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About the Group

The group meets at the Stamford Gate Hotel, Halkyn Road, Holywell, Flintshire. CH8 7SJ. (map)

Val Higgins
01352 375385
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2021 Programme

All meetings, including Zoom, commence at 7-30pm unless otherwise stated. Please check with the group before travelling.
Obtain links to Zoom meetings from Clwyd Group Secretary

Tuesday 12th January, 2021
Zoom talk joint with HPS Rutland Group
'The Plant Hunters’
Simon Gulliver

Based in Birmingham. Gardens and Parks Consultant for National Trust for last 7 years, Garden Adviser and Educationalist, former Plant Collections Manager at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Tuesday 19th January, 2021
Zoom talk
'Create a Garden for All Seasons’
Adam Pascoe

Based in Cambridgeshire. Adam launched BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine in 1991 and edited the title for 22 years. Writer for consumer magazines, newspapers, author; radio and TV broadcaster.
Tuesday 9th February, 2021
Zoom talk joint with HPS Rutland Group
‘The Winter Garden’
Sarah Pajwani

National Garden Scheme (NGS) volunteer and opens her garden for the NGS, St Timothee in Berkshire. Find out Sarah’s favourite group of plants that look incredible right from the beginning of September to the end of March and bring a much needed splash of vivid and warming colour to the garden.
Tuesday 9th March, 2021
Zoom talk joint with HPS Rutland Group
‘Making the Most of a Small Garden’
Sue Fisher

Based in the Tamar Valley between Devon and Cornwall. Author, writer for BBC Gardeners World magazine, garden designer, TV and radio broadcaster.
Tuesday 13th April, 2021
Zoom talk joint with HPS Rutland Group
‘Crayfish on the Lawn and other gardening stories’
Joff Elphick
Visit his website
It is hoped to resume live meetings for the autumn/winter season
Tuesday 21st September, 2021
Zoom talk
Vicki Weston

Vicki runs Westons Salvias nursery in Ceredigion, West Wales. Her interest in salvias has snowballed from a collection of 6000 plants and she now has about 75 species and cultivars, which she sells by mail order from her website.
Tuesday 19th October, 2021
Indoor meeting Stamford Gate Hotel (Note: New Venue)
'Autumn into Winter and Spring’
Howard Drury

Based in Birmingham, Howard is a Horticultural broadcaster, speaker, lecturer, writer and adviser. He uses the latest computer, projection and audio technology to make his talks much more of a total horticultural experience to be remembered, rather than just another gardening talk! 
Tuesday 16th November, 2021
Indoor meeting Stamford Gate Hotel (Note: New Venue)
‘Why Did the Hedgehog Cross the Road?’
Hugh Warwick

Hugh is an ecologist and writer with a particular fondness for hedgehogs. He is the spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and launched a campaign in 2018, ‘HedgeOx’ to save Oxfordshire’s hedgehogs. If we want to encourage more wildlife into our gardens let’s get some tips from Hedgehog Hugh.

2022 Programme

Tuesday 18th January, 2022
‘In Sight of Snowdonia’
Tim Lever 
Join Tim, from Aberconwy Nursery, on an adventurous trek through Snowdonia and North Wales in search of rare native alpine flora. His talk is accompanied by photographs of the wonderful scenery showing the plants growing in their natural ecological environment and peaks with one of the rarest plants of all. Plants for sale.
Tuesday 15th February, 2022                                                                                                                                                              
‘What on Earth is That in my Garden?’ 
Richard Lewis
A fresh look at the pests and diseases affecting plants in our gardens; the control methods available and a view on the philosophy of pest control. This topic was requested by members. Richard is a retired lecturer from Llysfasi Agricultural College in North Wales.
Tuesday 15th March, 2022                                                                                                                                                                 
‘Clematis – Get to Know and Grow the Early Varieties’
Ken Black

Ken is a Clematis enthusiast, writer and speaker, and appeared on BBC TV Gardeners’ World in 2021. He is an RHS shows multiple medal winner and Secretary of the British Clematis Society. There are over 150 varieties of clematis in Ken and Helen’s cottage style garden ‘Adswood’ in Cheshire open for the NGS by arrangement.
Tuesday 26th April, 2022
 ‘Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs’
Cassie Sherriff

The talk will focus on making good herb choices and what to do with them. Cassie is a medicinal herbalist practising in North Wales.
Sunday 22nd May, 2022
10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. at the Stamford Gate Hotel.
HPS Clwyd and invited nurseries plant stalls.
Members of the public are very welcome.  Free admission and free parking.
Tuesday 20th September, 2022
'Growing & Arranging Seasonal Cut Flowers'
Alice Taylor

Delamere Flower Farm is based in Norley, Cheshire. They grow seasonal British cottage garden flowers from March to December. Their ethos is to grow within the environment they live so have beehives to help pollinate the flowers, recycle rain water and provide flowers and arrangements without using plastic or floral-foam.
Tuesday 18th October, 2022
‘Flower Power Fairs’
Judy Popley

The Trials and Tribulations of organising a plant fair. We take a look at some of the delightful stately homes and gardens where Judy holds the fairs and we hear about some of the laughs and pitfalls that befall an organiser of events – not to mention battling the weather!
Tuesday 15th November, 2022
‘Bromeliads and Tropical Plants’
Don Billington

Don of ‘Every Picture tells a story’ based in Liverpool is an RHS shows multiple gold medal winner. He holds Plant Heritage National Collections of Aechmea, Billbergia and Neoregelia grown alongside other bromeliads such as Guzmania, Tillandsia and Vriesea. Don will bring plants to talk about and demonstrate how to mount them onto various pieces of wooden branches and frames for unusual air plant artwork.
Plants for sale.


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