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Photos of the 2014 Country Gardeners Day at Stockton Bury, courtesy of Alex Ramsay

HEREFORDSHIRE HORTICULTURAL HUB

EVENTS 

The Hub Country Gardeners’ Day

Sunday May 28th 2017

Open 10am-4pm.

 Buy local, meet expert growers, enjoy the gardens and treat yourself to art and practical garden accessories.

 Come and support local nurseries and garden businesses from the Hub.

Stockton Bury Gardens, Kimbolton, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0HB.

It’s a relaxed and friendly event - the perfect day out.

  Adults £6, children under 5 Free, children between 5 and 16 £3


LINKS TO MEMBERS' EVENTS PAGES

Stockton Bury Gardens Hergest Croft The Heartfelt Garden at Brook Farm Moors Meadow,
Cottage Herbery
Aulden Farm, Hampton Court Castle and Gardens, Bouts Violas at Wildgoose Nurseries, Claire Austin Hardy Plants, Plant Supports

More info soon
11 & 12 June 2016

The Hellens Garden Festival will blossom again in the beautiful gardens and parkland of Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, near Ledbury, Herefordshire. The 2016 Festival theme of, If we nurture Nature, Nature will nurture us, will explore the relationships and connections to our natural environment.

The Festival is a charity fund-raising event with all proceeds donated to our causes: St Michaels Hospice and Back to the Wild. Come and join us! We will have over 80 exhibitors, speakers on all things horticultural, and interactive ‘walk and talks’ with experts who will explore the richness of the Hellens gardens. Engaging artisan craftsmen will share their knowledge and demonstrate their craftsmanship, plus we will have our usual creative childrens’ activities, delicious local food and drink, and lively music sets. Included in the ticket price is the full programme of expert speakers and also themed guided tours. There is also the opportunity to take a tour of Hellens House (house tour price applies).

The Hellens Garden Festival, Hellens, Much Marcle,Herefordshire, HR8 2LY

website
     email   Tel: 01531 660504

More info here and here




T
he next Hereford Seed Swap  is on Saturday February 6th at the Courtyard in Hereford

NOTE NEW TIME! 11.00 to 15.00
 
Join in the conversation on our Facebook page - Seed Swap Herefordshire 

   And check out the website:  www.swapseeds.org

Entrance Free


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Country Gardeners’ Day

Sunday June 14th 2015

Open 10am-4pm.

 Buy local, meet expert growers, enjoy the gardens and treat yourself to art and practical garden accessories.

 Come and support local nurseries and garden businesses from the Hub.

15 plus stalls at Stockton Bury Gardens, Kimbolton, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0HB.

It’s a relaxed and friendly event - the perfect day out.

  Adults £6, children under 5 Free, children between 5 and 16 £3

The next

Hereford Seed Swap

 is on

Saturday February 7th

10.00 to 14.00

at the Courtyard

in Hereford

Entrance Free


Festival Day Performances

Saturday

6th December 10:45 am - 5 pm

Website

Fetsival Programme here

The Pavilion, Civic Garden, Tenbury Wells
‘More than Mistletoe’ a Winter Gardener's Fair
The Herefordshire & Marches Horticultural Hub will have stalls with a wonderful choice of Christmas presents for gardeners and nature lovers including a selection of plants for winter interest.  Free entry.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE 2015 DATE  & PLACE

THE HEREFORDSHIRE & MARCHES HORTICULTURAL HUB

COUNTRY GARDENER’S DAY

SUNDAY 15TH JUNE  2014 10am TIL 4pm

AT STOCKTON BURY GARDENS NR LEOMINSTER

An intimate and friendly event, welcoming knowledgeable and novice gardeners alike. The perfect opportunity to buy local and get to know the horticultural businesses in your area.

The beautiful gardens will be open for all to see and many Hub gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.  Have a (no obligation) chat with one of our skilled designers perhaps about an awkward area or your dream garden.  Buy plants from your local nurseries – experts in growing plants in your local area. 

….Improve your garden photography skills with professional photographers Alex Ramsay and Julia Stanley.  Make lotions and potions with experienced herbalists Rowan McOnegal and Paul Richards (as seen on TV!)  Talk to our local blacksmith artists about something for your garden.   Go on a forage around the gardens and hedgerows with Liz Knight from Forage Fine Foods.  Have lunch in the beautiful tithe barn between browsing the stalls. 


 Saturday 6th September 2014 6pm

At Brook Farm, Berrington

A Conversation with Garden Critic

Anne Wareham

Are Gardens Art?

Hosted by

Tristan Gregory

Head Gardener, Kentchurch Court, Herefordshire

 

Tickets £8 in advance only from sarah@hortihub.co.uk



 7-8 June 2014

The wonderful gardens and grounds of Hellens Manor at Much Marcle will once more hold this special 2 day Garden Festival, 7-8 June. We are delighted to share that James Alexander-Sinclair, TV presenter and award winning Garden Designer, TV gardener as well as Chelsea and Malvern medal winner, will be our special guests and will host a reception evening on the 6th June in the beautiful grounds of Hellens, and lead a Gardeners Forum session on Saturday 7th.

