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: Derry Watkins – Unusual and Long-blooming Garden Plants

    This month’s lectures come from Derry Watkins as she brings us an insightful talk about unusual and Long-blooming Garden Plants

    Join us at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro at 7:30pm

  • Lecture: Derry Watkins – Pushing the Boundaries

    Derry Watkins started Special Plants Nursery 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, seed collecting in the Drakensberg. Since then, she has collected plants in many parts of the world and is renowned for 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 converted the fields into an amazing garden, which has featured in major horticultural journals and on television.

    Derry also teaches at The English Gardening School and is the author of two books: The Complete Greenhouse Book and Sunspaces.

    Join us at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash at 2:30pm