Garden Shed
Programme 2022-2023

Delos -Vita and Harold's Forgotten Garden

Thursday 20th October 2022


Troy Scott Smith, Head Gardener, Sissinghurst

Troy started his career with the National Trust at Sissinghurst, and has returned for a third time, his second as Head Gardener.

In 2019 he began his most ambitious project to date. Working with Dan Pearson, he began the process of re-imagining  the lost garden of Delos.

In this lecture he will describe the Greek garden made in the 1930's by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the detailed process undertaken to bring it back, thus evoking the Mediterranean once again.


Growing a Green Roof

Monday 14th November, 2022


John Little - Grass Roof Company

John has designed and built over 300 small green roof buildings, combining biodiverse green roofs with walls of breeding and hibernation space.


He has continued this biodiversity on brownfield sites.


Believing that gardens can be designed by soil rather than the plants, he will suggest to us structural complexity is overlooked in landscape design and is more important than plant choice.


Gardening in the Future


Tuesday 6th December, 2022


Mary Payne, Horticultural Consultant

Mary is best described as a horticultural consultant specialising in creating and managing planting schemes for gardens large and small.


Currently she has several gardens in various stages of development, including Compton Acres in Poole.


Following the summer of 2022 Mary's advice on what the future holds for our gardens will be especially welcome.

York Gate through the Head Gardener's Eye


Monday 16th January, 2023


Ben Preston, Head Gardener, Perennial's York Gate Garden

Until August 2022 Ben was Head Gardener at York Gate in Leeds. He spent five years there, developing and expanding this exceptional garden.


The creation of new gardens and a nursery (along with a cafe) has bought this treasured Arts and Crafts garden into the 21st century,


This talk will give you an insight into maintaining and developing an historic garden while keeping one eye on the past and one eye on the future.


A passionate gardener and nurseryman Ben is now the owner of Cliff Bank Nursery, near Harrogate, which is to be reopened in April 2023.