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About the Group

The group meets at the Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, DE55 6BB (map)
Celia Weaver
01773 824446
For full details visit the Derbyshire Group Website

2019 Programme

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

January 19th, 2019
'The Wonderful World of Weeds'
Sally Smith
February 16th, 2019 
'It’s Not All About Flowers'
Paul Green of Green’s Leaves Nursery 
March 16th, 2019
'Growing and Showing Herbs'
Malcolm Dickson of Hooksgreen Herbs
April 27th, 2019
'Topical Tips'
Andrew Mikolajski
May 18th, 2019   11am to 1pm
Plant Fair
September 21st, 2019
'The Patch: A Garden for All Seasons'
Jim Almond
October 19th, 2019
'Garden Features and Plant Combinations'
Gordon Malt
November 16th, 2019
'Gravel Gardening - low maintenance, drought tolerate plants'
Derry Watkins
December 14th, 2019
'A Year in a Woodland Garden'
Dr Peter Williams

Christmas Nibbles

2020 Programme

January 18th, 2020
'Ornamental Shrubs for the Garden'
Tony Russell 
February 15th, 2020
'Plants, Borders and Gardens'
Timothy Walker
March 21st, 2020
Plantagogo ‘A Passion for Heucheras’
Vicky Fox  
April 18th, 2020
'Spring Flowering Perennials'
Rosy Hardy
May 16th  11am to 1pm
Plant Fair 
September 19th, 2020
Colin Hickman 


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 12th, 2018
Plant Fair 11am to 1pm
Shirland Village Hall, DE55 6BB (map)
Entry is £1 to include a cup of tea/coffee and there will be cake for sale. 
It would be helpful if plant purchasers could bring their own bag or box for any plants that they buy.
September 15th, 2018
'Humble Umbels'
Brian Ellis of Avondale Nursery

Plants for sale
October 20th, 2018
'Creating a Tropical Garden Using Hardy Plants'
Michael Fisher of Plant Revelations
November 17th, 2018
'Revitalising Vita'
Troy Scott Smith
December 8th, 2018
'Flower Power Fairs'
Judy Popley
Christmas Nibbles

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 
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

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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