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About the Group

Our group meets at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, nr Shrewsbury SY3 0DR (map)
Helen Anthony
01686 941795

For full details visit the Shropshire Group Website

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 2-30 pm unless otherwise stated

January 5th, 2019  
'Bulbs of the Peloponnese and the Last of the Summer Flowers'
Razvan Chisu

After graduating in horticulture Razvan worked for 2 years in the Botanical Gardens in Transylvania. Now living in Cheshire, he has edited the magazine of The Saxifrage Society, and his design for the Cheshire HPS stand at Tatton in 2017 won a silver gilt medal.  Razvan visited the Peloponnese in 2016 and will tell us about the autumn flowering bulbs in this hot-spot of biodiversity. 
February 2nd, 2019
'Fronds, fernlets and fancies'
Marian Goody

Marian studied British Flora as a teenager; her shady garden provides a great opportunity to indulge in hardy ferns.  She’ll be talking about the botany of ferns, their propagation and some garden worthy species and varieties.
March 2nd, 2019
'Fossil Plants – a Backyard Botanic Garden'
Robbie Blackhall-Miles

Robbie is one of a new generation of innovative horticulturalists blending the spheres of gardening and conservation. He is the driving force behind ‘FossilPlants’; a ‘backyard botanic garden’ housing a collection of early evolutionary plants from families that have a fossil record dating back to between 60 and 360 million years ago.
April 6th, 2019
'Cholmondeley Castle – a Garden of Distinction'
Barry Grain

Barry has been Head Gardener at Cholmondeley Castle since 2013 where the gardens are extensively developed through many exciting new projects and improved planting schemes. Barry will talk about the continuing evolution of the gardens and projects planned for this stunning garden.
Sunday April 14th, 2019 12-3pm 
Spring Plant Fair
Bayston Hill Memorial Hall

May 4th, 2019  11am
Garden Visit
The Citadel, Weston-under-Redcastle, SY4 5JY
A 4-acre mature garden around an imposing castellated house (not open).  Fine trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, acers and camellias. Herbaceous borders; walled potager and Victorian thatched summerhouse provide added interest. Paths meander around and over sandstone outcrop at centre. Ample parking. Mostly accessible to disabled. Entry £5 + £1 tea/coffee, £2 cake.

May 4th, 2019
'The Wonderful World of Scented Violas'
Jack Willgoss

Jack and his wife Laura founded Wildegoose Nursery, specialising in hardy, perennial and scented violas and other perennials. In this illustrated talk on Violas, Jack will give you top tips on their cultivation and how to use them in the garden to maximum effect.
Note: there is a garden visit this morning 
May 8th, 2019 (Wednesday)
COACH TRIP: Two gardens near Kidderminster. Stone House Cottage Garden: A romantic garden set in an old walled kitchen garden and Arley Arboretum and Gardens: Historic gardens and arboretum dating back to the late 1700's, more than 300 species of trees in formal and informal plantings and gardens. Cost £22. Full details in the Spring update.
June 1st, 2019 
Garden Visits
11-00am Ceunant, Old Hall, Llanidloes, SY18 6PW

4 acre riverside garden started in 2013 in a beautiful setting on River Severn just 7m from the source. Wooded wildlife area, pond, orchard, ornamental garden, herbaceous borders, scented seating areas. Riverside path, meadow and veg plot. A developing garden full of unusual features. Planting is aimed at pollinators and to encourage wildlife. Parking. Partial disabled access, some wheel chair ramps and places to sit with views. Entry £4 + £2 for hot drink/cake.
2-00pm : Cwm-Weeg, Dolfor, Newtown, SY16 4AT
2½ acre garden in 24 acres of wildflower meadows and bluebell woodland with stream centred around C15 farmhouse. Formal garden in English landscape tradition with vistas, grottos, sculptures, stumpery, lawns and extensive borders terraced with stone walls. Translates older garden vocabulary into an innovative C21 concept. Please note there is only partial access to the garden for wheelchairs. Entry £5, teas/cake £3

July 6th, 2019
Garden Visits to:
11-00am:Sunningdale, 9 Mill St., Wem SY4 5ED 
Intriguing half-acre developing town garden with Koi pond, natural stone waterfall, solar powered greenhouse, borehole irrigation system. Colourful planted borders with perennials, climbers, roses, magnificent summerhouse, cypress trees and yew walkway. Limited wheelchair access, many steps and gravel paths. Entry £3, cake £1, hot drink £1.

