Monthly Meetings and Events 2020

New! On-line lecture programme via Zoom.
These talks are free and exclusive to Worcestershire Hardy Plant Society members.
If you would like to join our group and participate please email our Secretary Jon Segar at

All lectures will be via Zoom until we can resume our regular meetings, hopefully in April 2021. When we can meet face to face, most talks will be held at St Peter’s Church, Worcester, WR5 3TZ, on the second Saturday of the month at 2pm, but please see below for exceptions. At St Peter’s, 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.


Thursday January 7 7pm Zoom Lecture: Ernest Wilson - Birmingham’s Plant Hunter Simon Gulliver
Simon Gulliver - Plant Collections Manager, Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.
Simon will talk about Ernest Wilson’s global plant hunting adventures at the turn of the 20th century. This will include the plants he introduced from China into our gardens.
After completing his degree in Amenity Horticulture from Pershore College, Simon spent two years working at RHS Wisley looking after the plant collection schemes. He has been with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for ten years and has recently completed an MSc in Historic Landscape Conservation.
Simon has a particular interest in garden history, plant hunters and the floras of New Zealand and Australia. He is a committee member of Birmingham Trees for Life and is passionate about the development of urban treescapes. He is also a keen advocate for the growing of food in urban environments.
Simon lectures on Biodiversity and is an Industry Adviser at Pershore (Warwickshire) College. Simon is also a garden consultant for the National Trust, responsible for advising on the development of over 30 gardens in Lancashire, Cheshire and the Midlands.
Saturday February 13 2pm Zoom Lecture: Grow the Best Glorious Plants
Joint Zoom Lecture with HPS Herefordshire and Mid Wales Group
Adam Pasco
Creating a garden with colour and interest right through the year starts with choosing the best plants. Adam will introduce a range of inspiring planting ideas and glorious plants guaranteed to succeed in flower borders, patio pots or baskets.
Adam will share his wealth of practical experience on choosing and growing plants, plus his ideas for successful plant combinations. Learn Adam’s tips for collecting and sowing seed saved from your own garden plants.
From climbers and clematis to shrubs, bedding, roses, hardy perennials, trees, fruits, vegetables and salad crops, Adam will introduce his favourite plants for sites in sun and shade which will deliver continuous colour throughout the seasons.
Adam Pasco has been a leading gardening journalist in the UK for over 39 years, successfully launching and editing BBC Gardeners' World Magazine for 22 of these. Adam has also served as Editor of Garden News, Garden Answers and Waitrose Garden magazine. He has twice been awarded 'Editor of the Year' by the British Society of Magazine Editors, and 'Practical Journalist of the Year' by the Garden Media Guild.
Wednesday March 17 7pm Zoom Lecture: Paradise Lost and Restored Tim Walker
Thursday March 18 12:30 AGM via Zoom
Saturday April 10 2pm talk: Growing Dwarf & Compact Eucalyptus Trees in a Hardy Manner Hilary Collins
Saturday May 8 2pm talk: Gardening with Grasses Jack Willgoss
Saturday June 12 Plant Sale, Venue to be advised
Saturday July 10 2pm talk: Creating a Garden for Every Season Adam Pasco
Saturday September 11 2pm talk: Autumn Flowering Perennials Rosie Hardy
Saturday October 9 2pm talk: The Making of the Dower House Garden Dr Katherine Swift
Saturday 13th November 2pm talk: My Life as a Garden Designer Kathryn Couch
Thursday November 18 2pm Celebrity Lecture: Painting a Picture with Plants, Venue to be advised Chris Beardshaw
Saturday December 11 2pm talk: The Patch Talk Jim Almond


Saturday February 12 2pm talk: Shady Characters Andrew Ward
Saturday October 8 2pm talk: Choice Plants for Late Season Interest Paul Green