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16th January 2017 - Timothy Walker: What Have Plants Ever Done for Us?

Welcome to FAGUS


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.

Fagus Gardening Club Nailsea

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 16th January 2017.

Timothy Walker: What Have Plants Ever Done for Us?

Tim joined the Staff of The University of Oxford Botanic Garden 1980 as a trainee gardener and in 1988 became the Horti Praefectus (Director) a post that he held for 26 years until July 2014 Tim is now lecturer in Plant Science at Somerville College, Oxford. In May 2011 he presented a BBC4 series on the history of botany. He has visited North Yorkshire, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Australia, Seychelles, South Africa, Canada and America in search of plants. His particular interests are euphorbias, plant conservation and explaining why plants are fascinating and important.


The 24th Annual General Meeting of Fagus is to be held on Monday 20th February 2017 in the Nailsea Methodist Hall and Community Centre. Please see the News page for full details.
Coffee and cakes will be served from 7.30 p.m, and the A.G.M. will start at 8.00 p.m. prompt.


Fagus Gardening Club Nailsea

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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