Wolverhampton Horticultural Society
Programme for 2020

Date Speaker More Info
8th January Peter Godwin

Growing Flowers and Foliage for the House

Peter Godwin is Head Gardener of a country house estate near Worfield and is giving a talk on growing flowers and foliage for the House with cultivation,propagation and conditioning tips.

Peter is to demonstrate the techniques using plant materials he brings and basing his talk on them.

 12th February Diane Clement

The Shady Garden

Diane is a member of the Alpine Garden Society and several other Alpine, Rock Garden and specialist genus societies.  She is currently the Director of the Seed Exchange for the Alpine Garden Society which is the largest seed exchange of its type in the world.  She has been growing and showing alpine plants for over 20 years and is a keen exhibitor and Alpine Society judge.

Half of her garden does not get any sun at all for six months of the year.  She has adapted what she grows in her garden to suit the situation.  She also has a shade house and will show you what she grows in there, why and how.  Practical information about how to adapt a sunny to grow shade-loving plants.

11th March Gordon Malt

Salvias and Ornamental Grasses

Gordon is a member of the  Cottage  Garden Society and  some of the group visited his garden last summer.  Gordon has recently moved to make a new garden.

In his previous half acre garden, near Shifnal, Gordon managed to combine his love of growing vegetables with flowing flower borders, one streaming seamlessly into the other. He describes his own style as ‘controlled relaxation’. As a finalist in the 2015 Daily Mail National Garden Competition Gordon is well placed to share his gardening and design know-how.

8th April  Spring show and A G M Members only  Schedule available closer to the date of the show. Don’t forget to bring a plate of food to share
8th May Catrina Fenton

The Heritage Seed Library

Catrina is Head of the Heritage Seed Library based at Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Garden, nr Coventry.   Coventry University has recently expanded its research base at Ryton. The Heritage Seed Library (HSL) aims to conserve vegetable varieties that are not widely available. They are not a gene bank and all of their collection, once theyhave enough seed, will become available for their members to grow and enjoy. The collection consists of mainly European varieties.

More information on the website at:

10th June Helen Picton

Daisy Days

Helen is the latest generation of the Picton family at the Picton Garden.The Picton Garden holds the Collection of Asters and Helen already has a Michaelmas Daisy named after her. The family open Pictin Garden and the Old Court Nursery. More information about Picton and the nursery can be found on the website at:

8th July Alan Clements

Jungle to Paradise

Alan Clements of The Cascades Garden is giving a talk entitled:  “Jungle to Paradise”  Alan has developed a contemplative garden along Zen lines based on his experiences visiting gardens  inspired by Buddhist teachings and some of the group visited his garden in Derbyshire last summer.

The Cascade Garden website is:

12th August Mike Hinton


Mike Hinton is the District Parks Manager for Birmingham City Council. He is returning to the Society ti give a talk about “Soils” and how to care for this precious resource.  Mike has had a lot of experience building gardens at Chelsea to represent the City of Birmingham .

12th September ANNUAL SHOW Open to the public at 230pm. Schedule, show rules, recipes, guidance and entry forms will be available closer to the date.
14th October Don Witton

People, Plants, Pleasure and Passion

Don is the holder of the National Collection of Euphorbias   :   Don is returning to give a talk he originally wrote for the Hardy Plant Society’s 50th birthday lecture  day and includes funny people stories and lovely plant images classified into interesting themes.  More info. on Don  can be found at his website

11th November Simon Gulliver

Chinese WIlson: Birmingham’s plant hunter and the plants he introduced.

Simon has been Plant Collections Manager at Birmingham Botanical Gardens  and is now  a Gardens Consultant for the National Trust, responsible for advising on the development of over 30 gardens in Lancashire, Cheshire and the East & West Midlands. With a degree in amenity Horticulture from Pershore College Simon worked at the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley for two years looking after the National Plant Collections Scheme. After studying for a Masters degree in Plant Biodiversity at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens he went on to spend ten years at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, eventually becoming the Plant Collections Manager there.

9th December Christmas Festivities

Christmas Festivities

A mix of information, entertainment and “hands on” practical with social activities.

More Info: The Society meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Beckminster Church hall, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7BJ.

Refreshments from 7.00pm, talks at 7.30pm.

Membership £20 a year, visitors £4.00 a meeting.

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