July Meeting – Charles Dowding

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Our talk on the 3rd July will be given by Charles Dowding, a proponent of the no dig organic growing movement. Charles will be talking to us about Gardening Myths which is the topic of his latest book. So if you would like an excuse not to clean your pots or an explanation as to whether you need crocks or not then come along and find out the answers to these questions and more.

As ever the talk will be at 7:30pm in Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at a cost of £4 per ticket.  Members pay £12 a year which covers all the monthly meetings with the exception of the October Percy Picton Memorial Lecture.

The new members’ plant sales table has been so popular this year that it is continuing so please don’t forget to bring your plant donations.

Finally, we would welcome any donations of tombola prizes for the Summer Show.

May Meeting: Julian Dowle

May Meeting: Julian Dowle

Julian Dowle’s 2005 Chelsea Show Garden – photo courtesy of http://www.gardenvisit.com

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.

September meeting – The Invaders

 

Our talk on the 7th September will be given by John Scrace, Plant Pathologist and is entitled ‘The Invaders’!  John will talk about the problems posed by plants and trees alien to this country.

The talk starts at 7:30 with complimentary refreshments from 7pm.  Come early and take the opportunity to chat with others about your garden and queries you might have.

We meet on the first Monday of the month at Colwall Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome at a charge of £4 and membership is £12 a year which covers all meetings aside from the annual Percy Picton Memorial Lecture in October.

May’s Meeting – Cacti and Succulents

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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.

 

Chris Beardshaw – 101 Plants that Nearly Changed the World

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Our October meeting is the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture on the 6th October.  The lecture will be provided by Chris Beardshaw, the well-known television gardener and designer.  His talk is entitled ‘101 Plants that Nearly Changed the World’ and is based on his new book.  Chris will be happy to sign copies of his book and will also have books available to purchase.

The lecture will be held at the Elms School in Colwall at 7pm and the cost of tickets is £10 each and include the cost of a pre-lecture reception.  Tickets can be purchased from John Godwin Estate Agents, Colwall and The Old Court Nursery, Colwall or through the Society.

We will also be holding the annual Ernest Ballard Aster competition.  So please bring along a vase of Michaelmas daisies, preferably mixed.  The more the merrier.