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

  • Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

    Join us in our spring oasis within the Royal Cornwall Showground on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2020 and explore an array of horticultural delights. Enjoy wide-ranging and stunning displays of spring flowers and shrubs, plus beautiful floral art and photographic displays. And if you fancy indulging in a bit of garden-related retail therapy we have everything you could wish for with over 60 prestigious nurseries selling fabulous plants and bulbs and another 50 plus retailers selling garden-related goodies.

  • Self-drive visit to Botallick, Lanreath and South Bosent, Liskeard

    Started in Spring 1994, Botallick is a spring woodland garden with an extensive collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons spread over four acres. It also includes an orchard stocked with Cornish varieties and wild flowers. The Bucknell family who own the garden often exhibit blooms in the competitive Classes at our annual Spring Flower Show.

    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 can now be downloaded by clicking here.