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Programme 2019-2020

Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

Wednesday 20th November, 2019


Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener, Great Dixter

In 1992 Fergus became Head Gardener at Great Dixter, working closely with Christopher Lloyd until Christopher's death in 2006.

Since then he has been Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

Fergus works full-time, hands on, in the garden as well as writing and lecturing across the world.

He will be sharing his knowledge on maintaining a spectacular mixed border throughout the year.


Drawn To See

Thursday 23rd January, 2020


Sarah Simblet - Botanical Artist, co-author of The New Sylva

Dr Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, writer, broadcaster and anatomist, She is the Ruskin's Tutor of Anatomy.

Inspired by John Evelyn's Sylva, the world's first comprehensive study of trees, silvologist Gabriel Hemery and artist Sarah have created a breathtaking contemporary version, intertwining science art and history.

The New Sylva describes the tree species that play a significant role in today's society.

Sarah is dedicated to sharing and encouraging visual intelligence in others.



Compost, Brews and Tinctures - a New Look at Soil

Monday 17th February, 2020


Joshua Sparkes, Head Gardener, Forde Abbey

Joshua spent a month in America to fully immerse himself in a new way of working. He says 'we need to change because our climate is changing.' He feels that we now need to question everything we do, the plants we grow and how we grow them.


He will be telling us about soils and some of the secrets of making rich composts and fertilisers for future gardening success.


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The Millennium Forest - Gardening with Wild Nature

Monday 9th March 2020

7.30 pm

Midori Shintani, Head Gardener, Tokachi Millennium Forest, Hokkaido, Japan


Midori trained in horticulture and landscape architecture at Minami Kyushu University in Japan.

After time in Sweden she returned to Japan and now is Head gardener of the Millennium Forest.

The Forest was originally established to offset carbon footprints by the Tokachi Newspaper Co.

Midori will introduce the whole picture of the unique modern garden movement in Japan and share how she and her team take care of the native forests and cultivated garden area.

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  American Garden meets English Landscape

  Tuesday 7th April, 2020


Andrew Cannell, Head Gardener, American Museum

Wisley trained Andrew will describe the recent developments in the gardens of the American Museum, Bath. 


The project revamped the George Washington 1799 colonial Upper Garden and developed the New American Garden with its bold swathes of grasses and perennials.


Andrew will tell us how these two projects came to be and how they sit within the tranquil and quintessentially English setting of the Midford valley.

Inspired by Nature - The New Perennial Movement


Tuesday 12th May, 2020


Cassian Schmidt - Director, Hermannshof Gardens, Germany

Cassian has over 25 years of experience as a professional horticulturalist. 

At the Hermnnshof Gardens he has been focusing on natural plant communities (mainly North American prairie and Eastern European steppe) as models for new sustainable plant combinations for the urban environment.


Things that turn me on - Confessions of a Plant Freak 

Wednesday 4th December, 2019

7.30 pm

Nick Macer, Nurseryman, Pan-Global Plants

In 1997 Nick Macer founded Pan-Global Plants, a specialist plant nursery in Gloucestershire, He has travelled the world to find plants for his unique nursery which supplies many significant gardens throughout the UK.


He will be telling us about why he is obsessed with plants and which ones particularly excite him.

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Bringing the Mediterranean into your Garden

Thursday 10th October, 2019


Olivier Filippi, Nurseryman, Pepiniere Filippi

Olivier Filippi and his wife Clara run a specialist nursery, located in the South of France, dedicated to drought tolerant plants.

The couple started their research in the 1980s and since then have travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean and similar climate regions around the world to study plant adaptation in these areas.

Experience in the wild and their own garden has given them a unique understanding of the needs of plants in a dry climate.

Olivier is a photographer and author of several books including The Dry Gardening Handbook and Bringing the Mediterranean into your Garden: How to Catch the Natural Beauty of the Garrigue

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