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.
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.
19th August Elizabeth Sawday What a lovely thing a rose is.
Elizabeth Sawday grows roses on the Chichester plain in a little village called Apuldram.
Elizabeth grew up just down the road in Birdham and her first love was ponies and horses. She hated school, left early and started working from 15 years old; she graduated over the years from picking tomatoes, looking after children, waitressing and even tried a spell at college attempting to become a farm secretary. Her first proper job was at ICI plant protection group as a filing clerk. Elizabeth fell into rose growing by accident. After leaving ICI to have her first child she began helping her Mother in Law who had started Apuldram Roses a few years earlier. When she retired in 1999 she gave the company to Elizabeth and Jonathan, her middle son. Over the years they have taken the roses to most of the big RHS shows, building displays to show off their roses to their best. They finally got their first gold medal in 2009 at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Whilst at the shows Elizabeth have taken part in question times or given talks, the most daunting and enjoyable of which was at RHS headquarters in Vincent Square. Apuldram Roses grow 35,000 roses incorporating 200 plus varieties. Elizabeth’s mission is to take away the mysteries of rose growing, to persuade you it’s not all hard work and to leave you feeling far more confident about planting and growing roses in your own gardens. Her father always said “find something you love to do because you’ll spend a long time doing it”, wise words.
16th September Life on a Gardening Magazine Tamsin Westhorpe
Tamsin Westhorpe is well known as an editor, garden writer and lecturer. However, she prefers to be known as a gardener. Throughout her 25 year horticultural career she has focused on the practicalities of gardening. She is proud to say that she’s been a parks gardener and green keeper and is very at home at the potting bench.
Her written work has been featured in many national publications including Gardeners’ World, Gardens Illustrated, Amateur Gardening and The Telegraph. She was previously Editor of The English Garden magazine and lecturer at Kingston Maurwood College in Dorset.
She started her gardening career at the age of 16 working for her great uncle John Treasure of Burford House Gardens in Worcestershire. Alongside her freelance work and being a mother Tamsin runs Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire with her Uncles and is currently training to be an RHS judge.
Her passion is to demystify gardening and encourage people to have jolly good fun in their garden.
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
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.
Tickets Members £8-00 Guests £12-00
Tickets will be on sale for membersonly at the July 15th and 19th August meetings.
Non-members and guest tickets may be bought from September 1st subject to availability
To apply by post enclose an S.A.E. and your cheque made payable to FAGUS to:
Anna Marie Hill, 9 Valley Road, Portishead. North Somerset. BS20 8JU (no emails please)