The Cornwall Garden Society (CGS) launches its annual series of lectures in October with two talks by passionate plant explorer and rock gardener, Harry Jans who is a founder member of the Dutch Rock Garden Society of which he has been President for the last six years. In 2014, he received the prestigious Alpine Garden Society (AGS) Lyttel Trophy, the highest AGS award for individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the knowledge of alpine plants. His website contains more than 16000 photographs taken during his travels around the globe.
Around the World with Alpine Plants will be his subject on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30pm at the Alverton Hotel in Truro (straight after the AGM at 7pm), whilst Flowers of the Incas will be his focus on Wednesday 11th October at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth.
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.
Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.
You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.
Whilst the chill winds and lashing rain of mid-winter do their worst out there, let us cheer ourselves up.
The Garden House, Devon invites you to discover its sumptuous collection of snowdrops and enjoy the early signs of spring between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January, and every weekend during February (when its tea-room also reopens). The snowdrops - amassed by co-author of Snowdrops: A monograph of cultivated galanthus, Matt Bishop - are displayed and labelled in herbaceous borders and naturalised with other early flowering bulbs throughout the ten acre, sheltered garden that is maintained and developed by The Fortescue Garden Trust.
Adults: £5. Children Free. For further information, visit www.thegardenhouse.org.uk
7.30pm - The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro
Jeremy Wilson - The Secret of Camellias
Jeremy Wilson 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 estatess 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 varieties of scented plants.