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About the Group

The group meets at Crowle Village Hall, WR7 4AZ (map)
Lyn Maile
For full details visit the Worcestershire Group Website

2019 Programme

All meetings commence at 2-00pm except where otherwise stated

Saturday 12th January, 2019
'Plants for the connoisseur'
Simon Gulliver
Saturday 9th February, 2019    
'My Garden, A Plantsman’s Garden'   
Kevin Pratt
Saturday 9th March, 2019  
 AGM followed by 
'Heuchera, Heucherella and Tiarella. How to get the Best from Them'   
Vicky Fox
Saturday 13th April, 2019    
Celebrity Lecture at Pershore College …

Matthew Wilson – ‘How to Garden in a Changing Climate’ 

Val Bourne – ‘The Living Jigsaw’

Full details on the 'Events' page
Saturday 18th May, 2019
'Unnatural Gardening'
Peter Williams
Wednesday 22nd May, 2019
6.30pm: Evening Garden Party, in the garden of Ann Sheppard
Thursday 6th June, 2019
11am: Members’ Coffee Morning, at the home of Claire ConstantIne
Saturday 8th June, 2019
2 until 4pm: Plant Sale, Peopleton Village Hall
16 - 19 June, 2019
Hampshire Garden Tour - Open to all HPS members who may bring a friend or relative. A few places left. Please email  Kathryn Elrick Smith or Lyn Maile to check availabilty.
Tuesday 2nd July, 2019
4pm: Members’ Afternoon Tea, at the home of Babs Jewell
Saturday 13th July, 2019
Social from 12.30pm, bring a plate of food to share and a plant to swap.
Plant sale table as usual.
Followed at 2pm by 'Auden Farm, from Concept to Chaos'
Alun and Jill Whitehead
Saturday 14th September, 2019
Sally Gregson
Saturday 12th October, 2019
'Poisonous Plants and Their Uses Throughout History'
Michael Brown
Saturday 9th November, 2019
'An Introduction to Exotic Gardening'
Paul Spracklin
Saturday 14th December, 2019
Social from 12.30pm
Christmas lunch at 1pm. Please bring a plate of food to share.
Followed at 2pm by 'Winter Into Spring'
Julie Ritchie

2020 Programme

Saturday 11th January, 2020

Ross Barbour
Saturday 8th February, 2020
Samantha Hopes
Saturday 14th March, 2020
AGM at 1.30pm followed by..
Tamsin Westhorpe
Thursday 3rd September, 2020 2-00pm 
Chris Beardshaw

Pershore College

2018 Programme

13th January, 2018
'Space, an Ilusion and Other Mysteries'
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Paul is an award winning garden designer and plantsman
10th February, 2018
'Perennials in the Urban Landscape'
James Hitchmough

Head of the Deartment of Landscape at the University of Sheffield
10th March, 2018
AGM at 1-30 pm
'Gardens of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust'
Glyn Jones
Saturday 14th April, 2018
Heather Godard - Key
Saturday 19th May, 2018
'Summer Splendour'
Harriet Rycroft
Saturday 9th June, 2018  2.30 – 4.30pm
Annual Sale of Plants
A wide range of quality plants lovingly grown by our members, available at reasonable prices.
Peopleton Village Hall, Main Street, Peopleton, Pershore, WR10 2EG (map)
Free admission and parking. Refreshments available. All are welcome.  
Tuesday 12th June 2018  10am until 12 noon
Members' Coffee Morning
At the home of Tricia and Richard King
Contact the Group for details
Wednesday 4th July,  2018   7-00pm
Summer Evening Garden Party
At the home of Becky Dale
Contact the Group for details
Please bring a plate of food to share
Saturday 14th July, 2018
Social from 12.30pm, 
Bring a plate to share and a plant to swap. 
Plant sale table as usual.
Followed at 2pm by
'Gardens of New Zealand'
Mick Dunstan 
Wednesday 18th July, 2018  10am until 12 noon 
Members' Coffee Morning
At the home of Beverley Powlesland
Contact the Group for details
Tuesday 21st August, 2018  10am until 12 noon
Members' Coffee Morning
At the home of Babs Jewell
Contact the group for details
Saturday 8th September
'A Blaze of Colour' Making your garden more colourful in the Autumn
Tim Walker
Saturday 13th October, 2018   2-00pm
'Lessons from Great Gardeners'
Matthew Biggs 

At Pershore College
Saturday 10th November, 2018
'Plants you Thought you Shouldn’t Like'
Josh Egar Wyer
Saturday 8th December, 2018
Social from 12.30pm
Christmas lunch  at 1pm.
Please bring a plate of food to share.
Followed at 2pm by 
'Snowdrops and Other Winter Bulbs'
Jim Almond

2017 Programme

All meetings commence at 2-00pm except where otherwise stated

January 14th, 2017  
'The Gardens of the Oxford Colleges'   
Tim Richardson

Tim, the founder of the Chelsea Fringe and writer for many publications, including The Daily Telegraph, will talk about his latest book, Oxford College Gardens. A trustee of the Garden History Society and a member of the National Trust’s gardens advisory panel, one of the areas he considers is the 18th-century landscape school, which is represented in the magnificent acreage of, appropriately enough, Worcester College. Andrew Lawson’s elegant photography is another hallmark of the new book.
Saturday February 11th, 2017  
'The Gardens of New Zealand'
Mick Dunstan

A look around a few of New Zealand’s best gardens, from Ayrlies at the top of the North Island - often described at the quintessential New Zealand garden - to Larnach Castle, at the bottom of the South Island, New Zealand’s only castle dating back to 1874.
Saturday March 11th
'The Life and Legacy of H. Avray Tipping'
Helena Gerrish

