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15th April 2019 Val Bourne - The Living Jigsaw Explained

15th April 2019 Val Bourne The Living Jigsaw Explained

Val Bourne is a celebrated garden writer, photographer and lecturer. She has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year from the Garden Media Guild.  
Val is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, among others, and she gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.
Val is a hands on gardener and a committed plantaholic and she manages her third of an acre garden without using any chemicals at all – something she has always believed in.
Her newest book, The Living Jigsaw published by Kew, explains how it all works. Val is an Ambassador for the Hardy Plant Society.



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. 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.
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