Listening to gardening experts on a wide range of subjects is the main reason for joining Fagus. Lectures are held on the third Monday of the month in the Methodist Hall, Silver Street Nailsea, 7.30 p.m. for an 8.00 p.m. start.
Spreading the Word
We are looking for members of Fagus Gardening club to help us spread the word of our meetings.
Each month, a poster is prepared to advertise our meeting, but we need help in distributing these posters to a notice board or the like in outlying areas of Nailsea.
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.
There is no regular meeting this month as we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary by way of a garden tea party being held at Little Naish on the afternoon of Sunday July 15th. Please see our events page for further information.
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.
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.
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”
19th November 2018 ‘Special Lecture’
Entrance to this Special Lecture is by ticket only priced at £5 for members and £8 for guests. Tickets will be available at our regular meetings from August onward or by post – details to be published in the next issue of the Fagus newsletter.
James Alexander Sinclair - Death Sex 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.