Speakers 

2020

Mary Payne - Minimum Effort, Maximum Effect

Wednesday

8th January

Our local celebrity, Mary Payne, will get the year off to a good start with what we would all like to achieve in our gardens.

Margie Hoffnung - Garden Visiting - A very British Tradition

Wednesday

5th February

Grand parklands, pretty cottage gardens, giant veg, flower shows, even lawn mower racing – whatever your interests, there will always be something to tempt you out to a garden-themed event. 

HGC Gardeners' Question Time

Wednesday

4th March

Our panel of local experts, Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Alan Down, gardening writer and former nurseryman and Christine Pritchard,  garden designer  and teacher, chaired by our very own Sue Knight, will answer your horticultural questions. So get your thinking caps on!

Janet Buist - The Wonderful World of Salvias

Wednesday

1st April

Janet will be giving us a wealth of information about these wonderfully scented plants and hopefully bringing some for sale.

Postponed to 5 May 2021

Fergus Garrett - Succession Planting

Wednesday

6th May

Head gardener and chief executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Fergus works full-time hands-on in the garden as well as writing and lecturing extensively across the world. Great Dixter is the home of succession planting.

Postponed to 2022

Sally Nex - Year Round Vegetable Growing

Wednesday

3rd June

Sally has been growing her own food for twenty years and writing about it for ten. She has enormous expertise and experience of vegetable growing and will pass on her tips.

 

Postponed to 6 October 2021

Andrew Tolman - Stumperies, Ferns and Shady Friends

Wednesday

2nd September

  Andrew will be bringing his 30 years experience in managing native habitats to show us how we can deal with our shady areas with imaginative planting.

 

Postponed to 2022

Alan Down - Autumn Colours

Wednesday

2nd September

  New Zoom Meeting

Alan was one of our Gardeners’ Question Time panelists back in March.    He is a former nurseryman turned journalist and writer and a very knowledgeable plantsman.    Alan will be donating part of his fee to the Greenfingers Charity which provides gardens for Children’s hospices.   Next year he and his wife will be driving an old banger from Belgium to Monte Carlo to raise money for the Charity.

 

Rebecca Bevan - Behind the Scenes on a Gardeners' World Trip to South Africa

Wednesday

7th October

Rebecca’s talk will cover not only plant hunting but some nail-biting and funny moments from the trip. 

Postponed

James Alexander Sinclair - TBA

Wednesday

4th November

 Although we have a topic in mind, we are waiting to see if James produces a new talk, but from past experience it is bound to be informative and entertaining.

Postponed to 2022

Tamsin Westhorpe - Reinventing Your Garden

Wednesday

4th November

New Zoom Meeting

 

Tamsin will share advice on giving your garden a new lease of life including planting and design ideas that can be undertaken yourself

 

Richard Barnes - The Winter Garden

Wednesday

2nd December

Zoom Meeting

Richard is a Landscape Architect and garden designer as well as a published writer and photographer. He will take a look at the garden in winter and plants that provide form, texture and colour at this time of year, plus some ideas for designing a garden that continues to look good and give pleasure in this season.