July Meeting – Pin Me to the Wall…

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Our next meeting, on Monday 2nd July, is given by Andrew Mikolajski.  Entitled ‘Pin Me to the Wall…and do what you want with me‘ it is a fascinating look into the choice and management of wall shrubs and climbers.

Andrew has had a long career as author, lecturer and speaker, with over 30 titles to his name.  Recently he acted as horticultural adviser on the new edition of the RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants.  He has taught both garden design and the history of gardening.  According to his own website, it has been said of him:  “Andrew has a unique style of presentation which made his talk entertaining, informative and memorable”.  It should be a fun evening.

As always 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.

Programmes for the Annual Flower and Produce Show will be available at the meeting.  It will be the last opportunity to purchase tickets for the  Grand Day Out to Cerney House and Abbey house Gardens on July 17th.

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

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June Meeting – Oxford Botanic Garden

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Our next meeting, on Monday 4th June, will be one of the highlights of the year, a talk by Timothy Walker.  Tim, always an engaging and entertaining speaker, was until recently the Director of Oxford Botanic Garden and his talk will take us through the 400 years of the fascinating history of both the OBG and Harcourt Arboretum, from 1621 right up to the present day.

As always 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.

Programmes for the Annual Flower and Produce Show will be available at the meeting.  It will be the last opportunity to purchase tickets for the Garden Visit to Yew Trees, Mathon Road, Colwall on Monday June 18th.  And tickets will also be on sale for the Grand Day Out to Cerney House and Abbey house Gardens on July 17th.

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

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.

 

April Meeting – Growing vegetables without a plot

Reminder: Our April talk is on the second Monday – 9th April

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Reminder: Our April talk is on the second Monday – 9th April

Our talk in April is given by Mark Hall.  Mark is Grounds Manager at Harper Adams University and a trustee of the National Vegetable Society.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2013 for services to Land-Based Higher Education and the National Vegetable Society.

Mark will be sharing his passion for growing vegetables with us and explaining how we can all get involved no matter how much or little space we have.

The talk will start at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm.
Entrance is £5 per visitor and annual membership (which runs from January to December) is £15.
March Meeting – Stockton Bury in Spring

March Meeting – Stockton Bury in Spring

Our talk on the 5th March should be a breath of fresh air after the winter weather we have experienced.  Tamsin Westhorpe will be talking to us about Stockton Bury Garden in the Spring.
The talk will start at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm.
Entrance is £5 per visitor and annual membership (which runs from January to December) is £15.

January Meeting – Winter Gardens

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Our talk on the 8th January is courtesy of Jeff Bates, a professional horticulturalist,  who will be talking to us about creating interest in the winter garden through structure, colour and scent.

As ever the talk will commence at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm.

Visitors are always welcome at £5 per ticket.

Members are reminded that their annual membership, £15, is due at the January meeting.  New membership forms were handed out at the last meeting.  You can download a copy of the membership form here and spares will be available at the meeting but please arrive earlier than normal to allow time to renew your membership.

December Meeting – AGM and Fruit Tree Pruning

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Our December meeting on the 4th December includes our AGM which will commence at 7pm prompt in order for us to be able to start our talk at 7:30pm as usual.

December’s talk is by Lawrence Green of Orchard Origins who will be talking to us about fruit tree pruning and sharing his golden rules.

As usual complimentary refreshments will be available from 6:30pm and visitors are always welcome at £4 per ticket.

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th