16th September - Life on a Gardening Magazine - Tamsin Westhorpe
16th September Life on a Gardening Magazine Tamsin Westhorpe
Tamsin Westhorpe is well known as an editor, garden writer and lecturer. However, she prefers to be known as a gardener. Throughout her 25 year horticultural career she has focused on the practicalities of gardening. She is proud to say that she’s been a parks gardener and green keeper and is very at home at the potting bench.
Her written work has been featured in many national publications including Gardeners’ World, Gardens Illustrated, Amateur Gardening and The Telegraph. She was previously Editor of The English Garden magazine and lecturer at Kingston Maurwood College in Dorset.
She started her gardening career at the age of 16 working for her great uncle John Treasure of Burford House Gardens in Worcestershire. Alongside her freelance work and being a mother Tamsin runs Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire with her Uncles and is currently training to be an RHS judge.
Her passion is to demystify gardening and encourage people to have jolly good fun in their garden.
There is always an interesting and full programme of garden visits. Places are always limited and often fill up quickly. Visits are announced in the Newsletter and bookings are by post only. Details will be enclosed with the Newsletter. From 2012, due to the high demand for garden trips, only members will be able to apply in the first instance. Guests will be placed on a waiting list. After 6 weeks from the date of member application, guests will be allocated any remaining places.
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 10/11 lectures are arranged each year. These are held on the third Monday of the month (apart from December) in the Methodist Hall, Silver Street, Nailsea, 7.30 p.m. for an 8.00 p.m. start. Each lecture lasts around an hour with questions and answers at the end.
The Lectures cover a varied programme to cater for all tastes and are given by local, national and international speakers. From garden design, specific plant groups and travelogues to individual gardens such as Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Sissinghurst, The Shakespeare Trust Gardens and The Bishops Palace Garden, Wells.
Due to our large membership we have been able to attract such well-known horticulturalists as Matthew Wilson, Roy Lancaster, Jekka McVicar and many other excellent speakers.
Day trips to gardens are organised at various times of the year, with the aim of visiting the less well known prestigious gardens that aren’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.
Please click on the links to discover more about Fagus, or see the “Membership” page to discover the benefits of becoming a member.