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RHS Short Course Programme 2014


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The RHS centre is located on the 60 hectare Avonbank Campus of Pershore College with its landscaped gardens, orchards, plant collections, arboretum, library and educational facilities. The centre offers an extensive programme of events throughout the year, attracting people from all parts of the country, and is open all year round between 10am and 5pm on weekdays. All tickets must be booked in advance. Some events sell out quickly, so we cannot guarantee that places will be available if not pre-booked. Should it be necessary for you to cancel your booking, please note that the refund of fees is at the discretion of the centre. It may be necessary to cancel an event due to insufficient ticket sales, in which case fees will be refunded. Circumstances may require that the organisers engage a tutor of equal standing without notice. You may book tickets by telephoning and quoting your credit/debit card number to 01386 554609 or by post to the address below, with cheques payable to ‘Warwickshire College’.

RHS Centre Pershore College Avonbank Pershore Worcestershire WR10 3JP

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Photograph on front cover Iris ‘Haut les Voiles’, taken by Duncan Coombs


JANUARY Tue 7

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in January Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Tue 14

2-4pm

Lecture

£9.00 mem Designing Gardens with Water £11.00 non Water features ‘yes or no’? This lecture, with Carol Smith, will explore the design, practical and aesthetic qualities of the various types of water feature available; the benefits to the user and nature of including a water feature in the garden. Learn how the garden becomes a completely different environment with a water feature, no matter how simple. By the end of this talk the answer will be ‘yes’!

Tue 21

2-4pm

Lecture

The History and Restoration of Painswick £9.00 mem Rococo Garden £11.00 non The session will begin with a lecture by Paul Moir, Garden Director of Painswick Rococo Garden. This will be followed by an illustrated talk by Duncan Coombs on snowdrops for your garden.

Tue 28

2-4pm

Lecture

Into the High Mountains of China Duncan Coombs returns to his beloved China to see more of the choice alpine plants and people of the remoter parts of Yunnan.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Floral Designs Using Weaving and Plaiting Learn these different techniques to add distinction to your floral designs.

£30.00 mem £35.00 non

FEBRUARY Sat 1

Tue 4

10am-1pm Workshop

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in February Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

For booking and membership details telephone 01386 554609 or email: rhs@warkscol.ac.uk

(includes materials)

£9.00 mem £11.00 non


FEBRUARY (CONTINUED) Tue 4

7.30pm

Special Event

An Evening with James Wong This is part of a national tour by botanist, James Wong, to set the record straight regarding horticulture as a career, which is often dismissed as being unacademic. It will be especially interesting to those considering horticulture as a career.

Free (booking essential as places are limited)

Tue 11

2-4pm

Lecture

You Can’t Buy These – Unusual and Delicious Vegetables From Your Garden Chris Smith, from Pennard Plants, will look at the many vegetables that you cannot buy and will have to grow yourself! He will also show you how to use them in the kitchen.

Tue 18

2-4pm

Lecture

£9.00 mem Designing & Planting the Fruit £11.00 non Garden As well as covering the choice of site and protection from adverse weather, John Edgeley will also cover soil preparation, choice of plants and their cultivars, spacing, support and training for shape, together with choice of rootstocks.

Thu 20

Depart 10am

Visit

A Visit to Painswick Rococo Garden Join us on a guided tour of these famous gardens with Head Gardener, Steve Quinton, when snowdrops carpet the woodland. A minibus will go from Pershore College or you can meet us there.

Price on application

Sat 22

9.30am3.30pm

Workshop

Fruit Tree Pruning To be held at Hanbury Hall, near Droitwich, this workshop will focus on pruning top fruit. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and wear working clothes.

£60.00 mem £65.00 non

For booking and membership details telephone 01386 554609 or email: rhs@warkscol.ac.uk

£9.00 mem £11.00 non


FEBRUARY (CONTINUED) Tue 25

2-4pm

Lecture

The Pond Owner’s Calendar This talk by RHS Gold Medal winner, Linda Smith, will show propagation and other tasks, as well as planting highlights for each season of the year.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Hand Tied Floral Designs Create unique designs with St David in mind!

£30.00 mem £35.00 non (includes all materials)

MARCH Sat 1

10am-1pm Workshop

Tue 4

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in March Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

Tue 11

2-4pm

Lecture

£9.00 mem Foraging From Your Garden £11.00 non Many shrubs and trees that we grow can yield something delicious to eat. In this lecture, Chris Smith, from Pennard Plants, will show what is good and what you might like to plant for beauty and edibility.

Sat 15

10am4pm

Workshop

Advanced Fruit Tree Pruning At this workshop, to be held at Pershore College, John Edgeley will take people, who have already attended one of our Fruit Tree Pruning workshops, a step further. Participants should wear working clothes.

