Monthly Meetings and Events 2019/20

Most of these talks are held at Crowle Parish Hall, Church Road, WR7 4AZ, on the second Saturday of the month at 2pm, but please see below for exceptions. At Crowle, entrance is free to Group members and we welcome visitors there but ask them to pay £3. We will invite regular visitors to join the Group.

Refunds – As a general rule for outside trips no refunds will be given later than two weeks before the event. Individual organisers of outings may differ from this policy and it is important to check the information given at the time of booking.

The public address system at Crowle Parish Hall does have a hearing loop, so please speak to a member of the Committee if you wish to take advantage of this facility.

2019

Jan 12 Talk: Plants for the Connoisseur Simon Gulliver
Simon will talk about his favourite plants that are a little different, interesting, unusual and /or challenging; how to grow them and enjoy them.
Simon is now a garden consultant for the National Trust, responsible for advising on the development of over 30 gardens in Lancashire, Cheshire and the Midlands. With a degree in Amenity Horticulture from Pershore College, Simon worked at RHS Wisley for two years looking after the plant collection schemes.
He spent 10 years at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, eventually becoming Plant Collections Manager there. Simon has recently completed an MSc in Historic Landscape Conservation and has a particular interest in garden history, plant hunters, horticultural training, trees and the floras of New Zealand and Australia.
Feb 9 Talk: My Garden, A Plantsman’s Garden Kevin Pratt
Kevin’s talk is about the rare plants he has been growing for over thirty years. He has grown over 10,000 different plants. He will look at the successes, the failures and his obsession for collecting obscure plants.
Kevin runs Village Plants in Stockport where he has many unusual plants. He is qualified in botany, soil science and horticulture. He has over 30 years' gardening experience and holds three RHS gold medals awarded in the RHS floral marquee.
He will bring some unusual plants to sell.
March 9 AGM at 1.30pm
followed by Talk: How to get the Best from Heuchera, Heucherella and Tiarella.
Vicky Fox
Vicky and Richard Fox own Plantagogo which specialises in heucheras, heuchellas and tiarella. They have won many golds at RHS shows including Chelsea, Tatton, Harrogate and lots more.
Vicky will talk in detail about heucheras including how to grow them successfully, pests, planting tips and new varieties.
Members will be able to order special plants in advance to be delivered on the day. There will also be plants for sale on the day.
April 13
Pershore College
10am - 4pm: HPS Ambassadors’ Day, “Gardening in the 21st Century”
Plant sales from 10am

11am talk: The Living Jigsaw Val Bourne
2pm talk: Gardening in a Changing Climate Matthew Wilson
Worcestershire members £10, non members £15, lunch £11 or bring your own
May 18 Talk: Unnatural Gardening Peter Williams
Wednesday May 22 6.30pm: Evening Garden Party, in the garden of Ann Sheppard. More details in the May announcements
Thursday June 6 11am: Members’ Coffee Morning, at the home of Claire Constantine, Vicars Hill, Leigh WR6 5LA
June 8 2 until 4pm: Grand Plant Sale, Peopleton Village Hall
June 16 - 19 Hampshire Garden Tour. Open to all HPS members who may bring a friend or relative.
Tuesday July 2 4pm: Members’ Afternoon Tea, at the home of Babs Jewell
July 13 Social from 12.30pm, bring a plate of food to share and a plant to swap.
Plant sale table as usual.
Followed at 2pm by talk: Auden Farm, from Concept to Chaos
Alun and Jill Whitehead
Alun and Jill are holders of one of the National Collections of Siberian Iris with over 160 cultivars. Their garden, Aulden Farm, has developed in a natural style with abundant wildlife, and the Beardless Iris suits this style with its Herefordshire clay. Alun is a qualified Iris judge and has served on the Joint Iris Committee with the RHS. They also open for the National Garden Schemes and are Western Counties Group members.
They will give a humorous look at Aulden farm garden with all its trials and tribulations.
Saturday July 20 11am - 3pm, Charity Open Garden at 1 Albert Road, Pittville, Cheltenham GL52 2QY, an exceptional example of a town garden in the heart of Regency Cheltenham with some unusual and rare plants. Tea and home made cake.
Supporting CCP Cheltenham and St Nicolas Church fund for the community

