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.