Anemone ranunculoides pleniflora
Hilda Watts, our Alcester-based resident meteorologist says many plants have liked this dry, dry summer. According to her rain gauge, to date this year we have had 249mm, which runs at 41mm per month. Compare this with the same period last year when we had a total of 415mm – or 69mm a month, so about half the amount.
Some Chelsea consequences
We’ve a long piece in the next issue of ‘The Hardy Plant’ about our Chelsea experiences, with John and Linda reflecting on the last couple of years and others on their highlights.
Worcestershire County Council is likely to include us in a video or on its website. They have sent Mick a list of gardening questions which Lyn emailed to us all to have a look at. If you have some constructive advice, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick has been asked to talk to the Redditch Inner Wheel about Chelsea next March.
Chelsea left-overs were a real factor in our raising a record total of just over £1500, which is nearly double our previous best.
Another Pollitt masterpiece: 49 people, five days, 12 gardens and one very happy set of people. We have people writing a short piece each about the gardens we visited and there are photos on the website. Sadly the Pollitts have finally called time on organizing the tours with eight to their credit. This raises the question of how we continue the legacy David and Judy have left us. If you’d be interested in helping to organise another tour (it could be some aspect or aspects of one), please talk to Mick.
Gardens open in August
Sunday 13, 2pm - 4.30pm at the home of John and Lesley Bryant.
Admission £ 4.00 in support of the MS Society
HPS Jubilee open garden
Tuesday 22, 11am – 5pm at the home of Ann Sheppard and John Taylor. Admission £3.00; see the national website or tri-fold programme or the 60th Anniversary booklet for details.
We have now sold out of tickets at 150. Mick thanked those who’ve volunteered to help and will in touch in the next few weeks on what we’d like you to help with.
Katie Croft, the senior gardener at Hidcote, has been in touch. She’s looking for a volunteer to work one day a week for the next few years on the garden’s paper and digital records and helping with historical research. She’d like the volunteer to help with managing the database, surveying, identifying and cataloguing the plants, and doing some research. She realises that there aren’t many people who fit the bill and thinks an HPS member would be ideal!
Lyn sent us an email about this on 12 July and if anyone is interested in applying, the online application form is here:
Members could collect their tri-fold programme listing our many activities over the coming 12 months. We hope to produce the next tri-fold programme in December this year, to cover from January 2018 – December 2018.
Our group newsletter was also available.
The latest edition of the national journal “The Hardy Plant” includes a report on our efforts for Chelsea and Mick’s interview with the HPS president, Roy Lancaster, looking ahead to what he thinks lies in store for the society in the next 60 years.
Group Plant Sale
Our plant sale is on 10 June in Peopleton. David Pollitt will let us us know what help he needs, but in the next few months could you please, please save any plastic bags you have and bring or send them on the sale day to help buyers carry away their purchases.
One of our senior members, Hilda Watts, has been keeping her usual meticulous eye on the daily rainfall in Alcester and reports that in January there was a total rainfall of 55mm. That fell to 23mm in February and went up to 42 mm in March. That makes a total rainfall for the first three months of the year of just 120mm. That compares with a total of 207mm for the fist three months of 2016 – and shows we’ve had a dry start to the year. Everyone seems to think plants are two or three weeks ahead of time of year with a magnificant display of blossom on many of our trees.
It’s that time of year again when we invite all keen propagators to request Conservation Plants for delivery in the autumn. All of you are welcome as growers. By growing a Conservation Plant, all you are doing is making a simple commitment to propagate the plant for return to the scheme. The deal is that you get a free plant and give a plant back when you’ve propagated it.
A list of Conservation Plants, with photos, is available on the HPS website; plus lots of information on the scheme itself:
Please contact Jenny Constant with your requests as soon as possible, and by 22 April at the latest. She also has some conservation plants available now, on a first come first served basis – they are Iris ‘Peter Hewitt’, Zantedeschia ‘Glencoe’, Hemerocallis ‘Cherry Ripe’ and Geranium ‘Pink Delight’. We are planning to use the iris and zantedeschia on our Chelsea stand, subject to flowering.
Volunteers are still needed to help at our Celebrity Lecture on September 9 at Pershore College. Please contact Mick if you can help.
The 60th anniversary AGM near Norwich at the end of March attracted five Worcester group members. The two wonderful speakers were Matthew Biggs, from Gardeners’ Question Time, and Alan Gray from East Ruston Old Vicarage. Matt talked about what we have to learn from the great gardeners and Alan on taking risks with plant hardiness and not getting too paranoid about taking some risks with more tender plants. Take more chances was the theme that developed during the day.
Spetchley Plant Fair
The Specialist Plant Fair at Spetchley Park is on April 23 from 11am to 5pm. Around 40 nurseries will be there. It’s £5 to enter, which covers entrance to the park and a guided tour. Our speaker next month, Jack Wilgoss, from Wildegoose Nursery perennial violas, Julie Ritchie from Hoo House Nursery near Tewkesbury, our speaker in October, and Cotswold Garden Flowers will all be there, and Great Dixter Garden will also have a stall. Our guest speaker in April, Kim Hurst, will also be selling her organic plants, grown in peat-free Fertile Fibre compost.
