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. 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.

Garden Holidays.  Alison Davy adavymeridian@gmail.com or 01326 270591

Garden day trips by coach. Tba

                                                          Bookings via Mary Hutt   patfward@btinternet.com      01872 863735

 

  • The Gardens of Windsor Great Park: Savill and Valley

    Join us for our first lecture of 2019 as John Anderson takes us on a journey around The Gardens of Windsor Park: Savil and Valley.

    7.30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • John Anderson – Travels in North East India: A Hidden Paradise for Plants and People

    As Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, John Anderson is responsible for Savill, Valley Gardens and Her Majesty’s Private Garden at Frogmore.

    Having trained at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, John has utilised his skills as Head Gardener at Mount Usher Gardens in Ireland, at the National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Gardens and at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire.

    John enjoys travelling to India, Chile, Australia and South Africa to study plants in their natural habitats. He is also Vice Chair of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Woody Plant Committee and a winner of the A J Waley Medal for Rhododendrons.

    Learn more at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash from 2:30pm.

  • Rosy Hardy – Spring Flowering Perennials

    Join us for this evening lecture and learn about Spring Flowering Perennials by Rosy Hardy.

    7:30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Rosy Hardy – Right Plant, Right Place

    Rosy Hardy is an award-winning nurseryman who has grown herbaceous perennials commercially for the past 30 years. With 23 RHS Chelsea Golds to her credit, she is the RHS’s most successful female floral exhibitor.

    Rosy is also a Gold medal-winning garden designer at RHS Hampton Court and was awarded an RHS Chelsea Silver for her Brewin Dolphin Forever Freefolk garden in 2016.

    Beautiful herbaceous borders are the inspiration for her designs into which she has introduced new varieties such as Gaura Rosyjane, Gaura Freefolk Rosy and Gaura Ice Cool Rosy.

    When not staging show-stopping displays and appearing on TV, Rosy is busy growing at the Hampshire nursery she runs with husband, Robert. Her love of what she does keeps her at the top of her game.

    Join Rosy for this day time lecture on Wednesday 13th February at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth

  • Self-drive visit - Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge and Penberth House, St Buryan

    Spring comes early in West Cornwall so our first visit is to Trewidden, a magnificent, privately-owned Victorian garden where Head Gardener, Richard Morton and his team will show us Asiatic magnolias, early shrubs and spring flowers.

    We then travel to Lady Banham’s riverside garden at Penberth with its rare daffodils, early shrubs and trees, and granite features and paths. Our guides will be Jeff Rowe and Claire Batten from Penberth Plants, winners of six RHS Chelsea Gold medals.

  • Kenneth Cox – The Woodland Garden

    As well as our self-drive visit to Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge and Penberth House, St Buryan, we will also host our evening lecture on Tuesday 12th March as Kenneth Cox join us to tell us all about The Woodland Garden.

    Join us at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Kenneth Cox – Woodland Gardening

    As a third generation woodland gardener and Managing Director at the family firm – Glendoick Gardens in Scotland, which specialises in rhododendrons, azaleas and ericaceous plants – Kenneth Cox is uniquely placed to cover this subject.

    He is also Scotland’s bestselling garden writer with two of his 11 books having been garlanded by the Garden Media Guild as UK Gardening Book of the Year.

    Born into a family of renowned plantsmen and world-leading rhododendron experts, Kenneth is the grandson of plant-hunter, writer and nurseryman, Euan Cox and the son of Peter Cox VMH.

    Kenneth has carved out a particular niche in the world of plant-hunting having led nine expeditions to South and South-East Tibet, and Arunachal Pradesh in India. He also designs and advises on the restoration of woodland gardens in the UK and further afield.

    We hope to see you at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash at the slightly earlier time of 2pm. 

  • CGS Spring Flower Show

    With a new venue and a new look for 2019, the CGS Spring Flower Show is set to be the best yet.  With an enviable reputation on the national gardening calendar it’s the perfect opportunity to get into the gardening mood for the season to come.  So do join us to experience our spring oasis within the Royal Cornwall Showground

    Join us on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019 to explore an array of horticultural delights will be wide-ranging, with 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. 

    With a focus on families we look forward to welcoming lots of youngsters to the show and will be offering a range of activities designed to nurture an interest in gardening, wildlife and the natural world.

    All that plus an Artisan Marquee, live music, and a food offering that will get your taste buds tingling.

