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

  • Lecture: Rosy Hardy – Spring Flowering Perennials

    Join us for this evening lecture and learn about Spring Flowering Perennials by Rosy Hardy.

    7:30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture: Rosy Hardy – Right Plant, Right Place

    Rosy Hardy is an award-winning nurseryman who has grown herbaceous perennials commercially for the past 30 years. With 23 RHS Chelsea Golds to her credit, she is the RHS’s most successful female floral exhibitor.

    Rosy is also a Gold medal-winning garden designer at RHS Hampton Court and was awarded an RHS Chelsea Silver for her Brewin Dolphin Forever Freefolk garden in 2016.

    Beautiful herbaceous borders are the inspiration for her designs into which she has introduced new varieties such as Gaura Rosyjane, Gaura Freefolk Rosy and Gaura Ice Cool Rosy.

    When not staging show-stopping displays and appearing on TV, Rosy is busy growing at the Hampshire nursery she runs with husband, Robert. Her love of what she does keeps her at the top of her game.

    Join Rosy for this day time lecture on Wednesday 13th February at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth