Want to know when to prune your fruit trees, what has eaten your prized plant, why your seedlings have died, the best plants for dry shade? Then come to our Gardeners Question Time on Monday 15th May and pose your questions, thorny or otherwise.
Questions will be answered by a panel of local horticultural experts chaired by Reg Moule, BBC Hereford and Worcester’s gardening guru.
The cost of the evening is £4 per person and all are welcome. Doors open at Colwall Village Hall at 7pm with the actual question time session starting at 7:30pm
So why not come along, bring some friends, and get your gardening conundrums answered – probably!
Our talk on the 1st May (yes Bank Holiday Monday) is by Julian Dowle – well known for his popular Chelsea showgardens. Julian’s talk is entitled Country and Cottage Gardens and I am sure there will be lots of idyllic gardens for us to look at.
The talk starts at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at £4 a ticket. Membership runs from January to December and is £12 a year.
In addition there will be a members’ plant stall – so please don’t forget to pot up some of those divisions and bring them along.
Finally, there are still some places available on the two garden visits. Details are on the programme and if you would like to book a place on either please see Tim Beaumont.
Our talk on the 3rd April is courtesy of Ingrid Millington of Hillview Hardy Plants who will be talking to us about Auriculas and Primulas. The talk will commence at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with refreshments available from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 to include complimentary refreshments. Membership is £12 a year with annual subscriptions due from January each year.
Members are reminded that we hold the Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Flowering bulb competition at our April meeting. 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
You can also book your tickets for the garden visit which have been scheduled in June and July – details on the programme
Finally, we will again be holding a plant sale for members’ donated plants with the proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund. We would be very grateful for any donated plants, cuttings, divisions and seedlings.
At our meeting on the 6th March Derry Watkins, of Special Plants Nursery, will be talking to us about Gravel Gardening. Derry is author of two books on gardening and has introduced many plants from her plant collecting trips to South Africa and elsewhere. The result is a collection of unusual plants from all over the world, including an amazing range of hardy herbaceous and rockery plants as well as many tender perennials for terrace and conservatory.
Also at March’s meeting there will be a Plant Stall for members’ plant donations with all the proceeds going to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund. So if you have a chance to do some lifting and dividing of perennials, pot your left overs up, label them and bring them to the meeting. We ask that any unsold plants are collected by the donor. The members plant stall will also run in April, May and June.
Finally, a reminder that if you would like to go on one of the two garden visits included in this year’s programme then you can book your place with Tim Beaumont at the meeting. Details of the garden visits are on your printed programmes or you can access them via this link.
Visitors are always welcome to the meetings at a cost of £4 each which includes refreshments. The talk will commence at 7:30 with refreshments available from 7:00. As ever we will be meeting in Colwall Village Hall.
Photo courtesy of Pan Global Plants
Our talk on the 6th February is by Nick Macer, owner of Pan Global Plants. Nick who has spent 25 years collecting plants from around the world will be talking to us about the plants that ‘turn him on’.
As ever the talk will commence at 7:30 with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at £4 each. Annual membership is £12 and is payable in January.
Members – if you were unable to attend the January meeting please don’t forget that you need to renew your membership at February’s meeting.
David Morgan, NGS County Organiser for Worcestershire, will be joining us on the 2nd January to entertain us with tales of honing his gardening skills whilst creating his and his wife, Di’s, garden near Bromsgrove. (as seen in the photo above)
The talk will commence at 7:30pm in Colwall Village Hall. Complimentary refreshment are available from 7pm.
Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visit.
Members are reminded that their annual membership fee of £12 is due at this meeting – so come early to allow plenty of time
On the 5th December we will be welcoming Jonathan Briggs, of Mistletoe Matters, who will be talking to us about all things Mistletoe. Jonathan has over 30 years research into this parasitic plant and will be talking to us about other varieties of mistletoe from around the world, the myths and legends surrounding this seasonal plant and how to cultivate it – or not.
The talk will commence at 7:30pm but the meeting will commence at 7:00pm to allow for the AGM; so please come early so we can start the AGM promptly. Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm.
Annual membership is £12 per year, payable in January, and we are always glad to see new faces so why not come along and attend as a visitor, there is a charge of £4.