2-00pm: 27 Croxon Rise, Oswestry SY11 2YQ, half a mile from Oswestry bypass. 
Secluded, beautifully planted town garden packed with interest. Mixed borders, raised bed veg. garden, greenhouse, cut flower garden, soft fruit cage, seating and water features. Rose garden surrounding mature cherry tree, step-over and cordon fruits. Plant sales. Limited disabled access because of steps. No wheelchairs though much of the garden could be seen from refreshment area. Entry £3 plus £1 hot drink, £1 cake

August 3rd, 2019
11-00am: The Flower Garden at Stokesay Court, Onibury, SY7 9BD.
In the beautiful old walled kitchen garden at Stokesay Court, outside Ludlow, Barney and Victoria grow glorious seasonal cut flowers, to arrive on your table with the dew of the garden still fresh on their petals. Entrance £5.00.  Refreshments £5.00 (possibly help yourself if they are busy). Please could visitors park in large car park.
2-00pm : The Hollies, Rockhill, Clun, SY7 8LR
A garden of approx 2 acres at 1000ft which was started in 2009. Features include a kitchen garden with raised beds and fruit cage. Large island beds and borders with perennials, shrubs and grasses, specimen trees. Wildlife dingle with stream. Entry £4. No refreshments but the Maltings in Clun has been recommended for anyone wanting coffee etc.
September 7th, 2019
'Creative Gardening with bulbs'
Christine Skelmersdale

Owner of Broadleigh Gardens and nursery, near Taunton, Christine Skelmersdale has spent some forty years growing and showing bulbs at her home, and is a renowned expert in bulbs and woodland plants, Christine is an inspirational speaker, and here she will talk about the use of bulbs, with the emphasis on colour, shape and texture.
October 5th, 2019
'Wild about Perennials'
Noel Kingsbury

Designer, writer and lecturer, Noel is well known for naturalistic and sustainable planting and design, and has collaborated with Piet Oudolf on several garden designs.  Noel sees perennials being at the heart of this planting style which is lower maintenance than most others. He takes a look at the 'new wave' of planting design with perennials, explaining the basic philosophy and practice of selecting plants for ecology of the site and to look natural.
November 2nd, 2019
'Enjoying Water in Small Spaces'
Linda Smith

Linda and her husband, Phil, are specialist growers of water plants in at Waterside Nursery in Leicestershire, UK since 1995; they exhibit their water plants and container ponds at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and have won 7 Gold Medals in recent years. Linda’s talk shows how to incorporate water in the smallest spaces in the garden.
December 7th, 2019
'The Perfumed Garden'
Bob Flowerdew

Anyone who listens to Gardeners Question Time will know that Bob’s expertise covers far more than growing vegetables, and here he’ll talk about perfumed plants, their history, function, and how to grow more of them – and, intriguingly, how to smell them more accurately! 
The talk will be followed by our ‘Bring a Plate’ Xmas tea

2020 Programme

January 4th, 2020  
‘The History of Horticultural Education’
Kate Nicholl

At Attingham Park, Kate trained gardeners and is now responsible for training all National Trust gardeners; delivering a diverse range of courses, from garden history to plant health and practical skills and overseeing their apprenticeship scheme. She will talk about the history of horticultural training and life as an apprentice gardener. 
February 1st, 2020 
‘The Road to Chelsea Flower Show’
Nick Bailey

Nick Bailey, renowned garden designer, writer and regular presenter on BBC’s Gardeners World, was Head Gardener at the famous Chelsea Physic Garden when he made a first appearance at Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. He will tell us about creating an award-winning garden
March 7th, 2020
‘Euphorbias and other Vibrant Perennials’
Don Witton

Don, holder of the Plant Heritage National collection of hardy euphorbias, has 151 varieties on his allotment in Harthill in South Yorkshire and runs a small nursery specialising in Euphorbia and perennials. He is a popular, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.
April 4th, 2020 
‘Wildflower Meadows and How to Create Them’
Dr Wolfgang Schaefer

