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.

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

Garden day trips by coach. Pat Newsome. patandgeorgenewsome@btinternet.com     01579 362273

                                                          Bookings via Mary Hutt   patfward@btinternet.com      01872 863735

 

  • The Gardens of Holland

    This five-day tour, with flights to and from Exeter airport, will take in some of Holland’s finest gardens including Het Loo, Hortus Botanicus, Delft Botanic Gardens, The Arboretum Trompenburg and the world-renowned showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, Keukenhof. Other highlights include executive coach travel, bed and full buffet selection breakfast at the 4* Van der Valk Hotel, and a boat trip in Amsterdam. This holiday was fully subscribed at the time of going to press but we do keep a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations so it is worth contacting us if you are interested.

  • Self-Drive visit. The Lodge, Fletchersbridge,Bodmin and Sibby Cottage, Tregrehan Mills, St Austell

    In a frost pocket, warmed only in winter by Bodmin Crematorium, Tony Ryde and his late partner, Michael created this three-acre riverside garden at Fletchersbridge, specialising in trees and shrubs. Magnolia, cornus, viburnums, paulownias, davidias and acers all flourish in this informal setting, complemented by ponds, waterfalls and a charming Gothic lodge. Enjoying the embrace of the adjoining Tregrehan Estate, Sibby Cottage is able to grow unusual tender plants, already over 900. Established only four years ago by Shirley and Ray Clemo (formerly of the renowned Pine Lodge Gardens), some large, inherited specimens form the backbone of the garden, whilst new herbaceous and shrub borders are underplanted with hundreds of bulbs. The booking form will be available in March

  • Day trip by coach to Lytes Carey Manor, Kelways Garden Centre and Midney gardens and Nurseries

    Lytes Carey Manor Somerton, Somerset Originally the home of Elizabethan herbalist, Henry Lyte, this medieval manor house is surrounded by a striking Arts and Crafts inspired garden, noted for its wonderful displays of topiary. Kelways Garden Centre Langport, Somerset Acclaimed for its RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning peonies. Whilst the peony glade – a marvellous sight when in flower – has been re-sited and replanted this year, the specimens exhibited at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show will have returned to Kelways by the time of our visit and be on display for you to marvel at. Midney Gardens and Nurseries Somerton, Somerset Midney is an organic series of small linked garden areas – creative and quirky with superb plant combinations might best describe them. Be prepared to come away smiling at the humour and talent of its creators. The booking form will be available in March

  • Self - Drive visit. Ivy Cottage, Toad Hall Garden and Bush Meadows

    Ivy Cottage, Toad Hall Garden and Bush Meadows Morwenstowe, near Bude
     Three distinctive gardens in Morwenstowe provide fascinating contrasts. Ivy Cottage is a 1.5 acre plantsman’s garden with beautiful colour-coordinated ‘rooms’, trees, shrubs and curving borders, a wildlife pond, vegetable garden, chickens and 2.5 acres of woodland. 180 different hardy geraniums and their lovely rose collection will delight at this time. Toad Hall Garden, only eight years old, is created from rough paddock. Its interlinking stream-fed ponds, natural woodland, gravel paths and flowerbeds with creative stone designs combine to create an intriguing private place with unusual and charming personal touches. Bush Meadows is a unique self-built, reclaimed slate and stone dwelling, on a sloping valley bisected by a river – its trees now reaching maturity. Grasses, shrubs and hardy perennials with a pump-fed rill and tumbling waterfall to the pond provide a lovely backdrop with a gypsy caravan tucked amongst roses and clematis. Recycled materials are utilised to provide a potting shed and greenhouse, polytunnel and vegetable garden. The booking form will be available in March.