We are also pleased to share that the RSPB have agreed to be our partners, supporting our theme, Gardening for Wildlife, with theirs, Give Nature a Chance, Give Nature a Home. With this in mind, we are running a special competition for school children, and families, and are asking them to build an animal home out of recycled and natural materials. It can be any animal, from toads to woodpeckers, hedgehogs to newts, bees to worms, and the quirkier the home the better. i.e. a grass roof on the DesRes.
 

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The Garden Festival 7-8 June 2014

We are asking the children to research the animal and tell us why they chose the animal and why they chose the materials they will use, and what they would do with the first prize, should they win it. The entries will be displayed in a Pop Up Wildlife Estate in the beautiful gardens of Hellens Manor.

We are once more supporting St Michaels Hospice and last year were able to donate £5,000 towards the sensory gardens in their new build, due for completion this year. This will be a valuable and enhancing addition for patients, family and friends experience at St Michaels Hospice. With up to 80 exhibitors and demonstrators, topical and lively talks and discussions, a medley of musical offerings, delicious local foods and drinks, and creative, childrens' activities, this is an event that appeals to all gardeners and families

Entrance fees to the Festival are: Adult £6.50  Child £2.50  Family £13.00 [ 2 adult and 2 children]



Join Cobalt and a host of VIP guests, as they celebrate 50 years of achievement as a leading local medical charity. Enjoy a delicious evening champagne and canapé reception in the new for 2014 ‘Garden Theatre’, a private viewing of the Show Gardens, exclusive guest talks (including a celebrity gardener), live classical music and a ‘money can’t buy’ auction. Event starts 6:30pm. Dress: smart/casual. Tickets £50 per person (includes general admission to the show after 3pm—value £38) Numbers are very limited for this exclusive event, please call 01242 535922 or visit www.cobaltevents.co.uk to reserve your ticket or simply complete and send the form on the reverse.

 


BBC Radio 4’s 'Book of the Week' broadcast of Helena Attlee’s The Land Where Lemons Grow  starts on Easter Monday, April 21st.



Flower Fair On: Monday, 5th May, 2014   Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm Various activities for children, chinese raffle, cake stalls all to raise money our selected charity this year: Hope Support Services   

Free Guided walk On: Wednesday, 11th June, 2014 Time: 6.00pm to see spectacular Rhododendrons and Azalea's. Many craft and plant stalls Evening walk around Hergest Croft Gardens(2 hours approximately)  Walk around the gardens with Head Gardener Stephen Lloyd during the evening.  With tea and coffee afterwards.  Booking advised £5.00 per person including tea/coffee.  Telephone Melanie on 01544 230160 to book.  Payment in cash on the night. This event is in conjunction with Kington Festival Fortnight. Kington Festival.

VIOLA OPEN DAY
Sunday 4th May 2014, 2-6pm

To be held at Millichope Park, Munslow, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9HA, Just off the B4368 Craven Arms to Bridgnorth Road

A rare chance to see the UK’s largest collection of scented, hardy and perennial violas. Held in conjunction with the NGS opening of Millichope Park’s 19th century pleasure gardens. The gardens are notable for their bluebells, which will be looking at their best.

There will be plants for sale and plenty of tea and homemade cakes available. For more information please contact us.



       

The Birches

Thanks to the support and enthusiasm of everyone, Gardens in the Wild 2013 was all we could hope for. Several of the talks were sell-outs and a huge number of people visited the gardens. The stalls were fantastic, set out round the magnificent oak tree


In 2014 our aim is to raise money for Herefordshire Nature Trust to enable them to purchase The Birches Farm situated between Kington and Eardisley. This is a farm of some 60 acres which is a haven for wonderful flora and fauna.  In January 2014 the whole site was designated a SSSI. It is a truly special place.

Our next Gardens in the Wild festival will be in June 2015

 

Over the weekend of 21/22 June we will be organising 3 events:

11.00 am Saturday 21 June
 A guided walk round the Birches Farm with Neville Hart, Projects Manager of  Herefordshire Nature Trust.

 7.15 pm Saturday 21 June
 A fund-raising supper in Titley Village Hall.

11.00 am Sunday 22 June
A guided walk round Moccas Park, an ancient deer park first recorded in 1617. Lewis Goldwater, Herefordshire Parkland Project Manager, will guide us round the site which has many old trees of historic interest and importance.


We hope you will support us in helping Herefordshire Nature Trust. You can find out more and book for the events on our website http://www.gardensinthewild.org/ .

 
Hereford Seed Swap

 Saturday 15th Feb at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

10.00 to 14.00.
From The Tree Shop

Winter is the best time to plant trees so don't be put off by the weather, come and choose a tree for your garden! We have a huge range of fruit & ornamental trees + many special offers.

