Meetings 2012-13 (archive)

Friday October 12th 2012

Late Bloomers — Reliable late Bloomers For Every Garden—by Martin & Janet Blow

Late colour in the garden requires planning and work at the right time. This talk recommends late flowering perennials for every garden and gives proven tips to make sure they are ready to perform. Martin and Janet are owners of a garden nursery in Hankelow, Cheshire. The garden is open for the Yellow Book and includes a National Plant Collection of helenium, over 300 varieties of hemerocallis and one of the largest selections of centaurea and geum in the country.

Friday November 9th 2012

TRANSFORMING YOUR GARDEN by Bunny Guinness — Chelsea Gold Medallist.  Admission by Ticket only

How to make the most of your garden using plants, colour and materials. Bunny Guinness is a Chartered Landscape Architect and garden designer. She exhibits at Chelsea Flower Show where she has won 6 gold medals. A regular panellist on Gardeners Question Time and garden writer appearing on gardening magazines and newspapers.

Friday December  14th

Christmas Party including a quiz hosted by past-chairman Joan Stanway

Our past chairman, will entertain us with a garden-based quiz before we have a buffet and chat to round off the year. The Committee usually provide the sweets whilst members bring the savouries. 

Friday January 11th 2013 - The Wonderful World Of Weeds by Sally Smith

Why are weeds so successful and what strategies are available to the organic gardener? Sally is a freelance organic gardening consultant, teacher and trainer. She has worked at Garden Organic as an adviser, taught horticulture to RHS diploma level and worked with the media as a researcher for BBC gardening programmes.

Friday 8th February 2013 - Peonies I Have Grown by John Hudson, Chairman of The Rutland Group. Website

John is Chairman of the Rutland group of the Hardy Plant Society and member of the HPS Peony Specialist Group. He is a real enthusiast and is hugely knowledgeable about peonies. He hopes to have some of his own seedlings to bring to the talk. John's review of Peonies of the World by Hong De-Yuan is on the Hardy Plant website.

Friday 8th March  2013 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Seasonal Herbaceous Perennials by Rosy Hardy. 
Please note - this meeting will start 15 mins early at 7:15pm

Rosy is giving one of her noted live plant talks. She owns Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants from Whitchurch, Hampshire, which is recognised as one of the UK's leading plantsmen's nurseries. An exhibitor at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton
Flower Shows and Gardeners' World Live and gold medals winner (16 times at Chelsea alone!). 

Preceded by our AGM details of which will appear in the Spring Newsletter.

 Friday April 12th 2013

Variegated Delights by Howard Drury.

The talk looks at variegated plants for around the garden, greenhouse and home. Needing a little more care than their all green counterparts they are fascinating plants that are becoming more popular today. Howard is from Kings Heath in Birmingham from where he writes for publications such as Nottinghamshire Today and the Black Country Bugle on gardening matters. He frequently lectures at Ashwood Nurseries where his expertise in modern PowerPoint presentations is used to bring life to the gardens he knows and visits. He is a horticultural broadcaster, lecturer, writer, and consultant.