- New committee
A new committee was elected at the AGM in March. Our new chairman is Mick Dunstan, voted in when Jan Vaughan stood down after three years in the role. Lyn Maile stays on as secretary and Richard King takes on the combined role of treasurer and membership secretary after Roger Smith stepped down.
Jayne Savage is publicity secretary, Stephanie Reader is our new speaker secretary, David Pollitt remains as newsletter editor and Tricia King is taking over the reins as programme secretary.
To make our committee up to the normal eight-strong level, the committee is asking for volunteers for a committee member post without specific responsibilities at this stage. If you’re interested in joining us for our four committee meetings a year, please speak to Mick, Lyn or any other committee member.
- Chelsea update - Please take a look at the Chelsea page.
- A flyer from BHGS horticultural suppliers, included in the spring national newsletter, gave details of discounts to HPS members. Please support them as they are sponsoring part of our costs for the Chelsea Flower Show.
- Defford Garden Club has a meeting on March 29, the last Wednesday of the month, when the speaker will be Bryan Ellis from Avondale Nurseries. It starts at 8pm.
- Morton Hall garden – some members of our group visited last year – is open for the National Garden Scheme on Saturday April 22, when the fritillaries should be at their best, we’re told. For those of you didn’t join the visit, it’s just north of Inkberrow, a 20-minute drive from Crowle.
- Tickets are selling well for our Celebrity Lecture in September this year. More than 120 tickets have already been sold – the maximum available is just 150. It means that we shall at least break even on the costs of the event. Volunteers – about eight or so – are required to help make sure the event runs smoothly on the day. Names please to Mick Dunstan.
- A brochure has been produced featuring all the gardens of HPS members who are opening this year to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the society. Copies are available for all members. Remember to pick one up at our next meeting.
- As always, we require volunteers to help with serving hot drinks, biscuits and cake. Please contact Julia Dale to offer your services. We’d be lost if we didn’t have enough volunteers and it’s a great way to meet our members.
- Local company BHGS, who are giving us support for our Chelsea stand, have enclosed a special offer flyer in the national
newsletter. There is also an HPS offers page on their website. Please support them.
- The copy date for the spring edition of our group Newsletter is the end of February.
- The Alpine Garden Society is holding a plant sale at its garden at Pershore College on 25 February, from 10 - 3.30.
- The HPS Galanthus Group is holding its AGM and Study Day on 19 February, at Chedworth, Gloucestershire.
- Our AGM is next month, 11 March. We still need Committee members, so please think whether you can join the Committee.
Any Committee member will be happy to talk about what's involved. There are nomination papers in the autumn Newsletter.
- We need four new committee members, to join the committee after our AGM in March. Please contact any committee member to ask about more details.
Nomination papers are in the autumn newsletter.
- Margaret Stone is opening her garden on 12 February from 11 to 4 as part of the HPS 60th anniversary celebration. Volunteers are needed to help on
the day, as are cakes for the refreshments.
- Volunteers are needed for the teas at our meetings. Please contact Julia Dale if you can help.
- As part of the Chelsea event a flyer from our main sponsor, BHGS in Evesham, will be inserted in the national HPS February newsletter giving details of
offers from them.
- Mick Dunstan will be collecting orders until the end of February for bags of the FertileFibre compost. A 60litre bag costs £8, available either as seed compost or as
a multipurpose compost. Delivery will be to Mick's house in Worcester at the end of March.
- David Pollitt would welcome articles and/or captioned photos for our spring newsletter. His copy date is our March meeting date, 11 March.
- There are a few places left for the tour to Devon in June. Please contact David Pollitt soon if you would like to come before he opens bookings to
HPS members from outside the group.
- We have bought some green HPS aprons for use at Chelsea, and after that, at other events like our Plant Sale and the Malvern Show.
- Tickets for our Celebrity Lecture on 9 September are on sale to Worcestershire Group members at the January and February meetings before they are made available
to the public. Tickets are £10 for group members and £15 for everyone else.
- The Autumn Newsletter was distributed to members at the meeting and those who weren’t able to join us will be receiving their printed copy shortly. It contains a booking form for the holiday to Devon in June.
- Chrysanthemum ‘Aline’ was sold at the meeting, but please remember to use the Plants Wanted list on the website and at meetings to source your ‘must-have’ plants.
- Don’t forget that our next meeting on Dec 10th will begin at 1pm with our ‘bring and share’ Christmas lunch. Bring a plate of savoury or sweet, your choice, and the Committee will provide wine and soft drinks.
This will be followed at 2 pm by our speaker, Michael Warren, photographer, writer, lecturer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, who will take us on a trip around London in his talk ‘Flowers in the City’.
We will need two more volunteers to help with teas after the talk.
- Linda Marsh gave an update on our stand at Chelsea, representing the national HPS under the title '60 Plants for 60 Years'. The intention is to draw the Society to the attention of the public. A plan and an artist's impression (painted by Pippa Hilton) could be seen at the meeting and Linda acknowledged the help we are receiving from Cotswold Garden Flowers. John McGhee is co-ordinating all the different elements, including signing up one of the HPS printers and British Horticultural Growers Suppliers (BHGS) in Evesham as sponsors to help with the budget. Mick will handle regional publicity; national publicity will begin in the new year. An full update on the Chelsea stand, including the artist's impression, is on our website.
