Visits, Walks and Talks
Our events team provides us with some wonderful experiences., organising visits to gardens less well known, perhaps very rarely opened.
Visit to a Sculptor's Garden in Eyam, Derbyshire
Visiting Schloss Dyck on a German Study Tour
BBQ and fund-raiser to support the student travel bursary
Vernon Park: Understanding our local parks and gardens
Meeting specialist flower growers
Michael Walker, Director of Trentham Gardens, explaining Piet Oudolf's planting
On these visits, often it is the owner or head gardener who will show us round. Hearing the stories behind the garden provides a whole new dimension to the visitor experience. It's not surprising that our summer garden visits are very popular. Our regular Newsletter includes short reports about visits and also winter talks and will give you a better idea of the range of events. Members are also encouraged to contribute text and photos for these.Please look through our Newsletter archive and you will be able to read all about these fantastic events.
In summer 2020 it has not been possible to organise our normal programme of visits because of the spread of coronavirus and the resulting restrictions, particularly on group visits. However the team is hoping to be in a position to start visits once again in the summer of 2021, restrictions permitting.
As well as the garden visits, a series of talks have been held each year over the winter months. At the moment we will not be able to have talks in village halls but we can provide online talks. We are very pleased to provide details of our programme for this coming winter, starting on 9th November, as follows:
All best wishes from the Events Team
The National Gardens Scheme
Whilst gardens are closed, you can find out about a number of other ways you can enjoy and support the National Garden Scheme over the winter months by using the following link:
Monday 11th January, 2pmJohn Claudius Loudon and his wife, Jane Webb Talk by Simon Gulliver 11th January
Online via ZoomFollowing Simon’s excellent talk on Ernest Wilson in spring of 2019, Simon was due to return to share his enthusiasm for a Victorian gardening double act of a lady gardener and science fiction novelist and her Scottish landscape gardening husband. Unfortunately this talk scheduled in March had to be cancelled due to COVID and the resulting lockdown. We are pleased, however, that Simon is willing to deliver this talk virtually.
Loudon designed Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Derby Arboretum the first public park and published the first gardening periodical. He was influential in many ways and established the accepted norm of modern gardening. Jane continued his publishing enterprise, wrote the first book for lady gardeners and began the tradition of influential women gardeners.
Monday 22nd February, 2pm Martin Fish, Behind the scenes as an RHS Judge at Chelsea and other important garden shows
Online via ZoomMartin Fish has worked in horticulture for over 40 years and shares his broad gardening knowledge through TV, radio, writing and talks. He sits on RHS committees and is an advisor at Harlow Carr.
As an experienced accredited RHS judge, Martin can be found at most of the RHS shows. He is going to share his enjoyment of this and tell us about the process of judging both nursery exhibits and show gardens by taking us behind the scenes.
Although Martin likes to speak to a live audience he is happy to give us a zoom presentation and would be pleased to answer questions on any aspect of his work and gardening knowledge.
Monday 15th March, 2pmMargie Hoffnung, The Gardens Trusts' work and their on-going development
Online via ZoomMargie Hoffnung is Conservation Officer and Historic Landscape Project Support Officer with the Gardens Trust. She has a horticulture degree from Writtle College. She has worked at Westonbirt Arboretum and at Highgove, and with Rosemary Verey and Lady Mary Keen.
She completed an MSc in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes at Bath, and joined the Garden History Society in 2013 as Assistant Conservation Officer.
She has recently given a talk to the Gardens Trust about Rosemary Verey and also one on Westonbirt, which some of our members may have seen, on Zoom of course.