Meeting Reminder: AGM & Fergus Garrett

Saturday 19th November – Doors open at 10.00am

AGM at 10.30am, followed at 11.15am by

Fergus Garrett – ‘Designing with Plants’

Fergus Garrett is a bundle of energy and his talks are inspirational torrents, enthusing about ambitious planting projects and introducing unconventional colour combinations.  Head Gardener at Great Dixter since 1992, he collaborated closely with its creator, Christopher Lloyd, and still espouses Lloyd’s bold, experimental style to this day. He is a speaker who makes you want to rush home and get straight into the garden. 

Designing with Plants will give plenty of advice on how best to manage your garden throughout the year to create cohesion and maximise your garden’s potential.  Themes include: how to construct a border (spacing, staking, concealing gaps, getting into your border); staggering your planting and getting more than one season of interest from your plant choices; planting for contrast in shape, colour and texture; taking the pressure off spring (what you can do ahead of the busiest growing season to ensure you’re ready); and how to consider biodiversity in your borders.

www.greatdixter.co.uk

HPS Hardy Geranium Group Zoom Talk

The HPS Hardy Geranium Group is hosting a zoom talk by Anthony Nichols, who is the new Plant Heritage Collection Holder of Geranium phaeums.

Anthony is building a wonderful collection of geranium phaeums and currently has 71 cultivars, including: ‘Marcelle’ with wavy, pointed petals, bred by Maggie Mason and a new seedling ‘Barbara’s Blue’ named after his mum.

The talk is on Thursday 17th November At 7.30 pm. This talk is open to all HPS member for a fee of £4.00

Please contact Tricia Newton on snapdragon332001@yahoo.co.uk for details of how to pay.

Tricia will then forward your details to the zoom manager who will link you in.

AGM Correction

For the members that received the AGM papers in the post, we wanted to clarify that the speaker after the AGM is not the talk from the 15th of October on Mints & Poppies but is still Fergus Garrett Head Gardener from Great Dixter as mentioned in our 2022 programme, shown below.

AGM at 10.30am, followed at 11.15am by

Fergus Garrett – ‘Designing with Plants’

Fergus Garrett is a bundle of energy and his talks are inspirational torrents, enthusing about ambitious planting projects and introducing unconventional colour combinations.  Head Gardener at Great Dixter since 1992, he collaborated closely with its creator, Christopher Lloyd, and still espouses Lloyd’s bold, experimental style to this day. He is a speaker who makes you want to rush home and get straight into the garden. 

Designing with Plants will give plenty of advice on how best to manage your garden throughout the year to create cohesion and maximise your garden’s potential.  Themes include: how to construct a border (spacing, staking, concealing gaps, getting into your border); staggering your planting and getting more than one season of interest from your plant choices; planting for contrast in shape, colour and texture; taking the pressure off spring (what you can do ahead of the busiest growing season to ensure you’re ready); and how to consider biodiversity in your borders.

www.greatdixter.co.uk

Meeting Reminder: Sat 15th, ‘Marvellous Mints and Perfect Poppies’

Our next group meeting is on 15th October when Andrew Ward will talk to us about “Marvellous Mints and Perfect Poppies“.

Andrew is happy to bring plants, if members wish to order from Norwell Nurseries by phone or email in advance – 01636 636337 – wardha@aol.com.  Payment on the day by card, cheque or cash.


Dr Andrew Ward and his wife Helen own and run Norwell Nurseries, near Newark in Nottinghamshire. They specialise in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials, as well as the more usual choice of plants. This talk covers a selection of Andrew’s favourites from two diverse plant families, and includes the myriad spires of salvias, ajugas and phlomis contrasting with the diaphanous chalices of papavers, meconopsis and sanguinarias.

Andrew will be bringing plants for sale.  Members may also pre-order plants direct from Andrew and he will bring them to the meeting. Email wardha@aol.com or call 01636 636337 to pre-order.

www.norwellnurseries.co.uk

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!

An evening with Bob Brown

The Blackdown Hills Garden Club is hosting a talk by the renowned plantsman Bob Brown on the 19th of October in Churchinford village hall. Bob is owner of Cotswold Garden Flowers, a regular contributor to Garden Which and a highly entertaining speaker.

Doors open at 7pm, tickets will cost £5 and must be pre-booked either by e-mail gksalmon@outlook.com or phone 01823 601182.

The Secret Gardens of Somerset

The Somerset Gardens Trust has Abigail Willis, author of ‘The Secret Gardens of Somerset‘ coming to give an illustrated talk after their AGM on Monday 26 September 2022. There will be lots of fabulous pictures taken by Clive Boursnell who was the photographer for the book.

There are spare places for the talk which starts at 2.45pm after the AGM (2pm). Tickets are £12 and it is being held at Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster. TA19 9PY, so it is easily accessible.

For tickets, please email suehatherell@btinternet.com and mention ‘Secretgardens’ and ‘non-member’.