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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.