Monthly Meetings and Events 2016

Saturday meetings are held at Crowle Parish Hall, Church Road, WR7 4AZ, starting at 2.00pm on the second Saturday of the month. Entrance is free to Group members; visitors' entrance charge is £3 for any of the talks.

Jan 9
Talk: The Gardens of Oxford’s Colleges
Revitalising Vita
Tim Richardson
Troy Scott Smith
Troy is head gardener at Sissinghurst, created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West. He’s talking to us about the garden and the seven-year project Revitalising Vita, bringing a more authentic Vita Sissinghurst, a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion.
Feb 13
Talk: The Pleasure of Peonies Martin Page
Martin, born in Birmingham, is a botanist, ecologist and plant photographer as well as being President of The Peony Society. The plant genus is his subject and this is a general introduction, a look at intersectional varieties and, hopefully, an informative Q&A, and all in plenty of time for your 2016 planting…
Mar 12
AGM and Talk: Highgrove, Hayloft and Hardy Plants Lark Hanham
Lark, commercial sales director of Hayloft Plants, the online nursery based in Pershore, will talk about the high-profile, family-run Worcestershire plants company, her time as a gardener at Highgrove and her love of hardy plants. She says she will bring plant gifts.
March 22
Coffee morning at the home of Lyn Maile
April 9
CELEBRITY LECTURE: A mischievous life making show gardens
Diarmuid Gavin
Diarmuid Gavin, the TV presenter, best-selling author and enfant terrible of the gardening world will discuss his love of gardens and his experiences at the Chelsea Flower Show, where he finally won gold in 2011 with his controversial Irish Sky Garden, now on permanent display in the city of Cork. He’s the Daily Mirror’s weekend garden writer.
April 20
Coffee morning at the home of Lyn Maile Date changed to March 22
May 14
Talk: Pictures from The Library Garden. Brian Ellis
Brian runs Avondale Nursery in Coventry - the first stop on our North Yorkshire trip in 2015 - and will speak about Pictures from The Library Garden. The pictures in question are recent ones from the display at the nursery and serve as an introduction to his latest obsessions. This is his newest and most enthusiastic talk, he adds.
June 11
PLANT SALE at Peopleton Village Hall, 2 - 4pm
June 14
Summer Evening Garden Party at John and Vivienne McGhee’s
June 25
Visit to the Olympic Park and Myddelton House Gardens, by coach.
July 9
Talk: Courtyard Gardens, Adrian James
Worcestershire-based plant photographer, Adrian makes a happy return to our group, more than four years after his last talk. His subject is Courtyard Gardens, tracing the history, design and their influence from the Taj Mahal, through Moorish Andalucia, early and modern courtyard gardens in Morocco, to early UK monastic influences and contemporary garden spaces.
July 20
Coffee morning at the home of Roger Smith
Sep 7 (Note change of date)
Coffee morning at the home of Becky Dale
Sept 10
Talk: An A-Z of Roses Simon White
Expert Simon White, from Peter Beales Roses near Norfolk, will be showing us a general guide on how to get the best from these gardening favourites - including a little something about how to prune!
Sep 20 (Note change of date)
Visit to Morton Hall
Oct 8
Talk: Clematis - the ultimate social climber Glenis Dyer
Glenis is a former committee member of the British Clematis Society and a member of the International Clematis Society and says the species is her favourite climber. She’s opened her Welford-on-Avon garden for the NGS for 30 years.
Nov 12
Talk: The Re-creation of Hanbury Hall Gardens Neil Cook
Neil is head gardener at the National Trust property and has worked there for the last 22 years.
Dec 10
Christmas Lunch (starting at 1pm) followed at 2pm by
Talk: Flowers in the City.
Michael Warren
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, photographer, writer and lecturer Michael takes us on an annual trip around London - Flowers in the City. He is a judge of the London Gardens Society and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. It also includes Chelsea Flower Show, the Lord Mayor’s Show and spin-offs including France’s Courson Flower show. He’s a lifetime achievement award winner of the Garden Media Guild.