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.


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, Vicar’s Hill WR10 2EH
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. A few places left. Please email Kathryn Elrick Smith or Lyn Maile to check availabilty.
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
Sep 14 Talk: Hydrangeas Sally Gregson
Oct 12 Talk: Poisonous Plants and Their Uses Throughout History Michael Brown
Nov 9 Talk: An Introduction to Exotic Gardening Paul Spracklin
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


Jan 11 Talk: The Picton Garden, Not a Daisy In Sight Ross Barbour
Feb 8 Talk: Hellebores Samantha Hopes
Mar 14 AGM at 1.30pm followed by..
Talk: Preparing for Spring and Early Summer in the Garden
Tamsin Westhorpe
A date for your diary …
Thursday Sep 3
2pm Pershore College – Frank Parkinson Centre
(Chris won’t do Saturdays!)
Chris Beardshaw