Past Speakers 2018 - Fagus

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Past Speakers 2018
19th November 2018  ‘Special Lecture’
James Alexander Sinclair - Sex, Death and Gardening

James designs gardens all over the place, from the Western Isles to the outskirts of Moscow.
He writes regular columns for Gardens Illustrated and Gardeners World magazine and more infrequently contributes to House and Garden, Countryfile, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times.
James has also presented television programmes for both the BBC and Channel 4 , most recently The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. He hosts the design theatres at the Malvern Spring Show, and Gardeners World Live.  
He is an RHS  gardens Judge, President of the Judging Panel at the Moscow Flower Show, member of the RHS Council &  Chairman of their Gardens Committee.

15th October 2018
James Cross - The history & development of the Bishop’s Palace gardens.

James Cross has been Head Gardener at the Bishop’s Palace since 2004.  Before this, James worked for the National Trust at The Courts in Wiltshire, Sissinghurst and Sheffield Park.
James was trained at Hadlow College in Horticulture and Landscape Management.  James lives in an apartment at the Palace with his wife Michaela and their two young sons.   
In 2016, the gardens were acknowledged by the Royal Horticultural Society, by being made a “Partner Garden”. This status is awarded to gardens of “outstanding and exceptionally high standards of planting and design”

17th September 2018
Tom Hart-Dyke - World Garden Updates

The UK’s first ever ‘World Garden of Plants’ at Tom’s family home Lullingstone Castle in Kent, is the vision of this Modern Day Plant Hunter who came to talk to Fagus in 2007.
Tom Hart Dyke first shot to international prominence in the year 2000, when he was kidnapped in the Colombian jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong.
Tom and his travelling companion, Paul Winder, were kidnapped while trekking through ‘The Darien Gap’, a dangerous place abandoned by all to warring guerrilla factions.
Since his release from captivity, Tom has been busy building the 'World' in his back garden at Lullingstone Castle.  Under the watchful eye of KEO Films/BBC, the man, known locally as 'The Plant Nut', has been filmed commandeering his Granny’s 18th Century Walled Garden, within the grounds of the Castle, to create his jungle dream.

20th August 2018
Neil Lucas – More wow less work

One of Britain’s leading plantsmen, Neil Lucas is a recognised authority on ornamental grasses, owner of Dorset-based Knoll Gardens, RHS Council Member and Senior Judge, author, and holder of ten consecutive Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals.
When not judging, lecturing, writing, or plant-hunting overseas, Neil can be found on his nursery or tending his acclaimed naturalistic garden at Knoll.
A long-time admirer of the beauty and utility of grasses, for the last 23 years Neil has been developing his own planting ethos based on the principles that work so successfully in nature.
In 2008 he established a charity, The Knoll Gardens Foundation, to further test these gardening principles and promote their benefits to the gardener, the garden and its wildlife.

18th June 2018

A big thank you to Mary for holding an impromptu Q&A session in the absence of the June speaker.

21st May 2018
Tony Avent – So many plants so little time…

Tony Avent is an American horticulturist and plantsman. He owns Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina which specialises in rare, and unusual perennials.  
In addition, he is a well-known plant explorer, author and public speaker
Tony grew up with a passion for plants. Instead of playing games, he wandered the woods and fields near his home studying wildflowers.  
Tony has taken part in 60 plant hunting expeditions to places like China, Crete, Taiwan, South Africa and Argentina.

16th April 2018
Samantha Hopes – Plants with a story

Samantha initially trained and worked as a Geologist but soon found herself distracted by the plants growing on and around the rocks, more than the rocks themselves.
Following this growing interest, she became a student at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Pershore College and then moved to RHS Garden Wisley, specialising in Rock and Alpine plants.
She also worked for short stints at Kew and Great Dixter.
Samantha then went to work alongside John Massey, looking after his Hepatica collection at Ashwood Nurseries.
This became one of her passions, alongside specialist alpines and a new breading program with Roscoeas.
Samantha and her husband are now creating and building their own garden, propagating and growing a range of unusual plants at home, and giving talks to gardening groups and societies.

19th March 2018
Jim Buttress: 65 years in horticulture

Jim is involved with judging many horticultural shows including RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court. Trained at Wisley.
He commenced his horticultural career in a local nursery, then at Croydon Parks before moving to the Greater London Council and on to The Royal Parks where he ended his career as Superintendent of Greenwich Park.
A popular speaker, he devotes much of his time giving talks to societies and has gained renown for his television appearances including The Big Allotment Challenge and Lullingstone Castle.  
His book, “The People’s Gardener” was published in May 2016.

19th February 2018
Cyril Routley: A History of Sundials

He has had an interest in time measurement for many years and has a collection of clocks which he maintains himself.
He has also photographed many sundials and prepared a talk about them for the horological society.
This has been adapted to talk about sundials as a garden feature which was the vogue in earlier times, especially for large country houses such as Tyntesfield.
There are many beautiful and very complex sundials around and while they look very simple they are scientific instruments.
Cyril spent all his working life of 40 years teaching at Nailsea School in North Somerset.

15th January 2018
Yvonne Bell: A Garland of Edwardian Gardens

Yvonne has an interest is the Edwardian Period (1900 - 1914-18 War) and was commissioned by Shire Publications to write a book on 'The Edwardian Home’ which was to include a chapter on the Garden. This led to more research on Edwardian Gardens and she now gives a series of talks about them. Yvonne’s Mother was a very keen gardener which Yvonne has inherited. Her Mother was also a member of Fagus.

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