Programme  2017/2018                                                                      

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This years programme is quite varied and will hopefully appeal to members and visitors. Our indoor meetings are held in Dodford Village Hall, Priory Road, Dodford B61 9DD and open at 7.30pm with the talk or demonstration starting at 7.45pm. Complimentary tea or coffee and biscuits are available after the talk. The annual membership remains at £15.00 and visitors pay £3.00 per meeting.It is possible to become a member at any time of the year and the subscription fee is then calculated on a pro-rata basis.

A Summer Social Evening is organised in a member’s garden and there is always a least one group visit to a fairly local unknown garden.

September is when members and non members can exhibit their homegrown or home made produce in our Village Show. The Show Schedule is availabe on the website or telephone Penny on 07706 153618 for further information.





Wednesday 10th May

A Group Visit to the gardens at Bourton House

An afternoon visit to the gardens at Bourton House has been arranged. A mini bus will leave from outside the Vllage Hall at 2.00pm returning at around 5.00pm


Monday 12th June

Members Garden Visit - Lorraine and Pete Smith

Lorraine and Pete Smith have very kindly agreed to open their garden at 6.30pm to members and their guests. This will be a garden that the members have not previously visited under their ownership. We look forward to seeing the changes that they have made.


Monday 10th July

A guided tour of The Walled Kitchen Gardens at Croome Court

A group guided tour has beem arranged with Chris Cronin on Monday 10th July at 6.00pm. The on going restoration of the walled gardens has being taking place since 2000, this will be a fascinating evening. Hot and cold refreshments with home made cake is also included. Non members are welcome to join us.


August

No Meeting


Saturday 2nd September

The Dodford Show

This is a competitive show with many classes for amateur growers, bakers, preservers and crafters. It is open to members and non members from the local area. There are cups to be won by members of the gardening club and WI and non members can equally have a go to win a coloured card with a couple of classes having  prize money! There will be teas and home made cakes available, a raffle and plant sale. The Dodford Show Schedule is available here on this website or telephone Penny 07706 153618 for further details


Monday 9th October

Autumn Bulb Planting - Derek Walker

Derek will bring along his wealth of knowledge and an assortment of bulbs that can be planted in the autumn. Various containers will be planted up during the evening demonstration. These will be offered for sale at very competitive prices.


Monday 13th November

Arley Arboretum - past, present and future - Mark McCormack, Head Gardener

Morton Hall Gardens - Harry Green (change to advertised programme)

Due to Mark McCormack leaving his position as head gardener at Arley Arboretum there is a last minute change in speaker and topic this month. On Monday 13th November Harry Green head gardener at Morton Hall Gardens will give an illustrated talk on the eight acres of gardens and park that encircle Morton Hall at Holberrow Green. The house sits on a steep embankment facing west over the Vale of Evesham to the Welsh Mountains. The gardens have been extensively renovated, having been designed by landscape architect Charles Cheshire.


Monday 11th December - CANCELLED DUE TO THE SNOW

Christmas Party Night

The gardening club members will get together to enjoy a chat over a glass of wine and supper with some light hearted entertainment.


Monday 8th January

A Botanical Year - Nigel Hopes

Nigel has worked at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses for 10 years. This talk illustrates the varied tasks undertaken through a 12 month period and looks at the variety in the collection and through the changing seasons. 


Monday 12th February

Creatures ot the twilight: Vampires, dragons and flying mice - Paul Wilkinson

Paul has been a herpetologist for over 20 years and an ecologist for British Waterways for over 5 years. He holds a species licence for great-crested newts, white-clawed crayfish, floating water plantain, natterjack toads, badgers and water voles. 


Monday 12th March

Aliens in the Garden - Roger Umpelby

Roger is a professional entomologist and horticulturalist with many years’ experience. Roger is a part - time advisor for RHS and occasional lecturer at Pershore College.


Monday 9th April

Dahlia’s - Jason Smith

Jason is a well known figure in the Dahlia world. He will bring along his wonderful knowledge and inspire us to grow more of these plants with their ravishing blooms. Plants will be for sale. (Season Dependant)


Monday 14th May

AGM & Bring and Buy Plant Stall

The AGM takes place at this meeting along with our plant bring and buy which always has a huge variety of plants available. 




Programme 2016 / 2017

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This years programme is quite varied and will hopefully appeal to members and visitors. Our indoor meetings are held in Dodford Village Hall, Priory Road, Dodford B61 9DD and open at 7.30pm with the talk or demonstration starting at 7.45pm. Complimentary tea or coffee and biscuits are available after the talk. The annual membership remains at £15.00 and visitors pay £3.00 per meeting.It is possible to become a member at any time of the year and the subscription fee is then calculated on a pro-rata basis.

