Great Dixter’s head gardener reveals the secrets of its horticultural heritage

Our November lectures will be delivered by Fergus Garrett.

Appointed by Christopher Lloyd in 1993 as Head Gardener of Great Dixter in East Sussex, Fergus continues to keep the garden constantly changing throughout the season by trying out new plants and plant combinations. He believes in passing on his knowledge through national and international student and volunteer programmes at Dixter, and through the lectures he gives across the world every year.

Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild and especially plants that are native to Turkey.

In 2008, he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Associate of Honour and in 2015, the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practice of horticulture.

Great Dixter: Past, Present and Future will be his subject on Tuesday 13th November at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro, whilst Succession Planting will be his focus on Wednesday 14th November 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.

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

The CGS is a charity that exists to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches; share knowledge about gardening and Cornwall’s rich garden heritage, and conserve the county’s natural environment. The Society is affiliated to the RHS and its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.

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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