- Meetings at Crowle Village Hall (starting at 2pm):
- January 14th: Gardens of the Oxford Colleges - Tim Richardson
- Feb 11th: Fathers of Botany - Jane Kilpatrick
- Feb 12th: Garden Opening - Margaret Stone will be opening her lovely garden for snowdrop time as part of the HPS 60th Anniversary events. Details are in the Autumn Newsletter.
- Mick said that our Twitter account is now up and asked members to send him photos and a short (140 characters at most) description they thought would be of interest.
Our Group's Twitter page is now live. Mick would be glad of member contributions for it.
The new national HPS website is now live.
The Plant Heritage annual Ron Sidwell lecture is on Tuesday 11 October at 7.30 at Pershore College. The speaker is Mike Buffin whose topic is 'National Trust Gardens Large and Small'. Tickets are £8.50 for Plant Heritage and RHS members, non-members £10.
We need volunteers for serving tea and cake for the next meeting. Please contact Julia Dale if you can help.
An article on our day at the Olympic Park will appear in the next edition of the HPS 'Journal'.
Hilda Watts has not been well, but is now much better. She has been her usual indefatiguable self in collecting rainfall data during her illness and reports how dry the year has been.
There is a slight possibility of our hosting 'Gardeners' Question Time' next year.
Our 2017 Celebrity Lecture will be on 9 September. To celebrate the HPS 60th anniversary, this will be an all-day event, with speakers HPS President Roy Lancaster, plantswoman Derry Watkins and nurseryman and botanist Julian Sutton, whose talk will be titled 'How Flowers Came To Be'.
Jan has still not heard from the member who wanted Chrysanthemum ‘Aline’. Unless she hears very soon, she will plant it in her own garden.
- Annual Plant Sale. The final profit after adjustments for expenses was £837 and a big thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a success.
- Garden Party. The evening at Vivienne and John McGhee’s went well in spite of the damp evening and thanks to the McGhee’s for their hospitality. Somebody left a white china plate - if it belongs to you please let Lyn (secretary) know.
- A member had requested a plant of Chrysanthemum ‘Aline’ on the Plants Wanted list and one has now been given to Jan at the meeting. Please get in touch so that we can arrange to get it to you.
There is a coffee morning on 20th July at the kind invitation of Roger Smith. Directions and parking instructions are on P4 of your newsletter.
There will be no meeting in August.
On Sept 7th Becky Dale has invited us to a coffee morning at Thorneloe, 14 Stephenson Road, Worcester WR1 3JE.
Stella has arranged for us to visit the lovely garden at Morton Hall near Inkberrow on September 20th.
Our next indoor meeting at Crowle is on Saturday September 10th.
14th May 2016
- Coach trip to the Olympic Park & Myddleton House (25th June): Stella needs all remaining monies to be paid today. The coach will leave Crowle Parish Hall at 7am and please remember to park at the side of the Hall
- Annual Plant Sale at Peopleton Village Hall on 11th June.
Please bring lots of plants, in clean pots, remembering to label them clearly with additional information if they are unusual. Please aim to bring plants between 12:30 and 1:30 to allow the pricing and display to be done before we open the sale at 2pm.
We will need volunteers for refreshments and helpers on the stalls.
Also PLEASE don’t forget to take unsold plants home.
- Our summer garden party will be at the home of Vivienne and John McGhee on Tuesday 14th June from 7pm. This is a ‘bring and share’ evening so please bring a plate of food to share and the Committee will provide the drinks.
- Becky Dale has invited us to a coffee morning on Wednesday 21st Sept (Date changed - now 7 September) - details to follow
- Stella is arranging a visit to Morton Hall in Worcestershire on Tuesday 6th September (Date changed - now 20 September). Members will meet at the garden for a visit either morning or afternoon depending on numbers. The cost of entry (including refreshments is £8 per person).
Lyn still has tickets for the Celebrity Lecture on 9 April. Two volunteers are needed for the car park, starting from 12.30 or so – please contact Mick if you can help. We also have some posters and fliers for the lecture.
Lyn's Coffee Morning is on 22 March: directions are on the website or from Lyn. We would like a couple of volunteers to help with the coffee so that Lyn herself can be out in the garden.
Stella is organising a day trip by coach on 25 June to visit the Olympic Park and Myddelton House Gardens, the 8-acre garden of E.A. Bowles, famous for his collection and cultivation of crocuses. The cost is £25 and the coach will leave Crowle at 7 am. There is a sign up sheet at meetings. So far 29 members are going.
John McGhee is leading on the stand at the Malvern Spring Festival, on 5-8 May. More volunteers are needed on the stand, especially for the Friday (6th) and Saturday (7th). If you can help please contact John.
Our own Plant Sale, which last year raised over £700 for Group funds, is on 11 June at Peopleton Village Hall. More information, along with the programme trifold, will be available at the Celebrity Lecture, but Jan urged members to begin propagating plants for the sale now.
The Shade and Woodland Group Annual Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 21 May at Penley Village Hall, Penley, Shropshire. More information at http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/shade/agm16.pdf.
The Hardy Geranium Day 2016 will be held on Saturday 11 June at Powick near Worcester. More details at http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/geranium/index.php.
Troy Scott Smith, who spoke to us in January, will be on 'Gardener's World', talking to Monty Don about what he's doing at Sissinghurst.
