Events

 For further information about any of the events listed see either the members Programme Booklet or please contact the member as below.

If you wish to attend a Self - Drive garden visit, coach trip or short break it is necessary to book in advance. Booking forms for each event are posted with the quarterly Newsletter. These are only available to members and their guests.

Spring Flower Show. Peter Gilmore. showdirector@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

Self -Drive garden visits. Caroline Hooper. email pencajer@hotmail.com or Caroline Rucker email mortarbee@gmail.com

Lecture. Elizabeth Wilton. email elizabeth.wilton1@btinternet.com. Lectures are free to members and there is no need to book. They are also open to non-members and a donation is appreciated.

Coach outings and Short Breaks.  Alison Davy adavymeridian@gmail.com or 01326 270591

                                                          Bookings via Mary Hutt   patfward@btinternet.com      01872 863735

 

  • Day trip by coach

    High Gardens Nurseries, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8N  - Developed in 2005, High Garden Nurseries is set in five acres of borders, the centrepiece being a 70-metre-long double herbaceous border – a showcase for the plants it grows for sale. Be prepared to be tempted by the range, quality and price.

    Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BJ -  The magnificent Grade 2 listed Bicton Park Botanical Gardens in the picturesque Otter Valley provide the opportunity to explore themed gardens, view a flint shell house and lunch al fresco.

    The Lookout, Sowden Lane, Lympstone EX8 5HE -  The two-acre, wildlife-friendly garden at The Lookout offers a taste of heaven on the banks of the Exe Estuary. With 200 varieties of coastal-trialled species in naturalistic seaside planting, complemented by quirky driftwood sculptures and maritime objects, a Mediterranean courtyard, a fern copse and banks of ornamental grasses, this is a garden not to be missed. We will be able to purchase plants and refreshments here.

    The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.   

  • Self-drive garden visits

    National Trust Cotehele, St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6TA  - Cotehele’s Head Gardener, David Bouch will provide an insightful look into the planning, planting and growing of the thousands of flowers that make up the 60ft-long garland which adorns The Great Hall during the festive season. In July, the team will be at the mid-point of this 12-month process so here’s your chance to find out what goes on behind the scenes, take in the delights of this wonderful Cornish garden and purchase garland seeds.

    Melyn Gy, Halton Quay, St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6SL -  Melyn Gy’s owners, Jessop and Kay Price are kindly allowing us to view the quarter acre of steeply sloping garden that they created from scratch five years ago. With paths leading to mature woodland and plants sourced from specialist nurseries across the south west, including unusual Hydrangea, Cornus species and cultivars (including Cornus ‘Ormonde’ AGM), grasses and Euphorbia species and cultivars (including Euphorbia x pasteurii ’Roundway Titan’ AGM), this garden is designed to produce year-round colour and texture as well as vistas of the River Tamar.

    The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.   

  • Day trip by coach

    The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton PL20 7LQ  - An elegant home to various vicars, The Garden House was purchased by Lionel Fortescue, the son of a Newlyn painter, after the Second World War. In 1978, the ten-acre garden was developed and renovated by Head Gardener, Keith Wiley to include a flowing series of garden rooms and spaces, and pathways that linked diverse planting styles and landscaping surprises. His vision and passion for inspirational planting gained him the respect of the horticultural world.

    Wildside, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton PL20 7NP - In 2003, Keith Wiley left The Garden House to create Wildside. Free from the constraints of conventional horticulture, he took over a Devon cider orchard and started to design a very different garden, working with nature to allow plants to thrive as if in the wild. Astride a digger, he began to sculpt the canyons, dry river valleys, hills and mounds that are now colonised by vast swathes of colour, shape and texture.

    The booking form will be included in our June 2017 mailing. 

  • Self-drive garden visits

    Prideaux Place, Padstow PL28 8RP  - Our President, Elisabeth Prideaux-Brune and her husband, Peter are offering us a special opportunity to visit their magnificent Elizabethan mansion that has been home to 14 generations of the Prideaux-Brune family. Having survived the Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian eras, the gardens became a wilderness after the Second World War so an on-going restoration programme aims to return them to their former glory. With one of the oldest deer parks in the country and stunning views across the Camel Estuary, this is your chance to see an 80-tree lime avenue, remodelled formal Victorian garden, hornbeam (Carpinus betulas) allée and Acer glade.

