This friendly and thriving gardening group was started in 1993 following a series of horticultural courses given locally by Mary Payne MBE, a much respected and well loved garden expert. Such was the enthusiasm stirred up by these sociable and informative weekly gatherings, that several students decided to form a club to enable all garden lovers to meet on a regular basis with like minded people, and be inspired by renowned speakers.
A programme of 9 to 10 lectures are arranged each year. These cover as wide a range as possible to cater for all tastes from garden design, special plants, travelogues and individual gardens. Due to our large membership we have been able to attract such well known speakers as Dan Pearson, Chris Beardshaw and Jekka McVicar among many other excellent lecturers. Each talk last approximately 1 â€“ 1 Â¼ hours.
The next meeting is on the 15th August 2016.
Mark Walker: The Woodcutterâ€™s Story
Mark is a horticulturist and garden designer who has created show gardens at Malvern, Cardiff, and Hampton Court horticultural shows. He will talk about his book â€˜The Woodcutterâ€™s Storyâ€™ which was published in aid of Cancer Research UK in 2015. It is a very moralistic tale about the perils of over ambition. Mark has drawn on his experiences in creating show gardens and the book is about the highs and lows of taking part in shows. It offers a strong ethical and moral message to anyone who wishes to pursue their dreams and achieve great things. It was also partially inspired by his work as founder of Walkerâ€™s Garden Retreats.
Our Special Lecture this year will be given by Anna Pavord on Monday October the 17th.
She is the gardening correspondent for THE INDEPENDENT and the author of widely praised gardening books including PLANT PARTNERS and THE BORDER BOOK. She wrote for the OBSERVER for twenty years, has contributed to COUNTRY LIFE, ELLE DECORATION and COUNTRY LIVING, and is an associate editor of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED. For the last thirty years she has lived in Dorset, England where she is currently making a new garden. Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it a tremendous source of inspiration.
Tickets will be available at lectures from the July meeting onwards. Please see the Programme of Speakers page for details
Day trips to gardens are organised at various times of the year, with the aim of visiting the less well known prestigious gardens that arenâ€™t usually open to the public. Fagus also organises longer visits to gardens further afield, both at home and abroad. These have proved extremely popular with members.
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