Rowney Green Horticultural Society was founded in 1941 as a Food Production Club in line with the Dig for Victory campaign.

Today we aim to promote and further an interest in gardening. We meet in Rowney Green Village Hall on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30 for 7.45 for talks and demonstrations. In the summer months we arrange coach trips and numerous visits to local gardens. Our Annual Fruit, Flower and Veg Show is held on the first Saturday in September.

We are affiliated to the R.H.S.

We are always delighted to welcome visitors and new members. Why not come along and see if it is for you!

Annual membership due in January remains at £16.
Please consider paying by Standing Order to
Rowney Green Horticultural Society
HSBC S/Code 40-38-07 Acct No. 31362933

Visitors £3.50 for the evening.

Annual Show

This year’s Main Fruit, Flower, Vegetable & Produce Show was held  Saturday 1 September 2018 with prizes presented by David Morgan, Worcestershire County Organiser RHS National Garden Scheme, featured above.
(show programme and entry form here)

Pictures of the show can be seen Here.

Here are the 2018 trophy winners:
1  Rose Bowl (Simmons), highest number of Show points – Pam Gregg
2  Gentlemans Cup  (Pearson) – Frank Broome
3  Ladies Cup  (Smith) – Pam Gregg
4  Challenge Cup  (Edwards), Sections 1-22 – Pam Gregg
5  Dahlia Cup (Phillips), Class 3-8 – Pam Gregg
6  Vegetable Cup (Tyler) Section 3 – Pam Gregg
7  Domestic Cup (Simmons) Section 5 – Alison Trotter
8  George Catley Cup, outstanding vegetable in Show – Val Roberts
9  Vegetable Collection Cup, best collection of five – not presented
10 Banksian Medal, member with highest score in Sections 1, 2 and 3 – Pam Gregg
11 Floral Art Cup (Tupman), Section 6 – Janet Barnett
12 Wheelbarrow, Childrens section 4 – Jessica Hobbis
13 Peggy Provis Cup, Children all classes – not presented
14 Photographic Cup ( Corbett ), Section 7 – Michael Corfield
15 Arts and Crafts, Section 8, Adults – Alison Trotter
16 Arts and Crafts Cup, Section 8, Children – Max Morgan
17 Val Broome Memorial Cup (new for 2018) class 16-18) – Frank Broome

The full 2018 Show Schedule & entry form can be – downloaded here.

Events 2018

Our 2018 Season

EVENTS  – download copy here
(suggestions to Janet Barnett, Secretary)
OUTINGSdownload copy here
(2019 Season – advance notice here)


11 January – ‘Conservatory and House Plants’ by Phil Aubury, former Director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens will give us a survival guide. New Year cheer with mulled wine and mince pies

8 February –  ‘Easy Care Garden Plants’ by Simon Gulliver, a gardens consultant with the National Trust.

8 March – ‘Extracts from the Head Gardener’s Journal’ by
Harry Green, head gardener at Morton Hall, will give us plus some practical tips on gardening techniques used at Morton Hall.

10 March – The Annual Supper, Barnt Green Cricket Club 6.30 for 7pm, Fully Booked.
To join the waiting list please contact Janet Barnett 01527 67226 or janetbarnett528@gmail.com

12 April – ‘Gardening with and for Wildlife’ by Victoria Logue, who started her own Nursery in the Cotswolds. She is also an enthusiastic beekeeper.

10 May – ‘Montana and beyond – the World of Clematis and what they can do for your Garden’ by Helen Picton from Picton’s Nursery make a welcome return with some great ideas.

1 September – Main Fruit, Flower, Vegetable & Produce Show
Prizes presented by David Morgan, Worcestershire County Organiser RHS National Garden Scheme.
Due to the long hot spell everyone’s gardens are suffering so please do your best with entries in the Flower and Produce sections. However, if you are struggling, do try to enter the Domestic, Floral Art, Photographic and Arts and Crafts sections to make it a really good show.