    To purchase your tickets to the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show 2019, please click here

  • Day Trip by Coach to Mount Edgcumbe and Antony House Gardens, Torpoint

    Both of these historic gardens in South East Cornwall are home to National Collections® of camellias.

    At Mount Edgcumbe, generations of the Edgcumbe family, from the 16th century onwards, have helped to create the gardens surrounding their home. The design and planting of the different areas reflect both geographical regions and moments in history. Here, you will find some 1,000 varieties and species of camellia.

    The landscape of Antony House was designed by Humphrey Repton and affords expansive views of the River Lynher. Enjoy the camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons as you walk through the deep valley of Westdowns Wood. Ponds are surrounded by a diverse array of ornamental trees and flowering shrubs, whilst The Wilderness leads down to the riverbank.

    Our booking form for this day trip will be available in March.

  • Self Drive Visits to Scorrier House, Redruth and Trevince, Gwennap

    Spring is one of the best times to visit Scorrier with its bluebells, camellias and rhododendrons. Originally built in 1780 by John Williams as a mine office, the gardens, where William Lobb was once employed, were planted later. In addition to the gardens, Caroline and Richard Williams are kindly permitting us to view the formal herbaceous border, conservatory and large walled garden where vegetables are grown.

    Newly opened to the public following Richard and Trish Stone’s ongoing restoration, Trevince comprises 25 acres of parkland, a one-acre walled garden, an ornamental woodland walk, an orchard and pinetum, and a collection of endangered conifers. Current renovation projects relate to a brick summerhouse in the Pond Garden and citrus cultivation.

    Our booking form for these self-drive visits will be available in March.

  • Garden holiday to Worcestershire Gardens and The RHS Malvern Spring Flower Festival

    Show gardens, top quality nurseries, specialist plant exhibitors and the beautiful Floral Marquee make RHS Malvern a wonderful event to experience.

    Other highlights include visits to Spetchley Park Gardens with its stunning flowering shrubs and spring bulbs; White Cottage & Nursery with it snake’s head fritillary meadow; Morton Hall and its Tulip Festival; Perrycroft Arts & Craft Garden, designed by Charles Voysey, set on the steep side of the Malvern Hills with spectacular views of the Black Mountains; and a day at RHS Chelsea Gold medallist John Massey’s Ashwood Nurseries complete with garden tour. 

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be at the popular Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton, home of the famous Pudding Club. 

    A booking form and full itinerary will be available in March.

  • Self-drive visit to Pendower House, Lanteglos-by-Fowey and Gardens Cottage, Prideaux, St Blazey

    Pendower House is a Georgian rectory. Roger Lamb will guide us through its formal herbaceous terrace, cottage garden and orchards to reveal ponds, streams and a 19th century shrub garden.

    In contrast, the country garden created by Sue and Roger Paine at Gardens Cottage is relatively new. With imaginative use of colour and planting, and year-round interest, it incorporates a formal garden, long borders, a courtyard garden and a productive kitchen/cutting garden.

    Our booking form will be available in March.

  • Day trip by coach to Bickham House, Exeter and Cadhay House and Garden, Ottery St Mary, Devon

    At Bickham House, we will discover seven acres of colour co-ordinated borders, mature trees, a fernery and a water garden. There is a formal parterre complete with lily pond and a walled garden full of vegetables and flowers. A palm tree avenue leads to a summerhouse.

    Cadhay Garden provides a tranquil setting for the magnificent Elizabethan manor house built in 1550, a tour of which is an option. Full of colour, the garden includes a 120ft herbaceous bed planted with cottage garden plants. There are clematis, roses and lilies as well as two medieval fishponds. The walled garden has been transformed into allotments.

    Our booking form will be available in March.

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Upcoming Events

  • The Gardens of Windsor Great Park: Savill and Valley

    Join us for our first lecture of 2019 as John Anderson takes us on a journey around The Gardens of Windsor Park: Savil and Valley.

    7.30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • John Anderson – Travels in North East India: A Hidden Paradise for Plants and People

    As Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, John Anderson is responsible for Savill, Valley Gardens and Her Majesty’s Private Garden at Frogmore.

    Having trained at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, John has utilised his skills as Head Gardener at Mount Usher Gardens in Ireland, at the National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Gardens and at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire.

    John enjoys travelling to India, Chile, Australia and South Africa to study plants in their natural habitats. He is also Vice Chair of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Woody Plant Committee and a winner of the A J Waley Medal for Rhododendrons.

    Learn more at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash from 2:30pm.