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: Maureen Bennett (gardenermobennett@gmail.com | 01326 377449 | 07779 155196) 

                Liz Michie (yurboz@sky.com 01326 218120 | 07899 942330)
    

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)                                                          

 

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

    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.

    Penmilder is a 2.5-acre south-facing garden with delightful bluebell woods and an apple orchard, which is particularly pretty with primroses and daffodils in the spring. 

    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.

    A booking form for this self-drive visit will be available in March 2021.

  • Garden Holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds

    Join us on this tailor made CGS group holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds.

    This gardens holiday made by Brightwater Holidays will include a guided tour and lunch at Highgrove, visits to the gardens of Hidecote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Eastleach House.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel.

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

  • 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 for this coach trip can now be downloaded by clicking here. 

  • Self-drive visit to 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.

    A booking form for this self-drive visit will be available in March 2021.

  • CGS Summer Flower Show

    Described by The Telegraph as the “… Chelsea of the West,” our annual Spring Flower Show, sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, is a major highlight of the horticultural year.

    In light of recent events, our 2021 event will take place in July and will be held over three days to enable us to offer enhanced social distancing, manage show-goer flow-through and regulate daily attendance numbers in line with UK Government guidance and Cornwall Council’s advice.

    Inevitably, this year’s show will be different – with one-way systems, dispersed catering across the site and hand-sanitising stations to name but three of our Covid-secure initiatives – but one thing is certain. It will be packed with gardening inspiration and provide us all with a much-needed boost when the time comes.

    Join us at The Royal Cornwall Showground on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July.

  • 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.

    A booking form for this day trip by coach can be downloaded by clicking here

  • 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.

    A booking form for this garden holiday can now be downloaded by clicking here.

  • Self-drive visit to St Michael’s Mount, Marazion and a second venue to be confirmed

    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 was our intended partner visit but it is currently being relocated.  We will confirm this second part of the visit as soon as we can. Please keep your eye on this event listing for further details.

    Please note that the date of this self-drive visit is still to be confirmed.

    The booking form will be available in June 2021.

  • CGS Annual General Meeting

    Join us for the CGS Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th at 7pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

     

  • Lecture - Ray Broughton – Future Developments in Horticulture to Cope with Climate Changes

    Following on from the CGS agm, why not join Ray for his lecture on future developments in horticulture to cope with climate changes

    Tuesday 12th at 7.30pm (after AGM) at the Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture - Ray Broughton – Plants for Year-round Interest

    Ray Broughton is returning to lecture in Cornwall by popular demand. He last visited us in 2015.

    Having trained at RHS Garden Wisley in the mid-1970s, Ray was Head of Horticulture at Sparsholt College in Hampshire for 12 years and now teaches staff and students at RHS Garden Wisley where he is Chief Examiner.

    In 2000, he was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture for his services to horticultural education.  

    Ray shares his passion for his work by lecturing throughout the UK on a diverse range of topics such as Organic Gardening, Pests and Diseases, Vegetable and/or Herb Gardens, Propagation and The Garden Year: A Month-by-Month Guide. 

    He describes himself as an enthusiastic gardening author as well as a garden designer, and opens his own garden in North Bedfordshire to the public.

    Join Ray on Wednesday 13th at 2.30pm Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth.

  • Lecture - Bob Brown – Brightening up the Garden in November

    Join Bob Brown on Tuesday 9th November at 7.30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture - Bob Brown – Evergreens

    Bob is a plantsman of wide renown, having introduced and discovered many well-known cultivars.

    Cotswold Garden Flowers, which he runs in partnership with his son, Edmund, specialises in unusual perennials for the flower garden, and offers one of the largest collections of plants for sale in one location in Europe.

    Bob continues to extend his encyclopaedic knowledge and contribute to the world of horticulture by speaking at events and regularly writing for Which? magazine.

    Bob has received many accolades including the prestigious Gold Veitch Memorial Medal, which is awarded by the RHS to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.

    Join Bob on Wednesday 10th at 2.30pm St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

  • Lecture - Noel Kingsbury – Women, Men and Gardening

    Join Noel on Tuesday 7th December at 7.30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture - Noel Kingsbury – New Ways with Perennials

    Noel Kingsbury is a British garden designer and internationally-renowned writer who is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design in gardens and designed landscapes.

    He has written 25 books on various aspects of gardening, plant science and the environment, four of them in collaboration with Dutch garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf.

    Noel has also written for Gardens Illustrated, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Garden, Hortus, The New York Times and many other publications.

    Through his consultancy, he has advised on roof greening and other aspects of 'green architecture' including collaborations with artists working in the public sphere.

    Noel is actively involved in the promotion of quality public planting, having worked as a design consultant on several projects with Bristol City Council.

    Join Noel on Wednesday 8th December at 2.30pm Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth.


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Upcoming Events

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

    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.

    Penmilder is a 2.5-acre south-facing garden with delightful bluebell woods and an apple orchard, which is particularly pretty with primroses and daffodils in the spring. 

    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.

    A booking form for this self-drive visit will be available in March 2021.

  • Garden Holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds

    Join us on this tailor made CGS group holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds.

    This gardens holiday made by Brightwater Holidays will include a guided tour and lunch at Highgrove, visits to the gardens of Hidecote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Eastleach House.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel.

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