Michael Jones is a new speaker to Fagus, but comes very highly recommended by another gardening club.Michael’s interest in mistletoes derives from his post-doctoral research into parasitic plants, but in his talk aims to reveal that there is much more to mistletoe than its role at Christmas.He will explore its biology, ethnobotany and the myths that surround the plant. He will focus mainly on European mistletoe (the species found in Britain) but place this in a border context through consideration of some of the other 1400 species world-wide.
Harvey Stephens joined The Crown Estate, Windsor as Head of The Savill Garden in 2006.Prior to The Savill Garden, Harvey was Head Gardener of Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex. Among the many achievements during his five years there, the Garden won the 2004 HHA/Christies’ Garden of the Year Award.Harvey has spent time working in the Jerusalem University Botanic Garden, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and the Eden Project.He lived and worked in Russia for three years and has joined expeditions to the Himalayas, South Africa and South America.
Toby Buckland is qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster, author and a lifelong gardener known for his earthy, hands on style.Toby is an acknowledged all-rounder with that rare ability to make gardening accessible to all. His career has taken him from Devon nurseryman, to professional gardener and on to presenting numerous TV shows, including BBC Gardeners’ World Live, in 2008.He also lectures and writes for a variety of horticultural journals and newspapers, which include Amateur Gardening, The English Garden, Gardeners’ World Magazine, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday.He is the author of five gardening books, including his latest BBC book, ‘Flowers: Planning and Planting for Continuous Colour, published in April 2011
Tom was introduced to bees and beekeeping in the 1950s by a close relative living in Devon. However, due to university and services overseas in the RAF he did not have his own bees until 1983. The bees travelled with Tom on his UK tours of duty to Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, the centre of Birmingham and a final move to North Somerset in 1997.He currently manages 15 to 20 colonies in commercial hives on three apiary sites in Tickenham, Kingston Seymour and Nailsea and has taken colonies to the heather on Exmoor.Tom became a Master Beekeeper in 1998 and was awarded the Wax Chandler’s Prize for the best candidate in that year. Tom is a senior National Honey Judge
Raymond Evison has dedicated fifty years to searching, breeding and developing truly modern flowering clematis for today’s homes and gardens.Over that time Raymond has been garlanded with awards; he was made an OBE in 2000 and holds a Victoria Medal of Honour from the RHS for outstanding service to British Horticulture, along with being a member of the council and vice-president.He lives in Guernsey, but travels widely for plant hunting and lectures.
Marion Mako is a garden historian and designer, specialising in English herbaceous planting. In 2010 she published, with Professor Tim Mowl, the renowned garden historian, a book on the historic gardens of Somerset.She has lectured at the University of Bristol for the Garden History MA course and carried out research on public and private gardens.Marion manages the gardens of a large private estate, leads gardens tours and undertakes television and radio interviews, including BBC1’s ‘Inside Out West’ on the mysteries of hidden historical gardens.
The former head gardener at Airfield Gardens, Dundrum, Jimi Blake has now opened his own garden, Hunting Brook.Hidden in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, the garden is a plants person’s paradise with contemporary borders, creating a fusion of prairie and tropical planting in a natural setting.The garden is experimental, exciting and constantly changing, and has been featured in many magazines including The English Garden, Garden Illustrated, Gardeners World Magazine and Country Life.
Geoff Hodge is a freelance gardening and horticultural writer, author, editor and radio and TV broadcaster.His aim is to help gardeners get the best from their plants and garden and somewhere you can come to ask plant and gardening questions, solve your problems and get help, hints, tips and advice.
Mike Rowland is a retired policeman, now a qualified Blue Badge Guide for Bristol.He gave us a very informative and entertaining talk on the Clifton Suspension Bridge at our AGM in 2009.
Tony has described himself as a 'tree-nut' and we will find out if that is true when he comes to talk to us in 2012.Tony Russell started his career with the Forestry Commission in Snowdonia and went on to study forestry and horticulture in Cumbria.In 1989 he was appointed Head Forrester at Westonbirt Arboretum, leaving there in 2002 and is now recognized as one of Britain’s leading authorities on trees and shrubs.He has had several successful series on TV. He is the author of a number of books and writes for several magazines.