Events

For further information about any of the events listed, please refer to your copy of the 2020 Events Guide or contact the relevant organiser below:

If you would like to attend a Self-drive visit, Day trip by coach or Garden holiday, it is necessary to book in advance. Kindly note that these events are available exclusively to CGS members and their guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking forms for each event are included in our mailings to members in September, December, March and June.

Self-drive visits: Louise Thomas (louise.trewidden@gmail.com | 07966897561)

                            Elizabeth Harris (elizabeth@boscrowan.co.uk | 01736 332396)

                            Michele Richards (michele.l.richards@gmail.com | 07854 950646)

Bookings for Self-drive visits should be made via the relevant organiser as stated on the booking form.

Day trips by coach: Catherine McDonald (taddymcd@hotmail.co.uk | 01872 272800 | 07909 544931)

Garden holidays:  Julia Chant (chant1960@btinternet.com | 01503 220081 | 07425 141871)

Bookings for Day trips by coach and Garden holidays should be made via Mary Hutt (patfward@hotmail.com | 01872 863735)

 Lectures: Elizabeth Wilton (elizabeth.wilton1@btinternet.com | 01872 270854)

                  Judith Hancock (judith.hancock@keme.co.uk | 01872 862904)     

Lectures run from October to March and are free for CGS members. There is no need to book. Non-members are welcome and a donation is appreciated.

Spring Flower Show: Dickie Trant (showdirector@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk | 07530 920585)                                                          

 

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – The Icing on the Cake

    Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a cathartic trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level.

    In 1998, he established his own nursery, Marchants Hardy Plants, at Laughton in Sussex.

    As a hands-on man and with the help of his staff, he loves to raise and select new varieties, and enjoys playing and painting with plants.

    Graham’s life as a nurseryman is further enriched by garden design, consultations, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats in countries such as Armenia, China, South Africa and Turkey. In spite of all this, he still finds time to warble the odd note.

    Join us on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro.

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – A Miscellany of Plants

    Graham Gough will join us on Wednesday 11th March at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth where he will share his lecture, ‘A Miscellany of Plants‘.

  • Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

    Join us in our spring oasis within the Royal Cornwall Showground on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2020 and explore an array of horticultural delights. Enjoy wide-ranging and stunning displays of spring flowers and shrubs, plus beautiful floral art and photographic displays. And if you fancy indulging in a bit of garden-related retail therapy we have everything you could wish for with over 60 prestigious nurseries selling fabulous plants and bulbs and another 50 plus retailers selling garden-related goodies.

  • Self-drive visit to Moyclare, Liskeard and Calamazag Plant Nursery, Looe

    At Moyclare, planting began in 1927 by Moira and Louis Reid. Meandering paths lead through woodland shrubberies, herbaceous borders and sunny corners. The pond and lawns are surrounded by camellias, rhododendrons, mature trees, shrubs and many rare treasures from the Southern Hemisphere.

    The family-run Calamazag Nursery was established in the 1950s. Today, the third generation are producing a wide range of both hardy and annual plants, including their speciality, dianthus, which they exhibit at major flower shows.

    To download a booking form to join us on this self-drive visit, please click here.

  • Day trip by coach to National Trust Buckland Abbey, Yelverton and National Trust Saltram, Plympton

    Buckland Abbey garden, landscaped in the 1950s, features camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias as well as wonderful river views.

    Explore the colourful Elizabethan Garden and the Cider Garden, and experience the walled Kitchen Garden that was laid out at the time of the monks.

    Saltram’s plantsman’s garden was created in the 18th century by the 3rd Earl of Morley and incorporates rare, ancient and exotic trees, a mile-long lime avenue and a productive orangery.

    If you would like to join us on this day trip, please click here to download a booking form.

  • Self-drive visit to Botallick, Lanreath and South Bosent, Liskeard

    Started in Spring 1994, Botallick is a spring woodland garden with an extensive collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons spread over four acres. It also includes an orchard stocked with Cornish varieties and wild flowers. The Bucknell family who own the garden often exhibit blooms in the competitive Classes at our annual Spring Flower Show.

    Sisters, Adrienne and Trish, are developing South Bosent with wildlife in mind. It comprises several themed gardens, woodland plantings, large mixed borders and a four-acre meadow. Other features include a mini-lake, waterfall and rill on the terrace,and several plant collections, all designed to provide year-round interest. Along with thousands of planted bulbs throughout the garden, a bluebell wood runs alongside the stream pathway.

    The booking form will be available in March 2020.