  • Self - Drive visit. Padstow Kitchen garden, Trevibban farm

    Padstow Kitchen Garden, Trerethern Farm, Padstow New Trevibban Farm, St Issey, Wadebridge
    Padstow Kitchen Garden comprises four acres – nourished, nurtured and tended by sixth generation farmer and former Rick Stein Head Chef, Ross Geach. He grows a huge variety of vegetables that are served in some of the county’s finest restaurants including Rick Stein’s, Jamie Oliver’s, Michelinstarred Number 6 and The Driftwood. Come and see what he does, and how to grow your own.
    The garden at New Trevibban Farm was commenced by the Day family in April 2017 and services their holiday homes.   As yet incomplete, it was designed by Joe Midwinter and will eventually include formal, children’s and boules areas, with shrubberies, tree avenues, marquee lawns and a Piet Oudolf expanse adapted to the coastal position

  • Self- Drive visit Trenarth and Chyrose near Constantine

    A welcome return to 17th century Trenarth, near Constantine and a garden that continually evolves and innovates, providing year-round interest. With its emphasis on unusual and tender plants, structure and form, abundant wildlife, vegetables and orchard, there is something for all tastes. The magnificent dierama collection will be the highlight. A lovely walk down into the valley will bring us over to Chyrose on the opposite side. This is a member’s garden and with its charming terracing, roses, orchard and two vintage tractors, framed by their shared views, it will be a pleasure to visit. The booking form will be available in March

  • Day coach trip

    Plant World, Newton Abbot Planted in 1986 as the first ever horticultural map of the world, here you will see gardens representing five continents that contain rare plants seldom seen outside their natural habitat.
    Riverford Field Kitchen Garden, Buckfastleigh
    Of special interest to all you keen vegetable growers, the Head Gardener will take us on a walking tour of the organic production area, which is planted in an allotment style with an interesting range of vegetables and herbs.
    Thorn House, Wembury
    Follow in the footsteps of plant collector, Ernest Wilson and discover many of the mature trees from around the globe that he introduced to this little-known private garden situated on the south facing bank of the River Yealm. Within its nine diverse acres, you will see many tender plants that flourish in Devon’s benign maritime climate. The booking form will be available in March.

  • Day coach trip

    RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show Great Torrington
    New to the RHS calendar for 2017, this show proved to be a great success with visitor numbers greatly exceeding expectations and RHS Garden Rosemoor resplendent in its autumn finery.
    Add to that 20 very diverse nurseries, garden sundries, trade  stands, specialist talks in the fabulous new Garden Room building, craft demonstrations and the like, and you have the recipe for a very interesting day.
    Although Rosemoor is the smallest of the RHS sites, this does not stop it from drawing visitors from far and wide, its size providing a cosy and inclusive atmosphere.
    Venture outside of the show area and you can explore all aspects of the garden, including a new apple orchard planted in spring 2017 that features regional Devonshire apple varieties. The Spiral Garden is being redeveloped as the Cool Garden by RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, Jo Thompson, which demonstrates practical and innovative methods of managing heavy rain. The booking form will be available in June.
    August
    Courtesy of RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

  • Garden Holiday

    The Gardens of West Wales Tucked away in the rolling countryside of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are some fine parks and gardens, both large and small; ancient and modern.
    Highlights of this five-day tour include visits to the Grade 1 listed Edwardian garden at Dyffryn designed by Thomas Mawson; the beautiful woodland gardens that surround Picton Castle; the innovative National Botanic Garden of Wales that blends the careful restoration of the historic, double-walled garden with the largest glasshouse in the world; the superbly restored 16th/17th century garden at Aberglasney, complete with unique Elizabethan/Jacobean cloister and parapet walk; Colby Woodland Garden, Singleton Park Botanic Garden and elegant plantsman’s gardens at Dyffryn Fernant and The Cors.
    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at The Beggars Reach Hotel at Burton. The booking form and full itinerary will be available in March

  • Self Drive visit

    The Old Stable, Withiel The National Collection of Bamboos, near Wadebridge
    We draw our year to a close with an autumn visit that weaves together ceramics and architectural forms against a backdrop of wildlife conservation.   Forget your view of bamboo as an invasive species and enjoy the elegant varieties in this National Collection with exotic stem colour and a wow factor that offers architectural stature.   The Old Stable offers a wildlife garden with ponds, rills and woodland enhanced by enchanting ceramics and practical garden solutions. The booking form will be available in June

