Monthly Meetings and Events 2011

New to the Hardy Plant Society? Print this voucher for free entry to one of our Saturday afternoon meetings - they're the ones with a named speaker on the right. Bring a friend along as well if you like. Apart from the Christmas party in December, these meetings all start at 2pm and are held at Peopleton unless stated otherwise.

Sat 8 January Talk: Bees in the Garden Nigel Jones
Sat 12 February Talk: Creating and Planting a Pond Linda Smith*
Linda has been running a water plant nursery since 1995, growing a large range of plants for ponds and miniature varieties for container ponds. Exhibits at RHS Show Floral Marquees and won three Gold Medals in 2009. Any member who wishes to order a particular plant may do so by email or phone (see and Linda will bring it to the talk.
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Sat 12 March AGM followed by talk: The True Cottage Garden Kim Hurst*
The Cottage Herbery was established in 1976 with the view to growing herbs, aromatics, scented foliage plants, native wild plants, cottage garden favourites and unusual edibles. Every plant has been grown organically and peat-free. The ethos of The Cottage Herbery is that if you are producing plants for natural flavouring, healing and fragrance then that plant should be produced naturally.
Sat 9 April Talk: Growing Plants for Cutting Elaine Horton*
Wide range of lime-tolerant plants for shade, sun and moisture, especially hosta, hemerocallis, sempervivum, iris and hellebore. Large interesting new garden open under the National Garden Scheme. (
Sun 17 April Specialist Plant Fair, Spetchley Park. If you can help, please contact John McGhee
Sat 7 May Talk: Climbing Plants and Shrubs Hazel Kaye
Hazel is an ex-professional plantswoman, photographer and ex-specialist nursery owner, trained to teach rural studies. Member of HPS, RHS and Plant Heritage.
Thurs 12 to Sun 15 May Malvern Spring Flower Show
Thurs 19 May Outing to The Laskett and The Old Corn Mill, Herefordshire
Thurs 2 June Coffee Morning at Pippa Hilton's, Elmley Castle
Sat 11 June Talk: Pinks, at Upton Snodsbury Village Hall Sue Russell
Sue and her husband Peter ran a nursery in Suffolk for many years specialising in pinks and old roses. As plant breeders they developed their highly successful ‘Mendlesham Series’, a group of dianthus selected for neat, compact form, demure appearance, intense fragrance, and repeat bloom.
Wed 15 to Sun 19 June Garden Tour of Sussex
Wed 29 June Coffee Morning at Kathryn Elrick Smith's, Trotshill
Sat 9 July Demonstration: Ornamental Container Gardening Paul Williams*
Paul qualified with distinction from Pershore Horticultural College and has spent a lifetime working in horticulture. He is local, was head gardener of Bourton Manor and is author of many garden books. ‘Digging Deeper’ won a Garden Writers’ Guild ‘Enthusiasts Book of the Year’ award. A regular contributor to gardening magazines and BBC Radio Oxford, he also writes occasional articles for national newspapers. (
Thurs 11 August Coffee Morning at Jackie Davies', Blackwell
Sat 3 September Propagation demonstration: Roots and Shoots
Talk: Plant Propagation
Brian Ellis*
Rachel Salisbury
Rachel has spent 10 years as a lecturer and course organiser in the Continuing Studies Department, Birmingham University, running courses in horticulture and garden history.
Sat 24 and Sun 25 September Malvern Autumn Show
Sat 8 October Talk: The All-year Bulb Garden Jim Almond
Jim is a grower and exhibitor of alpine plants and a member of the Alpine Garden Society. (
Sat 12 November Talk: Trees for the Garden Nick Dunn
Nick is head of Frank P Matthews, a nursery which has been growing trees for 100 years and now produces over half a million fruit and ornamental trees every year. Nick's book 'Trees for Life' is a 'must have' for any grower or gardener.
Sat 10 December Christmas Party - meet at 1pm, followed at 2pm by a talk: Early Gardening Methods Michael Brown
Michael is a garden historian, freelance lecturer, researcher and horticulturist.  He researched, designed and created the largest authentic medieval garden in Europe at the Prebendal Manor, Nassington, Northamptonshire, UK.  (
* denotes speaker bringing plants for sale

Unless shown otherwise, Saturday meetings are held in Peopleton Village Hall, WR10 2EG, starting at 2pm. Entrance is free to Worcestershire Group members. Visitors are very welcome to attend and pay £2. Visitors will be expected to join the Group if they attend regularly.