  • Day trip by coach to Marwood Hill Garden and Upper Gorwell House, Barnstaple

    Located within a Devon valley, Marwood Hill Garden spans 20 acres with lakes, more than 20 champion trees, including Magnolia Marwood Spring and several eucalyptus, and National Collections® of astilbe, iris ensata and tulbaghia. Rich with year-round colour from plants, shrubs and trees, it is planted to encourage wildlife. Whilst exploring the bog garden and wandering round the lake, look out for kingfishers, butterflies and moths.

    Upper Gorwell House is a four-acre garden that overlooks the Taw estuary. It enjoys a benign microclimate that allows rare and tender plants to flourish both in the open and in the Walled Garden. Its trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and alpines have been collected during expeditions to Chile and Sichuan, and from specialist nurseries. Please note that access to the level garden is via a steep slope.

    The booking form will be available in March 2020.

  • Self-drive visit to Bonython, Helston and Cross Common Nursery, The Lizard

    20 years in the making, the gardens at Bonython have matured to provide pleasure in all seasons. The Walled Garden contains an established colour-themed herbaceous border, which is a delight in June. The Potager is always interesting with its range of cut flowers, vegetables and herbs, whilst the valley garden offers abundant interest with three lakes and several streams. Sculptures and a growing yew chapel catch the eye as does the circular silver birch wood.

    Cross Common Nursery is a small family-run enterprise that offers a huge array of plants – from the tropical, the exotic and the unusual to the hardier specimens that thrive in coastal areas. Citrus plants are a speciality, about which the owner will share some advice.

    The booking form will be available in March 2020.

  • Garden holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds

    The highlight of this three-day tour is a visit to Highgrove, the country home of our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, where we will enjoy a two-hour guided tour followed by lunch in the Orchard Restaurant.

    We will also visit the quintessentially English Hidcote Manor Garden with its inter-connected ‘rooms’ of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders; the 20th Century Arts and Crafts Kiftsgate Court Gardens, designed across three generations by Heather Muir, Diany Binny and Anne Chambers, and the 14-acre garden at Eastleach House with its box paths, hedge henge and aromatic Mediterranean planting.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel and we will benefit from the services of a Brightwater Tour Manager.

    The booking form is available upon request.

  • Hidden Valley Gardens, Treesmill and Tregrehan, St Austell

    Hidden Valley Gardens offer colourful, cottage-style planting across 3.5 acres in a secluded valley. Beds and borders are crammed with herbaceous perennials, shrubs and grasses. There is a potager for vegetables, herbs, soft fruit and cut flowers. This RHS Partner Garden, with several awards to its name, also provides diversity with a large wildlife pond, Japanese and Mediterranean areas, and a fernery.

    Historic, family-run Tregrehan has an enviable location for a woodland garden at the head of St Austell Bay. Towering conifers from the early Victorian plant hunters combined with botanically-important recent planting result in more than 150 trees of champion status. This garden is a delight at any time. The old grain mill, walled garden and magnificent glasshouse are also wonderful spaces to enjoy.

    The booking form will be available in March 2020.

  • Day trip by coach to National Trust Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear and Middle Well, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes

    Coleton Fishacre gardens were created for the D’Oyly Carte family in the 1920s. Exotic and tender plants thrive in this sheltered valley and the garden is RHS accredited. The terraces surrounding the house are planted with sun-loving plants and each features a pool. The Rill Garden is planted in the pastel shades loved by Lady Dorothy. Lower down the valley, the garden becomes less formal with a tree fern glade and hydrangeas, and access to the South West Coast Path via a gate.

    Middle Well is a tranquil two-acre garden that contains a wealth of plants chosen for colour and long season interest. Streams, woodland and a mix of perennials, shrubs, bulbs, climbers and specimen trees, and a vegetable garden provide much to admire and explore.

    The booking form will be available in March 2020.

  • Garden holiday to the Gardens of Kent and Sussex

    This five-day garden tour takes in the finest gardens of Kent and Sussex, and showcases late summer planting. One of the many highlights is an exclusive visit to Perch Hill where we will enjoy a talk by Sarah Raven, a guided tour of her gardens and lunch.

    Other highlights include a guided tour of Christopher Lloyd’s and Fergus Garrett’s Great Dixter, and a visit to Vita Sackville- West’s Sissinghurst. This holiday will also include entry to the magnificent RHS Partner Gardens of Great Comp and Merriments, the award-winning Pashley Manor and West Dean Gardens.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the Mercure Hotel at Tunbridge Wells and we will benefit from the services of a Brightwater Tour Manager.

    If you would like to join us on this garden holiday, please click here to download a booking form.

