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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.



20th November 2017 (Special Lecture)
Matthew Wilson: New Gardening – How to make a Garden in a Changing Climate

Matthew  Wilson is a well-respected garden designer, writer, radio and television  broadcaster and lecturer. Matthew runs his own garden and landscape  design practice, alongside which he writes extensively in the media, is a  regular correspondent for the Financial Times and has been a panelist  on Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time since 2009.
                                                        
Prior  to establishing his own practice he was Managing Director and Principal  Designer at Clifton Nurseries, in London’s Little Venice, and spent a  decade working for the Royal Horticultural Society. Matthew has also  designed award-winning gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, including his  2016 garden for Welcome to Yorkshire which won the coveted ‘People’s  Choice Award’.






December 2017
No lecture



15th January 2018
Yvonne Bell: A Garland of Edwardian Gardens

Yvonne has an interest is the Edwardian Period (1900 - 1914-18 War) and was commissioned by Shire Publications to write a book on 'The Edwardian Home’ which was to include a chapter on the Garden. This led to more research on Edwardian Gardens and she now gives a series of talks about them. Yvonne’s Mother was a very keen gardener which Yvonne has inherited. Her Mother was also a member of Fagus.
    



19th February 2018
AGM
Cyril Routley: A History of Sundials

He has had an interest in time measurement for many years and has a collection of clocks which he maintains himself. He has also photographed many sundials and prepared a talk about them for the horological society. This has been adapted to talk about sundials as a garden feature which was the vogue in earlier times, especially for large country houses such as Tyntesfield.. There are many beautiful and very complex sundials around and while they look very simple they are scientific instruments.
Cyril spent all his working life of 40 years teaching at Nailsea School in North Somerset.
    






19th March 2018
Jim Buttress: 65 years in horticulture

Jim is involved with judging many horticultural shows including RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court. Trained at Wisley. He commenced his horticultural career in a local nursery, then at Croydon Parks before moving to the Greater London Council and on to The Royal Parks where he ended his career as Superintendent of Greenwich Park.
A popular speaker, he devotes much of his time giving talks to societies and has gained renown for his television appearances including The Big Allotment Challenge and Lullingstone Castle.  His book, “The People’s Gardener” was published in May 2016.
    











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