Tue 18

2-4pm

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£9.00 mem £11.00 non

£65.00 mem £70.00 non (includes sandwich lunch and refreshments)

Lecture/ What Now? – Spring £9.00 mem Demonstration/ Whether you are a new or a keen gardener, £11.00 non Walk Duncan Coombs will help you brush up your skills for tasks such as pruning. He will include a walk round the College grounds to see what is of interest at this time of the year.


MARCH (CONTINUED) Thu 20

7.30pm

Special Event

Joint RHS/Institute of Horticulture Lecture – ‘The Olympic Park Flower Meadows – An Inspiration for Public Green Spaces’ It seems highly likely that a majority of the near 5 million people, who visited the Olympic Park in 2012, were excited, moved or, at the very least, constructively perplexed by the planting they saw. What, therefore, are the ideas and principles that we might extract from the work done to achieve these areas, and how could they apply to other green spaces and gardens around the UK? Dr James Hitchmough, of Sheffield University, was the expert behind the project, so come and get the answers.

Sat 22

9am-4pm

Special Event

The College Nursery Sale The College’s Nursery will be holding a Sale Day.

Tue 25

£7.00 mem £8.50 non

Free For more information ring 01386 551177.

Grow It Yourself – Propagation 1 £9.00 mem In this practical session, Bob Hares will look £11.00 non at the skills and techniques of seed sowing and division, together with aftercare advice.

2-4pm

Lecture

Tue 1

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in April Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

Tue 8

2-4pm

Lecture

Designing and Planting Structure for the Border In this lecture, Carol Smith will explore why a garden needs planting structure. She will look at the design, practical and aesthetic qualities, and how to choose, plan and use structural plants.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Sat 12

Depart 8am

Visit

Coach to RHS Flower Show, Cardiff Set in Bute Park, this RHS Spring Show marks the beginning of the RHS’s show season.

Coach £20.00

April £9.00 mem £11.00 non

(you will need to obtain your own show ticket)


APRIL (CONTINUED) Sat 12

10am-1pm Workshop

Mon 14 10.30am4.00pm

Workshop

Floral Designs for Easter Create bespoke designs to decorate your home for Easter.

Creating Willow Structures If you have always wanted to learn the traditional skills of willow weaving, join Norah Kennedy who will show you how to make your own garden structures.

£30.00 mem £35.00 non (includes materials)

£70.00 mem £75.00 non (includes all materials, sandwich lunch and refreshments)

Special Event RHS ‘Growing for Success’ Lecture

More ‘Wow’ and Less Work – Grasses and Their Place in Our Gardens Grasses offer stunning design and easy maintenance. In this lecture, Neil Lucas combines cultural information with his personal gardening philosophy, to bring the story of his work and developments at Knoll Gardens up to date.

Wed 23 Depart -Sat 26 Pershore College 7.30am

Special Event

Tour to the Bulb Fields in Holland Price on Staying in the historic town of Delft, join application us on this tour which will include the world famous Keukenhof Gardens and the Flower Market at Aalsmeer.

Sun 27

11am5pm

Special Event

Spetchley Park Specialist Plant Fair Join us at this annual event with over 30 nursery stands. www.plantfair.co.uk

2-4pm

Lecture/ The Secrets of Successful Container Demonstration Gardening Paul Williams will take you through the techniques for producing a successful container for ‘year round’ interest.

Wed 16 7.30pm

Tue 29

For booking and membership details telephone 01386 554609 or email: rhs@warkscol.ac.uk

£9.00 mem £11.50 non (tea/coffee included) This event is not included in the ‘Book 6 get 1 free’ offer.

Entry £5.00 01531 650480

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MAY Tue 6

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in May Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares. RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Thu 8Sun 11

Tue 13

2-4pm

Wed 21 Depart 7.30am

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Enquiries and bookings 01684 584924

Lecture

£9.00 mem The Ornamental World of Non-Edible £11.00 non Legumes Leila Jackson will take you on a journey through the botany, science and ornamental beauty of the legume family, which includes the traditional beauty of the lupins through to more unusual American natives such as Baptisia. Their versatility, colour range and length of flowering make them a ‘must have’ for the garden.

Visit

Coach to Chelsea Flower Show Let us arrange your travel so you can have a stress free visit to this world famous flower show.

Coach £25.00

(you will need to obtain your own show ticket, which should be booked by the end of January)

JUNE Tue 3

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in June Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

Sat 7

10am4pm

Special Event

Pershore College Open Day Displays, demonstrations, plant sales, gardening advice and refreshments.

