The lecture that was to be given by Dr J Slaughter in November was cancelled at short notice and Mary was unable to take over as she was cut off by the floods that night. We ran a quiz instead which Mary had prepared.
She is the gardening correspondent for THE INDEPENDENT and the author of widely praised gardening books including PLANT PARTNERS and THE BORDER BOOK. She wrote for the OBSERVER for twenty years, has contributed to COUNTRY LIFE, ELLE DECORATION and COUNTRY LIVING, and is an associate editor of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED. She served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust's, the last five as chairman. She also served three 3-year terms on English Heritage's Parks and Gardens Panel. In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Veitch medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. For the last thirty years she has lived in Dorset, England where she is currently making a new garden. Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it a tremendous source of inspiration.
Marina started as a nurseryman in 1984 and has run Phoenix Perennial Plants in Hampshire since 2002. Prior to this she studied extensively in Botany, Marine Biology and Ecology. Having medals from Chelsea including Gold, Phoenix Plants also earns medals vicariously by supplying some of the top garden designers with unusual plants for Chelsea and has won ‘Best in Show’ for the past 3 years! Marina has a book, written in 2006, ‘Late Summer Flowers’.Phoenix Plants has been written up in The Garden, The Telegraph and Gardens Illustrated and is often mentioned as a supplier of more unusual plants. Marina has also written articles for the Garden Design Journal, The Garden and Gardeners’ World Magazine as well as appearing on television as a guest on Gardener’s World and on a programme about women gardeners alongside Carol Klein.Marina lectures using plant material as props rather than slides or power point. She will be bringing plants for sale to Fagus.
Mark is a horticulturist and garden designer who has created show gardens at Malvern, Cardiff, and Hampton Court horticultural shows. He will talk about his book ‘The Woodcutter’s Story’ which was published in aid of Cancer Research UK in 2015. It is a very moralistic tale about the perils of over ambition. Mark has drawn on his experiences in creating show gardens and the book is about the highs and lows of taking part in shows. It offers a strong ethical and moral message to anyone who wishes to pursue their dreams and achieve great things. It was also partially inspired by his work as founder of Walker’s Garden Retreats.Mark lives in Blagdon but bases his business in Trewartha Park, Weston super Mare
Bob Brown is the owner of Cotswold Garden Flowers, and a renowned plantsman, speaker and garden writer. His aim is to offer good old fashioned plants, newly introduced plants bred for colour, form and vigour, and plants newly introduced from the wild. Bob has lectured to Fagus on several occasions, and the events are always thought provoking, informative, provocative and entertaining.
Tim Richardson is a garden historian and critic of contemporary landscape architecture. His works include English Gardens in the Twentieth Century,Arcadian Friends:Inventing the English Landscape Garden, and Great Gardens of America. He is a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph gardening pages and also writes ontheatre, food and art. He was gardens editor at Country Life and edited New Eden, the contemporary gardens magazine.
David Kesteven has been Head Gardener to the Sitwell family at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire since 1997. His talk describes the story of this fascinating and eccentric family from a gardener's point of view, historically, up to the present and culminating in winning the HHA Garden of the Year Award in 2015.David's passion is for garden design and planting combinations, and he is also raising new Magnolias and Hellebores. He has developed Renishaw's vineyard, appeared on Radio Sheffield's garden phone in and ran for parliament in the last General Election.
Tynings Climbers are a small family-run nursery located in Tickenham. They hold the National Collections of Passiflora cultivars and Jasminum, and are specialists in all kinds of climbing plants. The nursery is run by plant experts Jane Lindsay and Toni O’Connor. They cater for the novice and for keen gardeners by stocking the popular and traditional climbing plants, as well as collectors and professionals who enjoy the challenges and rewards of growing the more unusual and exotic climber.
Hilary Little and her husband have been travelling to Patagonia with a small group of like-minded enthusiasts from the Alpine Garden Society, looking at the plants of the mountains and the steppe, almost on an annual basis for over 20 years. They have written two books, 'Flowers of the Patagonian Mountains’ by Martin Sheader and 'Patagonian Mountain Flower Holidays’ for which Hilary was the lead author. Both books are published by the Alpine Garden Society.The talk, broadly speaking, follows the journey taken by the book but obviously can only give a flavour of the area as Patagonia is very large - encompassing the southern halves of both Chile and Argentina and extending from the Magellan Straits in the south to the Rio Colorado in Argentina which forms the border with the Province of Mendoza.
Mike Rowland is a Blue Badge Guide, and is particularly knowledgeable about the cities of Bristol and Bath. Mike has his own distinctive informal and humorous style, loves the region and enjoys sharing it with others. He is a former Visitor Services Manager for the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Paul Gilmour was unable to give his lecture as he was indisposed.Fortunately Mary, our president, was willing to stand in at short notice and gave us a brilliant lecture on the winter garden. She detailed plants which look good in their winter state and how the hard landscaping of a garden becomes more apparent when most plants are dormant. The talk was enthusiastically received by all present.