  • CGS Annual General Meeting

    The Burrell Theatre, Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro

    at 7pm

  • Lecture (after AGM) at 7.30pm

    The Burrell Theatre, Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro  Michael Stephens – Know Your Onions

  • Lecture at 2.30pm

    Trethorne Leisure Park, Kennards House, Launceston  Michael Stephens – Have a Wonderful Winter Garden
     
    Michael Stephens was a teacher for many years but has always been passionate about plants. Now retired, he enthusiastically gives talks on a wide variety of gardening topics throughout Devon and Cornwall. Until his recent house move, he opened his garden at Coombegate Cottage near Liskeard for the NGS in February and March each year, and ran a small private nursery. He also paints and writes, and contributes a regular Country Notebook column to The Western Morning News.

  • Lecture at 7.30pm

    The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro  Fergus Garrett – Great Dixter: Past, Present and Future

  • Lecture at 2.30pm

    Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth Fergus Garrett – Succession Planting
     
    Appointed by Christopher Lloyd in 1993 as Head Gardener of Great Dixter, Fergus continues to keep the garden constantly changing throughout the season by trying out new plants and plant combinations. He believes in passing on his knowledge through national and international student and volunteer programmes at Dixter, and through the lectures he gives across the world every year. Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild and especially plants that are native to Turkey. In 2008, he was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour and in 2015, the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practice of horticulture

  • Lecture at 7.30pm

    The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro Jonathan Webster – RHS Rosemoor: The Seasonal Delights of a Plant-lovers’ Paradise

  • Lecture at 2.30pm

    Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin  Jonathan Webster – RHS Rosemoor: Seasonal Delights and Winter Wonders Having grown up on the Isle of Wight, Jonathan carried out his apprenticeship at Ventnor Botanic Garden and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. A private estate in Hampshire beckoned followed by RHS Garden Wisley where he worked for the woody plants collection and in plant trials. In 2005, Jonathan relocated to RHS Garden Rosemoor as Garden Manager and in 2010, became Garden Curator there.

  • Christmas Lunch 12 noon

    The Atlantic Hotel, Dane Road, Newquay Perched atop towering cliffs on its own headland, this four-star, family-run hotel overlooks Fistral Beach and an endless view of the Atlantic Ocean. Family and friends are welcome to join our annual festive gathering. The booking form will be available in September.

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Upcoming Events

  • The Gardens of Holland

    This five-day tour, with flights to and from Exeter airport, will take in some of Holland’s finest gardens including Het Loo, Hortus Botanicus, Delft Botanic Gardens, The Arboretum Trompenburg and the world-renowned showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, Keukenhof. Other highlights include executive coach travel, bed and full buffet selection breakfast at the 4* Van der Valk Hotel, and a boat trip in Amsterdam. This holiday was fully subscribed at the time of going to press but we do keep a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations so it is worth contacting us if you are interested.

  • Self-Drive visit. The Lodge, Fletchersbridge,Bodmin and Sibby Cottage, Tregrehan Mills, St Austell

    In a frost pocket, warmed only in winter by Bodmin Crematorium, Tony Ryde and his late partner, Michael created this three-acre riverside garden at Fletchersbridge, specialising in trees and shrubs. Magnolia, cornus, viburnums, paulownias, davidias and acers all flourish in this informal setting, complemented by ponds, waterfalls and a charming Gothic lodge. Enjoying the embrace of the adjoining Tregrehan Estate, Sibby Cottage is able to grow unusual tender plants, already over 900. Established only four years ago by Shirley and Ray Clemo (formerly of the renowned Pine Lodge Gardens), some large, inherited specimens form the backbone of the garden, whilst new herbaceous and shrub borders are underplanted with hundreds of bulbs. The booking form will be available in March