2017

January

Saturday 28th

Talk: The Plantsman Magazine, by Mike Grant

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speaker: Mike Grant is editor of The Plantsman and RHS specialist publications such as plant monographs, cultivar registers and yearbooks. He previously worked as a senior botanist at Wisley.


February

Saturday 25th

Talk: ‘Poppies of the monsoon (the Genus Meconopsis)’, by Christopher Grey-Wilson

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speaker: Christopher Grey-Wilson was editor of the Alpine Garden Society for 20 years. Before this he served as a Principal Scientific Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens for 22 years and from where he made plant collecting expeditions to Iran and Afghanistan, Nepal, western China, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Tanzania. A former editor of the Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine The Plantsman he has also been closely involved in a number of gold medal winning awards at Chelsea.


March

Saturday 25th

Talk: ‘Growing for Gold’. Two national collection holders Melanie Collins and Sarah Cook discuss their aims and approaches to showing.

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speakers: Mel Collins is a partner in Mickfield Hostas, a family micro-business, which has grown out of a collection of the genus
Hosta spanning 40 years and now holds the largest National Collection of the genus Hosta. She is happy to share her experiences with fellow collection holders contemplating the publicity of their own National Collections. Sarah Cook holds the National Collection of Cedric Morris irises. In 2015, in collaboration with Howard Nurseries, she won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show showing Cedric Morris irises. She has spent many years sourcing and growing the irises bred by Cedric Morris who lived at Benton End. Before her retirement she was the Head Gardener at the National Trust Garden at Sissinghurst in Kent.


April

Sunday 2nd

Narcissus workshop at Hullwood Barn.

10.30am – 3pm. Lunch, tea and coffee provided. £10. 01473 822400, email Sarah@malmaisons.plus.com Maximum number: 20.


Saturday 22nd

Talk: ‘New Garden Worthy Plants’, By Bob Brown.

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speaker: Bob has a life-long obsession with hardy perennials widened and much honed since he started his nursery Cotswold Garden Flowers 25 years ago on an isolated acre of unpropitious alkaline clay in Worcestershire. He is known for having opinions (many very critical) about all the 15-16 thousand kinds of plants he’s grown or tried to grow. He has been vice chairman of the Herbaceous Committees of the RHS and is the holder of the Veitch Memorial Medal awarded for the science and advancement of horticulture.


May

Sunday 28th

PLANT HERITAGE SPRING PLANT FAIR

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


September

Sunday 17th

PLANT HERITAGE AUTUMN PLANT FAIR

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


Saturday 30th

Talk: ‘Greece: from Forest to Phrygana. A personal experience of a diverse landscape and its flora’, by Graham Kendall

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speaker: Graham has worked in horticulture since 1968. Having studied at the Savill Gardens, Windsor, and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, he went on to be Head Gardener at three National Trust properties before starting his own business. A year studying in Greece in 1979, at what is now a garden owned by the Goulandris Natural History Museum and home of the Mediterranean Garden Society, kindled his love for its native flora. Graham has been leading plant tours to various parts of Greece for 10 years.


October

Saturday 28th

Talk: ‘Trees for Autumn’, by Graham Proctor

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the Speaker: Graham attended Hadlow, Merrist Wood and Capel Manor colleges before starting work with Redbridge Parks Department. Keen to combine his practical knowledge and design skills he stared a successful landscaping company that he ran until 1993 when, with his wife and sister in law, he took over what is now Crown Nursery in Ufford. He is a BBC Radio Suffolk Gardening Guru and writes a regular gardening column in the East Anglian Daily Times.



2018

January

Saturday 27th

Talk:  ‘Pond Owner’s Calendar’ by Linda Smith.

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speaker: Linda Smith started Waterside Nursery twenty-one years ago. The Nursery is the winner of six Chelsea Gold Medals and is the only recipient of a Chelsea Gold for Aquatic plants in the Chelsea Pavilion during the last twenty years. The exhibit showcases their plant range of water lilies and pond plants and also the small fibreglass container ponds with miniature plantings that allows water to be introduced to the very smallest of garden spaces.


February

Saturday  24th.

Talk: ‘Kirstenbosch and the Cape Floristic Region.’ by  Philyp Styner.

2.30pm Stowupland Village Hall IP14 4BQ

About the speaker:  In 1999, Phylip took up a placement within the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden in Cape Town, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, which grows and maintains collections of indigenous South African flora gardens. Trained at Askham Bryan College, York, Phylip has gardened widely throughout the UK and was Head Gardener at Cottesbrooke Hall in Northamptonshire for nine years. He regularly appeared on BBC Radio Northampton’s gardeners’ question time.


March

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.


April

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.


May

Sunday 27th

PLANT HERITAGE PLANT FAIR

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


September

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

PLANT HERITAGE AUTUMN PLANT FAIR

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


October

Saturday 28th

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

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. Helena Dove started out in horticulture working at Langthorns Plantery in Essex studying at Writtle College.  From here she gained a place on the Historic and Botanic Gardens Bursary Scheme (HBGBS).  Though most of this apprenticeship was spent at Myddelton House Gardens, she also worked at Great Dixter, Chelsea Physic and Audley End as part of the scheme.  Her main passion is kitchen gardening, and  has been Senior Kitchen Gardener at Myddelton House Gardens since September 2016.


Unless indicated otherwise, lectures are free to members, with £5 entrance fee for non-members.