Gardens & Country
Last updated on 18 April 2022 at 12.30 hrs
Chas Bryer (Group Leader)
The schedule of events is shown in the Dates for Your Diary section at the bottom of this page
The group activities this year will reflect the "hybrid" model of in person talks, garden visits and "Zoom" activities. See below for details of our garden visits and in person events.
Tender Shoots Garden Club Network talks are available free on Zoom, and on YouTube, according to the schedule shown on the Tender Shoots website. Click on TS Programme of Talks for the schedule, or click on Tender Shoots to go to their home page to learn more about the club. Information on how to log in to the zoom talks is also in our subpage Tender Shoots Log In.
These live talks will resume in September. Recorded talks are available on YouTube at any time.
For all enquiries, or comments, please use the link on this page to send me an email. Thank you.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed May 25th||Private group visit to The Rhydd garden from 2pm. Please note the change of date.|
Cost is £5 per head. Refreshments extra.
The Rhydd gardens are private walled gardens and not normally open to the public. Two walled gardens and a 60 foot greenhouse from the early 1800s set in 6 acres with wonderful views of the entire length of the Malvern ridge. One Walled garden is set out with formal paths and borders bounded by box hedging. The owners are planting fruit trees in espaliers and cordons as they would have been when the garden was first set out and have a nature area with walks and some woodland.
The gardens are located on the west side of the B4211 between Hanley Castle and The Rhydd. It is easy to miss as you go past, coming from Hanley Castle / Upton it is the first on the left 200m after the layby, coming from The Rhydd / Worcester it’s probably easier to go past and turn round in the layby.
|Wed Jun 8th||Four NGS gardens in Hanley Swan. A private visit to a group of four NGS gardens has been arranged. We will meet Brian Skeys at "Orchard Side" at 2 pm who will introduce us to the owner, collect the money and issue tickets. A short car journey to the other side of the village will then take us to the second garden, "The Paddocks", where we can park on the road in Piken End, off the Welland Road.|
It is a very short walk from there to "20 Winnington gardens" and "19 Winnington Gardens". Tea/coffee & cake will be served at the last garden, and there will be an opportunity to buy plants (proceeds to St Richard's Hospice). The NGS link to the gardens is https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/32319
Cost is £7.50 for 4 gardens and refreshments. Proceeds to NGS.
Directions to "Orchard Side", Worcester Road, Hanley Swan, WR8 0EA:
These directions are specifically designed so you are facing the right way to go to the second garden. Crossing the bridge at Upton on Severn, turn right towards Hanley Castle, and continue on the B4211 to Guarlford. From the B4211 turn towards Great Malvern & Guarlford then turn left to Hanley Swan. Continue to Orchard Side (WR8 0EA), which will on the left with an NGS signpost. Please park courteously on the road. If you get to the Swan Inn crossroads you have gone too far!
If you do approach "Orchard Side" from the opposite direction, please turn around before parking.
|Wed Jul 13th||Private group visit to World's End garden from 2pm.|
£7 for guided tour with the owner, Robin Pearce, plus tea/coffee/cake.
Worlds End Nurseries, Moseley Road, Hallow, WR2 6NJ
Robin is a retired nurseryman. Robin is the former chair of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee, RHS Floral Judge, Exhibitor, Judge and Speaker. He continues to grow a very wide range of hardy plants, with a special interest in dahlia, hosta, hemerocallis, pulmonaria, galanthus, woodland plants, ornamental grasses and hardy ferns.
The nursery and garden were developed by Robin and his late wife, Kristina, over many years. Robin has fond memories of Kristina in the garden, and enjoys the plants they collected together. The nursery has closed since Robin's retirement.
|Wed Aug 10th||Group visit to Sezincote gardens from 2pm.|
This is a public day so refreshments will be available in the Orangery. If you want to visit the house, you need to book in advance with Sezincote. Visitors to the garden can pay on the day.
Click on Sezincote for further information on this garden.
|Wed Sep 14th||Private visit to The Old House, Naunton Beauchamp, WR10 2LQ. Cost of entry is £5, refreshments extra. NOTE THAT THERE ARE PARKING RESTRICTIONS (LIMITED TO 8 CARS). If more than 8 cars are expected, we will split the afternoon into 2 sessions.|
A charming 1 acre informal garden with water features, bridges, garden sculptures, orchard, vegetable garden and lawns set around a 300 year old part timber framed house (not open) with beautiful views out over fields of ancient plough and furrow and old orchards. Owner is Mrs Gayle Rowe.
|Wed Sep 28th||A group visit to Picton Garden, and The Old Court Nurseries, Colwall, which is renown for late summer flowers. On the advice of Helen Picton, the date has been changed to late September when the asters should be at their best. The visit will include an introductory talk, provisionally arranged for 1.30pm. Please note that this garden does not offer refreshments but they are available nearby. Entrance fee is £5.00 per person to include the introductory talk and a guided tour of the garden.|
|Wed Oct 12th||An in-person talk given by David Whitehead on "Edible Hedgerows".|
The venue for this talk is the Rowing Club, Abbey Park. Free parking is available.
Volunteers will be needed to assist with welcoming members, organising teas and coffees, and assisting the speaker if required.
|Wed Nov 9th||Tender Shoots at 7.30pm: Nancy Stevens will give a talk on “Shrubs Are Boring” Really?……Are You Quite Sure?|
|Wed Nov 9th||At 2pm in the Rowing Club, a meeting to hear a talk (speaker and topic to be confirmed). Details to follow.|
|Wed Mar 8th 2023||Ray Sturdy will talk about Witley Court, the rise and fall of a Victorian Palace. The talk will be at 2pm at a venue to be confirmed.|
|Wed Apr 12th 2023||Neil Cook of the NT will talk about the re-creation of the gardens at Hanbury Hall. The talk will be at 2pm at a venue to be confirmed.|
|Wed Oct 11th 2023||Adrian James will talk about Italian Renaissance Gardens. The talk will be at 2pm at a venue to be confirmed.|
|Wed Nov 8th 2023||A talk by Frank Hardy (All Our Yesterdays, gardening since WW2) at 2pm at a venue to be confirmed.|