- Help is needed in the kitchen at the March meeting and cakes and help are needed for the Celebrity Lecture in April.
- It is our AGM at the March meeting. We still need a Publicity Officer to take over from Marilyn, who is happy to have someone shadow her for a couple of months. The job could also be done as a job share. If anyone feels they could take this on please talk to Jan, Lyn or Marilyn. If anyone has an items for the AGM agenda, please notify Lyn in the by Wednesday 17 February.
- Tickets are still available for the Celebrity Lecture on 9 April. Please contact Lyn Maile if you would like any.
- The group of Worcestershire members responsible for the HPS display at the 2017 Chelsea Show would like to know if any members are growing Angelica 'Ebony' or Geranium x magnificum. They need three or four people to propagate four or five pots each. If you can help please contact Jan or John McGhee.
- Stella is organising a day trip by coach on 25 June to visit the Olympic Park and Myddelton House Gardens, the 8-acre garden of E.A. Bowles, famous for his collection and cultivation of crocuses. The cost is £25 and the coach will leave Crowle at 7 am. There is a sign up sheet at meetings.
- Two members have agreed to help with the tidying of the hall, which we need to do as Rob and his wife have retired. It is important we have this covered as we shall be fined if we leave the hall so that a following group cannot just begin to set up and use it.
- On 8 March Keith Ferguson will speak on 'Trilliums and the Woodland Plants of North America' at 7.15 pm, at the Plant Heritage meeting at Pershore College, Room 14. Plant Heritage members and students free, visitors £3.
- The date of the coffee morning at Lyn Maile's house has been moved
to 22 March (it was 20 April). Directions will be available at the March meeting and will then be on the website.
- Tickets for the Celebrity Lecture given by Diarmuid Gavin on 9 April would be on sale to the public from 9 January. Mick had posters advertising this for members to distribute. Members could still buy their tickets from Mick at meetings. We need cakes for that afternoon as Pershore College will provide tea and coffee, but have agreed that we will provide cakes. Julia has a list for members to volunteer for this.
- Twenty-one days' notice is necessary for items on the agenda for our AGM on 12 March, If you have any items, please notify them to Lyn by the next meeting (13 February).
- David would be very pleased to have more copy for the spring Newsletter, due out at our April meeting.
- Stella has planned a very full day out for us on 25 June to the Olympic Park in the morning and to a second garden after lunch. More details will be given at meetings, in the newsletter and on the website.
- Several members have now placed orders for Fertile Fibre multi-purpose compost with Mick. We need a total of 55 bags to obtain the maximum discount and have orders for 27. The bulk order would be delivered to Mick's home in Worcester for members to pick up. There are more details in the autumn Newsletter.
- If a member grows or knows someone who grows Geranium 'Blue Blood' please would you contact John McGhee as the Chelsea team would like to use that geranium on our stand. There will be a short Chelsea team meeting after our next Group meeting.
- Marilyn has posters advertising our group. If you have or know of somewhere to display one, please contact her.
- A reminder that our December meeting starts at 1pm (an hour earlier than usual) with a ‘bring and share’ lunch. Please bring a plate of food to share – sweet or savoury, and the Committee will provide a glass of wine or soft drink. This will be followed by a Quiz, led by Philip Aubury, former Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
- Change of speaker in January
There is a change to our advertised meeting in January. Tim Richardson will not be able to join us, but we are very fortunate to have Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Sissinghurst. He will talk to us about the garden and the seven-year project ‘Revitalising Vita’ designed to bring a more authentic feel to the garden created by Vita Sackville-West in the 1930’s.
Group subscriptions are due on January 1st. If you would like to pay by Standing Order this simplifies the process for the Treasurer. Please contact Roger Smith or pay at the December/January meeting.
- Publicity Officer
There will be a vacancy for a Publicity Officer on the committee when Marilyn Wrightson steps down at the AGM in March. Details of the post are in the Autumn Newsletter and Marilyn would be happy to talk to you about what she does if you would be interested.
- Bulk order of compost
Inspired by an earlier speaker Mick is co-ordinating a bulk order of coir-based compost from Fertile Fibre. If 55 bags are ordered, it will cost £8 a bag. For more details see the Autumn Newsletter.
- Celebrity Lecture
Celebrity Lecture: Diarmuid Gavin will be our guest speaker at Pershore College on 9 April 2016, talking about ‘A Mischievous Life Making Show Gardens’. Tickets will be on sale to Worcestershire Group members only at the December and January meetings, then available to other HPS members and the general public after 9 January. Cost £7.50 for Worcestershire Group members, £10 for others. Please bring your friends and family.
- Olympic Park Visit
Following the talk by Alistair Bayford at our Anniversary Lecture Day, we have arranged for him to guide us around the Olympic Park on Saturday 25 June 2016. This will be an all-day trip by coach - further details will follow.
- Chelsea 2017
Our stand is to showcase the HPS 60th anniversary with Linda Marsh leading on the design. Input from members is welcome: we cannot have banners and so the design and planting have to get the message across. The design will use ‘hot’ colours: red, yellow, orange, purple with white and green, and the plants must be in flower the last week of May. We also need members willing to propagate and grow on the plants. This website will have further details as the project goes on.
