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 7.30pm prompt for talks and demonstrations. In the summer months we arrange coach trips and numerous visits to local gardens. Our ‘Annual Flower & Produce Show’ is usually held on the first Saturday in September
details here.

A message from the chair – Here.

We are always delighted to welcome visitors and new members. Take a look at our Events 2024 page or come along and see if it’s for you!

We are pleased to be affiliated to the R.H.S.

Annual membership due in January at £20.
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.

Redditch, GB
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Annual Show 2023

This year the Show was held Saturday 2 September 2023 and we were pleased to welcome back our friend David Morgan to present the prizes. David is the Worcestershire County Organiser for the National Open Garden Scheme.

The complete programme of categories can be downloaded here of the 79th Flower & Produce Show 2023.

Here are the 2023 trophy winners:
1  Rose Bowl (Simmons), highest number of Show points – Jo Russell
2  Gentleman’s Challenge Cup  (JW Pearson) – Roy Barnett
3  Ladies’ Challenge Cup  (JE Smith) – Jo Russell
4  Challenge Cup, Section 1 – Jo Russell
5  Dahlia Cup (CH Phillips) – Jo Russell
6  Challenge Cup (WG Tyler) Section 3 – Vilma Van Riel
7  Domestic Challenge Cup (AH Simmons) Section 5 – not awarded
8  George Catley Challenge Cup, outstanding vegetable in Show – Jo Russell
9 Banksian Medal, member with highest score in Sections 1,2&3 –  Jo Russell
10 Floral Art Challenge Cup (E Tupman) – Janet & Roy Barnett
11 Challenge Cup, collection of five vegetables – not awarded
12 Photographic Cup (J Corbett), Section 7– Roy Barnett
13 Arts and Crafts, Section 9, Adult – Pat Hardy
14 Arts and Crafts Cup, Section 8, Children –  Ioan Chamings
15 Silver Wheelbarrow (H Brown), Children’s classes – Sophie Miles-Payne
16 Peggy Provis Cup, Children’s photography – Benji Haswell
17 Fuchsia Cup (F Broome) – Roy Barnett

Events 2024

Evening meetings are held in Rowney Green Village Hall, B48 7QP. 
Please arrive by 7.15 for a prompt 7.30 start. Visitors welcome – £3.50 

Thursday 11 January – ‘The Drought Resilient Garden’ 
with Phil Smith

Thursday 8 February – ‘Restoration of Hanbury Hall Gardens’ 
with Neil Cook

Thursday 14 March – ‘Cultivating British Native Orchids in the Garden’ 
with Wilson Wall

Thursday 11 April – ‘Hepaticas’ 
with Samantha Hopes

Thursday 9 May – ‘Succulents’ 
with Helen Picton

June, July & August
– no meetings

Saturday 31 August – RGHS Annual Flower and Produce Show.
Rowney Green Village Hall – details to follow!

Thursday 12 September – ‘Demonstration’ 
 Paul Green

Thursday 10 October – ‘Unusual Winter Flowers’ 
Bob Brown

Thursday 14 November – ‘Annual General Meeting’ 
details to follow

– no meeting

Outings & Garden Visits

Sunday 24 March – Lunch at Southcrest Manor Hotel, Redditch
at 1.30pm – cost £27
To book please contact Pat Davis:
davis55@btinternet.com or 07970 188 227

Wednesday 5 June – Stockton Bury Gardens & Burford Garden Centre
nr. Leominster, Herefordshire
departing Abbey Stadium, Redditch at 9am – cost £31
To book please contact Pat Davis:
davis55@btinternet.com or 07970 188 227

Wednesday 17 July – Barnsdale Gardens nr. Oakham, Leicestershire
departing Abbey Stadium, Redditch at 9am – cost £33
To book please contact Pat Davis:
davis55@btinternet.com or 07970 188 227

…more outings to be announced


Pat Davies
07970 188 227

Programme Secretary
Jill Barrett
07791 912 860

Colin Davies
07802 796 414

Show Secretary
Chris Miles
01527 65140

Publicity & Minutes Secretary
Lindsay Smith
01527 592 874

Marian Barwell
07889 147 861

Committee Members:
Janet Barnett       01527 693 399     janetbarnett528@gmail.com
Jenny Harper        01527 543 090    jiharper@hotmail.co.uk
Jackie Higley        07779 435 961       jakh165@outlook.com
Ann Hudson          0121 445 4238    anneghudson@gmail.com


July 2024 – Liz’s Garden, Barnt Green
We had the fabulous opportunity to visit Liz Finlay and her amazing garden in Barnt Green on Wednesday 10th July.

Liz donates all the money to charity and provided us with tea, coffee and some delicious cakes, all homemade.

