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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.
If you can assist in displaying notices of our events in your area, please contact Annie Esler

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.

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

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
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.

Adam Frost
A year in Adam’s life, 2016 - today

Adam Frost is a Landscape Designer who is passionate about what he does.
He believes there’s inspiration all around us – in nature, architecture, art, people and food – we just have to take the time to stop and look around.
He draws on memories, special places and people who have been influential to the way he designs.
Adam cares that his garden designs are about creating personal spaces that people can feel comfortable in, places that actually feel ‘real’, as well as being beautiful.

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