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15th July Andrew Mikolajski The March of the Women

Andrew Mikolajski has a busy career as a gardening author, lecturer and speaker.
Author of over 30 books, he was a horticultural adviser on the new edition of the RHS A–Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and is now an RHS judge.
Other titles include The World Encyclopedia of Apples, RHS Pruning Plant by Plant and, most recently, Permaculture.
He has contributed to Gardens Illustrated, Intelligent Life and Slate.com
He has taught garden design and RHS certificate at Warwickshire College, and garden history at the English Gardening School and is a speaker for the Historic Houses Association.
When not writing or lecturing, he can be found battling an east wind and heavy clay soil in his Northamptonshire garden.














17th June 2019 Chris Watts Trees of Tyntesfield - Past Present and Future

Chris Watts has been a volunteer Estate Guide at Tyntesfield since 2006 and it didn’t take him long to realise how fascinating the trees are. He knew very little about trees when he started but is now introduced to people as the ‘Tree Man’; Tyntesfield’s very own (very amateur!) dendrologist.
Not too long after Chris started volunteering he was asked to help input details of Tyntesfield’s trees into the National Trust’s main plant database and has been doing that ever since. He also measures many of the trees and passes on the details of any potential champion trees to the Tree Register of the British Isles for inclusion in their records. The Trust is in the process of changing databases so no doubt he will be busy.
All this is a far cry from his day job of a television Director of Photography from which he be retiring in April 2019 after 50 years of making TV.

©National Trust Images / Alana Wright



20th May 2019 Toria Britten From Cutting Garden to Bouquet

Toria Britten is an enthusiastic flower grower and floral designer.  
She supplies wildly beautiful flowers for weddings and events, teaching is also a passion and workshops are held throughout the growing season.  
‘Leading the Flowers’ from the Farm Gold Medal winning flower team at Chelsea was an honour and highlight of 2018.

















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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