About the Group
All meetings commence at 2-30 pm unless otherwise stated
|January 5th, 2019
'Bulbs of the Peloponnese and the Last of the Summer Flowers'
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 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 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 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
|May 4th, 2019
'The Wonderful World of Scented Violas'
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
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
|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'
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'
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 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'
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
|January 4th, 2020
‘The History of Horticultural Education’
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, 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, 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
SPRING PLANT FAIR
Bayston Hill Memorial Hall
SIX Guest Nurseries, HPS Members Stall
Free Admission, Light Refreshments
Disabled Access and Toilet
|May 2nd, 2020
11am: Oteley, Ellesmere, SY12 0PB
10 acres with walled kitchen garden, architectural features, many old interesting trees..
‘Creating an Interesting All Year Round Garden’
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
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
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
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
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 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’
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
|20th January, 2018
'How to Use Roses in the Garden'
|3rd February 2018
|3rd March, 2018
2.30 pm 'Fossil Plants - a Backyard Botanic Garden'
|7th April, 2018
'Bulbs for All Seasons'
|5th May, 2018
11 am Garden Visit
2.30 pm 'An American Nurseryman's Reflections on English Gardening'
|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
'On the Wild Side - an Experiment in New Naturalism'
|6th October, 2018
'How to be a 21st Century Gardener'
|3rd November, 2018
'First Impressions - Second Thoughts'
'Great Dixter - Past, Present and Future'
followed by our ChristmasTea
|21st January, 2017
'Something for Everyone'
|18th February, 2017
Troy Scott Smith
|18th March, 2017
'A Gardener's Year'
|15th April, 2017
'Fostering a Worcestershire Wildlife Meadow'
|20th May, 2017
10.30.am 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
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
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'
|21st October, 2017
'Once Seen, Never Forgotten'
|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'
Followed by our ChristmasTea