Friday 18th March 7.30pm

Graham Spencer

FROM CUTTING TO GARDEN CENTRE – HOW PLANTS ARE PRODUCED FOR YOUR GARDEN

After 15 years in specialist horticulture, Graham Spencer saw a need and became a Plant Breeders Agent.  He looks at the supply chain for ornamental horticulture.  Zipping around the world, looking inside laboratories, glasshouses and the inside of a lorry, Graham follows the plant from the earliest stages of production right through the extraordinary and convoluted journey to the point where you pick it up in your local garden centre.

Friday 8th April 7.30pm

Bob Brown

PLANTS GROW IN THE DIRT

Bob Brown is well-known nationally and internationally by both nurserymen and gardeners. He is a collector of plants and the Cotswold Garden Flowers website lists over 10,000 plants that he has grown.  This talk challenges conventional wisdom and accepted gardening principles. Some tips for everyone to make your life in the garden easier. This is going to be an enjoyable fun evening and Bob promises to bring some unusual plants from his nursery in Worcestershire. An evening not to be missed.

Please note, because it is Easter, this is the 2nd Friday of the month not our usual 3rd

 

Friday 15th July 7:30 pm

Howard Drury

AFTER THE RAIN AND SNOW, WHAT NEXT FOR THE GARDENER?

This talk was originally written to look at all the problems that have been caused by the heavy rains snow and cold weather of late 2013 and the bleak start to 2014. It has been extensively updated to take into account the wet autumn and winter of 2019 and the threats of climate change. With recommendations on which plants to grow and how to look after your soil. This talk also includes advice on new varieties and possible pest and disease problems.

Friday 16th September 7.30pm

Lady Rosemary FitzGerald

OUR FRIENDS THE BULBS; CLUES FROM THE WILD (AND SOMETIMES EXTREME) HABITATS. HELP TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS AND PLACES TO GROW THEM

Lady Rosemary is a specialist in ecologically-based garden advice and plant selection. Understanding the natural habitats of our garden plants helps in choosing the right plant for the right place in your garden. Much of the talk is inspired by her book, A Gardener’s Guide to Native Plants of Britain & Ireland.