Blooming Marvellous: Specialist Plantaholic Shares Advice on the Unusual and the Long-lasting

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) November lectures will be delivered by Derry Watkins who established the Special Plants Nursery in Wiltshire 30 years ago.

In 1993, she won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to spend three months in South Africa, hunting for new plants to introduce into horticulture. In 1995, she returned to collect seeds in the Drakensberg. Since then, she has plant-hunted in many parts of the world and is renowned for her many new plant introductions.

In 1996, Derry and her husband bought a derelict barn to convert into a house, and during the last 20 years, they have transformed the surrounding fields into an amazing garden, which has been featured in major horticultural journals and on television, including Gardeners’ World.

Derry also teaches at The English Gardening School and is the author of two books: The Complete Greenhouse Book and Sunspaces.

Unusual and Long-blooming Garden Plants will be her topic on Tuesday 12th November at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro whilst Pushing the Boundaries will be her focus on Wednesday 13th November at 2.30pm at the St Mellion International Resort in Saltash.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will offer high quality plants for sale and refreshments will be available.

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Upcoming Events

  • Lecture: Alan Power – Stourhead

    For this month’s lectures we will be joined by Alan Power. Join us at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro from 7:30pm, to learn all about his time working at Stourhead

  • Lecture: Alan Power – My Journey Through Great Gardens

    Inspired by his mother to follow a career in horticulture and arboriculture, Alan has worked in and managed some of the most beautiful gardens and estates in the country, notably Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland, Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire and Stourhead in Wiltshire.

    He has collaborated with the Gardeners’ World team on many occasions; presented on BBC Radio 4; co-presented British Gardens in Time on BBC4, and has lectured across Europe and North America.

    In 2016, Alan was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Writtle University for his outstanding contribution to horticulture.

    Join Alan at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth at 2:30pm