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: Lady Skelmersdale – Where did your Garden Grow? Or Around the World in 80 Plants

    Christine, Lady Skelmersdale has been a passionate gardener since childhood. She has run bulb specialists, Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset for 45 years; holds the National Collection® of Alec Gray CVS daffodils and has exhibited extensively at RHS Chelsea.

    Christine has also been a member of the RHS Council for 12 years; President of the Friends of the Bristol Botanic Garden for seven years and Garden Advisor for RHS Garden, Rosemoor for 12 years.  She was also Chairman of the 2012-15 RHS trial of drumstick alliums.

    A regular contributor to RHS The Garden magazine, Christine is also the author of two books: Creative Gardening with Bulbs and A Gardener’s Guide to Bulbs.

    In 2009, Christine was presented with the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) – the RHS’s highest award for services to horticulture.

    Join us on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture: Lady Skelmersdale – Beat the Drum

    Lady Skelmersdale will join us on Wednesday 12th February at 2.30pm at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash where she shares her lecture ‘Beat the Drum’