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.

 

 

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August meeting – Quiet Roads in Cornwall

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Our talk on the 7th August is by Adrian James who will take us for a wander down the ‘Quiet Roads in Cornwall’ no doubt to find some hidden garden gems.   Adrian is a gardener and plant photographer and his images are used in magazines and advertising.

As usual the talk will start at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments available from 7:00pm.  Visitors are very welcome and we charge £4 per ticket.  For those interested in joining the society membership is £12 per year.  Our talks are held at Colwall Village Hall.

Don’t forget our Annual Show is the following Saturday (12th August) so please bring your donations for the tombola and produce stall.  If you are planning to enter the Show, and we do hoe you will, don’t forget to make sure your entry show is submitted by 5pm on Thursday 10th August (details on the Show Entry Form)

 

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.

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.

 

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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January Meeting – Tales from the Gardener

David Morgan, NGS County Organiser for Worcestershire, will be joining us on the 2nd January to entertain us with tales of honing his gardening skills whilst creating his and his wife, Di’s, garden near Bromsgrove.  (as seen in the photo above)

The talk will commence at 7:30pm in Colwall Village Hall.  Complimentary refreshment are available from 7pm.

Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visit.

Members are reminded that their annual membership fee of £12 is due at this meeting – so come early to allow plenty of time