June Meeting – Siberian Iris

Have you been wowed by the beautiful irises at the recent RHS Malvern and Chelsea Flower Shows, maybe you have been lucky enough to see the Siberian iris display at Bryans Ground in Herefordshire (above) and are wondering if you could grow Siberian irises in your garden? Your questions will be answered at our June meeting on the 5th June when Alun Whitehead, will be talking to us about his and his wife, Jill’s national collection at their home near Leominster.

Visitors’ tickets are £4 per person including complimentary refreshments.  The talk commences at 7:30 at Colwall Village Hall with refreshments available from 7pm.

Don’t forget your donations for the members plant stall and if you want to book a place on one of the two garden visits please make sure you register with Tim Beaumont as places are limited – more information on the visits is available on the programme

Finally, the Show Schedule for the Annual Show in August is now available, both in hard copy at the meeting and on-line from this page. We welcome entries from members and non-members, the more the merrier so why not make this the year when you pluck up courage and have a go.

 

Gardeners Question Time

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!

March Meeting – Gravel Gardening

March Meeting – Gravel Gardening

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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.

 

 

February meeting – Tales of a Plant Hunter

 

Photo courtesy of Pan Global Plants

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.

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December Meeting – Mistletoe

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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.

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.

 

September meeting – A Complete Guide to Clematis

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On the 5th September we will be joined by Peter Skeggs-Gooch of Thorncroft Clematis who will immerse in the world of Clematis.

As ever the talk will commence at 7:30 with complimentary tea and coffee from 7:00pm.  Entry is free to members and £4 for visitors.

Annual membership is £12 a year which is payable in January but if you join between now and January you don’t need to pay membership again until January 2018 – so 16 meetings for the price of 12!

Our meetings are held at Colwall Village Hall which has plenty of car parking.