Only 30p per entry to be registered Thursday 30 August 7-8pm Rowney Green Village Hall or janetbarnett528@gmail.com 01527 69399.

Saturday 1 September: Exhibits to be set up in the hall 8.30-11am
Show open to the public at 3pm, FREE entry. Raffle and teas with delicious homemade cakes available.
Download your show programme and entry form here.

13 September – ‘ A Year in the Gardens at Wisley’
by Jamie Butterworth.

At the age of 16 Jamie
was a finalist in BBC’s
Young Gardener of the Year award.

He went on to study at Wisley
for two years and will give us
his insight.

11 October – ‘The Wonders of Westonbirt’ by Pauline Thomas
Please note:
this is a change to the advertised subject and speaker

8 November – A.G.M. with Cheese and Wine

13 December – Winter in Bloom with Samantha and Nigel Hopes. Young plant enthusiasts who have worked at Ashwood Nursery, Wisley and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens prior to setting up their own nursery in Halesowen. Plus, ‘Hello Christmas‘ with mulled wine and mince pies?

Outings :

Early March – Bourdon Hill Nursery – Postponed until 2019 an opportunity to see how modern technology is used in the production of wholesale plants. It’s about 1½ hour tour round the glasshouses so one needs to be reasonably fit!

26 April – Little Malvern Court and Garden, (WR14 4JN) 10.30am own transport : to be there by 10.30. Cost – £12.50 (includes tour of house, look round small but lovely gardens and refreshments).
Contact : Pat Davies davies55@btinternet.com 01527 67226

12 May  Thenford Garden and Arboretum, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire – Fully Booked but anything can happen before May so if you are interested please get in touch to join the waiting list. Coach departs Rowney Green Village Hall 12.30 Cost £23
Wonderful day out – see Gallery pictures Here.
Contact: marianbarwell@gmail.com 0121 447 7040

24 May – Glenis Dyer’s garden, Elm Close Garden, Binton Road, Welford on Avon CV37 8PT (next to The Bell pub) 2-4pm own transport. £6 to include tea and cake. Pay on the day but Janet needs names in advance.
Contact : Janet janetbarnett528@gmail.com 01527 69399

14 June – David’s and Sarah’s Garden at Martin Hussingtree (WR3 8TB) 7pm own transport (parking in David’s Nursery which is adjacent to the garden 7pm; £8 including refreshments.
Contact : Pat Davies davies55@btintenet.com 01527 67226

4 July Moreton Hall Gardens (B96 6SJ) Own transport but please car share wherever possible: To be there for 2pm, (£8 includes introductory talk, stroll round gardens on your own with possibility of talking to the gardeners at work but no refreshments).
For the Head Gardener’s Journal Contact etc. see Here.
Contact: Janet Barnett janetbarnett528@gmail.com 01527 69399

18 July – Broughton Grange Gardens and Ball Colegrave Nursery, Nr. Banbury (OX15 5DS) – Coach: departs Rowney Green Village Hall 10.30am, depart for home approx 5.30pm. Cost – Fully Booked.
Contact: Marian Barwell marianbarwell@gmail.com 0121 447 7040/07889 147 861

9 AugustAshwoods Nursery (DY6 0AE) 2pm guided tour of John’s garden, own transport £6.50pp (can be paid on the day) assemble 1.45pm in car park front of the cafe & gift shop.
Contact & names to: Jenny Harper jiharper@hotmail.co.uk 01527 543090


Pat Davies
01527 67226

Programme Secretary
Janet Barnett
01527 69399

Colin Davies
01527 67226

Show Secretary

Publicity & Minutes Secretary
Lindsay Smith
01527 592 874

Felicity Rixon
0121 445 2371

Marian Barwell
0121 447 7040

Committee Members:
Frank Broome      01564 824065   facbroome2754@.mail.com
Ann Hudson          0121 445 4238    anneghudson@gmail.com
Jenny Harper        01527 543090    jiharper@hotmail.co.uk
Carol Woodward 0121 447 7129     woodward.assoc@btinternet.com
Jill Barrett               01527 576358    jill.barrett@talktalk.net


March 2019 – Annual Show Announcement
We are delighted to confirm that Satnam Rana will be returning to present the awards in August.

