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 – 1 ¼ hours. Lectures are held on the third Monday of the month in the Methodist Hall, Silver Street Nailsea, 7.30 p.m. for an 8.00 p.m. start.
The next meeting is on the 21st August 2017.
A Life of Plants. Roy Lancaster
Shortly after returning home from military service Roy became a student gardener for two years at the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden before joining the Hillier Nurseries, Winchester in 1962. In 1970, he became the first Curator of the Hillier Arboretum leaving in 1980 to pursue a freelance career.
Roy’s interest in plants began when he was a schoolboy and he has become a world renowned plant collector and authority on plants from many parts of the world but especially China. He has written many books, lectures worldwide, appears regularly on TV and radio and has received countless awards from the RHS and other authorities.
Roy is one of the most revered and respected horticulturists in the world. His autobiography ‘A Life of Plants’ was published in February 2017.
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.
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