21st October 2019 - Barnsdale after Geoff. Nick HamiltonAdam Frost tickets have now sold out.
21st October 2019 Barnsdale after Geoff 1996 – present day. Nick Hamilton
Nick Hamilton developed his passion for gardening, aged 9, when his father purchased a derelict garden centre in Kettering. He worked with his dad at weekends and during school holidays.
He trained at Writtle College in commercial horticulture and his sandwich year placement was at Darby Nursery Stock in Norfolk where he later worked and at other nurseries until his father purchased a piece of land, adjacent to Barnsdale, in 1989. This land formed the nursery and ultimately part of Barnsdale Gardens and Nick worked closely with his father in the family business.
Nick took over the running of Barnsdale Gardens when Geoff died and has developed it into the inspirational garden that it is today. These inspirational gardens are still run using organic and peat-free. You will find Nick at Barnsdale on most days, occupying the “hands on” role he so enjoys.
Over the years Nick has also managed to fit in appearances on Gardeners’ World, writing books, being a regular contributor to gardening magazines, talking to gardening groups, W.I’s, etc, contributing to the various Talks Stages at major flower shows, as well as tutoring most of the courses being run at Barnsdale. On top of all this he is still creating Gold Medal winning displays in the Great Pavilion at The Chelsea Flower Show and in the Floral Marquee at the Gardeners’ World Live Show. Nick is also the President of The Cottage Garden Society, a position he took up in 2007.
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.