HARDY PLANT SOCIETY
NB: For the moment only Dorset Group members can attend our meetings.
Saturday 23rd April at 2.30pm
'The Living Jigsaw Explained' with Val Bourne.
Val Bourne introduces both new and experienced gardeners to the wide diversity of birds, animals, insects and even slugs that help to bring a natural balance to a home garden and help its plants and flowers shrug off problems before they become entrenched.
Val has won multiple awards including Journalist of the year from the Garden Media Guild. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, amongst others, and she gardens on the windswept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage in Gloucestershire. Val is a hands-on gardener and a committed plantaholic. She manages her third of an acre garden without using any chemicals – something she has always believed in.
Val will be bringing books for sale at the end of her talk.
Saturday 24th September talk starts at 2.30pm
Tim Stretton talking about 'Folly Farm'.
Tim Stretton is the Head Gardener of the privately owned Folly Farm, will be talking about the garden, originally a collaboration between Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, and now lovingly restored over a number of years. Tim has worked with Dan Pearson and the owners throughout the careful restoration to create a modern interpretation of a Jekyll Garden with the incorporation of the wider landscape. For those who have been fortunate to see it is a truly memorable garden.
Saturday 22nd October, talk starts at 2.30pm
Crocosmia & Gladioli: From breeding, getting a plant to market and field judging for the RHS, with Paul Lewis.
Paul is an amateur plant breeder and is based on the Isle of Wight. He curated the National Collection of Crocosmia, and now breeds his own, including 'Paul’s Best Yellow' and 'Hellfire'. Breeding of Gladioli soon followed. Paul is involved with the RHS as a Field Trial Judge.
Saturday 26th November - Celebrity Talk: Ticket only
'365 Days of Colour' with Nick Bailey.
Nick is known as a regular presenter of the BBC's Gardeners' World. He was also Head Gardener for London’s famous Chelsea Physic Garden, where he spent the last seven years redesigning the gardens and diversifying the plant collection.
Saturday 29th January 2023 at 2.30pm
'In the Not so Bleak Mid-Winter' with Timothy Walker.
Timothy has had a varied career in horticulture including training at The Saville Garden, Windsor and at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kent. Having worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum between 1986 and 2014, and winning 4 Gold, 2 Silver Gilt and 1 Silver medal at Chelsea Flower Shows. Timothy is now a stipendiary lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford, Pembroke College and Hertford College.