Satnam, who is the BBC TV Arts & Culture Correspondent and seen regularly on BBC WM, is a firm favourite at RGHS and we look forward to welcoming her back.

December 2018 – A Message from the Chair
I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I look forward to seeing you all again on Thursday 24January 2019.

Best Wishes,
Pat Davies 

November 2018 – A Message from the Chair
Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting on Thursday. We had a fabulous evening, ending with some lovely cheese and wine.

We have had the great pleasure in welcoming some new members this year, and I am sure that you are finding us all very friendly.

We also thanked our retiring committee members. Brian Haycocks who was our Treasurer, Sylvia Johnson who was instrumental in putting the annual Flower and Produce Show together, and Pat Teall who on the committee, made great contributions. All of them worked so hard to help with the smooth running of the RGHS.

We do however welcome Jill Barrett and Jenny Harper who will join us on the Committee, along with Colin Davies who will be our new Treasurer. So welcome to you all.

We have had some wonderful speakers this year and some fabulous trips to a great variety of gardens.

I look forward to seeing you all in December, and we can promise that next year will also be as varied and exciting as this year.

Best Wishes,
Pat Davies

September 2018 – A Message from the Chair
On Saturday 1 September 2018 we had our 76th Annual Flower and Produce show, and what a fabulous day it was.

I wish to thank everyone for all of the preparation that went on for the months before the show and all of the hard work on the actual day. A special thank you to Sylvia Johnson and Felicity Rixon, who know so well what is needed for the day to work so perfectly.

Chris Miles certainly jumped in at the deep end, as this was her first time to ensure that the entry system, and the award system for the flowers and produce went without a hitch, and she did an amazing job, so thank you Chris. A huge thank you to everyone who helped set up on the evening before, who was there all day keeping everything running smoothly, and the ladies in the kitchen who kept us all fed and watered.

We also had the privilege of David Morgan who is the National Garden Scheme County organiser for Worcestershire, join us to present the prizes. Thank you so much David, it was lovely to meet you, and as I said on the day, you have probably never had your photograph taken so much.

We are all so excited, as on Thursday 13 September we have Jamie Butterworth who is an RHS Ambassador, joining us to talk about, a year in the garden at RHS Wisley.

So I look forward to seeing you all then.
Best Wishes,
Pat Davies

May 2018 – A Message from the Chair
Hello everyone,
We had a fabulous meeting on Thursday 10 May where our speaker was Helen Picton who talked to us about the different varieties of Clematis.

It was our last meeting of the season, however, we have so many visits to various gardens organised that we shall be meeting members and visitors on and off all during the summer.

Our next large event will be the Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 1 September so please have all your exhibits in mind.

Our next Thursday meeting will be on September 13We are all so excited about this date as we have Jamie Butterworth as our speaker, who is an RHS Ambassador and will be talking to us about a year in the garden at RHS Wisley. What a treat we have in store.

So I look forward to seeing all of you soon.
Best Wishes,
Pat Davies

May 2018 – Main Show programme
The programme and entry form is now available.
Please download your copy Here.

April 2018 – Incredible Edible
Meeting 2 May 7.30 Alvechurch Village Hall.
An opportunity to register as a volunteer
and to share ideas.
More details available Here.

March 2018 – The 2018 Plant Hunters Fair Season
The new season is about to begin and you can to see list of the fairs plus a 52 page newsletter Here.

March 2018 – Winter Warning
Mavis Smith warns due to current low temperatures
any delicate plants, such as agapanthus or citrus, currently in a cold greenhouse need some heat or you’ll probably lose them.

February 2018 – Janet Barnett Presentation
As a token of appreciation RGHS members had great pleasure, at the February meeting, in presenting this beautiful flower arrangement to Janet.