    Wellgarth Plants, Bodmin (Sorry no postcode for this field) - Cassie Corby runs Wellgarth Plants, a specialist daylily (Hemerocallis) nursery that stocks hundreds of unusual varieties of these long-flowering perennials. Few can be purchased elsewhere in the UK and today’s modern hybrids combine more exquisite colour choices. Cassie will tell us how easy it is to grow and propagate these low maintenance hardy plants, which will be available to buy on the day.

    The booking form will be included in our June 2017 mailing.   

  • Self-drive garden visits

    Crugsillick​ Manor, Ruan High Lanes, Truro TR2 5LJ  - This is a wonderful late summer treat. Crugsillick is a lovely old house in an inspirational setting. The garden has been re-landscaped with a large pond and exotic flowering trees and shrubs on several levels. It has wonderful views, a kitchen garden, yew hedges and paths which define the oval lawns and broad mixed borders.

    Rosteague, Portscatho, Truro TR2 5EF -  This is a fantastic opportunity to visit Rosteague, an ancient manor house in a magical setting, with its lawns, flowerbeds and farmland rolling down to the sea. The 17th century French garden is its crowning glory with four large geometrical parterres of intricate box (Buxus sempervirens) hedging and topiary, sheltered by stone walls, which make it an interesting place to explore.

    The booking form will be included in our June 2017 mailing.

  • Garden Holiday

    Visiting Gardens in Wiltshire and the Cotswolds

    With four nights’ accommodation at The Stratton House Hotel in Cirencester, this holiday will include visits to: Berkeley Castle with gardens that Gertrude Jekyll helped to design; Jekka’s Herb Farm with the Queen of Herbs herself as our tour guide; Bowood House and Gardens within one of Capability Brown’s most beautiful parks with a tour of its terraces and private walled gardens; and Rodmarton Manor with its garden of rooms.

    We will also take in four gardens near Cirencester: Daglingworth House, a classical garden; Cerney House Garden where old-fashioned scents and colours abound; Ampney Brook House Gardens with its haven for wildlife; and the nearby Coach House Garden where rill, gravel, herbaceous borders, rose and green gardens prevail.

    Visits to Waterperry Gardens with its beautifullylandscaped ornamental gardens and Buscot Park, which features one of Britain’s finest water gardens and a four seasons garden sheltered by mellow red-bricked walls, are also on the itinerary.

    On the way home, we will stop at Derry Watkins’ nursery with its amazing range of unusual plants and Yeo Valley Organic Garden with its diverse, seasonal patchwork of ornamental and edible plant areas.

    The booking form and full itinerary will be included in our March 2017 mailing.

  • Day trip by coach

    Mill Cottage Plants, Wookey, Somerset BA5 1AP -  Mill Cottage Plants has been run for the last 25 years by medal-winning nurserywoman, writer and gardener, Sally Gregson. Her primary focus is on Hydrangea and Epimedium. At the time of our visit, her herbaceous borders should be ablaze with colour and interest.

    The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD  - The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens is a hidden gem in the heart of the city of Wells. Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years, this stunning venue has been awarded RHS Partner Status and guarantees 14 diverse acres of gardens hidden behind its ancient ramparts and moat.

    The booking form will be included in our June 2017 mailing.

  • Cornwall Garden Society

    7.00pm - Annual General Meeting - The Alverton,mTregolls Road, Truro, TR1 1ZQ

  • Lecture

     7.30pm (after the AGM)  The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro TR1 1ZQ

    Harry Jans - 'Around the World with Alpine Plants'.  

    Harry Jans has been employed since 1982 by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment as an expert on winter maintenance. He is a  passionate plant explorer and rock gardener, he is also a founder member of the Dutch Rock Garden Society of which he has been President for the last six years. In 2014, he received the prestigious Alpine Garden Society (AGS) Lyttel Trophy, the highest AGS award for individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the knowledge of alpine plants. Harry is a regular lecturer at conferences and study weekends in many overseas countries. He has written articles on alpine plant subjects, the topic for his first lecture. 

  • Lecture

    2.30pm - Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth TR15 1TE

    Harry Jans - 'Flowers of the Incas'

    Harry Jans'  own garden is well known for its tufa wall with a large colony of the rare and difficult Jankaea heldreichii growing on it. His website – www.jansalpines.com – contains more than 16,000 pictures taken during his travels around the globe in search of alpine plants – hence his interest in and second lecture on the - Flowers of the Incas.