Click here to see our Top Ten Bestselling Apple Trees
Click here for advice on choosing an ornamental tree for your garden
Click here for information on rootstocks used when growing fruit trees  

There is loads more helpful information at www.frankpmatthews.com or give us a call on 01584 812800
CELEBRATING LOCAL PONDS  SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER



Pond Dipping Learn about Pond wildlife and how to create an ideal wildlife pond Wild Play games and craft activities with a pond theme Please come and learn about ponds with Pond Officer Nigel Hand


Moors Meadow Garden and Nursery
Collington, Bromyard, Hereford HR7 4L 
 www.moorsmeadow.co.uk           
    
Located off the Bromyard/Tenbury Road B4214. From Bromyard      
4 miles on left, sign posted, then follow yellow arrows on track  
 2.00pm until 5.00pm Light refreshments provided.
  

A HOT AUGUST NIGHT FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND

“A Hot August Night”           A summer evening of “cool” music. Due to circumstances beyond our control we, at Moors Meadow  Gardens are unable to bring you the much-loved charity event A Hot Day in August therefore we are joining forces with Jazz in the Foyer to bring you “A Hot August Night”. This will be a concert with extremely talented professional musicians including Nonny James performing songs from Nonny’s CD’s and the brilliant Remi Harris Trio, Remi is one of the UK’s top guitarists. The event will be raising funds for St. Michaels Hospice to help the hospice continue to care for our friends and family. Friday 2nd August in the Crown & Sceptre function room, Sherford St.  Bromyard, Doors open at 7pm for 8pm concert, tickets are £10. For further information and for tickets contact Ros 01885 410318 /   07812041179 or via the web site www.moorsmeadow.co.uk or at the Bromyard Tourist Information Centre.

HUB SUMMER SUPPER  STOCKTON BURY     

SEPTEMBER 5TH 2013 7pm

A year on  and we have many new hub members who joined us met everyone. Thanks to Neil, Gordon and Rymond at Stockton for spendid hosting.

Gilly Pollock of The British Plant Nursery spoke to us about her work. We are keen to persuade her to run one of her popular jolly jaunts around the hub business. (See link below). Gilly is an inspiring business women who has grown a business very rapidly and is now working with Country Living magazine and had a very successful exhibit at Chelsea. We are delighted that she is eager to join us.  http://www.britishplantnurseryguide.co.uk/  

GARDENS IN THE WILD 22 & 23 JUNE 2013

A celebration of Herefordshire landscape and gardens

Gardens in the Wild will be centred at Stagg Meadow, Titley, Herefordshire. The theme of the festival combines nature and landscape with the garden. It focuses on bringing wildness into the garden and celebrates the beauty of summer in Herefordshire.

 Website

HERBFARMACY OPENDAY 27 & 28 JULY 2013

If you've never joined us before for our open farm weekend at the height of the summer, then it's worth making a diary note now. The fields should be full of flowering herbs - echinacea, mullein and calendula - and Paul Richards will give guided tours of the farm (comfortable footwear a bonus!) Snacks and light refreshments will be available and there will be a mini-shop selling Herbfarmacy products as well as some herb plants for sale.  A £3 entry fee will be charged (free for children) and proceeds will go to Concern Universal, Hereford's international charity based on King Street.

 Website


 

Several of our members were at the Great Spring Gardening Event, held at Whitfield at the end of April in aid of the Red Cross. Founder Member Tamsin was there to record things - to see slideshow click on the pic  - but note she cleverly avoided getting in front of the camera herself.
Business first: ATalk by Jenny Bracelin   A group of enthusiastic Hub members enjoyed a talk by Business Consultant Jenny Bracelin on the evening of 16 April. Hosted by Sarah and Willy Wint of Brook Farm it was an evening of lively debate and experience sharing. Jenny covered the topics of 'Convenience', 'Customers' and 'Money' and advised that if you have a can do attitude it will take you a long way. This event offered members the chance to share ideas and enjoy a very tasty fish pie and a glass of wine. Thank you to Jenny.  Jenny's Website 
The Winter Meeting 2013 was held at Brook Farm, Berrington, on Jan 29th (Thanks to Sarah and William Wint). This time the tasks were to renew our speed dating friends, greet a gratifying number of new members and hold a web clinic to fix everyone's website entry. Liberally aided by chilli con carne (bet nobody guessed it was veggie mince!) and french wine.  The Inaugural Meeting was held in September 2012 at Stockton Bury Gardens (Thanks to Raymond and Gordon). Once we had collected a glass of something and a bite to eat we were then got to know each other via "speed dating" administered by Tamsin with ruthless effciency: we sat in pairs and were given a minute each to introduce ourselves, then it was the other person's turn. Then we were moved on to someone else - musical chairs for grown ups but actually a very effective way to get to know everyone