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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

19th November 2018  ‘Special Lecture’

Entrance to this Special Lecture is by ticket only  priced at £5 for members and £8 for guests. Tickets will be available  at our regular meetings from August onward or by post – details to be published in the next issue of the Fagus newsletter.

James Alexander Sinclair - Death Sex and Gardening

James designs gardens all over the place, from the Western Isles to the outskirts of Moscow.
He writes regular columns for Gardens Illustrated and Gardeners World magazine and more infrequently contributes to House and Garden, Countryfile, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times.
James has also presented television programmes for both the BBC and Channel 4 , most recently The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. He hosts the design theatres at the Malvern Spring Show, and Gardeners World Live.  
He is an RHS  gardens Judge, President of the Judging Panel at the Moscow Flower Show, member of the RHS Council &  Chairman of their Gardens Committee.

21st January 2019          Rob Potterton
Nursery Challenge - An amusing light hearted nursery and plant orientated quiz.

Rob Potterton with his wife Jackie have worked together since 1984 at the family specialist nursery in North Lincolnshire offering Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Woodland plants to visitors, at plant fairs and by mail order throughout UK and Europe. The nursery has previously exhibited ten times at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and received 7 Gold medals, as well as numerous awards at other prestigious events.
Rob has recently been received the Sir William & Lady Lawrence Award from the Alpine Garden Society for his extensive work with Alpines. He is also well known for his excellent and informative lectures and his ability to engender enthusiasm generally for alpine & rockery plants.

18th February 2019 AGM    Chris Sperring (short talk) Climate change and wildlife

Chis Sperring MBE is Conservation Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust, as well as a popular wildlife lecturer and broadcaster. He is a dedicated conservationist who lives in Portishead with his family. Chris is a passionate speaker whose inspiring talks are always well received

18th March 2019   Jack Willgoss
The Wonderful World of Hardy Perennial and Scented Violas

This talk is dedicated to the memory of Judith Codrington, a much loved Fagus member who requested it and sadly died in 2018.

The talk will include their history, how to grow them, planting ideas and an overview of some of the best varieties from our collection.
Wildegoose Nursery started back in 2011 as specialist growers of hardy perennial and scented violas. The Violas remain at the heart of our business, but our passion for plants has always extended beyond this to encompass a diverse range of flowering perennials and grasses. Plants are propagated on site from seed, cuttings and divisions and we garden in sympathy with nature and do not use chemicals.

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