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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 feel you can help, please contact Judith Codrington (her email is and she can enlighten you. Judith prepares the poster and sends it by email for you to print off and use.

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.

16th April 2018
Samantha Hopes – Plants with a story

Samantha initially trained and worked as a Geologist but soon found herself distracted by the plants growing on and around the rocks, more than the rocks themselves.
Following this growing interest, she became a student at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Pershore College and then moved to RHS Garden Wisley, specialising in Rock and Alpine plants.
She also worked for short stints at Kew and Great Dixter.
Samantha then went to work alongside John Massey, looking after his Hepatica collection at Ashwood Nurseries.
This became one of her passions, alongside specialist alpines and a new breading program with Roscoeas.
Samantha and her husband are now creating and building their own garden, propagating and growing a range of unusual plants at home, and giving talks to gardening groups and societies.

21st May 2018
Tony Avent – So many plants so little time…

Tony Avent is an American horticulturist and plantsman. He owns Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina which specialises in rare, and unusual perennials.  
In addition, he is a well-known plant explorer, author and public speaker
Tony grew up with a passion for plants. Instead of playing games, he wandered the woods and fields near his home studying wildflowers.  
Tony has taken part in 60 plant hunting expeditions to places like China, Crete, Taiwan, South Africa and Argentina.

18th June 2018
Georgie Newbery - Cut Flowers

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.

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.

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