Well, everyone was stunned, the diversity of the lay out of the garden which Liz told us has evolved over the last twenty-eight years, was incredible. She also told us that she has propagated everything herself from a Mother plant or had grown plants from seed.

The garden is her passion, we could all see that, it was fantastic.

We were greeted by a colourful spectacle that blew us away from the very start, and we had only reached the front garden. There was also the formal White garden and with its array of Annabel Hydrangeas, was spectacular.

The back garden again with its colour and variety of plants was so beautiful, with so many different areas to wander through, along with ferns, the pond and even the delightful play area for her Granddaughter.

The rain held off, so a great afternoon was had by all, and with Liz selling some of her plants, many of us left with something new for our gardens. Please look at the photographs, we will definitely be asking Liz if we can visit again.

I would like to thank Liz so much for her hospitality and for making us all feel so welcome.
Photos of our visit can be found Here.

June 2024 – Rachel’s Garden, Barnt Green
One of our members, Rachel Banner, opened her garden on Thursday 20th June for RGHS members to look around, especially at her Wild Orchids, but also to raise money for Ukraine. 

We were greeted with the most lovely garden – Pristine in every way. Rachel’s garden is laid out in sections and has a fantastic ‘cottage garden’ feel to it. 

Of course, those wonderful Orchids are stunning and well worth the visit!! 

We were treated to tea and cake in exchange for a donation to the Ukraine charity, which I am sure will be very welcome.

Thank You Rachel for your hospitality and allowing us into your fabulous garden. 
Photos of our visit can be found Here.

June 2024 – Stockton Bury & Burford House Gardens
Our coach trip on Wednesday 5th June to Stockton Bury and Burford House Gardens was a great success. We had 40 people join the trip and our journey, firstly to Stockton Bury, was easy.

On arrival we were greeted by the Head Gardener, Tamzin, who gave us a short but very interesting and informative introductory talk about the gardens. She is extremely knowledgeable of all the plants and was very happy to chat and answer any questions we had.

We spent a pleasant couple of hours having a leisurely stroll through the gardens, passing the famous Monkey Puzzle tree and taking in all the landscape. The gardens are set out in an informal way which is very peaceful. 
Stockton Bury also have a very nice cafe serving all the usual drinks and the best cakes I have seen for a long time!

We continued our journey to Burford Gardens which is only about 20 minutes away from Stockton. We were met by James, the Head Gardener who led us on a Garden Tour later in the day.    

Burford is part of the British Garden Centres Group so we were able to look around the shop and nursery (most of us buying plants to take home) as well as having lunch in their cafe.

Our garden tour was very enjoyable and led us around the picturesque garden setting and down to the River Teme. James was a brilliant host, very friendly, who explained that the gardens are home to the national Clematis Collection. 
We headed home later in the afternoon and are looking forward to our next outing on 17th July to Barnsdale Gardens.

Photos of our trip can be found Here.

December 2023 – A Message from the Chair
We have had a fabulous year with all our monthly meetings,  social events and the Flower and Produce Show. 

It just leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I look forward to seeing you all next year
and send you all my best wishes,

October 2023 – A Message from the Chair

It was so lovely to see so many of you at this year’s Flower and Produce Show – what a fabulous day it was.

We had so many entries which was fantastic, and so many more children as well, which is always inspiring.

The sun shone for us in the afternoon, and we had so many visitors. Some were sitting outside eating and drinking, and everyone looked as though they were having a great time.

It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new people, it really was a lovely day.

I would like to thank everyone that made cakes, volunteered in the kitchen and helped set up and clear away not only yesterday, but Friday evening as well.

Without people volunteering, it would be impossible to hold the show.

A huge thank you as well to all of the Committee members, who worked so hard to make it such a special day, and to Chris, Lindsay and Janet who did so much hard work as well as on the day, in the months leading up to the show.

I am so grateful for all the help that we had, it was amazing.

A huge congratulations for everyone that won cups and certificates, the enthusiasm from everyone was incredible.

We are hoping to have the trophies engraved and be presented at the meeting 12 October.

Hope to see you all soon.


January 2022 – A Message from the Chair

A very Happy New Year to everyone.

As we all know last year was very difficult for everyone, but I am full of hope that this year will be very different.

We will be proceeding with our monthly meetings starting on Thursday 13 January, and I look forward to seeing you all. As you can see from the Events page we have a full programme of very interesting subjects from our various speakers to look forward to. 

We have our Annual Supper too at the Old Rose and Crown in Rednal on Friday 11 March where we have a singer by the name of Sean Jeffery to entertain us. We also have our coach trip to Wisley on Wednesday 4 May. We are also in the process of arranging another trip for mid-June and further information will be available later on.

My very good wishes to you all and I look forward to seeing you,
Pat Davies

March 2021 – A Message from the Chair

Hi everyone,

I hope that you are all keeping well.

