HPS Monmouthshire Group: Zoom talks

Zoom talks 2022/23 to be hosted by HPS Monmouthshire Group
To book your places, please follow this link and make payment using either your debit or credit card: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/The-HPS-Monmouthshire-Group
Tickets are £3 per person for HPS members and £5 per person for non-members. Raffle tickets are also available at £1 per ticket, each raffle being drawn directly after the talk and the prizes being garden vouchers for use at participating garden centres across the UK. (Joining a raffle is of course optional – as well as paying for our raffle prizes, the funds raised go towards the cost of our speakers and improving our future programme.)

Wednesday, October 26th 2022, 7.30pm ‘Westonbirt and its role with endangered trees’ by Andrew Smith, Director of The National Arboretum
We are surely all concerned about the state of the world’s trees. With 30% (17,500) of tree species globally at risk of extinction, there are twice the number of threatened tree species than threatened mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles combined. After giving us an introduction to the Arboretum at Westonbirt, Andrew will outline the ‘The State of the World’s Trees’ report and the Global Conservation Consortia’s current and future response. He’ll also show us some of the endangered trees that are currently grown and nurtured at Westonbirt.

Saturday, January 14th 2023, 2.30pm ‘Gardening in South Africa’ by Michael Hogan, Designer and artist, live from Skeerpoort, South Africa
Warm up your winter’s afternoon by joining us as Michael shows us his spectacular 40 acre gardens at Mulligatawny Farm and explains some of the joys and challenges involved in gardening in South Africa. This beautifully landscaped private garden (over a decade in the making) draws inspiration from European landscapes and Monet’s water gardens at Giverny. Very much a private garden, Mulligatawny Gardens is occasionally open to the public for charity so the proceeds of this talk will be donated to a charity of Michael’s choice.

Wednesday, April 19th 2023, 7.30pm ‘Gardeners & Climate Change’ by Howard Drury, Horticultural Lecturer and Advisor

Howard Drury was a researcher and presenter on Central TV’s Gardening Time for many years and now runs gardening clubs, gives horticultural advice and runs gardening holidays around the world. He will look at how Global Warming is likely to affect us as gardeners. Will we be growing the same plants or should we be choosing a totally new range of plants able to survive the threats that global warming seems to bring? Believe it or not, it is not all doom and gloom; there are exciting possibilities and new plants to grow!