Mike Dilger is a reporter and presenter for the BBC, working on such programmes as Britain Goes Wild and Springwatch. He has been an obsessive naturalist since childhood, equally at home either on his hands and knees getting to grips with British beetles or researching Amazonian hummingbirds. He and his partner, Christina, spent a year converting their own back garden into a wildlife sanctuary in the village of Chew Stoke. From otters to badgers, chickens to hedgehogs, an orchard, a pond and compost bins, to the best bird life imaginable ... what began as a seemingly straightforward mission, My Garden and Other Animals soon became the adventure of a lifetime!
Lyn Miles is an active member of The Cottage Garden Society and an ex-chairman of the Hardy Plant Society; she also founded the Salisbury Plain HPS mini group. She is a confirmed galanthophile and opens her garden in Boscombe for the snowdrops in February. Her garden is also open by appointment for the National Gardens Scheme. She has a passion for Umbellifers (cow parsley style plants) which associate well with her grasses, another of her interests. Umbellifers have become more popular of recent years, praised for their ease of culture and architectural stature
This is a welcome return of a very popular speaker, a plantsman with opinions, who selects, trails, talks and writes. He likes to be thought provoking in his talks because he feels other people’s opinions are useful, too. Bob Brown is the proprietor of Cotswold Garden Flowers, a specialist nursery based in Evesham. Plants will be for sale at this meeting.
Heather has chosen this title for her talk to encourage us to look closely at the fascinating detail and curious habits of garden plants, and to ask questions of what we see. She moved to Garden Cottage, with its large derelict garden in Northumberland 31 years ago, growing in knowledge as the garden developed. Heather has combined passionate plantsmanship with a very strong sense of design and love of colour, in a delightful contemporary garden. She is Chair of the HPS North East Group, writes, lectures and enjoys welcoming groups to her popular garden, which is listed in the Good Gardens Guide.
James has been gardening professionally for a quarter of a century. His training has been mostly informal, although he has undertook at short course at the Inchbald School in 1984.
In 1992 he left London to build a new house and garden with his family in Northamptonshire. At that point he began to concentrate on the design side of things: having reached an age when his brain was worth more than his body.
Nowadays he is lucky enough to spend his days flitting around making delicious gardens, for some very charming people in some of the most beautiful corners of the world.
Alan Power is currently the Head Gardener for the National Trust at Stourhead.
His previous employment includes Gardens Advisor to the NT in the Wessex Region and Head Gardener for the NT at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland.
Alan is involved with broadcasting and promotion work for the National Trust, and he has worked with the BBC Gardeners World Team and other TV and radio over the years. His life as a gardener started with guidance from his mother, a great gardener and world class flower arranger.