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16th March 2020 - Åsa Gregers-Warg & Dave Ward: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Past, Present and Future

This friendly and thriving gardening group was started in 1993 following a series of horticultural courses given by locally by Mary Payne MBE, a much respected and well loved garden expert.  Such was the enthusiasm stirred up by these sociable and informative 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 well known speakers.

This fantastic club is for anybody with an interest in gardening.  Whether you have a small allotment or acres of beautifully tended gardens and everything in between.  Come on your own or come with friends everybody is very welcome. Full access for people with disabilities.

Spending time in the garden has a wealth of health benefits. It is known that it makes you healthier and happier. Positively linked with a reduction in depression and anxiety. We know that hospitals are using planting in a variety of rehabilitation from strokes to surgeries. It is known to reduce stress, burn calories and promote a healthier heart. Learning a new skill can encourage self esteem and well being and according to research gardeners sleep better which is something we all need. Spending time in the garden is so good for you, all that extra Vitamin D and growing your own food is so rewarding and much tastier.

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 Methodists Hall, Silver Street, Nailsea 7.30pm for an 8.00 pm start.  Each lecture lasts around an hour with questions and answers at the end.

Please click on the links to discover more about Fagus, or see the “Membership” page to discover the benefits of becoming a member.
16th March 2020 - Åsa Gregers-Warg & Dave Ward: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Past, Present and Future

Åsa Gregers-Warg is the Head Gardener at The Beth Chatto Gardens. Her horticulture career started in Sweden, where she trained as a gardener at Säbyholms  Naturbruks gymnasium. In 2001 she moved to the UK and took up residency in the student caravan next to Beth’s vegetable patch. Having worked closely with Beth over the years, Åsa is committed to carrying on the gardens' underlying philosophy and design principles.
David Ward is the Garden and Nursery Director at The Beth Chatto Gardens, where he has worked for over thirty-five years, initially as Beth’s propagation manager. Trained in nursery practice, having previously worked at Bressingham Gardens in Norfolk, production nurseries in Boskoop, Holland and three years at Avon Bulbs, Somerset. He is also a Trustee of the Beth Chatto Education Trust.

Garden Visits

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.  Due to 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 on member application, guests will be allocated any remaining places.

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