About the Group
The group meets at Norton Village Hall, Norton, Gloucester, GL2 9LJ (map)
t. 01453 758496
Some members choose to come for the morning discussion, others for the afternoon talk, some for the whole day.
The morning discussion is from 11:00am - 12:30pm and the afternoon lecture commences at 2:00pm
|28th January, 2017
‘Meet the Galanthophiles’
Jennifer is a practical gardener and garden historian, with a particular interest in the history of plants and the people who breed them. She is the Hardy Plant Society’s Historian, co-author of the HPS booklet on Phlox and Consultant Editor for Hillier’s Plants, People and Places. She fell in love with Snowdrops many years ago. Her Lecture is based on research for a book she is co-writing with Jane Kilpatrick on Galanthophiles.
|25th February, 2017
‘Evolution of Plants’
Nick is a professional horticulturist and educator who worked at the Bristol University Botanic Garden for 30 years. He has studied plants in the wild in South Africa and in 1998 he was appointed South African plant consultant to the Eden Project. He is a former member of the RHS Tender and Ornamental Plant Committee and is now a member of the RHS Herb Advisory Group. Nick has judged at many RHS shows including Chelsea.
|25th March, 2017
‘English Roses, Past, Present and Future’
Technical Manager and Rosarian at David Austin Roses, Michael has 30 years’ experience of rose growing and a life time of general gardening. He is an authority on all matters relating to roses around the world especially David Austin English Roses. This includes all aspects of rose growing and rose garden design. Michael is a lecturer and writer on various aspects of roses.
|29th April, 2017
‘Great Gardens of the World’
Sally is the owner of the nursery ‘Mill Cottage Plants’, specializing in plants for shade and damp. She is an author, one of her books being The Plant Lover’s Guide to Epimediums. Sally is also a lecturer and lectures often at West Dean College, Chichester.
|27th May, 2017
‘Making the Most of a Small Garden’
Mary is a horticultural consultant, broadcaster and writer, specializing in planting schemes.
|24th June, 2017
‘Duck Pools – A Garden Divided’
Adam is Head Gardener in John Massey’s private garden at Ashwood Nurseries, Kingswinford. He got the gardening bug and started selling hanging baskets to the teachers at his school. He has several allotments, the first of which he acquired at the age of 11. A writer and a judge, Adam now focuses his attention on alpines and Hepatica.
|29th July, 2017
‘Summer Into Autumn’
John Massey VMH MBE
John acquired Ashwood Nurseries in 1968 going straight from school into horticulture with no formal training. His love of plants was inherited from his grandfather. The nursery has flourished and has won many RHS awards and medals including the awards for the stunning Hepatica display at Chelsea 2016. John has been awarded the VMH medal for outstanding services to horticulture and the MBE for his charity work
|26th August, 2017
Julie runs Hoo House Nursery in Tewkesbury with her husband Robin and is a fellow HPS member and regular attendee of our meetings, so needs no introduction.
|30th September, 2017
‘New and Unusual Bulbs and How They Get Into Your Garden’
John is a leading authority on bulbs. He is the son of Jacques Amand of the world renowned bulb company. It is a major supplier of well-established bulb favourites, as well as rare and unusual bulbs.
|28th October, 2017
‘Winter into Spring’
Christine Skelmersdale VMH
Christine is the Managing Director of Broadleigh Gardens. As well as a garden it is a nursery specialising in smaller bulbs and woodland plants. She lectures in Britain and abroad. Christine writes gardening articles for newspapers and magazines and has also published books on bulbs.
|25th November, 2017
‘Can I Pick It?’
Elaine is a long- time member of our group and was the owner of Tinpenny Nursery. Elaine certainly rises to the challenge of extreme gardening, at first high on the Cotswolds, then near Tewkesbury and latterly in wet West Wales.