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.
Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.
You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.
Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a cathartic trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level.
In 1998, he established his own nursery, Marchants Hardy Plants, at Laughton in Sussex.
As a hands-on man and with the help of his staff, he loves to raise and select new varieties, and enjoys playing and painting with plants.
Graham’s life as a nurseryman is further enriched by garden design, consultations, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats in countries such as Armenia, China, South Africa and Turkey. In spite of all this, he still finds time to warble the odd note.
Join us on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro.
Graham Gough will join us on Wednesday 11th March at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth where he will share his lecture, ‘A Miscellany of Plants‘.