Janet works tirelessly for RGHS organising the speakers and managing the trips plus, for the past twelve months, acting as Chairman.

Thank you Janet for your enthusiasm and commitment. From all your friends at Rowney Green Horticultural

February 2018 – Alvechurch Organic Fruit and Vegetable Project
Thurs 22 February Postponed. Inaugural meeting hosted by Tim Reading – new date and venue TBC. Here is an interesting link of similar project entitled ‘Incredible Edible Network’ Here

December 2017 – A Christmas message from the Chair
Hello everyone,
I am  sorry that we have had to cancel our meeting on 14th December, but as we all know due to the amount of snow we have, it was the correct decision. It was to be my first meeting as Chairman so I was very much looking forward it.
May I therefore take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year.
Best wishes to you all,
Pat Davies

9 November 2017 – AGM Report
Following a very well attended and sociable AGM we are delighted to welcome Pat Davies as Chairman of Rowney Green Horticultural Society. Welcome also to Carol Woodward and Frank Broome who have joined the committee.

After some 50 years as a member, including 30 years on the committee, Mavis Smith has decided to step down. We cannot thank Mavis enough for all she has done for the Society and for sharing her gardening expertise with us. Mavis has agreed to continue to look after the raffle at the annual show and to give advice and guidance with garden queries.

Jackie Hardy is also standing down from the Show committee due to family commitments. Jackie’s horticultural knowledge will be a great loss to the society.

2 September 2017 – Main Produce and Flower Show
Our annual show – the only decision is how many entries you are making this year!

To make an entry you can download an Entry Form from here with all entries to be received at The Peace Hall 7-8pm Thursday 31 August.

The show will open at 3pm to the general public to view the wonderful entries – admission is free. Refreshments will be available. At 4pm prizes will be presented by Satnam Rana from BBC Midlands Today.

Full details, programme and entry form can be found here – any queries please contact Lindsay Smith 01527 592874

13 July 2017 – David and Sarah’s Garden, Martin Hussingtree
A 2pm visit to David and Sarah’s garden, please make your own way.

The cost is £7.50 includes refreshments – Badger’s Way, Ash Lane, Martin Hussingtree WR3 8TB.

Names and any queries janetbarnett528@gmail.com or 01527 69399

30 June-2 July 2017 – Penny’s Garden and Cream Teas, Redditch
Come and enjoy Penny’s garden and her cream teas at The Old Piggery, Weights Lane, Redditch B97 6RQ 2-6pm Entrance, sandwiches & full cream tea £10. Plants for sale and Tombola.

Opening in support of Help for Heroes, Cancer Research (breast cancer) and Age UK (dementia).

25 June 2017 – Withybed Green Gardens opening
Have a mooch around neighbours gardens as 10 open their mostly 19th century back gates to the public under the National Garden Scheme.

Refreshments, stream-side walk, rose garden, ancient woodland – what’s not to like? Details here.

14 May 2017 – Rare Plant Fair – Winterbourne House and Gardens, Edgbaston
A rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden. Built for industrialist John Nettlefold in 1903 for his growing family, the house and garden are now open to the public, with a range exhibition rooms offering an insight into Edwardian life both above and below stairs. A beautiful wisteria framed terrace prorovides views over the seven acres of Arts and Crafts designed garden. The garden itself offers colour and interest throughout the year and is home to a beautiful walled garden and many original features, including over 6000 plant species. There are good collections of cacti, orchids, alpine etc., all displayed in specially designed houses – full details here

1 May 2017 – RGHS website goes live
We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new website to an unsuspecting world!

Now in our 76th year, we felt it was time to join the 21st century by offering members and other gardening enthusiasts a suitable local focus. You will find our programme of events, details of the Annual Fruit and Produce Show, some links to resources and more…

We want your photos – with event name and date plus any points of interest please email to Marian Barwell

As the seasons change, so will the content found within these pages.