  • Day trip by coach to Burrow Farm Gardens and Prospect House, Axminster

    Burrow Farm Gardens provide 13 acres of colour-themed planting and lawns that sweep past an ancient oak to the lake. The Anniversary Garden, created in 2010, with its ornamental grasses and perennials, is at its best at this time of year. Other areas include the Terrace Garden, Rose Garden, Millennium Garden, Woodland Garden and Wildflower Meadow which contains two wildlife ponds.

    In contrast, the one-acre plantsman’s garden at Prospect House is hidden behind high walls with Axe valley views. Well- stocked borders of rare and tender shrubs mingle with late summer perennials including rudbeckia, helenium, echinacea, helianthus, crocosmia, grasses and 200 varieties of salvia.

    The booking form will be available in June 2020.

  • Self-drive visit to St Michael’s Mount, Marazion and The National Dahlia Collection, Penzance

    The spectacular gardens of St Michael’s Mount comprise steep stone terraces, flower-lined pathways and walled gardens on an island steeped in history, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Here is a micro-climate, tempered by the Gulf Stream, in which all manner of unlikely plants flourish. A guide will take small groups through the different areas and explain the unique challenges of gardening in such an unusual location.

    The National Dahlia Collection, based at Varfell Farm, was established in 1998 and covers two extremely colourful acres. Containing more than 1600 varieties, there is an opportunity to browse the many beds, view old favourites, heritage blooms and some new ones too. The wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours will provide an incredible spectacle.

    The booking form will be available in June 2020.

  • CGS Annual General Meeting

    7pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture- Saul Walker – Stonelands House: A Year in the Life of this Wonderful Secret Garden

    7.30pm (after AGM) at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture - Saul Walker – Antony House: The National Trust House with a Dual Personality

    Saul Walker fell in love with gardening as a result of his grandparents’ passion for visiting historic houses and gardens. After a brief spell as an archaeologist, he trained as a gardener for the National Trust at Antony House in Cornwall.

    He later studied on the three-year Kew Diploma in Botanical Horticulture where he was exposed to fantastic plant collections, and travelled to Australia, Southern Spain and the French Riviera to study and work in internationally renowned gardens. He subsequently joined the RHS Shows department and became Show Manager for RHS Chelsea.

    Unable to resist the call back to his native Devon, Saul became Head Gardener of Stonelands House in 2015. His special interest is in woodland gardens.

    Join us at 2.30pm at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

  • Lecture - Johnny Walker – Every Show has a Story

    Join us at 7:30 at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture - Johnny Walker – The A-Z of Bulbs

    The son of a Dutch bulb grower, Johnny picked up much of his knowledge by ‘drip feed,’ working with his father in the school holidays and at weekends.

    He began his career as Technical and Quality Manager with the fledgling bulb co-operative, Lingarden. With growers spread over seven counties, Johnny advised them on all the latest growing techniques and helped to develop a business that exported daffodils (including many tonnes from Cornwall) to Europe, Scandinavia and North America.

    In 1986, Johnny established a mail order company focusing on unusual daffodils and other specialist bulbs. This was the start of his showing journey at RHS Chelsea and the North of England Horticultural Society’s Harrogate Flower Show.

    In 2016, Johnny was awarded the Peter Barr Cup by the RHS for services to the daffodil industry.

    Join us at 2.30pm Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth

  • Lecture - Neil Lucas – Plants, Gardens and Wildlife: The Knoll Gardens Foundation

    Join us at 7:30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture - Neil Lucas – Using Perennials in the Modern Garden

    Neil Lucas is the owner of Dorset-based Knoll Gardens as well as a recognised authority on ornamental grasses.

    Having developed his own planting ethos, based on the principles that work so successfully in nature, he established a charity in 2008 – The Knoll Gardens Foundation – to further test these principles and promote their benefits to the gardener, the garden and its wildlife.

    Neil is a member of the RHS Council and Senior Judge, has been awarded ten consecutive RHS Chelsea Gold medals, and is a published author.

    Join us at 2:30 at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

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  • Lecture: Graham Gough – The Icing on the Cake

    Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a cathartic trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level.

    In 1998, he established his own nursery, Marchants Hardy Plants, at Laughton in Sussex.

    As a hands-on man and with the help of his staff, he loves to raise and select new varieties, and enjoys playing and painting with plants.

    Graham’s life as a nurseryman is further enriched by garden design, consultations, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats in countries such as Armenia, China, South Africa and Turkey. In spite of all this, he still finds time to warble the odd note.

    Join us on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro.

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – A Miscellany of Plants

    Graham Gough will join us on Wednesday 11th March at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth where he will share his lecture, ‘A Miscellany of Plants‘.