Free

Tue 10

2-4pm

Lecture

Designing and Planting the Formal Garden What is it that makes a garden formal? Carol Smith will look at how to achieve a formal garden with both hard landscaping and planting.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

For booking and membership details telephone 01386 554609 or email: rhs@warkscol.ac.uk

£9.00 mem £11.00 non


JUNE (CONTINUED) BBC Gardeners’ World Live at NEC, Birmingham

Wed 11 -Sun 15 Lecture

Aromatica £9.00 mem This talk, by Kim and Rob Hurst from The £11.00 non Cottage Herbery, will cover a selection of aromatic plants and flowers that add perfume, scent and aroma to our gardens, from the numerous mints to the tangy lemon verbena and so many more. They will also discuss their uses past and present.

Wed 18 Depart 8am

Visit

Coach to RHS Garden Rosemoor Enjoy this Summer visit to the RHS Garden in North Devon, when the roses will be at their best.

Tue 24

2-4pm

Lecture

Sat 28

10am-1pm Workshop

Tue 17

2-4pm

Sun 29- Depart Wed 2 Pershore July College

Special Event

Coach £25.00

(entry free for member + family guest)

Grow It Yourself – Propagation 2 In this workshop, Bob Hares will look at softwood and semi-ripe cuttings, together with their aftercare.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Floral Designs From Your Garden Create imaginative designs using flowers and foliage from your garden.

£30.00 mem £35.00 non (includes materials)

Summer Garden Tour to Yorkshire Price on Join Duncan Coombs on this tour, based application in York, and visit many gardens including Newby Hall, Scampston Walled Garden and Harlow Carr.

JULY Tue 1

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in July Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

Tue 8

2-4pm

Lecture

My Thirty Best Plants Bob Brown, from Cotswold Garden Flowers, will share with you his thirty best plants and why these are better than their friends.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

£9.00 mem £11.00 non


JULY (CONTINUED) Wed 9

Depart 7.30am

Visit

Coach to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Travel by coach to the UK’s largest Flower Show, set in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

Coach £25.00 (you will need to obtain your own show ticket)

Tue 15

2-4pm

Lecture/ What Now? – Summer £9.00 mem Demonstration/ Whether you are a new or a keen gardener, £11.00 non Walk Duncan Coombs will help you brush up your skills for tasks such as pruning. He will include a walk round the College grounds to see what is of interest at this time of the year.

Tue 22

2-4pm

Lecture

Designing and Planting the Low Maintenance Garden Does your garden require a lot of hard work to keep it under control? Carol Smith will show you how, with design, planning and planting, you can reduce maintenance to a minimum.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Visit

Coach to RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Join us on a visit, on Members’ Day, to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, which is set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside.

Coach £20.00

Wed 23 Depart 8am

Tue 29

2-4pm

Lecture/Walk

(you will need to obtain your own show ticket)

Penstemons and Their Ideal £9.00 mem Planting Partners £11.00 non Jo Yates and Julia Mitchell, from GreenJJam Nursery, will look at Penstemon varieties, old and new, and plants that grow well with them. We will also visit the National Collection held at the college.


august Tue 5

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in August Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Sat 9

1.304.30pm

Workshop

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning This workshop will give you the opportunity for hands-on pruning, to control tree growth and improve fruit colour on both restricted and extensive tree forms.

£13.00 mem £15.00 non

Tue 12

2-4pm

Lecture

£9.00 mem Colour Combinations – from £11.00 non Subtle to Striking This lecture, by Julie Ritchie from Hoo House Nursery, will look at Perennials that are perfect for each other, with soil and season in mind, as well as that eye-catching quality that turns a gardener into an artist with plants.

september Tue 2

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in September Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

Sat 6

Depart 8am

Visit

Tue 9

2-4pm

Lecture

Coach to RHS Wisley Flower Show Join us on a visit to the RHS Garden in Surrey to see some of the late Summer colour and the annual Wisley Flower Show.

A Passion for Climbers Tynings Nursery are specialists in all kinds of climbing plants and hold the National Collections for Passion Flower, Jasmine and Mandevilla. In this lecture they will talk about these and many other climbers including the more unusual.

For booking and membership details telephone 01386 554609 or email: rhs@warkscol.ac.uk

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Coach £25.00 (entry free for member + family guest)

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september (CONTINUED) Lecture

Planting and Planning for your Spring Bulb Display Frank Hardy will look at how to use bulbs to give a wonderful Spring display in your garden and containers.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Tue 16

2-4pm

Sun 21

11am-5pm Special Event

Spetchley Park Specialist Plant Fair www.plantfair.co.uk

Tue 23

2-4pm

The Sustainable Garden This is a particular passion of Carol Smith. She will look at the need for sustainable gardens and how to achieve them, using natural planting schemes to support our wildlife.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Malvern Autumn Show

Enquiries and bookings 01684 584924

Workshop

Grow it Yourself – Propagation 3 In this workshop, Bob Hares will look at propagating half hardy plants and early hardwood cuttings, together with their aftercare.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Special Event

The College Nursery Sale Free The College’s Nursery will be holding a Sale For more information Day.

