The Secret of Camellias and Scented Plants

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) February lectures are by leading camellia expert, Jeremy Wilson.

Jeremy has enjoyed a varied horticultural career that has included tending a Capability Brown wildflower meadow for Cambridge University; managing a large collection of species rhododendrons for English Heritage at Belsay Hall in Northumberland; and planning and designing 10- to 20-acre gardens at private estates in Hampshire and Oxfordshire as Head Gardener.

He now runs his own nursery – Strete Gate Camellias in Devon – which never fails to impress with its collection of more than 500 varieties including 100 types of scented plants.

Jeremy acts as steward and judge for RHS camellia competitions, and has won medals himself at RHS shows in London and Cardiff, as well as at the Malvern Spring Flower Show.

The Secret of Camellias will be his subject on Tuesday 6th February at 7.30pm at the Alverton Hotel in Truro, whilst Scented Plants will be his focus on Wednesday 7th February at 2.30pm at the Shire Hall in Bodmin.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend to find out more about the Society and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will be on hand to tempt attendees with high quality plants for sale.

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Upcoming Events

  • Garden holiday to the Gardens of Norfolk and Suffolk

    Brightwater Garden Holidays have organised this tour for us, which will begin with Beth Chatto’s famous garden. Corpusty Mill, the private garden of Roger Last will be followed by National Trust Blickling Hall; Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom created by the Bloom family; Helmingham Hall Gardens where house, parkland and gardens create an exceptional work of art, and Wyken Hall.

    The Plantation Garden in Norwich is an oasis of peace and tranquillity; National Trust Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest 17th century houses in East Anglia; the breathtaking 20 acres of East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden will delight and RHS Hyde Hall will be our finale.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the 4* Dunston Hall Hotel in Norwich.

    To download a booking form for this garden holiday, please click here.

  • Self-drive visit to Bokelly, St Kew and Millpond, Lower Amble

    Bokelly’s seven-acre garden surrounds an historic house with lichened outbuildings and a 15th century barn. An inspirational work in progress by its owner, Henrietta Courtauld, the garden features new plantings for various levels and soils with woodland, an orchard, a vegetable plot and large cutting garden as well as herbal and wildflower areas.

    Later, we visit the charming hamlet of Lower Amble to concentrate on Sheilagh Lees’ 20-year-old garden with its wealth of trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders with late flowering roses, fuchsias and perennials, orchard, vegetable garden and lovely millpond.

    Our booking form will be available in June.