Wolfgang, from Cwm Weeg near Newtown, has a 2.5 acre formal garden set within 24 acres of wildflower meadows and bluebell woodland. He will talk about how wildflower meadows occur naturally and, from personal experience, how to create one.
Sunday 19th April 2020 12 noon to 3.00pm
Bayston Hill Memorial Hall
SIX Guest Nurseries, HPS Members Stall
Free Admission, Light Refreshments
Disabled Access and Toilet
May 2nd, 2020 
Garden Visit
11am: Oteley, Ellesmere, SY12 0PB 
10 acres with walled kitchen garden, architectural features, many old interesting trees..
‘Creating an Interesting All Year Round Garden’
Malc Mollart

HPS member, Malc trained in horticulture and garden design. He and his wife Jude garden 1/4 acre of quirky cottage garden which he designed for wildlife. It is described by visitors as atmospheric and inspirational. In this talk he shows that gardens don’t have to have off peak boring times.
June 6th, 2020
Garden Visit
11am: The Firs, Nantwich, CW5 6AY 
Canalside garden set idyllically by a wide section of the Shropshire Union Canal with long frontage. 
2pm: Tattenhall Hall, High Street, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX
Plant enthusiasts' 4½ acres, wild flower meadows, trees, pond, stream, walled garden, colour themed borders, glasshouse and vegetable garden. 
July 4th, 2020
Garden Visit
11am: Kinton Grove, Nesscliffe, SY4 1AZ
HPS Members Tim and Judy Creyke  ¾ acre garden, colourful herbaceous borders, roses and many interesting trees and shrubs. 
2pm : Merton, Bicton,  SY3 8BT
HPS member Jessica Pannett mature ½ acre botanical garden with a rich collection of trees, hardy perennial borders, hostas, gunneras refreshments £3.
Wednesday 15th July, 2020
Coach Trip
Avondale Nursery and Coton Manor

Avondale nursery and display garden, near Coventry, is full of rare and unusual plants with extensive collections of Geum, Geranium, Crocosmia, Agapanthus, Salvia, Eryngium and Helenium, and much more!
Coton Manor, laid out in the 1920's by the grandparents of the present owner, has been developed and extended by successive generations capitalising on its natural setting, attractive views and abundant water. In July there are roses everywhere and, in the borders, achilleas, aconitums, delphiniums, galega, herbaceous clematis, thalictrums, salvias, foxgloves and much more.
COST: members - £25, non-members - £30 (include coach travel, refreshments at Avondale, entrance fees)
Coach leaves Oswestry 8.45am (TBC).
Pick-up at Shrewsbury Abbey 9.15 am (TBC)
Return trip leaves Coton 4.30/5pm.
Booking essential (forms available early 2020)
For more information talk to William Edmondson
August 1st, 2020
Garden Visit
11am: Aberclwyd Manor,  Corwen, LL21 9SF
4 acre garden on a sloping hillside including an Italianate garden of box hedging, shrubs, ponds, perennials, roses and an orchard 
2pm : Dove Cottage, Penyffordd, Chester, CH4 0JR
1½ acre garden, shrubs and herbaceous plants around lawns. Vegetable area, ponds, summerhouse and woodland planted area.
September 5th, 2020
‘The Versatile World of Salvias’
Leila Jackson

Leila is the owner of T3 Wall End Nursery near Leominster specialising in salvias and abutilon and is a frequent award winner at RHS Shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court and has featured on BBC Gardeners World. Leila will tell us about these beautiful, summer-flowering sub-shrubs.
October 3rd, 2020 
‘The Extraordinary Flora of Western Australia’
Dr Peter Llewellyn

Peter is Chairman of the Wildflower Society, and after hearing him speak elsewhere on this subject several HPS members requested that we book him as a speaker, describing his talk as riveting and amusing.
November 7th, 2020  
‘Revitalising Bodnant Garden’
John Rippin

Former deputy gardener at Hidcote and head gardener at Castle Drogo in Dartmoor, John was given a ‘chance in lifetime’ in 2015, when he was appointed head gardener at Bodnant. His ambition is to create a “wow factor” as famous as the Laburnum Arch in every part of the garden.
December 5th, 2020 
‘From Captivity to a Castle’
Tom Hart Dyke

