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 19th June 2017.
The History of the Cottage Garden
Neil Lovesey, Picket Nurseries
Picket Lane Nursery is a family run business where the owners propagate every single plant that is offered for sale. The nursery garden has over 1500 varieties growing so that customers can see before they buy. The apiary goes from strength to strength as the number of bee hives increase, working the local countryside, and the gardens expand year on year
Having spent many years as a teacher and engineer, Neil Lovesey runs this busy nursery with his wife and daughter, and now offers a number of talks to gardening clubs.
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, in particular click here or see the “Why Join Fagus ?” page to discover the benefits of becoming a member.