- 20th Anniversary Celebration
Many Worcestershire Group members and some national members listened to three outstanding speakers. Thanks were due to John McGhee, the team responsible for the event and to those who volunteered for the day. Any copies of the celebratory newsletter not collected will be posted.
Autumn newsletters were available at the meeting and copies for members who have not received theirs yet will be available at the November meeting. The special Anniversary booklet will be posted to members who do not have one.
- Publicity Officer
Marilyn is stepping down at the March AGM. Details of the role are in the autumn newsletter and Marilyn is happy to talk to anyone interested. Please consider taking this on.
- Plant Stall
Margaret Lewis has decided to step down from running the stall. Judy Pollitt is happy to continue, but needs help and cover for holidays. Please think about doing this: it's a very worthwhile activity for plant sharing and for Group funds.
- HPS ‘Journal’
The next edition will feature an article by Jan about our stand at the Malvern Spring Festival last May. It will also include the first of two articles by Mick on his ‘Over the Garden Wall’ project, with the second of these in the following edition.
- Talk: ‘Digging with the Duchess’
Sam Llewellyn will speak at 7.30 on Thursday 15 October at the Malvern Book Co-operative. Tickets are £5. Further details from Jan or their website.
- The Picton Garden, Colwall
The garden is open from 11am till 5pm every day until 18 October for its magnificent display of Autumn Flowering Asters. Details on their website
- Talk: Hardy Cyclamen
Joe Sharman will be speaking at Pershore College at 7.30 on 13 October in the series of RHS/Plant Heritage talks. Tickets are £8 for RHS members and £9.50 for non-members. Details from 01386 554609 or email.
- Celebrity Lecture 2016
On April 9th at Pershore College our guest speaker will be the TV presenter and garden designer Diarmuid Gavin. The best-selling author and enfant terrible of the gardening world will be talking to us on the subject of ‘A Mischievous Life making Show Gardens’. He will discuss his love of gardens and his experiences at the Chelsea Flower Show where he won ‘Gold’ in 2011 with his Irish Sky Garden.
This event will be open to other gardening groups and the public.
- Chelsea 2017
The Group is putting in a bid for a stand at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show, the HPS’ 60th year. Linda Marsh, one of our newer members, is leading on the design. Linda has been a Sussex Group member, and has training and professional experience of garden design and design for shows. Her brief, as set out by the Trustees, is to produce an innovative design to attract attention and more members, although we will compete for a medal. A small group is preparing the bid, but all Worcestershire Group members will have the opportunity to be involved.
- The plant sale raised more than £800. A number of non-members had said how good they thought it was and had come back again.
- On Monday 17 August, The Black Pear Gardening Club will visit Waterperry Gardens near Oxford. Non-members welcome to book.
- Don't forget the coffee morning at Win and David Botterill's on 21 July from 10 until 12:30.
- No meeing in August.
- Saturday 12th September: 20th Anniversary Celebration
- Tickets are ready and many were collected at the July meeting. Remaining tickets will be posted out to you.
- All Worcestershire Group members have been booked to have a buffet lunch in the refectory. If you do not want this or have any special dietary requirements please contact Lyn (email@example.com) by 17th August.
- Registration is open from 9am.
- Defibrillator Training: As regular users of Crowle Parish Hall we have been sent details of a training session on Wednesday 9th September at 7pm - the session will be led by First Responder, Howard Painter. It is important for our group to be able to respond appropriately to this sort of emergency and if you feel able and willing to attend please let Lyn know.
- Western Counties Daisy Day is now sold out.
- Two of the nurseries in the group's discount scheme are closing. Kristina and Robin Pearce have decided to retire and close Worlds End Nursery. The nursery closing down sale, including a wide range of stock plants, will be on the weekend of 18/19 April. Also the Pershore Plant Emporium is no longer trading.
- Another garden visit has been arranged for 15th July 2015 to Rodmarton Manor and Hookshouse Pottery Gardens.
- After a short discusson about the celebrity lecture in February for which group members were charged, most of those at the meeting agreed that they would like more such occassional lectures in the future.
- In February, instead of the usual Crowle meeting there will be a talk by Anna Pavord at Pershore College. Contact Judith Doughty for a ticket, £7.50 for group members.
- Three committee members are standing stand down at the AGM in March. We have one volunteer so far. If we want a full programme in the future it is important to have a full committee. There is an article in the Autumn Newsletter describing the jobs that will become vacant, or talk to Jan or Judith Doughty.
- Would those members who have not paid their subscriptions by standing order please pay by cheque, payable to "Hardy Plant Society, Worcestershire Group" or by cash. Please send a cheque to our treasurer, Roger Smith, and do not forget to pay the national subscription as well.
- The copy date for the Spring Newsletter is 14 February, the date of the Anna Pavord meeting.
- More information about the North Yorkshire tour, and a request for the outstanding payment, will available at the March meeting.
- As usual for our December meeting we will be starting at 1.00pm (an hour early) with a Bring and Share buffet. Please bring some food to share. Drinks, including wine, will be supplied. We will also be holding a free raffle.
- Several committee members are standing stand down in April 2015. Please seriously consider taking up a committee role. There is an article in the Autumn newsletter describing the jobs that will become vacant.
- See the September announcements below for information about events next year, including the Anna Pavord talk in February. If you've haven't been able to get to a meeting, please contact Judith Doughty for a ticket.