Lecture

Sat 27Sun 28

Tue 30

2-4pm

Entry £5.00

01531 650480

october Sat 4

9am-4pm

ring 01386 551177.

Tue 7

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in October Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

For booking and membership details telephone 01386 554609 or email: rhs@warkscol.ac.uk

£9.00 mem £11.00 non


october (CONTINUED) Sat 11

10am-1pm Workshop

Floral Designs for the Harvest Festival Decorate your home and church with the fruits and flowers of Autumn.

£30.00 mem £35.00 non

(includes materials)

Tue 14

7.30pm

Special Event

RHS/Plant Heritage – Ron Sidwell Lecture £8.00 mem – ‘I Believe in the Western Cape’ £9.50 non Specialist nurseryman, Julian Sutton, will give us an introduction to winter-rainfall South African plants, their wild habit and cultivation.

Sat 18

10am4pm

Workshop

Amateur Fruit Juicing & Cider Making This practical workshop will introduce the participants to the delights of making juice from their own fruit. The course will also include guidance on the production of cider, as well as non-alcoholic drinks. (An additional date will be arranged if numbers are high.)

Tue 21

2-4pm

Lecture

Eucalyptus – Troublesome Child or Sim£9.00 mem ply Misunderstood? £11.00 non Hilary Collins will take a brief look at this fascinating genus. Of the 800+ species available, she will examine several that are hardy enough for the UK. She will show you how they can be used to great effect in your garden as a beautiful specimen, a screen, windbreak, for firewood production and cut foliage.

Tue 28

2-4pm

Lecture

£9.00 mem Roses and Peonies – a Marriage Made in Heaven £11.00 non The handsome foliage, flowers and colours of these two highly bred plants go together so well in a border and are easy to grow. In this lecture, Val Bourne will look at the best combinations for modern planting and follow the evolution of the Peony, together with when to move and divide them.

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£60.00 mem £65.00 non

(includes light lunch)


november Tue 4

2-4pm

Demonstration Around your Garden in November Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

Tue 11

2-4pm

Lecture

What Do I Do with My Existing or New Garden? Carol Smith will explore ways of rejuvenating parts of your existing garden, followed by working with a new garden.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Sat 15

10am4pm

Workshop

Fruit Tree Pruning To be held at Hanbury Hall, near Droitwich, this workshop will focus on pruning top fruit. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and wear working clothes.

£60.00 mem £65.00 non

Tue 18

2-4pm

Lecture/ £9.00 mem What Now? – Winter Demonstration/ Whether you are a new or a keen gardener, £11.00 non Walk Duncan Coombs will help you brush up your skills for tasks such as pruning. He will include a walk round the College grounds to see what is of interest at this time of the year.

Tue 25

2-4pm

Lecture

It’s Not Time for Bed Yet – Late Season £9.00 mem Colour in the Garden £11.00 non Helen Picton, from Colwall Nurseries, will look at what will bring colour to your garden as we approach the Autumn/Winter months.

Sat 29

9am-4pm

Special Event

Tree and Hedging Day For further details telephone the Plant Centre on 01386 551149.

For booking and membership details telephone 01386 554609 or email: rhs@warkscol.ac.uk

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Free

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december Demonstration Around your Garden in December Seasonal plants and gardening tasks with Bob Hares.

Tue 2

2-4pm

Sat 6

10am-1pm Workshop

Christmas Wreath Making Decorate your door for the festive season.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

£30.00 mem £35.00 non

(includes materials)

Tue 9

2-4pm

Lecture

Trees for the Small Garden Trees can provide flowers, colour, scent, shade and shelter for the garden but, if poorly selected, can also become too large. Duncan Coombs will talk about trees of predictably small dimensions that, if properly positioned, will not become a problem.

£9.00 mem £11.00 non

Fri 19

10am4pm

Workshop

Floral Designs for Christmas Create floral displays to make the home look festive and colourful for the Christmas season.

£60.00 mem £65.00 non

Repeated

Sat 20

Jill Pearson

RHS Centre Pershore College Avonbank Pershore Worcestershire WR10 3JP T: 01386 554609/552443 E: jpearson@warkscol.ac.uk Pershore College offers the RHS Level 2 and 3 Certificates in the theory and practice of Horticulture. We also offer RHS courses by distance learning. For further information on these and on other courses at Pershore, including Floristry, Landscaping and Garden Design, please contact the college on 01386 552443.

(includes materials)

FREE GARDEN ADVICE Free Garden Advice is available to RHS Members every Tuesday from 9.00am-5.00pm T: 01386 551145 E: dcoombs@warkscol.ac.uk All information in this publication is correct at time of going to print. The RHS Centre and Pershore College cannot guarantee that the events provided will strictly conform to the description in this booklet. Any changes are made in the interests of improvement. If you are planning on visiting the college, please inform us if you have any individual needs, for example access, disabled parking or require emergency evacuation assistance.


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