FOR ACTIVITIES FROM MAY TO AUGUST SEE THE VISITS PAGE
Wednesday 10 January
Annual General Meeting to be followed by:
Chris Mortimer “Garden Dreams - the development, design, philosophy of my garden at Mill Barn”
Chris's unique and quirky garden along the River Darwin in Lancashire offers a series of delights with surprises around every corner. More details can be found on ngs.org.uk
Wednesday 14 February
Steve Bake “Bake and Ladders”
Steve is a retired Richmond firefighter. He will talk briefly about keeping safe on ladders. There are a few simple ways to avoid falls, but it's so easy to ignore them in our eagerness to get on with the job.
to be followed by: Jonathan Hill “Lawns- who needs them? A new appreciation for the most horticultural part of a garden”
Jonathan Hill is the sales and marketing director of Rolawn, Europe's largest grower of premium quality turf, topsoil and bark. He says, “I'm a fan of lawns, nature, bugs, beasts and anything with an engine. Bring your questions and let's talk.”
Wednesday 14 March
Graham Porter “Spring into action”
Graham is the current resident 'gardening expert' on BBC Radio Leeds. The 'Spring into Action' talk is a chance to look at the huge range of propagation opportunities that abound in the spring garden. A few surprises along the way!! Members are very welcome to bring in plants from their gardens to add to the discussion on opportunities for propagation in the spring.
Wednesday 11 April
Julian Davies "Maximising plant potential”
Julian has spent the last 25 years working as an agronomist at an applied R&D centre near York. He carries out commercially funded projects for a wide range of companies in UK, Europe and America. He has a passion for horticulture and runs projects with 25 primary schools enabling children to grow veg and salad.
The talk will provide an insight into how commercial growers manipulate plants to achieve the demands of retailers and how gardeners can use some of these techniques. It looks at fertilisers, growing media, biological control, alternatives to chemicals and new developments with LEDs that allow crops to be grown during winter or without any natural light. More on stockbridgetechnology.co.uk
Wednesday 9 May
Slide show of members' garden photos and Grand Plant Swap.
An informal evening for members to share plants, pictures and cake.
Wednesday 12 September
Don Witton “Walking with Flowers”
These are holiday snaps with a difference, combining Don's two passions - walking and wildflowers. Whether it's coastal, countryside or mountain walking you will see beautiful pictures of many of our garden plants in stunning scenery where they choose to grow naturally. More on Don's website: euphorbias.co.uk
Wednesday 10 October
Paul Cook “Harlow Carr Garden”
Paul Cook was appointed curator of Harlow Carr Gardens in 2013. He is responsible for managing and developing the garden's plant collections and leading a team of thirty horticulturists, RHS trainees and volunteers.
Wednesday 14 November
Wacks Wicked Plants "Love at first bite”
An entertaining look at the trials and tribulations of growing/displaying carnivorous plants, with pictures and real plants, including some plants for sale. It will cover the pitfalls of displaying carnivorous plants as well as information on how to care for them. More on wackswickedplants.co.uk