- Subscriptions are due on 1 January. About half the members now pay by standing order. As well as the benefits mentioned in the September announcements, paying by standing order saves the Treasurer time and effort. Like the other committee members, he is a volunteer who gives a considerable amount of his time to help organise the group's events and to ensure that they are paid for. Please do pay by standing order if possible.
- The conservation scheme has three plants looking for a home - a bergenia, a prostrate rosemary and a heuchera. If you would be interested in growing and propagating one of these please contact Jenny Constant. Also a few of the plants that were requested this year were not available. Hopefully it will be possible to get them next year.
- A 'Shady and Woodland Plant' group will launch soon. They are looking for possible gardens in our area to visit in May next year. If you could recommend any, including your own perhaps, that will be looking good then please let Jan or Judith know. They are looking for gardens which have a wide range of shady and woodland plants, in difficult areas as well as in woodland.
- On Tuesday 14 October at 7:30pm there will be an RHS/Plant Heritage lecture, 'I Believe in the Western Cape', given by Julian Sutton at Pershore College.
- Our thanks to John and Lesley Bryant for hosting the evening party in July. A wonderful garden, unbelievable lillies, and an ideal, sunny evening.
- The last day trip this year is on Friday, 19 September to Ashwood Nurseries and Preen Manor. For those who have booked places it leaves Crowle Parish Hall at 9:00. Please park at the back of the Hall.
- Advance notice of three events next year - details will be in the Autumn newsletter:
- Instead of the usual meeting, on Valentines Day Anna Pavord will be giving a talk "My Life in Gardening" which we will hold at the Frank Parkinson Lecture Theatre in Pershore College. Tickets for Worcestershire Group members are £7.50, and for non-members £10. To ensure that all members have an opportuntiy to buy a ticket, until after the November meeting sales to each member will be limited to one member's ticket and one non-member's ticket.
- There will be a tour to Yorkshire from 21 to 25 June, staying at the Best Western Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate.
- Next year is the group's 20th anniversary. To celebrate there will be an all day meeting on 12 September at Pershore College which will be free to Worcestershire Group members.
- The copy date for the Autumn newsletter is October 11.
- If you're not already doing so, please consider paying your subscription by standing order. There would be three advantages - you won't forget to pay, the treasurer doesn't need to collect a lot of money at the January and February meetings, and it provides a predictable flow of money for speakers who have to be booked long in advance, sometimes more than a year.
Flyers for the June plant sale are available. Please put them up in any suitable place.
Details of the garden visits are now available. Please contact Sue Chitty if you would like to go on either of them. Note that the first is on 15 May, before the next meeting.
In the next National newsletter you should have a questionnaire about the kinds of things you want the National society to do. The new Chairman is anxious to have as many members reply as possible, so please fill it in – it can be done online as well as on paper.
The next Spetchley Specialist Plant Fair is on Sunday 27 April 2014, 11.00am - 5.00pm. They are expecting over 30 nurseries, and the £5 entry charge includes admission to the gardens.
The first coffee morning this year, hosted by Wendy Richards, is on Thursday 1 May, before the next meeting.
Mick Dunstan is preparing a number of profiles of members' gardens, including photos and an interview. We hope to be able to show these at a Christmas meeting. If you would like your garden to be included, please contact Mick.
There has been a problem with the nursery discount scheme. Don't assume that the discount is still available. Please check first before selecting your plants.
We will have a stand again this year at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 8-11 May.
Congratulations to Jan Vaughan whose article about pruning winter-flowering shrubs is in the spring 2014 'Cornucopia'.
Sue Chitty has organised an evening at Bretforton Manor on Thursday 15 May. This is by car. There will be a tour of the garden, starting at 6.30. Cost £6 + £2 refreshments. More details and a sign-up sheet at the April meeting. [10 April update - cost now £5 + £2 refreshments]
Sue has also organised a day trip on Friday 19 September to John Massey's nursery at Kingswinford, with a tour of John's garden, and then going on to Preen Manor in Shropshire. Cost £21. More details and a sign-up sheet at the next meeting. [10 April update - cost now £22]
David Pollitt is organising another of his garden tours, for June 2015, to North Yorkshire. More details in the autumn newsletter.
John McGhee is taking orders for plant supports for the April meeting. If you would like to order some, please complete this form and email it to him before the meeting.
The next two local Plant Heritage meetings at Pershore College, which start with a plant sale and coffee at 6:45, are "Plants of the Season" on 11 March and "Hellebores, Hepaticas and Trilliums" on 8 April.
Margaret Stone is opening her garden, Brockamin, on Friday 21 March, 2-6pm, and Sunday 23 March, 10-6pm. Details in February national newsletter.
Springridge Nurseries, Old Turnpike Road, Crowle, is offering a discount to members for a month. Another Crowle nursery, Hyde Cottage Palms & Exotics in Church Road, is closing and selling stock at reduced prices. We are assured that many of their plants are reasonably frost hardy.
The Seed Distribution has finished for 2014 with some seed remaining. Sue Pinsent (Seed Distribution Coordinator) would very much like to make this available as gifts to any charitable organisations who could benefit. If you have involvement with organisations who would like to make use of this seed, please contact Sue or Joy, the HPS Administrator.