A Summer Social Evening is organised in a member’s garden and there is always a least one group visit to a fairly local unknown garden.

September is when members and non members can exhibit their homegrown or home made produce in our Village Show. The Show Schedule is availabe on the website or telephone Penny on 07706 153618 for further information.





Monday 13th June

A guided tour of Hagley Park - Joe Hawkins

A group guided tour with Joe Hawkins, Head of Landscape at Hagley Park has beem arranged for Monday 13th June at 2.00pm. The restoration of this English Heritage Grade 1 registered park has taken place over the last few years, returning it to its former glory. 


Monday 27th June

A group visit to the garden of White Cottage - Mr and Mrs Bates

A members and guests group evening visit has been organised for Monday 27th June at 7.00pm to the garden of White Cottage. This is a 2 acre garden with large herbacaceous and shrub borders, island beds stream and bog area. There is also a collection of interesting trees. The garden opens under the NGS scheme. Tea or coffee and home made cake will also be available. 


Monday 11th July

Members garden visit - Mr and Mrs Kershaw

Mr and Mrs Kershaw have very kindly agreed to open their garden at 6.30pm to members and their guests. Their garden has many intersting trees, herbaceous borders a vegetable and fruit garden and wonderful views. 


August

No Meeting


Saturday 3rd September

The Dodford Show

This is a competitive show with many classes for amateur growers, bakers, preservers and crafters. It is open to members and non members from the local area. There are cups to be won by members of the gardening club and WI and non members can equally have a go to win a coloured card with a couple of classes having  prize money! There will be teas and home made cakes available, a raffle and plant sale. The Dodford Show Schedule is available here on this website or telephone Penny 07706 153618 for further details.


Monday 10th October

Growing and showing Chrysanthemums - Dean Law

Dean has many years of experience in growing and showing Chrysanthemums and will give us a digital presentation on how to go about nurturing these particular plants which are becoming fashionable once again with the introduction of new cultivars. There will be plants to discuss and look at aswell as a selection to buy.


Saturday 15th October

Apple Jucing Day

An fruit press, scutter and pasteuriser has been hired for use by club members and the local community. Your excess apples or pears can be turned into juice which can be either pasteurised or frozen. You will need to bring your own apples or pears and clean bottles or containers such as clean plastic milk containers. Only glass bottles can be pasteurised and they require a screw top lid. The best apples or pears to juice are those picked directly from the tree that are unblemished and not showing any signs of bruising or rot. Fresh juice will only keep for a couple of days in the fridge if it is not pasteurised. The apple juice can also be turned into Cider and pear juice into Perry. For more information contact Mrs Kershaw 01527 872998.


Monday 14th November

Restoration of the Walled Kitchen Gardens at Croome Court - Chris Cronin 

Chris will give an insight into the huge project that he and his wife Karen have taken on, the ongoing restoration of the georgian walled garden at Croome Court. They purchased possibly the largest 18th century walled garden in Britain or Europe in 2000. The garden covering approximately 5 acres contained a dilapidated gardeners cottage along with several disused greenhouses and was completely overgrown. Hopefully this engaging talk will inspire our members to visit this remarkable private restoration project.


Monday 12th December

Christmas Party Night

The gardening club members will get together to enjoy a chat over a glass of wine and supper with some light hearted entertainment.


Monday 9th January

Nature and the National Trust - Simon Barker

Simon is a NT Wildlife and Countryside Consultant based at Alcester, his talk will give us an understanding as to how the national trust works with nature especially when new properties are taken on.


Monday 13th February

The Magic of pH - Richard Baldwin

Richard is a lecturer at Pershore College and will bring his wealth of knowledge along to share with members. Richard will explain the importance of soil pH when growing a range of plants. If members bring along a cupful sized sample that is made up from many smaller mixed samples of the soil in their garden, Richard will carry out a texture analysis and pH test on the sample provided.


Monday 13th March

Ponds, marginal and bog gardens - Duncan Coombes

Duncan is a recently retired lecturer from Pershore College and we welcome him back for this meeting where he will show examples of ponds, marginal and bog gardens, followed by advise on looking after your pond, suitable plants and their requirements. Duncan is always keen on audience participation so have plenty of questions ready!


Monday 10th April

Fushia Tip Cuttings - Roy James

This will be a demonstation and workshop where members will be able to “have a go “ following demonstrations and advice given by member Roy James. Members will be able to take home the cuttings that they take to nurture. 


Monday 8th May

AGM

The AGM takes place at this meeting.