In 2000 plant hunter, Tom Hart Dyke, a trainee at RHS Wisley was captured and held prisoner for months in the Colombian jungle. After his release he created “The World Garden” at his ancestral home, Lullingstone Castle; this continues to grow and develop, as rare and new important botanical specimens are added.
Visitors for this talk need to obtain a ticket in advance
The talk will be followed by our ‘Bring a Plate’ Xmas tea

2018 Programme

20th January, 2018
'How to Use Roses in the Garden'
Michael Marriott
3rd February 2018
'Paradise Found'
Mark Duffell
3rd March, 2018
12.noon AGM
2.30 pm 'Fossil Plants - a Backyard Botanic Garden'
Robbie Blackhall-Miles
7th April, 2018
'Bulbs for All Seasons'
Anna Pavord
5th May, 2018
11 am  Garden Visit  
2.30 pm 'An American Nurseryman's Reflections on English Gardening'
Mark Zennick
2nd June, 2018
11 am and 2 pm  Garden Visits    
11th July, 2018 
Garden Visit, Coach Trip 
4th August 2018
11 am and 2 pm  Garden Visits  
1st September
'On the Wild Side - an Experiment in New Naturalism'
Keith Wiley 
6th October, 2018
'How to be a 21st Century Gardener'
Timothy Walker
3rd November, 2018  
'First Impressions - Second Thoughts'
Bob Brown
1st December
'Great Dixter - Past, Present and Future'
Fergus Garrett

followed by our ChristmasTea

2017 Programme

21st January, 2017 
'Something for Everyone'
Jim Almond
18th February, 2017
'Revitalising Vita'
Troy Scott Smith
18th March, 2017
12.noon AGM
2.30 pm
'A Gardener's Year'
Helen Picton
15th April, 2017
'Fostering a Worcestershire Wildlife Meadow'
Rob Cole
20th May, 2017  Garden Visit
Bryn y Llidiart, Cefn Coch, Oswestry SY10 0BP
followed back at Bicton by our afternoon talk at 2.30 pm.
The History of Walled Gardens
Richard & Jill Rallings
17th June, 2017 
Garden Visits
10.30 am Guilden Down Cottage, Clun SY7 8NZ
1.30 pm  Upper Shelderton House SY7 0PE
15th July, 2017 
 25th Anniversary Celebration Garden Visits
 Wollerton Old Hall and Hodnet Hall Gardens​

19th August, 2017
Garden Visits
10.30 am Windy Ridge, Little Wenlock TF6 5BB
1.30 pm  Avocet, 3 Main Road, Plealey SY5 0UZ
16th September, 2017 
'Journeys and Plant Collections of William Lobb'
Mark Pavoir 
21st October, 2017
'Once Seen, Never Forgotten'
Don Witton
4th November, 2017  
'Let Them Eat Cake' - Opening a Garden for NGS
Jude & Malc Mollart
2nd December, 2017
'A Tale of Two Gardens - Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall'
Matthew Wilson
Followed by our ChristmasTea

2016 Programme

16th January, 2016 
'Unusual Plants”'

20th February, 2016 
'Alpines and Bulbs - from Mountains to Markets'
Rob Potterton

19th March, 2016 12 noon AGM, 2.30 pm talk
'On Top but Never in Control - Tales from a Small Garden'
Timothy Walker

10th April, 2016 1-00 pm to 4-00pm
Annual Spring Plant Fair in Bicton Village Hall
Specialist nurseries and members’ plants
Free Admission. Refreshments available. Parking on site.

16th April, 2016 
'The Hampton Court Hedgehog Garden'
Tracy Foster

21st May, 2016
Garden Visit

21st May, 2016 
'Colour in the Garden'
Val Bourne

18th June, 2016 10.30 am and 12.30 / 1.00 pm
Garden Visits

Thursday 21st July, 2016 
Coach Trip to Birmingham

20th August, 2016 10.30 am and 1.30 pm
Garden Visits

17th September, 2016 
'A Late Summer Love Affair'
Jack Wilgoss

15th October, 2016
'New Ways with Perennials'
Noel Kingsbury

19th November, 2016 

10th December, 2016 
“Clematis – the Ultimate Social Climber'
Glenis Dyer
followed by our Christmas Tea


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