December's Christmas meeting will be at Peopleton as usual, but NEXT YEAR OUR INDOOR MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN CROWLE PARISH HALL, Church Road, WR7 4AZ.
As usual for our December meeting we will be starting at 1.00pm (an hour early) with a Bring and Share buffet. Please bring some food to share. Drinks, including wine, will be supplied. We will also be holding a free raffle.
We are still looking for someone to take on the role of chairman when Bev steps down in March. If anyone is willing to do this please complete a nomination form, or contact a member of the committee for more information.
Roger Smith is happy to stand for election as treasurer when John McGhee steps down in March, but as he will not be able to attend many Saturday meetings we will need someone else to look after the money at these meetings. Would anyone willing to do this this please let John know.
To save handling a lot of cheques at the start of the year, John would like members to pay the subscription by standing order. If you are willing to do this please complete the form included in the newsletter and return it to John McGhee.
Several local nurseries have agreed to give a discount to members on plants, though not on sundries such as compost. We will produce a discount card for members to use.
Please return any outstanding plant conservation forms to Jenny Constant by December.
Congratulations to Alan Hale whose newsletter article has been republished in Cornucopia.
To avoid handling so many cheques, we are asking members if they would pay by standing order in the future. A form will be included in the Autumn newsletter.
The Worcestershire Group was formed in October 1995. We are planning to celebrate the twentieth anniversary with an event held at Pershore College, possibly in September 2015. It will include a well known speaker and lunch, and will be free to Worcestershire Group members.
Next year our indoor meetings will be held in Crowle Village Hall, Church Road, WR7 4AZ where we held the Christmas meeting last year. The June plant sale will again be held at Peopleton as it was this year.
We need a new chairman to take over from Bev in March. The main functions are are what you see Bev doing at the meetings, reading out the notices, introducing the speaker, giving a vote of thanks at the end of the talk and asking the speaker to draw the raffle. The chairman also chairs about three committee meetings a year, usually held on the morning of a Saturday afternoon meeting. Next year they will be held in a room at Crowle Village Hall. Please let a committee member know if you are interested.
Kathryn would like feedback from this year's June Plant Sale, both things you thought went well and suggestions for improvements. She would also like contributions for the newsletter by 12 October.
Jackie Davis has now retired from the plant conservation role. Jenny Constant has taken over.
There is still a shortage of volunteers to help with the teas at meetings and to provide cakes. No one would need to do this very often if more people would contribute. If you don't feel able to make a cake you could always buy one! Please let Julia Dale know if you are willing to help.
Julia has agreement from three local garden centres to offer members a 10% discount on plants, but not on sundries auch as compost or tools. Details will be in the newsletter and on the web when we have agreed how the scheme will work.
Margaret Stone will be opening her garden at Brockamin, next Sunday, 22 September, in support of Plant Heritage. It includes a national collection of Aster novae-angliae.
Would you please send any copy and photos for the next newsletter to Kathryn by 12 October (the date of the October meeting). As always, please send any photos suitable for the website to Colin.
Bev gave heartfelt thanks to all those who had provided help at the National AGM and Lecture Day on 23 March. Especially those who were working in the car park in the snow and ice from 8am. Cue a round of applause.
There is one seat left on the bus for the Cumbria trip, if anyone else would like to go.
Ann Sheppard will be opening her garden under the NGS on 4, 5 and 6 May and again on 15 and 16 June.
All seed from the HPS seed distribution has now been used and random sets are no longer available. The note about random sets in the current Newsletter is inaccurate as the supply has not lasted as long as expected. The seed supplied by Chris Chadwell also mentioned in the Newsletter remains available and members can request this from Joe Sime as detailed.
Would people willing to help with the plant sale on the day, 8 June, please contact Bev.
Lynda Niccolls has a supply of National HPS posters which also show basic details for our Worcestershire group. If you know of a suitable place to display one, please contact Lynda. Her contact details are inside the back ciover of the newsletter.
We have been offered the opportunity to have a stand at Spetchley Specialist Plant Fair again this year, but we would need volunteers in order to take this up including people to help put up and take down the display. The fair is on Sunday 21 April. Anyone willing, please contact Bev or Judith soon.
The Pulmonaria Specialist Group of the HPS is holding its 21st anniversary meeting at Broadheath Village Hall on 13 April. Local HPS group members are invited.
There is a Plant Heritage meeting on Tuesday 12 February with a talk by Simon Gulliver of Birmingham Botanic Garden on Ernest Wilson at Pershore College in Room 14 at 7:15pm.
Olive Mason's garden, Dial Park, is open on Wednesday 20 February, 11am till 4pm.
Please make sure that you have filled in a form for any Conservation Scheme plant that you have and return it to Jackie. If you have had one of these plants for more than four years, it is now yours. However if you continue to propagate and bring plants to our sales, there are some special labels.
Four committee members wish to stand down by March 2014. Please consider seriously taking up a committee role. There will be an article in the next newsletter describing the jobs that will become vacant.
Members are reminded that National subscriptions are due by the end of March and that group membership is open only to those who are national members.
John thanked those who have volunteered to help with the National AGM and Lecture Day. He will be contacting you with further details soon.
The copy date for the Spring Newsletter is 9 March.
