September meeting – Autumn Containers

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At our meeting on the 4th September Mark Moir, of Newent Plant Centre, will demonstrate how to plant up Autumn Containers though probably without the pumpkins.

The meeting will commence at 7:30pm sharp with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm.  Visitors are always welcome and are charged £4 per meeting.  Annual membership is £12 which includes all standard monthly meetings with the exception of the October Percy Picton Memorial Lecture.

Talking of which don’t forget you will need a ticket for the 2nd October meeting at which Christine Walkden will be giving the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture.  Her topic is ‘The Life and Times of a Gardener’.  Tickets are £12 a head and can be bought at the September meeting, from John Goodwins in Colwall or from Old Court Nursery.

 

 

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April Meeting – Auriculas and Primulas

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.

 

November Meeting – Easy Alpines

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Our talk on the 7th November is by Julie Ritchie of Hoo House Nursery.  Julie will be talking to us about easy alpines and low growing perennials.  She will probably also have some plants for sale.

The talk commences at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm.  Visitors are always welcome at £4 per visit with annual membership £12.  We meet at Colwall Village Hall which has plenty of car parking.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th November.

 

May Meeting – Within These Walls

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Richard Adams Kitchen Garden

 

May’s talk, on the 2nd May, is by Steven Desmond, a Chartered Horticulturist, with long experience of the
walled kitchen garden and its working practices so unsurprisingly the talk will on the mysteries of the kitchen garden.

We also have the first of our two plant sales so please remember to bring your donations of plants whether they are left over seedlings, cuttings or divisions or just something you no longer want – all will be welcomed.

The talk commences at 7:30pm with plants and complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm.  Annual membership if £12.  We welcome visitors and charge £4 per visit.

 

Programme for 2016

We are pleased to present the programme for 2016 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 £12 and visitors pay £4 per meeting.

Monday 4th January
History and restoration Painswick Rococo Gardens – Paul Moir
Since 1987 Paul has had responsibility for the transformation of an overgrown jungle back to an 18thC Pleasure Ground depicted in a painting of 1748

Monday 1st February
Beneath the Trees: non-woody plants for the woodland garden – Julian Sutton
Sarah and Julian sell Desirable Plants. Julian’s bold intention is to talk of a modest range of immodestly interesting plants from a hard won collection.

Monday 7th March
Loosening up in the garden – Mary Keen
The garden designer and writer explains, as we get older, how to stay in touch with the times; moving towards naturalism being more fashionable than high maintenance horticulture

Monday April 4th
The wonderful world of perennial violas – Jack Willgoss
Wildegoose Nursery holds the UK’s largest collection of perennial violas. Jack will cover their history and cultivation
and offer his top twenty recommended varieties.
The Michael Jefferson-Brown
Spring Flowering Bulb Competition (see Notes)

Monday May 2nd
Within these walls – Steven Desmond
The mysteries of the kitchen garden; Steven Desmond is a Chartered Horticulturist with long experience of the
walled kitchen garden and its working practices.
Annual Plant Sale prior to the meeting

Monday May 16th
Gardeners’ Question Time
(WCHS edition)

Monday 6th June
The greatest gardening tips in the world – Steve Brookes
Steve, a BBC radio & TV gardening presenter, will reflect on 35 years’ collecting amazing, innovative and eco-friendly tips for growing healthier and more productive plants

Monday 20th June
Evening garden visit
Local and social (See Notes)

Monday 4th July
Orchids in the home, their care and re-potting – Ian Parsons
Ian has developed skills over 45 years cultivating these plants; his talk will inform us on how to keep them flourishing.

Tuesday or Thursday 12/14th July
Coach outing to Coventry and Warwick
Depart Village Hall 9am; return for 5pm
(see Notes)

Monday 1st August
Look at That! – Rob Cole
Since 1998 Diane & Rob run Meadow Farm Garden &
Nursery. Their travels to other gardens often brings a surprise,
of one sort or another

Saturday 6th August
73rd Annual Summer Show (see Notes)

Monday 5th September
A complete guide to clematis – Peter Skeggs-Gooch
Surrounded by clematis from the age of five, Peter is hoping to pass on his enthusiasm for the genus with this colourful illustrated talk.

Monday 3rd October
The 30th Percy Picton Memorial Lecture (See Notes)
Troy Scott-Smith – Sissinghurst
In May 2013 Troy became Head Gardener at this iconic garden; his thoughts on development and ideas for all gardeners will make this an intriguing evening.
Also
The Ernest Ballard Aster Competition (see Notes)

Monday 7th November
Easy alpines & low growing perennials – Julie Ritchie
Julie runs Hoo House Nursery and will show a range of small plants grown for year round interest, but without
the need for too much fuss

Monday 5th December
7pm Annual General Meeting
Followed by Mistletoe matters – Jonathan Briggs
Jonathan has studied mistletoe for over 30 years. He will review its biology, history, traditions, commercial
and conservation value, plus its management and future.

Monday 2nd January 2017
I’m not much good at gardening – David Morgan
David is the N. G. S. County Organiser for Worcestershire. Also a gardener who, with wife Di, have opened their
garden for the last ten years.

Notes

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
£5.00 per person; meet village Hall 5.30pm

Coach Trip
Russell’s Garden Centre, Coventry for coffee, loos, Avondale and John Gillies plants.
The Mill Garden Warwick beneath the walls of Warwick Castle. Hill Close Gardens, Warwick; lunch, guided tour and tea
Limited to 50; cost £25.00
£5.00 deposit with booking

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

 

December meeting – Japan in the Spring

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On the 7th December our talk takes us away from Winter to Springtime in Japan.  Duncan Coombs,  lecturer at Pershore College, will be sharing tales from his travels and I am sure we can expect there to be one or two photos of cherry blossom.

The talk starts at 7:30pm.  However, the meeting will commence at 7pm to facilitate the AGM with complimentary  refreshments available from 6.30pm, so please come early so we can start the AGM promptly.

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.

July Meeting – My Garden in July

Our talk on the 6th July will be by Bob Hares and is entitled ‘My Garden in July’.

Bob Hares trained at Pershore College and RHS Wisley, before returning to Pershore to work in the decorative glasshouse and nursery as well as lecturing. While there he discovered new plants including Ceanothus ‘Zanzibar’, Penstemon ‘Pershore Pink Necklace’ and Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Pershore Fantasia’. Since retirement he has continued to fill his RHS advisory role and run a gardening club at a local primary school.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments available from 7pm.  Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visitors – membership is £12 per year.

Members are reminded that trophys for the annual show need to be returned by the 1st July to the Secretary.  We would also welcome contributions for the tombola for the Annual Show.