The Answer Lies in the Soil - Tim Foster
Tim Foster will advise us on growing healthy plants using organic techniques, including soil care.
Peonies and Irises - Susannah Applegate
Susannah Applegate is a leading expert on peonies and irises. Her talk will lighten a dark February evening.
365 Days of Colour in the Garden - Nick Bailey
Nick is a garden designer and has recently become a regular presenter on Gardeners' World. He will talk about plants, techniques and innovative associations to guarantee year-round colour. He is a prolific writer, and contributes to newspapers and gardening magazines, and was awarded the accolade of Garden Journalist of the Year 2017. His second book, on which his talk will be based, was published in 2015 and has been an Amazon best seller ever since.
Pin me to the Wall - Andrew Mikolajski
Andrew is a writer and lecturer and is a prolific author. He will tell us how to choose and manage climbers and wall shrubs.
Harold Peto - Christine Stones
Christine will tell us about this influential garden designer, who was responsible for Iford Manor Gardens, which is one of our summer visits.
A Blaze of Glory - Timothy Walker
Timothy is a botanist and former director of Oxford Botanic Gardens. He will show how autumn colour can be achieved until the first frosts.
Life on a Gardening Magazine - Tamsin Westhorpe
Tamsin is a horticulturalist, journalist, Director at Stockton Bury Gardens, RHS judge and lecturer.
Using Roses in the Garden - Michael Marriott
For 30 years Michael has worked for David Austin Roses, advising gardeners and designing rose gardens around the world.
Gardening Disasters - Neil Ross
Gardening journalist, lecturer, designer and former head gardener, Neil will provide an entertaining insight into what not to do.
Club Christmas Event: The English Garden - Ann-Marie Powell
Ann-Marie delighted us with her talk on plans for small gardens in 2012. This entertaining speaker and garden designer now returns, with a very appropriate topic to round off the year.
Water Gardens and Their History - Peter May
From a tiny suburban pond to the Chatsworth Cascade, Peter will show that water has always been important in gardens.
Crops for Small Spaces - Jane Moore
Jane is the head gardener at Bath Priory Hotel. She will focus on growing your own fruit and vegetables in a small garden or courtyard.
Spectacular Containers for Year-round Colour - Sue Fisher
Sue will describe a wealth of plants that can be used to create beautiful containers for every season.
Not Just Gertrude Jekyll - Christine Stones
Women have featured prominently in garden history and Christine will take us through the most interesting personalities and the gardens they have made or inspired. After working for the BBC as a producer and presenter, Christine gained an MA in Garden History. She has visited and recorded 160 gardens across the world. So she is very well qualified to talk to us about the many women who have had a big influence on garden on garden design through the ages.
Ornamental Shrubs and Trees for the Garden - Tony Russell
Tony is a forester and wrote ‘The Complete Book of Trees’. He will give us many ideas on what to plant in a garden.
Clematis for Today’s Gardens - Raymond Evison
Raymond is a leading expert on clematis and has developed many of the new varieties that we now grow in our gardens.
Sixteen restored Victorian pleasure gardens and summerhouses, followed by a visit to a beautiful Cotswold Arts & Crafts garden (HHA Garden of the Year in 2003), which is home to the Kiftsgate rose.
‘The finest water garden in the world’ – islands, woodland valleys and exotic plants. This will be followed by Houghton Lodge: walled garden, sculptures, topiary, herbaceous border and more.
The 3.5 acre garden includes a Chelsea Gold Medal winning rockery with spectacular conifer colours and textures, parterre, herbaceous borders and a mill pond, set against an impressive 19th Century railway viaduct.
A Tale of Two Gardens: Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall - Matthew Wilson
Matthew is a regular on Gardens Question Time. His talk will be on his time running each of these gardens.
Bulbs through the Year - Margaret Easter
Not just daffodils and tulips, but many other bulbs that can feature throughout the year, as Margaret will describe.
The New English Garden - Tim Richardson
Described as ‘an irreverent commentator’, Tim will be talking about the changes in garden design made over the last 20 years.
Club Christmas Event: 65 Years in Horticulture - Jim Buttress
An evening of anecdotes from ‘The People’s Gardener’ – Jim Buttress will take us through his gardening life from naughty schoolboy to RHS judge and Superintendent of the Royal Parks.
Islamic Gardens - Nathalie Mignotte
Nathalie Mignotte will explain the history and design of these beautiful, tranquil gardens which are meant to be visions of paradise.
Making the Most of a Small Garden - Sue Fisher
Sue Fisher will give us design tips, plant suggestions and growing advice. Her aim is to inspire gardeners to get the maximum value from the smallest space.
A Life in Five Gardens - James Alexander Sinclair
James will be telling us about his experiences in designing and living in five special gardens. His reputation is as an extremely amusing speaker, who will also give us insights into good garden design principles, and how to avoid costly mistakes.
Some Modern Gardening Myths - Ken Thompson
Ken is a plant biologist with a great knowledge of the science of gardening. It is likely that he will surprise us and debunk some of the assumptions that we make about horticulture.
Sissinghurst - 'Revitalising Vita' - Troy Scott Smith
A seven year project is underway to revitalise the garden, bringing about a more authentic Vita Sissinghurst - a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion.
Day visit to Winterbourne House, Edgbaston (Birmingham University Botanic Gardens) - Brian Dury (organiser)
Seven acres of Grade II listed, Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens, with John Nettlefold's imaginatively restored 1903 Arts and Crafts house and the wisteria-clad Terrace tearoom. See Useful Links.
Day visit to Marwood Hill Garden, Barnstaple - Brian Dury (organiser)
Covering twenty acres with three beautiful lakes. The bog garden provides a stream of colour as primulas are succeeded by irises and astilbes, complemented by hydrangeas on the hillside. Visit the award-winning Garden Tea Room. See Useful Links.
Afternoon visit to Stoberry House, near Wells - Brian Dury (organiser)
With breathtaking views over Wells, this six acre garden provides a stunning combination of vistas, accented with ponds, sculpture, a sunken garden, potager, lime walk, herbaceous borders, roses, fernery, and salvias. See Useful Links.
Wicked Plants - Marion Dale
A look at some of our garden plants that can kill, intoxicate, irritate or otherwise offend! Which ones are hiding in your garden?
Garden Style - Anna Pavord
This talk will give a fresh perspective on garden design and style.
The New Kitchen Garden - Mark Diacono
This talk will cover vegetables, fruit, herbs and spices and how to grow them anywhere, including the flower beds.
Club Christmas Event: Mistletoe, Myth and Legend. Members only. - Michael Jones
There is more to mistletoe than its role at Christmas.