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.
21st October 2019 Barnsdale after Geoff 1996 – present day Nick Hamilton
Nick Hamilton developed his passion for gardening, aged 9, when his father purchased a derelict garden centre in Kettering. He worked with his dad at weekends and during school holidays.
He trained at Writtle College in commercial horticulture and his sandwich year placement was at Darby Nursery Stock in Norfolk where he later worked and at other nurseries until his father purchased a piece of land, adjacent to Barnsdale, in 1989. This land formed the nursery and ultimately part of Barnsdale Gardens and Nick worked closely with his father in the family business.
Nick took over the running of Barnsdale Gardens when Geoff died and has developed it into the inspirational garden that it is today. These inspirational gardens are still run using organic and peat-free. You will find Nick at Barnsdale on most days, occupying the “hands on” role he so enjoys.
Over the years Nick has also managed to fit in appearances on Gardeners’ World, writing books, being a regular contributor to gardening magazines, talking to gardening groups, W.I’s, etc, contributing to the various Talks Stages at major flower shows, as well as tutoring most of the courses being run at Barnsdale. On top of all this he is still creating Gold Medal winning displays in the Great Pavilion at The Chelsea Flower Show and in the Floral Marquee at the Gardeners’ World Live Show. Nick is also the President of The Cottage Garden Society, a position he took up in 2007.
18th November SPECIAL LECTURE - SOLD OUT
Adam Frost - Adam’s Journey
Award-winning garden designer Adam Frost has created gardens across the world. His infectious passion, flair for designing timeless spaces and appetite to share his knowledge has made him a popular television presenter, writer and lecturer.
Adam was introduced to gardening at an early age by his Grandparents. In 1991 he started working for Geoff Hamilton at Barnsdale in Rutland. Geoff gave Adam the opportunity to train in garden design and to create many of the gardens that can be found at Barnsdale.
In 1996 Adam established his own design and landscaping business and built show gardens. His first solo Chelsea garden and gold medal came in 2007 and since then he has won a further six Chelsea gold medals.
Adam has been a regular presenter on Gardeners’ World for more than 2 years and also appears on BBC coverage of RHS Flower Shows. His 5-acre garden regularly features on the programme as he continues to redevelop it.
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