Programme 2021-2022

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American Garden meets English Landscape

Wednesday 13th October 2021

7.30pm

Andrew Cannell, Head Gardener, American Museum, Bath

Wisley trained Andrew will describe the changes and developments made in the gardens of the American Museum over the last few years.

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.

This meeting is being held at the American Museum.

Members and their guests only, due to covid restrictions. Information about the arrangements will be sent to members via email.

 Sat 9th October - The maximum number has now been reached.

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The View from Federal Twist: a New Way of Thinking about Gardens, Nature and Ourselves

 

Thursday 4th November, 2021

7.30pm

James Golden, horticulturalist and author

 

James is an innovative and naturalistic gardener from New Jersey.

 

This celebrated garden maker will tell us about Federal Twist, a garden that has loose boundaries and so integrates closely with the natural world that surrounds it. A truly special place.

This is an opportunity to explore the relationship between gardens, nature and ourselves.

James' book, which charts the development of this place of changing qualities and views  is due to be published in the UK this October.

 

This meeting is being held at the American Museum.

Members and their guests only, due to covid restrictions. Information about the arrangements will be sent to members via email.

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Plants for the Future and How to Grow them

 

Thursday 2nd December, 2021

7.30pm

Jonny Bruce, Freelance gardener.

Jonny Bruce is an art historian and gardener.

He has trained and worked at Kew, Great Dixter and Prospect Cottage.

Last year he returned to the UK from four years in the Netherlands, working at the organic De Hessenhof, and now plans to develop his own nursery based on all the knowledge that has gained.

He is currently working as a freelance gardener and writer.

Jonny's talk will be a celebration of the plant diversity in our own gardens, while showing us more sustainable ways to grow them

 

 

This meeting is being held at the University. Covid restrictions may apply.

 Information about the arrangements will be sent to members via email.

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Flora of the Silk Road

Wednesday 26th January, 2022

7.30pm

Chris Gardner, Horticulturalist and Naturalist.

Chris and his wife Basak have led specialist botanical and wildlife tours for many years, especially in the countries of the 5,000 mile Silk Road.

 

As he is an accomplished photographer this promises to be a fascinating talk about the flora of regions which have now become inaccessible to the everyday traveller

This meeting is being held at the University. Covid restrictions may apply.

Information about the arrangements will be sent to members via email.

The Tale of Two Gold Medals

Monday February 14th, 2022

Steve Edney - Head Gardener at The Salutation, and the No Name Nursery

 

Steve has been perfecting his art for 28 years, having studied at Hadlow and Merrist Wood colleges.

In 2005 he joined The Salutation to steer its huge restoration project, which was completed on time and within budget.

 

Join Steve to find out what it takes to create a gold medal winning Chelsea display using seed heads, followed weeks later by a gold medal and best in show at Hampton Court with a dramatic display of exotics

 

This meeting is being held at the University. Covid restrictions may apply.

Information about the arrangements will be sent to members via email.

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The Wonderful World of Hardy Perennial and Scented Violas

 

Wednesday 16th March, 2022

7.30pm

Jack Willgoss, Wildegoose Nursery, Lower Millichope, Shrops.

 

Jack and Laura Willgoss trained at Wisley and after working as gardeners took on the Bouts Viola Collection, winning gold and silver gilt  at Chelsea.

They are now creating a new garden in an old setting, showcasing a wide range of the herbaceous perennials and grasses that they love to grow.

 

This talk will tell us about hardy perennial and scented violas, their history, how to grow them, along with planting ideas and an overview of some of the best from their collection.

This meeting will be held at the University.

 

An update on the arrangements will be sent to members, via email, prior to the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers, Patterns and Plants

Monday 4th April, 2022

7.30pm

Howard Wills, Fernwood Nursery, Torrington, Devon

Howard is a lifelong plantaholic. At his nursery he holds National Collections of Sempervivum and Jovibarba species and cultivars.

These plants have been exhibited and won RHS Gold Medals.

 

This is a non technical guide to looking at plants from a scientific and mathematical point of view.

Using a wide range of photographic examples Howard will talk about the mathematics of plant structure, growth and development and so show us another aspect of the beauty that is around us.

This meeting will be held at the University.

 

An update on the arrangements will be sent to members, via email, prior to the meeting.

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A New Beginning

Tuesday 10th May, 2022

7.30pm - TBC

Kevin Hughes, Cally Gardens and Specialist Plant Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet

The Cally Gardens were built back in the 18th century as a walled kitchen garden for Cally House. Like many, this splendid garden fell victim to the social and economic changes caused by the 1914-18 war.

 

Eventually, in 1987, it became a nursery and garden, having been restored by planthunter Michael Wickenden. It had to close again in 2016 on his death.

In 2018 Kevin took on the garden, bringing his own stunning collection of magnolias, daphnes and triliums - as well as adding more including galanthus, paeonies and nerines.

 

As an ecologist and environmentalist this plantsman aims to make Cally a haven for birds, insects and all things wild.

This meeting will be held at the University.

 

An update on the arrangements will be sent to members, via email, prior to the meeting. The AGM will be held before the talk. Starting time TBC

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