May Meeting: Julian Dowle

May Meeting: Julian Dowle

Julian Dowle’s 2005 Chelsea Show Garden – photo courtesy of

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.


Troy Scott Smith – Percy Picton Memorial Lecture 3rd October

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The 30th Percy Picton Memorial Lecture on the 3rd October will be by Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Sissinghurst.  Troy will be talking not only about Sissinghurst but two other gardens he has worked at.

Tickets are £10 each which includes refreshments and proceeds go to the Percy Picton Memorial Fund, which supports horticultural students.  Tickets are available from Old Court Nursery, Colwall and John Goodwin Estate Agents, Colwall.

The lecture will be held at the Elms School, Colwall and will commence at 7:30, with refreshments from 7:00.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 3rd October.

A Review: June Meeting – Microclimates

Visitors are always welcome on the first Monday of the month at Colwall Village Hall WR13 6EQ. We arrive from 7pm and a talk is given by a person well versed in their speciality at about 7.30. Arrive early, meet the members and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee. There are several “Meeting Points” where people with particular interests can exchange experiences on subjects such as Pests and diseases, What is It? Vegetables and garden Visits are but four.

On Monday 1st June we welcomed Nick Wray. Nick is the Curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden. His topic was Microclimates in Your Garden. No one went to sleep, not even the most hardened practitioners. With fine pictures to illustrate how plants adapt to an unlikely situation he explained what made those places so welcoming for the plant/tree/shrub/bulb etc.

No where in a UK garden is it cold and wet”; it is damp and cool. The north and north-east shadows of our houses may seem daunting but there are plants which thrive and add quality to gardens in these conditions; it’s all a matter of learning. Soil conditions vary; the variety of plants adding value to gardens is enormous but several will not cohabit because of the state of the bed.

One, of several, lessons learned by your writer and is plainly obvious when explained concerned Japanese maples; come from a monsoon climate, where they thrive magnificently.

Sun and shade; walls and hedges (preferred) all create their own microclimate and to keep and get the best from our expensive special specimens, it is worth wrapping them up snugly in the winter, against the wet and cold!

Next month, on July 6th, we are visited by Bob Hares with a return visit of inspiration, My Garden in July. On August 8th, Saturday, it is our 72nd Annual Show. Details are obtainable from

Come early on the 6th; make/meet friends and discuss your gardening interests (and challenges). There are many experienced and knowledgeable gardeners who are happy to answer questions. Subscriptions, payable in January, are £12.00; visitors are charged £4.00.

Tim Beaumont (Joint Speaker Finder)

May’s Meeting – Cacti and Succulents



At the end of the long bank holiday weekend why not join us for a potentially prickly talk on cacti and succulents. Our speaker on the 4th May is Ian Thwaites, an International Garden Photographer of the year with a special interest in cacti and succulents. As well as photographing cacti and succulents Ian is an avid grower, shower and judge and an elected official of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. Who knows Ian might inspire you to try to grow something new and with the Malvern Spring Show the following weekend bringing lots of specialist nurseries the timing is perfect.

The talk will commence at 7:30 at Colwall Village Hall but come early as there are complimentary refreshments from 7:00 and this month there will be a members’ plant stall, all contributions very welcomed.

Visitors are always welcome at a charge of £4. Annual membership is £12 payable in January.