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 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.
Voyage of the Beagle - Nick Wray
The Beagle was a research vessel that carried out one of the most important scientific expeditions in history. On board was the botanist, Charles Darwin, whose findings led to the publication of 'On the Origin of Species'.
Hellebores - Sally Gregson
Sally Gregson is a horticultural advisor and writer, who contributes to national garden publications, including Country Gardener.
Healing Gardens - Cleve West
Cleve West will talk about how gardens can provide physical and mental benefits. He designed Horatio's Garden to provide a therapeutic space for people with spinal injuries.
Gardens of the National Trust - Stephen Lacey
Stephen will tell us about the Trust's gardens, looking at changing designs and planting styles over the years.
Spirit of the Japanese Garden - David Burgess
David will provide an insight into Japanese thinking on garden design.
Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World - Jennifer Potter
Jennifer Potter will be talking about the often surprising stories behind seven plants that had an important impact on our world.
Day Visit to Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford - Brian Dury (organiser)
The Gardens contain trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, modern planting, secret corners and long vistas. There are nineteen planting areas that include a formal garden, the Mary Rose Garden, a water lily canal and the long colour border. It was home to a horticultural college (1932-71), the first to train women gardeners.
Afternoon Visit to Radcot House, Oxfordshire - Brian Dury (organiser)
These contemporary gardens comprise three acres of dramatic, yet harmonious, planting in light and shade. There are a formal pond, fruit and vegetable cages and interesting sculptural surprises. The pavilion area makes extensive use of grasses and unusual perennials.
Penstemons and Other Sun Lovers - Julie Ritchie
Julie specialises in perennials and alpines, and grows peat free. She will be telling us about plants that can make a huge contribution to the colours in our gardens.
Successful Fruit Growing - Grow Your Own Five a Day - Philip Aubury
This will be a practical session providing lots of guidance, including pruning.
Allotments History - Lia Leendertz
Lia has carried out a lot of research on the history of allotments, especially on her own in Horfield.
The Club Christmas Event - To be advised