Saturday 24th

Talk:  ‘Hepaticas: The Ashwood Story’ by Sam Hopes.

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speaker:  Sam initially trained as a Field Geologist, but became more distracted by the plants than the rocks that dwelled beneath them! She re-trained at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, while training at Pershore College and  went on to work at the RHS Garden Wisley for a year with their Rock and Alpine team, with additional training at Kew and Great Dixter. Since then she has spent the last four years as part of the team at Ashwood Nurseries, growing Hepaticas and Roscoeas in particular.


Saturday 28th

Talk: ’28 to 360 acres; the delights and possibilities of RHS Garden Hyde Hall’ by Robert Brett.

2.30 Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

Through their  ten year Strategic Investment Plan, the RHS are making a very conscious shift to invest back into the organisation and this investment includes some major garden developments at RHS Garden Hyde Hall: a new Winter Garden, large scale Perennial Meadow and a new Global Growth Vegetable Garden. This talk occurs at two years into this strategic Investment, and explores these new developments and other ideas as seen through the eyes of its new curator, Robert Brett. Robert has had a distinguished career in horticulture including working  at Cambridge’s Botanic Garden and  the Eden Project and began his training at Kew.


Sunday 27th


10am-4pm, Helmingham Hall, IP14 6EF. Entrance £7


Saturday 15th

Talk: ‘A Passion for Climbers’ by Jane Lindsay and Toni O’Connor.

2.30 Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speakers: Tynings Climbers are a nursery specialising in hardy and tender climbers run by Jane Lindsay and Toni O’Connor.  They are proud National Collection holders of Passiflora, Jasminum, Thunbergia and Mandevillas with many other unusual climbers. They are regular RHS flower show exhibitors and gold medal winners. Most of the plants grown on the nursery are propagated and grown from cuttings.

Sunday 16th


10am – 4 pm, Helmingham Hall, IP14 6EF. Entrance £7


Saturday 27th

Talk: ‘Mr Bowles and his Garden’ by James Hall.

2.30 Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speakers:  James Hall  started his gardening career at RHS Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire and went on to complete a three year apprenticeship in botanical horticulture at Kew. He has been head gardener at Myddelton House Gardens since May 2015.


Everyone is welcome to our talks. Unless indicated otherwise, lectures are free to members, with £5 entrance fee for non-members.