As we expect this year's Group Plant Sale to be as successful as last year's, we have decided to make it the sole event on 8 June. There will be lots of plants and refreshments as usual so that we can make this into a social occasion as well as a plantfest. So even if you are not able to bring plants for sale, please come along. Michael Leech's talk has been moved to fill the October slot, vacated by Jeff Bates due to his duties as Vice-Chairman of Britain in Bloom. We hope Jeff will speak early next year.
This will be held at Crowle Parish Hall, Church Road, WR7 4AZ, which is just south of the village towards Broughton Hackett. As usual for our December meeting we will be starting at 1.00pm (an hour early) with a Bring and Share buffet. Please bring some food to share. Drinks, including wine, will be supplied.
We are hoping to hold a plant sale in June at Peopleton as we did last year. If every member could donate half a dozen plants this would give us a good number to sell so please bear this in mind as you sow, split or discard plants in the spring.
There is currently an opportunity for three more people to become Trustees of the national HPS. If anyone is interested, please talk to Vivienne McGhee. [Feb 13: These vacancies have now been filled.]
HPS Annual Lecture Day and AGM
Worcestershire Group will be hosting this event on behalf of the Hardy Plant Society at Pershore College on Saturday 23rd March 2013. Anyone willing to help on the day, please contact John McGhee if you haven't already done so. Unfortunately helpers will still need to pay to attend the day.
Our Web Site
If anyone has suggestions or ideas for improving our group web site, either the style or the content, please contact Colin Doughty.
Next year’s garden tour will be to Cumbria, departing Sunday 16th June and returning Thursday 20th June. More details and a booking form can be found in the newsletter.
Day Trips Next Year
We currently do not have any day trips planned for next year. If anyone would like to organise one, please contact a member of the committee.
Peopleton Autumn Show
The group has been offered a promotion table at this show for no charge, but to be effective it would need to be manned. Would anyone willing to help with this please let Bev know.
Talks for other local groups
We have had requests from other, smaller, local garden groups to provide someone to give a talk about hardy plants. This could provide good publicity for our group. If anyone is interested in doing this, would they please contact Marilyn.
The sale on 9 June went very well. There were minor difficulties but the committee felt it worth holding another next year. The proposal is to start the sale later in the day to give more time in the morning for setting it up, and keep it running while the talk is held in the other room in the hall.
Belgian visit to the Cotswolds
A Belgian group planning to tour the Cotswolds next June had asked for suggestions. We wondered whether any of our members, especially ones living to the eastern side of the county, would like to host the group. Would anyone interested please contact Judith.
David Pollit will be standing down as group secretary at the AGM in March. Judith Doughty is willing to continue as newsletter editor, but has offered to take on the secretary post instead. If she is elected to that post we will need a new newsletter editor. So far there are no nominations, so would you please consider whether you would be willing to take on a committee post, especially either one of those two roles.
Worcestershire group will be putting on a display at the Malvern Spring Show as the HPS representatives. We are currently looking for people to help with design of the stand, build up of the stand prior to the opening of the show, volunteers for stand duty during the show and help with breaking down the stand on Sunday evening. Anyone who helps on the stand during the day will have free entry to the show. Contact John McGhee if you are interested.
We will stage a display on similar lines to that put on last year. John McGhee will take the lead, with Bev Drewitt, Celia Guest and David Pollitt as his main assistants on the day. They would welcome help from members in taking a turn manning the stand. It was a really good day last year and promises to be so again.
Jackie Davies thanked those who had returned conservation scheme plant forms, but there are still some outstanding. She would like them returned within the next month.
Would anyone willing to help with refreshments at a meeting, either providing a cake or helping with teas, please contact Julia Dale.
We are holding a plant sale in the morning of 9 June at Peopleton, as a fund raiser. Other groups have tried this with some success. If every member could donate half a dozen plants this would give us a good number to sell so please bear this in mind as you sow, split or discard plants in the spring.
The copy date for the next newsletter is 11 February, our next meeting, but please don't necessarily wait until then. Judith is eagerly awaiting all your contributions.
Jackie Davies thanked those who had returned conservation scheme plant forms, and asked those who still had forms to bring them to the next meeting.
As usual for our December meeting we will be starting at 1.00pm (an hour early) with a Bring and Share buffet. Please bring some food to share. Drinks, including wine, will be supplied.
Christmas will come early for one lucky person as we will also be holding a free raffle for a gardening token.
There will be a second hand gardening bookstall so please bring along any donations for this, as well as any old gardening tools for our exhibition. The latter should be labelled with your name and explanation of the tool (if this is not obvious). Please give books and tools to David Pollitt.
We are hoping to hold a plant sale in May or June at Peopleton as a fund raiser. Other groups have tried this with some success. If every member could donate half a dozen plants this would give us a good number to sell so please bear this in mind as you sow, split or discard plants in the spring.
There is a form to nominate people to stand for committee in this autumn's newsletter. Please consider standing as new blood is needed as old members step down. Speak to Bev Drewitt or David Pollitt if you are interested and would like more details. There is usually a maximum of 3 committee meetings a year, held the morning of the main meeting, so it need not be too much of a chore.
The newsletter is only as interesting as it is because some members write articles for it. Why not join this select band and write about your garden, a favourite flower or a good garden to visit? All articles gladly received by Judith Doughty in any form viz handwritten, typed or emailed.