Events 2021

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                                     Programme of Events 2021





Unfortunately, it is not possible to hold our Autumn/Winter meetings at Stewart Hall.  However, we are pleased to confirm that our speakers will present the meetings via Zoom.  Members will be contacted about the Zoom meetings and information about procedures sent to those who wish to participate. If you are not a member but would be interested in more information about any Zoom meetings please contact Brian Butler as below at least a week before the meeting.  



Designing Contemporary Planting Schemes                                                                                                          Tuesday 2 February 

Patricia Fox is a professional garden designer, writer and TV presenter from Bishops Stortford who has been awarded two Silver Medals from RHS Chelsea Flower Show,   She will talk to us about what Contemporary Planting is all about.  She will show you how to update your garden scheme with clever use of Form & Structure, Texture & Scale, Colour & Detail together with her Top Ten Tips for how to truly update your garden for a delicious new look.  She will show many examples of beautiful contemporary schemes, whilst at the same time helping you understand how they have been created, and how you can create something similar for your own garden.



7 15 pm           AGM                                                                                                                                                     Tuesday 2 March

8 00 pm          How to be a 21st Century Gardener 

Timothy Walker, ex-director of the Oxford Botanic Gardens and now a lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College, returns with a new talk about the future of gardening in the UK.  This has been stimulated in part by the changes that we are seeing in our weather and climate.  This talk looks at the many ways that gardeners can reduce their impact on the World’s natural resources and at the same time help those plants whose habitat is evolving faster that they can.  It is about much more than global warming and using peat!



21st Century Cottage Gardens                                                                                                                                  Tuesday 6 April 

Sally Gregson who runs Mill Cottage Plants in Wells, Somerset will give us a talk and powerpoint presentation on the very popular theme of cottage gardens. She will examine how our concept of cottage gardening has changed over the centuries and how it seems to be developing in the 21st century.  



We are not able to hold our April Spring Show due to Covid restrictions. 



What Makes a Great Garden                                                                                                                                        Tuesday 4 

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning designer and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal winner. She was director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design at Hampton Court, while her career as a consultant and lecturer includes West Dean College and Great Dixter. Her talk is a general overview of the components and elements that make a garden successful - design ideas, planting, materials etc and she includes examples of her work to illustrate how these ideas are put into practice.


PLANT SALE                                                                                                                                                                   9 and 10 May

Due to Covid restrictions the Plant Sale will not be held at Stewart Hall but we will be selling locally grown annuals, perennials and vegetables from the gardens of two local houses which proved very popular last year. For more information and to pre-order your plants, please email or visit our website.



Water Gardening                                                                                                                                                             Tuesday 1

Trevor Wiltshire, former Superintendent of the Rock Garden at RHS Wisley and RHS judge, will talk to us about pond excavation, rocks, pumps, plantings & fish etc. He will also discuss some of the many ponds constructed over his career from small garden ponds to large scale at Wisley.



New Tricks for Old Gardeners                                                                                                                                        Tuesday 6

Katherine Crouch, a winner of BBC Gardener of the Year and BBC Gardener of the Decade, now runs a garden design business in the South West. Her talk promises to be a practical but also lively and entertaining look at ways we can make changes in the way we garden as we get older, how the media and garden industry view older gardeners and plenty of useful tips and tools.



Autumn Show at Stewart Hall 2 00 – 4 30 pm                                                                                                                   Sunday 5        

The Autumn show includes beautiful dahlias and chrysanthemums as well as the opportunity to enjoy delicious home-made cakes.



Plants, Murder and Medical Mysteries                                                                                                                             Tuesday 7      

We welcome back Professor Sandy Primrose, scientist and author, with one of his most popular talks. It covers the use of plants to kill people and how plants (particularly pollen) have been used to solve crimes. 



Wildflower Gardening                                                                                                                                                         Tuesday 5

Susie White is a writer, lecturer and photographer based in Hexham, Northumberland. She has developed and written about her own gardens with their free-flowing gardening style and has a strong interest in the environment, conservation, wildlife and heritage skills. We look forward to a very knowledgeable talk with some beautiful slides.



The Healthy Vegetable Garden                                                                                                                                           Tuesday 2

Sally Morgan, a trained botanist, runs an organic farm in Wincanton, Somerset. Her main focus is her walled garden and a one-acre-plot with a polytunnel, vegetable growing areas, a perennial vegetable plot, a small orchard and fruit cage and several livestock pens. She loves to grow unusual plants, especially vegetables and experimenting with new techniques. The Healthy Vegetable Garden is based on her new book looking at creating a healthier soil, ways pests and predators interact, companion plants, ways to deter pests etc.



Perennials for all Seasons Tuesday 7
Martin Fish from Thirsk, Yorkshire has a long and varied career, including running his own landscape, garden maintenance and nursery business. Most recently, he developed his own garden alongside writing and broadcasting about gardening and acting as an RHS judge.
He offers an entertaining, informative and very practical talk on flowers, foliage and interest all year round.


Meetings are held at 8.00 pm every 1st Tuesday of the month (except January and August) and, until further notice, will be presented on Zoom.  If you would like more information, please contact Brian Butler (Chairman) at or call him on 01844 342220.