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)                                                          

 

  • 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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Upcoming Events

  • 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.