February meeting – Gardening myths

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Our talk on the 5th February will be by Ken Thompson, experienced ecologist and gardener and author of several books.  Ken will be talking to us about gardening lore and debunking some of the myths that many of us hold to be true.

The talk will start at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with complimentary refreshments from 7pm.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per ticket.  Membership is £15 per year payable in January, so if you didn’t renew your membership last month don’t forget to do it on the 5th February.

 

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Percy Picton Memorial Lecture – Christine Walkden

 

We are delighted that Christine Walkden has agreed to deliver the 31st Percy Picton Memorial Lecture on the 2nd October 2017.

Whilst Christine is well known for her horticulture based media work, having presented on BBC Gardeners’ World, Christine’s Garden and Glorious Gardens from Above, plus countless other television and radio appearances, she also works freelance as a plantswoman and horticulturalist.  She works for a number of horticultural colleges and professional trade organisations; leads garden tours and field trips all around the world and has written many books on a wide range of gardening topics.  All of which means that her lecture entitled ‘The Life and Times of a Gardener’ should be fascinating.

The lecture is held annually by Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society to raise funds for the Percy Picton Memorial Fund.  The charity gives financial support to local horticultural students.

Tickets for the lecture are £12 per person which includes refreshments.  Tickets can be purchased from Old Court Nursery and  John Goodwin Estate Agents both in Colwall.

The lecture will be held in Colwall Village Hall with refreshments available from 7pm and the lecture commencing at 7:30pm.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what should prove to be an entertaining evening.

 

 

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.