Helena lives in High Glanau House, at Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire, where the arts and crafts garden is the last of 20 designed by Tipping (1855 - 1933), who was the architectural editor of Country Life magazine. She has restored the garden to his original 1923 design.
April 8th, 2017
Kim Hurst

Kim is from the Cottage Herbery, which she set up in Tenbury Wells in 1976. This is her latest topic and covers plants from a genus that contains both herbs and herbaceous perennials – anthemis, agastache, artemisia, echinacea, filipendula, monarda, sanguisorba and more. We’ll see the different species and varieties along with their connections to each other, their origins, development and popularity.
May 13th, 2017    
'The Wonderful World of Perennial Violas'
Jack Willgoss

Jack runs Wildegoose Nurseries in Much Wenlock with wife Stephanie - and specialises in hardy, perennial violas. They have an expanding collection of old favourite violas and the best new introductions - more than 150 varieties in total.
May 22nd - 27th, 2017
Worcestershire Group at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
June 6th, 2017 at 6-30 pm
Summer Evening Party
At the home of Lyn Maile
June 10th, 2017 2-00 - 4-00pm
Grand Summer Plant Sale
A chance to buy plants grown by members and also plants from the Chelsea display stand
Free entry and advice. Refreshments and plant supports available.
Peopleton Village Hall, WR10 2EG.
June 25th - 29th, 2017
Devon Garden Tour
Based in Tiverton and visiting 12 gardens
July 8th, 2017    
'Chelsea - the full story in 10 minutes'  
Mick Dunstan plus One Other
'Late Summer Flowers'    
Marina Christopher

The A-Z effort behind our appearance at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, followed by our speaker Marina Christopher, from Phoenix Perennial Plants in Hampshire. After research in botany, marine biology and ecology, she escaped the laboratory to begin a new life as a nurserywoman in 1984, setting up Phoenix in 2002. She supplies some of the top garden designers with more unusual plants for the Chelsea Flower Show. Her topic is Late Summer Flowers, the title of her 2006 best-seller. She uses plant material for her props, not a Powerpoint slide in sight.
July 15th - 16th, 2017   11-00am to 3-00pm
HPS Jubilee Open Garden at the home of Linda Marsh
July 19th, 2017  10-00am to 12-00pm
Coffee Morning at the home of Kathryn Elrick Smith
August 22nd, 2017 11-00am to 5-00pm
HPS Jubilee Open Garden at the home of Ann Sheppard and John Taylor
September 9th, 2017    
Roy Lancaster, President of the Hardy Plant Society, Derry Watkins and Julian Sutton

Roy will speak to us on 'A Plantsman’s Life', the title of his new autobiography planned for release in April, encompassing his career from his first job with Bolton Parks Department in 1952 through to the present day. Although room for only highlights, he promises a good mix of plants, people and places - plus a few laughs. He’s joined by our morning speaker Derry Watkins, from Special Plants in Wiltshire. Her topic is 'New Plant Introductions from Around The World'Julian Sutton, from Desirable Plants nursery in Devon, completes the line-up. His topic is 'How Flowers Came To Be' - looking at the nature of flowers, their forms, colours and even their timings, all central to our enjoyment of plants in our gardens. It will include a series of biological stories surrounding the evolution of floral diversity, even of the origin of flowers themselves, all illustrated by garden-worthy plants.
October 14th, 2017    
'Life as a Garden Magazine Editor'
Tamsin Westhorpe

Tamsin, former editor of “The English Garden” magazine, now director of Stockton Bury Gardens near Leominster, talks to us about Life as a Garden Magazine Editor - a vocation which, she admits, arose almost by accident.
November 11th, 2017    
'Colour Combinations'   
Julie Ritchie

Colour Combinations is the title of the talk from Julie, from Hoo House Nursery - perennial and alpine specialists - in Tewkesbury. Roy Lancaster wrote a piece about her nursery in the RHS magazine “The Garden” in May, 2016.
December 9th, 2017
Christmas Lunch at 1-00pm followed by   
'Plants that Changed The Course of History'   
Bill Laws

Featuring 10 of Bill’s favourites from his 2010 book, “Fifty Plants That Changed The Course of History”. They include Papaver somniferum and Cannabis sativa. Bill has contributed to Radio 4’s “Ramblings”, “The Wall Street Journal” and “Countryfile” - as well as “The Daily Telegraph”, “The Guardian” and magazines. He lives in Hereford and is a keen walker and cyclist.

2016 Programme

9th January, 2016 
'Revitalising Vita'
Troy Scott Smith

13th February, 2016 
'The Pleasure of Peonies'
Martin Page

12th March, 2016 AGM and Talk
'Highgrove, Hayloft and Hardy Plants'
Lark Hanham

Tuesday 22nd March, 2016 
Coffee morning at the home of Lyn Maile

'A mischievous life making show gardens'
Diarmuid Gavin

14th May, 2016 
'Pictures from The Library Garden'
Brian Ellis

11th June, 2016 2-4pm
PLANT SALE at Peopleton Village Hall

Tuesday 14th June, 2016 
Summer Evening Garden Party at John and Vivienne McGhee’s

Sat 25th June, 2016 
Visit to the Olympic Park and Capel Manor (to be confirmed), by coach

9th July, 2016 
'Courtyard Gardens'
Adrian James

Wednesday 20th July, 2016 
Coffee morning at the home of Roger Smith

10th September, 2016 
'An A-Z of Roses'
Simon White

8th October, 2016 
'Clematis - the ultimate social climber'
Glens Dyer

12th November, 2016 
'The Re-creation of Hanbury Hall Gardens'
Neil Cook

10th December, 2016 
'Flowers in the City'
Michael Warren


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