Speakers 

2022

TBA

Wednesday

5th January

TBA

Neil Ross - The X Factor

Wednesday

2nd February

Ten tips to take an average garden and make it memorable - this is a fun sort of talk about some design basics such as repeating plants –using the Japanese principle of Wabi Sabi in the garden - creating a theme and thinking about putting together plants in creative ways

 James Alexander Sinclair - Sex, Death and Gardening

Wednesday

2nd March

Yes, really!! And who better to let us into the dark secrets of the garden than the ever-popular James Alexander Sinclair, garden designer extraordinaire. 

Geoff Hodge - Gardening on Clay

Wednesday

6th April

Quite a few of us struggle with this type of soil - cold and claggy one day and rock solid the next. Geoff Hodge, writer, broadcaster and consultant will advise us on how we can deal with these conditions to get the best from our gardens. 

Sally Morgan - Climate Change Gardening

Wednesday

4th May

We are already seeing changes to our climate – the earliest spring, the mildest winter, the wettest year, while new pests and diseases are reported each year.   Sally, who is a botanist by training, avid gardener and co-author of The Climate Change Garden will give down to earth advice on how we can work towards a climate change resilient garden.

Phillip Aubury - Garden Ponds and Water Features

Wednesday

1st June

A welcome return for this former director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Whether for environmental reasons or simply decoration, ponds and water features are increasingly popular and so we need a bit of know-how and Philip will be here to provide it.

Fergus Garrett - Succession Planting

Wednesday

7th September

Great Dixter, the garden of the late Christopher Lloyd,  is the home of succession planting so  there’s no-one better to give this talk than Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett.

Andrew Tolman - Stumperies, Ferns and Shady Friends

Wednesday

5th October

Bringing with him over 30 years of gardening experience and with a specialist knowledge of woodland plants, ferns and topiary, Andrew can shed some light on our shady places. 

Steven Desmond - Within These Walls - The Country House Kitchen Garden

Wednesday

2nd November

We have all visited properties grand enough to have a kitchen garden and maybe looked with envy on the quantity and variety of produce grown there. Steven is a landscape consultant who writes for Country Life and so is well placed to enlighten us on what goes on within those walls. 

Nick Macer - Confessions of a Plant Freak

Wednesday

7th December

Globe-trotting plant hunter and owner of the celebrated rare plants nursery Pan Global Plants in Gloucestershire, Nick will be telling us what ‘turns him on’ about the plant world. Uninspiring stock at garden centres, dull planting schemes and dumbing down of gardening programmes are all targets for his criticism, so be warned!