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Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society

Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month in Colwall Village Hall, Mill Lane Colwall, WR13 6EQ (map - hall is at green arrow) at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise.
Large free car park. (Colwall Village Hall is in Colwall Village and signposted off the B4218 Malvern to Ledbury road)

Our Annual Subscription is £12 (Payable in January)
Visitors are welcome to attend meetings at a charge of £4.00.
A special ticket must be purchased for the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture


The Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society also has it’s own blog at wychecolwallhorticulturalsoc.wordpress.com


SOCIETY INFORMATION

We pride ourselves upon the friendly atmosphere at our meetings and other events. Members are able to hear and meet 11 or 12 top class speakers drawn from all over the U.K. As a bonus, within our ranks, we have a number of professional horticulturalists and experienced gardeners, who are always willing to offer advice to fellow members. Our society has its roots firmly in the gardening community on the western side of the Malvern Hills but has always attracted members from much further afield in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

We evolved out of local support for The Wyche and Upper Colwall Home and Garden Show; first held as a holidays at home event in 1942. The show continues as our annual summer event - the only break being in 2001 due to Foot and Mouth Disease.

Each autumn the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture is given by a notable personality in the gardening world. The Percy Picton Memorial Fund is a registered charity, initiated by the society as a tribute to the work of their late president. The charity gives financial support to local students at Pershore Horticultural College. A special ticket must be purchased for the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture.

Refreshments are served before meetings so come early to make/meet friends and discuss your gardening interests and problems.

We are very fortunate in having many experienced and knowledgeable gardeners in our midst who are always happy to answer questions.

Members enjoy very substantial discounts on seed orders.

PROGRAMME 2015
5th January 2014CHINESE WILSON AND BIRMINGHAM BOTANIC GARDENSSimon Gulliver
Simon is the Plant Collections Manager at Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2nd February 20143WHY IS GRASS GREEN?Jenny Slaughter
Jenny is a Teaching Laboratory Fellow for the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. She specialises in the teaching of hands-on experimental Chemistry
2rd March 2014MY DESERT ISLAND VEGPauline Pears
Pauline has 30yrs experience with Garden Organic as organic gardening advisor. She is editor of The Encyclopaedia of Organic Gardening.
6th April 2014EPIMEDIUMSSally Gregson
A return visit from Sally to tell us about this beautiful species of which she holds a National Collection
Also at the April meeting The Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Flowering Bulb Competition
4th May 2014CACTI AND SUCCULENTS
Also, Annual Plant Sale
Ian Thwaites
Ian is an avid grower, shower and judge. He is also a very keen photographer.
Annual Plant Sale before the meeting
1st June 2014MICROCLIMATES IN YOUR GARDENNick Wray
Nick is Curator of Birmingham University Botanic Garden
6th July 2014MY GARDEN IN JULYBob Hares
Now retired from lecturing at Pershore, Bob makes a return visit to inspire us.
3rd August 2014THE PLIGHT OF THE BEE: FLOWERS TO THE RESCUE Marina Christopher
Marina runs Phoenix Perennial Plants which is committed to growing plants attractive to wildlife, especially insects, and specialises in unusual perennials and grasses.
8th August 201472nd ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW
Colwall Village Hall from 2 5pm
Show schedules will be available in May.
7th September 2014THE INVADERSJohn Scrace
John is a plant pathologist and will talk about the problems posed by plants and trees alien to this country.
6TH OCTOBER 201429th PERCY PICTON MEMORIAL LECTURE
MY INSPIRATIONAL MENTORS AND THEIR PLANTS

John Massey VMH
John is a nurseryman, plant breeder and collector and a passionate gardener. He owns Ashwood nurseries
Tickets must be purchased for this event
Also at this event
The Ernest Ballard Aster Competition
2nd November 2014ISLAMIC GARDENSNathalie Mignotte
Nathalie is a former lecturer and Academic Manager of the Horticulture Department at Hartpury College. Her interest lies in the relationship between faiths and gardens
7th December 2014AGM at 7pm
JAPAN IN THE SPRING
Duncan Coombs
Duncan is a lecturer in Decorative Horticulture at Pershore College and has travelled extensively in China and Japan.

Annual Subscriptions

£12 per member per calendar year, payable in January.
Visitors are welcome to attend meetings at a charge of £4.
A special ticket must be purchased for the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture

Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Bulb Competition

At our April meeting we will be holding our annual spring flowering bulb competition.
There are two classes:
1. Pot or container of flowering bulbs, corms or tubers growing in the pot/container
2. Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.
One entry per person in each class.
The competition is restricted to members only.
Exhibits will be judged on quality and presentation. The Michael Jefferson-Brown Memorial trophy will be awarded for the best overall exhibit.

Ernest Ballard Aster Competition

At the Percy Picton Memorial Lecture we will be holding our annual competition for a vase of michaelmas daisies (perennial asters) preferably mixed varieties.The Ernest Ballard trophy will be awarded for the best exhibit.


PRESIDENT Mr Paul Picton
CHAIRMAN
Miss Helen Picton
Tel: 01684 540416/565314
SECRETARY
Mrs Joan Wright
Tel: 01684 541102
TREASURER
Ms Helen Johnstone
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Mrs Linda Hughes
Tel: Tel: 01684 541827
SPEAKER FINDER
Mr Hugh Thomas
Tel: 01684 311479
VICE PRESIDENTS
Mr David Hodgson
Mrs Sue Nicholls
Mrs Trish Paul
Miss Beryl Richardson
Mrs Mary Roberts
Mr David Taft
Mrs Rosemary Tebbett
Mrs Margaret White
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Mr Tim Beaumont
Mrs Jutta Chisnall
Mrs Linda Hughes
Miss Marilyn Lewis
Mrs Gillian Loader
Mrs Sharon Maiden
Mrs Megan Taylor
Mr Hugh Thomas
Mrs Angela Thompson
 

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