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18th June 2018
Georgie Newbery - Cut Flowers

Georgie Newbery is the founder of Common Farm Flowers near Bruton in Somerset.  
From her flower farm she sends out 1500 bouquets by post a year, creates flowers for up to 60 weddings, and teaches flower growing, floristry, growing small businesses and other fun courses on about 30 days a year - all using exclusively British grown flowers, most of which are grown by her and her dedicated team on her seven acre farm.  
Common Farm Flowers spearheaded the resurgence in interest in growing and buying British flowers.
Georgie’s dream is that there should be British grown flowers on all the kitchen tables in the land, and that people should assume that they flowers they buy are grown in the UK.  
She loves to teach people how to grow and arrange their own garden flowers, and will be demonstrating how to make a bouquet of flowers with flowers she’s grown herself while she talks, so that, inspired, you can all go home and do the same.

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.

Click here for the plant list from the talk.

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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