Sunday July 21 11am - 4pm, Rare plant fair at Highnam Court, Nr. Gloucester
Sunday July 21 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Members are invited to a Summer Garden Party at The Tynings, Church Lane, Stoulton WR7 4RE. Entrance £8, proceeds are in aid of the fabric of St Edmund’s Church.
Sep 14 Talk: Hydrangeas Sally Gregson
Sally is the owner of the nursery ‘Mill Cottage Plants’, specializing in plants for shade and damp. She is an author and a lecturer and lectures often at West Dean College, Chichester.
Once ‘too popular’ in the fifties hydrangeas experienced a fall from fashion. But now they are undergoing a renaissance. This talk covers the different species, their growing conditions, and care and propagation, and will show you some of the varieties that are coming in now from Japan via the French National Collection holder, Shamrock Gardens, and enthusiast Maurice Foster. As a nursery (Mill Cottage Plants) has exhibited them at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2005, and hope to bring some for sale to our members.
Wednesday Sep 25 Oxfordshire Garden Visit
Oct 12 Talk: Death in the Garden - Poisonous Plants Michael Brown
Michael is a qualified gardener with a particular interest in medieval gardens and plants. He has an MA in Garden History and has been a full time college lecturer in horticulture. Because of government cutbacks he became self employed and transformed himself into the Historic Gardener.
He gave this talk every day at the Tatton Park RHS flower show in 2018. Poisonous plants and their use though out history. Myths, Magic, Passion and Murder, be warned many of the plants shown are worth growing in the garden.
Nov 9 Talk: Exotic Gardening Paul Spracklin
Paul Spracklin is a garden designer with a passion for the exciting effects that can be achieved using sub-tropical style plants.  Whether you fancy growing a tropical rainforest in Richmond or a desert in Dedham, Paul’s illustrated talk will give an insight into how you can grow and keep exotic plants including cacti and succulents in your garden.
Dec 14 Social from 12.30pm
Christmas lunch at 1pm. Please bring a plate of food to share.
Followed at 2pm by talk: Winter Into Spring
Julie Ritchie
Julie runs Hoo House Nursery in Tewkesbury with her husband Robin and is a fellow HPS member. She is well known to the group for her knowledge and enthusiasm about a wide variety of plants.
Her talk will look at plants that give interest in the Winter months through until early Spring.

2020

Jan 11 Talk: Bulbs for the Unusual Ross Barbour
Ross will present a selection of plants for colour, scent and texture in the cold months of Winter. Ross will introduce firm favourites, some more unusual and the odd unexpected plant, explaining how to combine and use them in our gardens.
Ross is a horticulturalist. He began working on large estates. He has wide wealth of knowledge for creating and maintaining gardens of all shapes and sizes. He has in depth plant knowledge and works with nature in mind to create a natural balance.
Feb 8 Talk: Hellebores Samantha Hopes
Samantha’s talk on hellebores will shed light on the current range currently being bred at Ashwood nurseries, the top breeders in the country, with hints and tips on cultivation.
Samantha became a student at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Pershore College and then moved to RHS Garden Wisley, specialising in Rock and Alpine plants.
She has also worked for short stints at Kew and Great Dixter. She then went to work alongside John Massey, looking after his Hepatica collection at Ashwood Nurseries.
Samantha and her husband are now creating and building their own garden, propagating and growing a range of unusual plants at home.
Mar 14 AGM at 1.30pm followed by..
Talk: Preparing for Spring and Early Summer in the Garden
Tamsin Westhorpe
AGM at 1.30pm followed by…
Tamsin will talk about the work she does at Stockton Bury but will relate this to things we can do to improve our own gardens.
Tamsin is an experienced horticultural journalist gardener, RHS Chelsea Flower Show judge and lecturer. A super speaker who we have asked to come and talk to us again!
Apr 11 Talk: Shady Characters Dr. Andrew Ward
Andrew started his nursery and garden 23 years ago in a frost pocket with heavy clay. He is an accomplished speaker and has given HPS National lectures on several occasions.
His talk will focus on plants for woodlands and shady areas.
May 16 A visit to Rob and Diane Coles Garden, Meadow Farm outside Feckenham. This will be either in the morning or afternoon (due to the small numbers that can be accommodated at one time). A talk by Rob about his garden, then a tour of garden, followed by tea, coffee and cake.
June 8 2 until 4pm: Grand Plant Sale, Peopleton Village Hall
July 11 Social from 12.30pm, bring a plate of food to share and a plant to swap.
Plant sale table as usual.
Followed at 2pm by talk: The Making of the Dower House Garden
Dr. Katherine Swift
The Dower House Garden at Morville Hall (NT) was designed by Dr. Katherine Swift. Katherine is a garden historian and writer who has lived at the Dower House since 1988. The garden has been featured in many newspapers and magazines. She has been writing a monthly gardening column about events in her garden for English Country Garden magazine since November 2017 and won a Garden Media Guild’s top award, Garden Columnist of the year.
Thursday Sep 3
Pershore College
Painting a Picture with Plants Chris Beardshaw
Chris will give an illustrated talk which will look at creating floral rewards with less effort. Inspired by traditional English borders but with the aim of reducing the inputs and looking for new style. It uses examples from Chris’ own schemes such as Ness Botanics.
Sep 12 Gardener’s Question Time … Bob Brown
Members are invited to bring plants for Bob to answer questions about and also have questions to ask Bob on any aspect of gardening and plants.
Oct 10 Talk: Choice plants for late seasonal interest Paul Green
Paul Green owns Green Leaves Nursery, based at Newent in Gloucestershire, a specialist plant nursery which supplies a wide selection of choice rare and unusual plants.
His talk will be practical and hands on using real plants! So linking in with the month of his talk.
Nov 14 Talk: The Relocation and Development of the new Nick Wray
Nick Wray is a professional horticulturalist and educator. He has worked at the Bristol University Botanical Garden for 30 years. He has studied plants in the wild in South Africa. He is a former member of the RHS tender and ornamental group and herb advisory group. Nick has judged at many shows including Chelsea.
Dec 14 Social from 12.30pm
Christmas lunch at 1pm. Please bring a plate of food to share.
Followed at 2pm by talk: The Story of Mistletoe
Jonathan Briggs
Jonathan owns a small consultancy called Mistletoe Matters. The website Mistletoe.org.uk is one of several he manages. He is a real expert on the plant which will give our Christmas social a Christmassy feel, learning about this plant which is found in abundance in the South and West Midlands.