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15th April 2019 Val Bourne The Living Jigsaw Explained

Val Bourne is a celebrated garden writer, photographer and lecturer. She has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year from the Garden Media Guild.  
Val is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, among others, and she gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.
Val is a hands on gardener and a committed plantaholic and she manages her third of an acre garden without using any chemicals at all – something she has always believed in.
Her newest book, The Living Jigsaw published by Kew, explains how it all works. Val is an Ambassador for the Hardy Plant Society.



18th March 2019   Jack Willgoss
The Wonderful World of Hardy Perennial and Scented Violas

The talk will include their history, how to grow them, planting ideas and an overview of some of the best varieties from our collection.
Wildegoose Nursery started back in 2011 as specialist growers of hardy perennial and scented violas.
The Violas remain at the heart of our business, but our passion for plants has always extended beyond this to encompass a diverse range of flowering perennials and grasses.
Plants are propagated on site from seed, cuttings and divisions and we garden in sympathy with nature and do not use chemicals.




This talk is dedicated to the memory of Judith Codrington, a much loved Fagus member who requested it and sadly died in 2018.

















18th February 2019 AGM    Chris Sperring (short talk) Climate change and wildlife

Chis Sperring MBE is Conservation Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust, as well as a popular wildlife lecturer and broadcaster. He is a dedicated conservationist who lives in Portishead with his family. Chris is a passionate speaker whose inspiring talks are always well received











21st January 2019          
Rob Potterton, Nursery Challenge - An amusing light hearted nursery and plant orientated quiz.

Rob Potterton with his wife Jackie have worked together since 1984 at the family specialist nursery in North Lincolnshire offering Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Woodland plants to visitors, at plant fairs and by mail order throughout UK and Europe. The nursery has previously exhibited ten times at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and received 7 Gold medals, as well as numerous awards at other prestigious events.
Rob has recently been received the Sir William & Lady Lawrence Award from the Alpine Garden Society for his extensive work with Alpines. He is also well known for his excellent and informative lectures and his ability to engender enthusiasm generally for alpine & rockery plants.









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