit
Evening Garden Visit (18th June)
details to be confirmed
Grand Day Out (17th July)
Coach trip to Cerney House Gardens and Abbey House Gardens – details to be confirmed
Annual Summer Show
Held in Colwall Village Hall from 2pm to 5pm; it has open classes.
The schedule is available at the May meeting
The Percy Picton Memorial Lecture
Admission by ticket only
Reception from 7pm
The Ernest Ballard Aster Competition
A vase of Michaelmas Daisies (perennial asters) of preferably
mixed varieties. The Trophy will be awarded to the best exhibit