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Derbyshire

About the Group

The group meets at the Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, DE55 6BB (map)
Contact
Celia Weaver
t. 01773 824446
e. derby@hardy-plant.org.uk
For full details visit the Derbyshire Group Website

2017 Programme

All meetings commence at 2-00 pm unless otherwise stated.

January 21st, 2017
'Daisy Days, Michaelmas Daisies'
Helen Picton

Helen is the daughter of Paul Picton who has a well-known nursery which is in the Plantfinder.
She is also passionate about her plants. Helen runs Old Court Nurseries at Colwell near Malvern in Worcestershire.
This is a family run business, since 1906, specialising in breeding and growing Michaelmas Daisies (Autumn Flowering Asters)
for which they hold the National Collection.

February 18th, 2017 
'The National Collection of Hellebores'
Mike Byford

Mike Byford at Hazles Cross Farm Nursery holds The National Collection of Hellebores.
He says what started as a hobby soon became a passion and from a few plants bred in Suffolk a collection of over 500 different colours and forms has spread out in the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands - their new home- the scenery is very reminiscent of much of the native habitats of the hellebore tribe in the Balkans.
The collection has been featured in Staffordshire Life and Derbyshire Life magazines.
March 18th, 2017  
'A Tale of Two Gardens: Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall'
Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson is an award-winning garden and landscape designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and lecturer.
He has extensive design experience having worked on a wealth of projects – from small urban gardens to master planning estate.
His garden ‘God’s own Country - A Garden for Yorkshire’ won the People’s Choice Award at Chelsea 2016.
Tickets required for Matthew Wilson's talk. £3 members and £5 guests
April 22nd, 2017 
'The Wild Orchids of the Peak District'
Byron Machin

Byron is a documentary maker, writer, professional lecturer and Geography teacher from the Staffordshire Moorlands. Born in the town of Leek, he has had a passion for all aspects of landscape history since he was a young boy. His current series of talks reflects the passions and interests which he has been researching for many years. Byron has recently been in the news for creating a four part, eight hour documentary series containing a wealth of information on the history, wildlife, folklore and landscape of the Peak District. The film has been commended not only for its presentation and level of information but also its dangerous and compelling footage of underground and inaccessible locations. In addition to writing and documentary making Byron is also a keen Botanist and Entomologist, at this moment finishing a 7 year research project on the Wild Orchids of the Peak District.
September 16th, 2017 
'Plants for the Shady Garden'
Robert Barlow

Robert runs North Staffordshire Hostas with his wife Margaret from their home in the village of Endon, in North Staffordshire.
Robert has worked for over 30 years in the automotive manufacturing industry, but in the spring of 2010 turned a hobby of an amateur gardener into a small part-time business specialising in the cultivation and sale of hostas. Within five years Robert and Margaret have grown their collection of hostas to over 250 varieties.
October 21st, 2017
'High Glanau Manor Gardens' 
Helena Gerrish 
AGM
November 18th, 2017
'The Patch: A Garden for all Seasons'
Jim Almond
December 9th, 2017
'High Grove, Hardy Plants and Hayloft'
Lark Hanham of Hayloft Plants
Christmas Nibbles

2018 Programme

January 20th, 2018 
'A Labour of Love - 40 Years at Pottertons Nursery'
Rob Potterton

Plants for sale and pre-order
February 17th, 2018
'Spring Bulbs and Perennials'
Christine Foulkes Jones of Hall Farm Nursery
March 17th, 2018
'Growing and Showing Herbs'
Malcolm Dickson of Hooksgreen Herbs
April 21st, 2018
'Agapanthus, Tulbaghia, Nerines and Dierama'
Colin Hickman
May 19th, 2018
Plant Fair 11am to 1pm
Details TBA
September 15th, 2018
'Humble Umbels'
Brian Ellis of Avondale Nursery

Plants for sale

2016 Programme

16th January, 2016 
'Over the Garden Wall'
Mick Dunstan

20th February, 2016 
'Garden Making at the Chelsea Flower Show'
Diarmuid Gavin

19th March, 2016 
'The Carnation and Pink in Art and Culture'
Twigs Way

16th April, 2016 
'Irises for the Natural Garden'
Alun and Jill Whitehead

Plants for sale

21st May, 2016 11am to 1pm
Plant Fair

17th September, 2016 
'Late Bloomers'
Martin & Janet Blow


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