November Meeting – The Winter Garden

Our talk on the 6th November is courtesy of Andy McIndoe who is going to talk to us about Winter Gardens

Andy has over 40 years experience in retail and production horticulture. A regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio he lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad, leads gardening tours and is consultant to well-known suppliers in the garden industry. He has been responsible for 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Andy McIndoe on the Winter Garden.  Andy has over 40 years experience in retail and horticulture.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall but complimentary refreshments will be available from 7:00pm.  Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visitors.  Membership is £12 a year and for those joining this month they will not need to renew their membership until January 2019.

We look forward to seeing you on the 6th November.

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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.

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.

 

 

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

 

November Meeting – Easy Alpines

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Our talk on the 7th November is by Julie Ritchie of Hoo House Nursery.  Julie will be talking to us about easy alpines and low growing perennials.  She will probably also have some plants for sale.

The talk commences at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm.  Visitors are always welcome at £4 per visit with annual membership £12.  We meet at Colwall Village Hall which has plenty of car parking.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th November.

 

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 – A Complete Guide to Clematis

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On the 5th September we will be joined by Peter Skeggs-Gooch of Thorncroft Clematis who will immerse in the world of Clematis.

As ever the talk will commence at 7:30 with complimentary tea and coffee from 7:00pm.  Entry is free to members and £4 for visitors.

Annual membership is £12 a year which is payable in January but if you join between now and January you don’t need to pay membership again until January 2018 – so 16 meetings for the price of 12!

Our meetings are held at Colwall Village Hall which has plenty of car parking.