I’m sure we all agree that the Covid pandemic has caused a lot of heartache and upset for us all. But, the good news is that the vaccination programme is well under way. Spring is now upon us and we have already had some lovely days – let us hope it continues. After 29 March, we can at least have friends and family of up to six people in our gardens.

As a committee we have looked at what we may be able to do this year and what we must leave for next. Here are some of the early decisions made:

Celia Hitch has kindly agreed that we can visit her garden, Rectory Cottage in Alvechurch, on Thursday 1 July at 6.30pm

This will be our first opportunity, weather permitting, for us all to see each other once again. Tea/coffee and cake will be available. I would be grateful if any of you could please let me know if you would be able to bake a cake. Obviously, this will be reviewed the week beforehand.

Jenny Harper is to look into a visit in August to Croome, so I will confirm that date to you as and when.

We hope to restart our presentations in September.

– Unfortunately, we won’t be in a position to proceed with a Annual Flower and Produce Show this year, which I know will be a disappointment to many of us.

– We have decided not to entertain coach trips this year, and to have our trip to Wisley on Wednesday 4 May 2022. I’m pleased to report that I’ve have booked a forty-two seater coach through Harris Coaches, and have secured our place at Wisley.

The Annual Supper, which many have already paid towards, will be held next March. I will let you know more details later in the year.

Meanwhile, and until we meet again, please keep safe and I look forward to seeing you all.

Love Pat xx
Pat Davies

July 2020 – A Message from the Chair

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately it has become apparent that things will not get back to normal until a vaccination has been found, which is unlikely until at least the end of the year.

We obviously need to conform to government guidelines, which forbids mass gatherings and as from 4 July everyone has to be at least one metre apart.

I would hate to think that anyone becoming infected from any event that we organise, bearing in mind most of us are in a vulnerable age group.

I cannot foresee therefore, how we can carry on with the rest of the years’ programme, and so as a Committee we have reluctantly decided to make a decision in cancelling everything until the end of this year.

This I know is all very disappointing, as we had to cancel all of the programme during the summer.

This will mean that the Flower and Produce show, the Supper in November and the speakers in September and October will all have to be cancelled.

We have the AGM in November which we will have to deliver to everyone via e-mail.

We can obviously look to see if we can continue in January, as the end of the year approaches.

With regard to the supper I have spoken to Jeff at the Cricket Club and I have provisionally booked for Saturday 27 March 2021, let us just hope this awful situation is over by then.

I am sorry to be the messenger of such disappointing news, but we need to be sensible and look forward to 2021

I know all of you appreciate what the members of the Committee do, so I would like to take the opportunity to thank them all for their hard work:

Felicity, Chris, Lindsay and Janet – who have all worked so hard to put the Flower and Produce show together.
Jill – as Programme Secretary, she does all of the bookings for the speakers
Marian – who looks after our website
Jenny – with her fabulous ideas for our outings and collects for the raffle
Anne – who organises the kitchen so well
Colin – our Treasurer who keeps us grounded with our spending

Kind Regards to you all, please keep safe, and I hope to see you all again very soon.

Love from Pat xx
Pat Davies

April 2020 – A Message from the Chair

Hello everyone,

In these unprecedented times that we are all facing, may I please pass on my best wishes to you all, and please remain safe.

We have unfortunately had to cancel all of our programme for spring and summer, but we sincerely hope that we can continue with the Annual Flower and Produce Show, on Saturday 5 September ’20.

The schedule is on this website [here], so please take a look and start planning what you would like to enter.

We will all meet again in the not too distant future, and in the meantime at least, we all have our gardens to give us pleasure.

Kind Regards
Pat Davies

September 2019 – A Message from the Chair

Hi everyone.

Well, we ended a fabulous summer break with our Flower and Produce Show. We had a fantastic day, with so many people participating.

I would like to personally thank Felicity Rixon, Chris Miles and Lindsay Smith in putting the show together and also to everyone who helped on the previous days getting the hall ready, and to the ladies who ran the kitchen.

It is always a lot of hard work and so much effort was put in to give us all such a lovely time.

A special thanks to Satnam Rana,  who very kindly came along to present the trophies. Pictures of the show can be found Here.

Well done to everyone who won and I hope it will inspire other people to exhibit next year.

We look forward now to our new season and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Best Wishes
Pat Davies

June 2019 – A Message from the Chair

We had a lovely day at Waterperry Gardens last Thursday, and we were very lucky with the weather, it was glorious. I sincerely hope the weather becomes more settled and we can all look forward to a fabulous summer.

I hope to see all of you at different times over the summer period, we have some lovely things planned, with our next outing at Old Wollerton Hall on 10thJuly.

The Piggery is open this weekend and is always worth at visit.

So I hope you all have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Best Wishes,
Pat Davies

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.