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Meeting Cancelled For The 16th of March

16th March 2020 - Åsa Gregers-Warg & Dave Ward: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Past, Present and Future


Åsa Gregers-Warg is the Head Gardener at The Beth Chatto Gardens. Her horticulture career started in Sweden, where she trained as a gardener at Säbyholms  Naturbruks gymnasium. In 2001 she moved to the UK and took up residency in the student caravan next to Beth’s vegetable patch. Having worked closely with Beth over the years, Åsa is committed to carrying on the gardens' underlying philosophy and design principles.

David Ward is the Garden and Nursery Director at The Beth Chatto Gardens, where he has worked for over thirty-five years, initially as Beth’s propagation manager. Trained in nursery practice, having previously worked at Bressingham Gardens in Norfolk, production nurseries in Boskoop, Holland and three years at Avon Bulbs, Somerset. He is also a Trustee of the Beth Chatto Education Trust.

17th February 2020 - AGM  and a short talk by Drummond Forbes:  The Penicillin Fungus

Drummond was “born and bred” in London where he went to school and University to train as a Pharmacist at THE School of Pharmacy in Brunswick Square.

He started out at Eli Lilly - a Pharmaceutical business in Basingstoke manufacturing gelatine capsules. Eli Lilly is one of the early manufacturers of Penicillin.  He then went as Chief Pharmacist to Southampton Hospitals then Bristol as Director of Pharmacy at University Hospitals Bristol. After some years in post he became General Manager to Bristol Eye Hospital and went on to manage Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Drummond was the Chairman of Hospital Pharmacists in UK for five years, and received a Fellowship from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in recognition for his contribution to the profession of science and pharmacy.

After his NHS career, he took on a UK Managing Director role for a German family Pharma business based in Gloucester and the Pied Piper city of Hameln making sterile injections. After 5 years, he started up a UK subsidiary for a French family Pharma business based in Lyon also making sterile injections and retired after 7 years to be busy!

He became a Trustee for the Above & Beyond Charity in Bristol and has just stood down as Chair after 8 years. He is also a Trustee of Backwell Playing Fields Charity.

20th January 2020  - Keith Wiley:  Gardens don’t have to be green

 Over 25 years as head gardener at The Garden House in Devon, Keith evolved a style of gardening based on modifying natural landscapes from around the globe. The garden he created was described by national commentators as 'one of the most exciting and innovative gardens in Britain today' and the best example of 'leading edge horticulture' in this country.

Keith is a regular contributor to horticultural /lifestyle magazines and has appeared on many gardening television programmes in the UK.

The Wileys now run their own nursery and are creating a new garden which was featured in the RHS magazine, English Garden as well as many other magazines and books and on Gardener’s World in July 2019. Keith has written 3 books and has lectured widely all over the world

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