New! On-line lecture programme via Zoom until the Autumn at the earliest.
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 Chairman, Lyn Maile at
All lectures will be via Zoom until we can resume our regular meetings, hopefully in the Autumn 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
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; 400 Years Of Garden Design In Oxfordshire||Timothy Walker|
|The history of English garden design can be told in different ways, but rarely can it be told "through the lens" of one garden. The Oxford Botanic Garden was founded at the beginning of the 17th century and its bears all the hallmarks of 17th century design. Over 400 years successive Horti Praefecti (head gardeners) changed the features reflecting the art of gardening, and very occasionally the science of botany.|
Timothy’s presentation examines how the art of gardening has changed - or perhaps has not - in four centuries in Oxfordshire and how the Oxford Botanic Garden now reflects garden design at the beginning of the 21st century.
A key motivation for garden design has been the desire to create paradise on Earth. The meaning of paradise may now be less rooted in the Biblical account of the rise and fall of man, but there is still a clear vision of what we would like the world to resemble.
|Thursday March 18||12:30 AGM via Zoom|
|Saturday April 10||2pm Zoom talk: 50 Years of Ashwood Specialities||Howard Drury|
|Saturday May 8||2pm Zoom talk: Gardening with Grasses||Jack Willgoss|
|Nevermind a manicured lawn, perennial grasses have so much more to offer our gardens. An introduction to the beauty and variety of this wonderful group of garden plants.|
Wisley-trained horticultural specialists Laura and Jack Willgoss established Wildegoose Nursery in 2011. Breathing new life into a neglected Shropshire walled garden they have designed and created a modern space in which to share their expertise and showcase their extensive range of perennials, grasses and violas. Their hard work and dedication has paid off; Wildegoose Nursery has won multiple RHS medals and is listed in Gardens Illustrated Top 100 Specialist Nurseries.
|Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23||11am - 5pm: Ann Sheppard and John Taylor's garden, 1 Church Cottage, Church Road, Defford, WR8 9BJ will be open for the NGS|
|Sunday May 30 and Monday May 31||11am - 5pm: Ann Sheppard and John Taylor's garden, 1 Church Cottage, Church Road, Defford, WR8 9BJ will be open for the NGS|
|Sunday June 6||2 - 5pm: Margaret Stone's garden, Brockamin, Old Hills, Callow End, Worcester, WR2 4TQ will be open for the NGS|
|Saturday June 12||2pm Zoom talk: Clippings (Topiary and Pruning)||Darren Lerigo|
|Clippings looks at the tools, plants and techniques needed for making something architectural out of the common shrubs and hedges in your garden. Whether you want to create something formal, fun, or just let more light into your space, Darren will help you develop an eye for using green architecture in the garden. Learn how to create a framework and a backdrop to contrast with planting which will also capture carbon and provide a haven for wildlife.|
This is a great opportunity to have all your questions on pruning techniques, maintenance and pest / disease control answered. If you have a wayward wisteria, a challenging clematis, rampaging roses or a frisky fruit tree don’t be shy - join us for a fully interactive session with Darren!
Darren is a respected specialist in pruning and topiary. He travels the country with sharp, shiny shears making interesting shapes to edges and shrubs. He writes a regular blog and his work is often featured in print and broadcast media.
|Saturday July 3||Plant Sale at Peopleton Village Hall|
|Saturday July 10||2pm Zoom talk: Creating a Garden for Every Season||Adam Pasco|
|Friday July 23||4 - 6pm afternoon tea in a member's garden. Please contact Lyn Maile () for details.|
|Tuesday August 17||2:30 pm self-drive garden visit to Bridges Stone Mill, Alfrick Pound, Worcestershire WR6 5HR.
Admission £10 on arrival. Tea and cake will be available.
Please let Claire () or Lyn () know if you would like to come.
|Saturday September 11||2pm talk (may be real or Zoom): Autumn Flowering Perennials||Rosy Hardy|
|Rosy will introduce Autumn flowering perennials, discuss where they grow and demonstrate how to use them to create beautiful planting combinations.|
Rosy started growing plants in 1988. Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants evolved from a back garden nursery to a walled garden at Laverstoke Park and finally to a purpose built site at Freefolk in Hampshire.
The nursery is peat-free. Strong, healthy herbaceous perennials are created by growing outside all year round, not over fed or over watered.
|Wednesday September 15||Late summer coach trip to Wollerton Old Hall and Hodnet Hall Gardens, Shropshire.|
|Saturday October 9||2pm talk (may be real or Zoom): Confessions of a Plantaholic, Plants I wouldn’t be without||Razvan Chisu|
|Collecting, propagating and growing plants can sometimes become an obsession if not a true addiction ! While making light fun of himself and the lengths he will go to for plants, Razvan will share some of his favourites and must-haves.|
Razvan is a garden designer, consultant and writer, a horticultural speaker and botanical tour leader. His interests are varied; from alpine plants and bulbs, succulents, fruit and heirloom vegetables, ferns and orchids, to perennials and shrubs. He is a keen plant propagator.
Razvan is an active member of the Hardy Plant Society, The Saxifrage Society and Plant Heritage and is editor of Saxifrage magazine.
|Saturday 13th November||2pm talk (may be real or Zoom): My Life as a Garden Designer||Katherine Couch|
|Thursday November 18 (new date ..under review)||2pm Celebrity Lecture: Painting a Picture with Plants, Venue to be advised||Chris Beardshaw|
|Saturday December 11||2pm talk (Zoom or a change of speaker): The Patch Talk||Jim Almond|
|Saturday January 8||2pm talk||Josh Egan‑Wyer|
|Saturday February 12||2pm talk: Shady Characters||Andrew Ward|
|Saturday March 11||2pm talk: Spring Plants to Enjoy||Jeff Soulsby|
|Saturday April 9||2pm talk: Growing dwarf and compact Eucalyptus trees in a hardy manner||Hilary Collins|
|Saturday October 8||2pm talk: Choice Plants for Late Season Interest||Paul Green|