Speakers 

2021

Mike Beeston - Behind the Scenes at National Trust Gardens

Wednesday

6th January

New Zoom Meeting

Mike is the Garden Consultant for the NT in the South West and so knows all about the issues, successes, problems and pleasures of creating and maintaining the gardens we love to visit.

Dr. Ian Bedford - Garden Bugs: Cohabit, Control or Conserve

Wednesday

3rd February

New Zoom Meeting

 

Ian is a research entomologist and speaker. Since retirement, Ian promotes and encourages wildlife-friendly home gardening. His talk will consider a number of topics. What are the good and bad garden bugs we often find in our gardens and what should we do with them. What do we do when foreign pests such as the Spanish slug invade our gardens?

Andy McIndoe - The Creative Shrub Garden

Wednesday

3rd March

New Zoom Meeting

 

A welcome return for this entertaining and informative speaker who will show us how to use a combination of shrubs to create a colourful garden.

Doug Stewart - Perfect Plants for Problem Spaces

THURSDAY

8th April

New Zoom Meeting

Doug is a professional horticulturist with a varied career which has included lecturing on cucumber and tomato production and being Head of Horticulture at a leading college. He now has a very popular phone- in gardening programme on Radio Humberside.He’s going to talk about “Perfect Plants for Problem Places” with a nod to climate change. We can expect help with finding a range of plants for even the most difficult sites.

Janet Buist - The Wonderful World of Salvias

Wednesday

5th May

New Zoom Meeting

Janet ran Pennycross Nurseries which specialised in salvias and so is well placed to give us a wealth of information about these wonderful, varied and beautifully scented plants.

Jackie Bennett - Shakespeare's Gardens

Wednesday

2nd June

New Zoom Meeting

Jackie will talk  about the gardens that William Shakespeare knew as a boy and a man in Stratford and London. She will also give an insight into the plants and flowers which occur throughout his plays.  

 

Her book, Shakespeare's Gardens  was published in April 2016 to coincide with the  400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  It tells the story of Shakespeare's journey - from glove maker's son to national poet - and how he came to know so much about the plants, flowers and gardens of the Elizabethan era.

Andrew Mikolajski - Topical Tips for the Season

Wednesday

1st September

Zoom Meeting

A welcome return for Andrew, who has over 20 years experience of writing, lecturing and speaking. Andrew's talk may include plants to enjoy, gardens to visit, pruning (or not!), likely pests and diseases etc.  

Sally Nex - Year Round Vegetable Growing

Wednesday

6th October

Zoom Meeting

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.

Katherine Crouch - Exotic Plants

Wednesday

3rd November

Zoom Meeting

Former BBC Gardener of the Year, Katherine may be able to encourage you to try something a bit more exotic in your gardens. Could Henleaze stand the shock!

Troy Scott-Smith - The New Delos Garden at Sissinghurst

Wednesday

1st December

Zoom Meeting

Troy is now back at Sissinghurst and showed Adam Frost the new Delos garden he created on Gardeners' World recently. Now we get a chance to hear the full story straight from the horse's mouth.