     

  • Self-drive garden visits

    Cutlinwith, Tideford, Saltash PL12 5HX  - The owners of Cutlinwith have kindly agreed to open their beautiful garden again, just for us. Created 14 years ago and now beginning to mature, it is designed to have year-round interest. Including a water garden, streams and ponds, and a developing Acer, Magnolia and bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) walk that leads to woodland paths, it should be rich with spectacular autumn colour at the time of our visit.

    Tartendown Nurseries, Landrake, Saltash PL12 5AF -  Tartendown Nurseries are set amongst the rolling hills of a pretty valley and offers an extensive selection of traditional and exotic flowers, plants shrubs and trees, many of which are grown on the premises.

    The booking form will be included in our June 2017 mailing.

     

  • Lecture

    7.30pm - The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro TR1 1ZQ

    Howard Wills - 'Sempervivums'

    Howard confesses to being a life-long gardening enthusiast and plantaholic with a keen interest in watching, recording and studying our native fauna and flora. With many years’ experience of growing a wide range of plants, he runs a small nursery that he manages in an environmentally sensitive way.

    At Fernwood, he holds National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens (NCCPG) National Collections® of Sempervivum (his first lecture topic) and Jovibarba species and cultivars (Alpine Houseleeks). He has previously held National Collections® of Phormium species and cultivars (New Zealand Flax), and Rosularia species.

  • Lecture

    2.30pm -Trethorne Leisure Park, Kennards House, Launceston PL15 8QE

    Howard Wills - 'The Beauty of Leaves'

    Having exhibited his plants at the major Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Shows, he has been awarded RHS Gold Medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Gardeners’ World Live, Tatton Park, Malvern and RHS Wisley Flower Shows.

     

  • Lecture

    7.30pm - The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro TR1 1ZQ

    Thomas Stone - 'Winter Plants'

    Thomas Stone brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to his lectures, gathered during his 27 years’ experience, having worked at Mottisfont Abbey Gardens, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and other private gardens as a gardener or Head Gardener. 

  • Lecture

     2.30pm - Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth TR15 1TE

    Thomas Stone - 'Hardy Geraniums'

    Thomas Stone now runs his own horticultural practice for individual and corporate garden owners, and shares his expertise with a wider audience through lectures, TV and radio appearances. 

  • Christmas Lunch

    12 noon  - The Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth TR11 4NZ

    The booking form will be included in our September 2017 mailing.

     

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Upcoming Events

  • Day trip by coach

    High Gardens Nurseries, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8N  - Developed in 2005, High Garden Nurseries is set in five acres of borders, the centrepiece being a 70-metre-long double herbaceous border – a showcase for the plants it grows for sale. Be prepared to be tempted by the range, quality and price.

    Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BJ -  The magnificent Grade 2 listed Bicton Park Botanical Gardens in the picturesque Otter Valley provide the opportunity to explore themed gardens, view a flint shell house and lunch al fresco.

    The Lookout, Sowden Lane, Lympstone EX8 5HE -  The two-acre, wildlife-friendly garden at The Lookout offers a taste of heaven on the banks of the Exe Estuary. With 200 varieties of coastal-trialled species in naturalistic seaside planting, complemented by quirky driftwood sculptures and maritime objects, a Mediterranean courtyard, a fern copse and banks of ornamental grasses, this is a garden not to be missed. We will be able to purchase plants and refreshments here.

    The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.   

  • Self-drive garden visits

    National Trust Cotehele, St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6TA  - Cotehele’s Head Gardener, David Bouch will provide an insightful look into the planning, planting and growing of the thousands of flowers that make up the 60ft-long garland which adorns The Great Hall during the festive season. In July, the team will be at the mid-point of this 12-month process so here’s your chance to find out what goes on behind the scenes, take in the delights of this wonderful Cornish garden and purchase garland seeds.

    Melyn Gy, Halton Quay, St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6SL -  Melyn Gy’s owners, Jessop and Kay Price are kindly allowing us to view the quarter acre of steeply sloping garden that they created from scratch five years ago. With paths leading to mature woodland and plants sourced from specialist nurseries across the south west, including unusual Hydrangea, Cornus species and cultivars (including Cornus ‘Ormonde’ AGM), grasses and Euphorbia species and cultivars (including Euphorbia x pasteurii ’Roundway Titan’ AGM), this garden is designed to produce year-round colour and texture as well as vistas of the River Tamar.

    The booking form will be included in our March 2017 mailing.