Programme

Wolverhampton Horticultural Society
Programme for 2018/19

Date Speaker More Info
13th December Phil Healey Christmas Festivities

Christmas party with mince pies provided by the committee. Talk and activities provided by our own member, Phil Healey.

9th January Gordon Malt

Climbing and Wall Plants
Gordon is a retired tree surgeon and was a finalist in the Daily Mail’s National Garden Competition of 2015. Gordon, who describes his style as ‘controlled relaxation’, has seamlessly mixed the vegetable areas with the flower borders, which are all themed.Gordon provides talks on Climbing & Wall Plants, Silver Foliage Plants, Salvias & Ornamental Grasses, Herbaceous Plants, and Bulbs I Grow and Love. His garden is open for groups by arrangement.

 13th February  Liz Taylor

Standing up for Trees

Liz has been a volunteer for the Woodland Trust for two decades. She is an avid birdwatcher and initially joined the Trust so she could recognise which tree the birds were in. She now delivers talks to promote the Woodland Trust and uses slides about the Trust’s history and the importance of trees. She varies her talks to suit the audience she is delivering to.

13th March Roger Harris

Japanese Gardens

Roger is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Midland Region of the Japanese Garden Society.  After retiring early from a career in Information Technology, he developed an interest in the quieter life of Japanese gardening, and has since travelled extensively in the UK, Europe, North America, and of course Japan to study these gardens.

His talk is entitled “Snapshots of Japanese Gardens” and is based largely on the JGS publication “Visions of Paradise”.  It explains the sometimes difficult history of Japanese gardens, and why they have been adopted in so many other countries.  It naturally includes many of the “snapshots” gathered on Roger’s travels.”

The Japanese Garden Society hold workshop days at the beautiful Japanese garden at Danescourt Cemetery, Tettenhall where they meet every month from April to September. They also maintain the Japanese garden at the Birmingham Botanical gardens.

10th 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 Phillip Aubery Conservatory and House Plants: A survival guide

Phillip returns to the Society to give a talk about House plants. In his two decades as director, Philip Aubury helped reshape Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens into one of the city’s most precious oases has finally downed his trowel after 20 years on the green front line.

12th June  John Massey

Summer into Autumn

John is an expert plantsman and is a Gold Medal and Diamond Jubilee award winner at Chelsea. The Royal Horticultural Society does not bestow its gold medals lightly, so the record of John Massey’s Ashwood Nurseries – 45 consecutive golds at flower shows up and down the country over the past 13 years – tells its own story.

10th July Richard and Judy Rawlings

Tips on Garden Design

Tips for Garden Design – This talk focuses on the refreshing and rejuvenation of established gardens. It covers a range of practical ideas for you to consider whether you want a complete makeover; adopt a more contemporary colour or planting scheme;  change to a low maintenance garden or reconsider a problem area.

Richard and Jill run a plant nursery within the Victorian Walled Garden of Delbury Hall in Diddlebury, Shropshire. They hope that whether you are a novice beginning to develop your garden or a keen horticulturalist, they will have something to interest you at Mynd Hardy Plants; a perfect haven for both garden lovers and horticulturalists.

14th August Roger Umpelby Weeds: An alternative look

Roger is a professional entomologist, horticulturist, and a passionate plant and nature  lover who enjoys sharing his low and respect for the natural world with anyone prepared to listen.

Roger’s talk will consider weeds and their uses for medicines, edible weeds, flavouring, dyes and fibres. Also how weeds can also be beneficial to other plants and animals, provide food for animals and be ornamental.

7th September ANNUAL SHOW Open to the public at 230pm. Schedule, show rules, recipes, guidance and entry forms will be available closer to the date.
9th October Malcolm Dickson

Herbs the year Round

Herbs through the Seasons: Malcolm Dickson from Hooks Green Herbs will cover what looks good at what time of year, preparing plants for the onset of winter and getting the best out of culinary annuals.

Hooks Green Herbs are now established as one of the leading Herb Nurseries, Hooksgreen Herbs was founded in 2005, and is based at Stone, Staffordshire. Run by the Dickson family, they enjoy a reputation of supplying quality culinary, medicinal and scented herbs to the general public. and have collected numerous RHS Gold and Silver Gilt Medals through the years, most notably an RHS Silver Gilt Medal at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show.

13th November Andrew Ward

Scents and Desirability

This talk tries to unravel the mysteries of why plants produce both scented flowers and aromatic foliage. It looks into the methods employed by plants to attract pollinating insects and animals and then gives illustrations of why we should use scent to its full in our garden. Finishing with some of the plants which should be grown for scent alone.

Andrew lectures widely throughout the country. He has been asked to give key note talks at prestigious events such as The Hardy Plant Society Autumn Weekends and National Annual General Meetings as well as regular monthly meetings to regional Hardy Plant Societies, regional NCCPG groups, local gardening groups, florist groups and WI’s. He trained as a Plant Breeder and started Norwell Nurseries and Gardens 22 years ago with his wife Helen. The garden holds over 2,500 different varieties of plant. It has been been included since 2013 in the highly prestigious publication Great Gardens to Visit. It is renowned for colour from spring but especially in the autumn when the National Collection of Hardy Chrysanthemums can be seen. They also hold the National Collection of Astrantias

11th 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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