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.

 

 

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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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August Meeting: The Plight of the Bee – Flowers to the Rescue

Our talk on the 3rd August will be by Marina Christopher, owner Phoenix Perennials Nursery in Hampshire.  Marina will be talking to us about the role of our gardens in supporting the declining bee pollution.

The talk starts at 7:30pm  with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm. Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visitor – annual membership is £12 payable in December.

The talk will be held at Colwall Village Hall so why not come along.

And a reminder that on the 7th August the Society will be holding its Annual Show at Colwall Village Hall.  A schedule is available here and you do not have to be a member to exhibit, just fill in the entry form.

 

June’s Meeting – Microclimates on your Garden

European Mediterranean Region at Bristol University Botanic Garden

European Mediterranean Region at Bristol University Botanic Garden

Our speaker on the 1st June is Nick Wray, Curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden, who will talk to us about Microclimates in our Gardens. He will explore garden microclimates and suggest how these can be manipulated to create better growing conditions for a wider, more diverse, range of plants.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm.  Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visitor (annual membership of the group is £12).

This month there will be a members’ plant stall so come early to see what is on offer – donations of plants very welcome.

 

March Meeting – How to be a rose expert

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At the 3rd March meeting we will be entertained by Thomas Sanday, former rose nurseryman, who will tell us how to become rose experts.  So if you have questions about the differences between pruning climbers and ramblers, when to feed, or even the differences between floribunda and tea roses this is the talk for you.

The talk starts at 7:30pm with free refreshments available from 7:00pm giving you plenty of time to catch up with friends and exchange gardening news.

The meeting is held at Colwall Village Hall and entry is free for members or £4 for visitors.