Wolverhampton Horticultural Society
Programme for 2023/2024

The programme for talks for 2024 has now been finalised and full details are shown below. All meetings start at 7.00pm for coffee/cakes/announcements with the scheduled talks starting at approx 7.30pm. All meetings are expected to finish before 9.00pm.

A group of gardening clubs/societies from North Staffordshire have formed the TENDER SHOOTS NETWORK whose aim is to jointly promote Zoom talks on gardening topics during the current Covid restrictions. The Society has affiliated to this network so all of their talks are available free to our members.

As Covid issues have declined it has no longer been necessary to hold Zoom meetings but as these have proved popular with some members we have organised a few meetings in this format. Unless stated, all meetings will now be face to face.

All Zoom meetings are run in conjunction with the Tender Shoots Network group. Registration details/method are shown on the Tender Shoots Network Page.

DateSpeaker Additional information
8th November 2023Andrew Mikolajski
Do your roots need doing?
Gardening writer, editor, lecturer and speaker. Author of 40 gardening titles, contributor to RHS magazine and website.
Good root growth is essential for healthy and productive plants. How can you be sure your plants are performing well under ground when you can’t even see them?
14th DecemberChristmas Social
Informal get together making a Christmas table decoration based on a star. members should bring some greenery and any accesories they require.
10th January 2024Diane Clement
A Garden for all seasons.
Former Director of the Alpine Garden Society’s seed exchange. Diane has been growing and showing alpine plants for over 25 years and is a keen exhibitor and AGS judge.
14th February 2024Dr Ian Bedford
Companion Planting for a Balanced Garden.
ZOOM meeting with Tender Shoots Garden Network
Research entomologist who formerly ran the Entomology Department at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Numerous radio and TV appearances including Gardeners’ Question Time, Gardeners’ World, Horizon and BBC Breakfast
13th March 2024Philip Aubury
No Plot, No Problem – Great fruit, vegetables and salads without a vegetable garden.
Philip trained at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Pershore Horticultural College before finishing his career as Director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Plants will be on sale at this meeting.
10th April 2024AGM/Spring ShowMembers only meeting to receive the Annual reports and accounts. The committee members will be voted in at this meeting which is followed by a bring your own buffet. The members only Spring Show takes place on the same evening. Full schedule is on the Spring Show page .
8th May 2024Samantha Hopes
Roscoea – a brilliant but unusual member of the Ginger family. A wonderful garden plant and greatly underused.
Samantha works at Ashwood Nurseries having studied at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Pershore College and RHS Wisley .
Plants will be on sale at this meeting.
12th June 2024Jack Wilgoss
Going Higher and Higher – using tall perennials to create an immersive atmosphere in the garden.
Proprietor of Wildegoose Nursery, small independent nursery and garden in Shropshire. Specialist growers of hardy perennial violas, flowering perennials and grasses as featured on Gardeners World in September 2022.
Plants will be on sale at this meeting.
10th July 2024Show &Tell Event
14th August 2024Jeff Bates

Clematis and other Climbers.
Master of Horticulture (RHS). Professionally involved in horticulture for over 45 years including 22 as a full time lecturer. RHS examiner and Chairman of East Midlands in Bloom and retired Britain in Bloom Judge.  
14th September 2024Annual ShowFull details are available on the Annual Show page.
Penn United Reform Church
9th October 2024Duncan Coombs

A traveller in China: Autumn colour, the tropics and gardens.
Recently retired as lecturer in Decorative Horticulture at Pershore College after more than 30 years, RHS Garden Advisor and Plant Hunter.
Plants will be on sale at this meeting.
19h November 2024Dr Andrew Ward
Gardening in a Changing Climate.
ZOOM meeting with Tender Shoots Garden Network
Trained as a plant breeder and started Norwell Nurseries and Gardens nearly 30 years ago. Garden holds over 2500 varieties of plants and has features in many magazines including Country Living, Country Life, English Gardener, Gardens illustrated and RHS Garden, Included since 2013 in Great gardens to Visit, Holders of National Collection of Hardy Chrysanthemums and Astrantias.
11th December 2024Christmas Social
Informal get together with games and quizzes and mince pies.

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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