December Meeting – AGM and Fruit Tree Pruning

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Image courtesy of: Suttons Gardening Grow How

Our December meeting on the 4th December includes our AGM which will commence at 7pm prompt in order for us to be able to start our talk at 7:30pm as usual.

December’s talk is by Lawrence Green of Orchard Origins who will be talking to us about fruit tree pruning and sharing his golden rules.

As usual complimentary refreshments will be available from 6:30pm and visitors are always welcome at £4 per ticket.

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th





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.



August meeting – Quiet Roads in Cornwall

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)


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.


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.


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.

Show Reminder and Warwick Coach Trip Review

Cynthia Bussey being presented, at the 2015 show, with the Old Court Nursery Rose Bowl for her perennial flower display

Cynthia Bussey being presented, at the 2015 show, with the Old Court Nursery Rose Bowl for her perennial flower display

Just a reminder that the Annual Show is tomorrow (13th August) at Colwall Village Hall.  We would like to thank everyone who has taken the trouble to enter something, even if its only one category and to encourage as many of you as possible to come along from 2pm onwards to see the entries and who has scooped what prize. Entry price is £2.  In addition to the entries there will be the wonderful ice creams that we have come to look forward to, produce and plant stall, tombola, raffle, refreshments and the opportunity to buy your ticket for the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture in October.

In the meantime Sidney and Veronica Benjamin have taken the time to write a review of the recent coach trip to Warwick gardens which is posted below for your enjoyment.


Garden visit to Warwickshire – 14 July 2016

Sidney and Veronica Benjamin

Thirty-two members of the Society went on the first organised garden visit for several years, on what proved to be a fascinating and enjoyable day in Warwickshire. We saw unusual gardens that we would otherwise have been unlikely to visit. On the way we had stopped at Russell’s Garden Centre near Coventry, also the site of John Gillies Rare and Choice Plants and Avondale Nursery, which provided a brief opportunity to buy essential plants.

In the morning we visited The Mill Garden, situated beneath the walls of Warwick Castle, on the banks of the River Avon, where the remains of the medieval bridge provide the ultimate “borrowed landscape”. The garden was started originally in the 1930s by a bank manager, Arthur Measures, who spent some 60 years extending the site and planting it. In recent years it has been tended by the next generation and is now a mature and beautiful example of the cottage garden style, with mixed plantings of shrubs, ornamental trees, perennials and annuals. Paths wind between the beds where there are many excellent examples of well designed colourful planting. And, of course, essential to all garden visits, was the plant sales area, irresistible to several of our members.

In the afternoon we visited Hill Close Gardens, also in Warwick, which, like the Mill Garden, has featured in a number of articles in gardening magazines. Lunch was provided in the extensive comfortable modern buildings and we were then given a fascinating talk about the history of the site. Originally this was constructed in a central city area, as a group of about 30 “detached” (unusually they were not attached to houses) Victorian pleasure gardens, for the use of artisans, shopkeepers and professional people who lived “above the shop” and had no other access to gardens.  These were very popular in the mid 19th century, for keeping animals as well as growing vegetables and as pleasure gardens, but by the 1990s they had been neglected and overgrown and were a target for housing development. Local people realised that the gardens were an important part of the city’s heritage, and funds were raised (particularly from English Heritage) to buy and renovate the gardens, which are now listed Grade II*. Work has been carried out, mainly by volunteers overseen by a head gardener, to clear and restore the gardens, which are now cared for by individuals, families or volunteers, preserving their original character and individuality.

The gardens are lushly planted, each in separate styles, and separated by hedges, in keeping with their Victorian origins. Many of the gardens have summer houses, which have been rebuilt in the original materials, each with its individual features, one on two stories, and another furnished with fireplace, rugs and armchairs. Over 60 varieties of original apple trees have been restored, identified and labelled. One garden holds a National Collection of Chrysanthemums. Hill Close also has an excellent plant sales area, with many rarely seen cultivars grown from the garden material, and perhaps it is not necessary to mention that these proved to be irresistible to most of us.

The return coach journey to Colwall provided a welcome opportunity for some members to rest their eyes, whilst others (mainly towards the rear of the coach) socialised rather volubly, and the opportunity to get to know other members of the society was yet another enjoyable aspect of the trip. This was a splendid day out, horticulturally and socially, for which we thank Tim Beaumont and the other organisers.