Wolverhampton Horticultural Society
Programme for 2021/2022

The programme for talks for 2021/2022 has now been finalised and full details are shown below. Due to ongoing problems relating to Covid it has been agreed that there will be a mixture of face to face meetings and Zoom talks. Details for the rest of the Programme will be made available throughout the year in line with any changes to Covid restrictions relating to meetings.

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.

All Zoom meetings need to be pre-booked with Stella Gilmartin at Please contact Stella at least a week before each event so that you can be registered. A link to the Zoom meeting can then be sent to you shortly before the meeting.

DateSpeaker Additional information
10th November George Lockwood
A guide to climbing and rambling Roses – Zoom meeting
4th DecemberChristmas Social Event10.30 – 12.00. Social get together at Beckminster Church Hall. Please bring a friend! if you want to join (or rejoin) the WHS for 2022 please bring £20 together with your email and phone details.
8th DecemberChristmas Quiz7.15 – 8.30. A Christmas themed fun Quiz via Zoom in conjunction with TSGCN. Join from 7.15 pm and enter the Wolverhampton Horticultural Society Breakout Room initially. There will be an individual round and then a Club round. The prizes on offer include Spear & Jackson Tools, a Wolf Garten Cat Scarer, a Plant Voucher on a webstore, Seed Potatoes and pack of Micorrhizal Fungi.
The link to join will be sent out to you on Monday, 6 December.
12th JanuaryAdrian James

Over the Garden gate – Zoom meeting
Through the Garden Gate features five gardens built around extraordinary and defining features – Kensington Roof Gardens in London, The Abbey Garden at Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Longstock Park Water Garden near Stockbridge, Hampshire, Kilver Court at Shepton Mallet, Somerset and the Eden Project at St Austell, Cornwall.
9th FebruaryAdam Pasco

Spring into Action and Get Ready for Summer – Zoom meeting
The content of this talk will be tailored to the week it is given. Packed with ideas and inspiration for the gardening year ahead, this timely spring gardening talk runs through a wide range of activities that can be put straight into action. Adam shares his wealth of practical gardening experience to help you get the very best from your garden, filling it with colour, fragrance, cut flowers and delicious fruits, crops, salads and herbs
9th MarchDiane Clement

The Alpines in Cultivation and the Wild

What is an alpine, where do they grow and why?  We will go on four alpine walks at different altitudes to look at alpines in the wild and then see how we can adapt our gardens in order to grow different types of alpines.  Lots of wonderful mountains and flowers!  My most popular lecture with all types of group.
13th AprilAGM and Spring Show
Members only
Annual General Meeting and Spring Show. Schedule for show will be sent to members shortly before the event.
11th MaySimon Gulliver
Arts & Crafts; Gardens of a golden afternoon
Simon’s talk looks at how the Arts and Crafts movement inspired architects and the gifted amateur owners of some of our most beautiful houses to create masterpieces of garden design; combining quality of materials, craftsmanship and artistry. Embedded in it is a case study on the original inception for the landscape around Stoneywell and Ernest Gimson’s and the Barnsley Brothers’ homes in the Cotswolds. The talk debates what constitutes an Arts & Crafts Garden: is it the values that led to its creation that makes it Arts &Crafts, or merely a style consisting of a collection of typical garden design elements found in gardens of that period?
8th JuneSamantha Hopes

Plants with a story
Samantha initially trained and worked as a Geologist but soon found herself distracted by the plants growing on and around the rocks, more than the rocks themselves.
Following this growing interest, she became a student at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Pershore College and then moved to RHS Garden Wisley, specialising in Rock and Alpine plants.
She also worked for short stints at Kew and Great Dixter.
Samantha then went to work alongside John Massey, looking after his Hepatica collection at Ashwood Nurseries.
This became one of her passions, alongside specialist alpines and a new breading program with Roscoeas.
13th JulyDon Witton

People, Places, Pleasure and Passion

Don, holder of the Plant Heritage National collection of hardy euphorbias, has 151 varieties on his allotment in Harthill in South Yorkshire and runs a small nursery specialising in Euphorbia and perennials. He is a popular, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.
10th AugustPhilip Aubury

Keep them in shape – pruning

I began my career as a student at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and then studied at Pershore College of Horticulture for the National Certificate in Horticulture. On leaving college I took a nursery managers post in Dorset growing camellias, clematis and cut flowers. I returned to the Midlands to work at a retail nursery. These were then just starting to be called ‘Garden Centres’ and in time was promoted to Managing Director. I joined the Birmingham City’s Parks Department as a lecturer at the Horticultural Training School in 1974 and was promoted to Divisional Parks Manager in 1979, overseeing one third of the City’s parks and open spaces. While teaching at the Training School, I also studied for the RHS National Diploma in Horticulture, now called Master of Horticulture. In 1987 I was appointed Director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens where I was responsible for many innovations and improvements. I retired in 2007 and now have more time to give talks and demonstrations.
10th SeptemberAnnual Show

Full details are available on the Annual Show page.
12th OctoberTo be arranged

9th NovemberNancy Stevens

Shrubs are boring. Really? Are you sure? – Zoom Meeting
What was Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii’s favourite shrub? Why should you wear your gardenia corsages upside down and what is their connection with milk? You don’t know? Then you need to hear this!

14th DecemberChristmas Social Evening
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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