Hampshire Head Gardener shares horticultural expertise

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) December lectures are by experienced Head Gardener and respected horticulturalist, Thomas Stone.

Thomas was raised at Mottisfont in Hampshire, home of the world-famous Mottisfont Abbey with its magnificent and horticulturally important rose gardens. His father, David Stone was Head Gardener there and as a child, Thomas worked in the grounds. Following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a member of staff, he learned the tried and tested methods used by previous generations of gardeners, and honed his skills.

After a period of twelve years, he moved on to work at the equally renowned Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens where he extended his knowledge to encompass trees, shrubs and wild flower meadows.

He later became Head Gardener to private estates in West Sussex and Hampshire, where he created gardens full of vegetables, roses, shrubs, and herbaceous and cut flowers from areas of wilderness.

Thomas is a Full Member of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (MCIHort), The Professional Gardeners’ Guild and The Gardeners’ Guild. He is also on the National Register of Garden Experts and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Speakers’ Register as well as an Associate of The School of Garden Management.

He now runs his own horticultural practice for individual and corporate garden owners, and shares his expertise with a wider audience through lectures, TV and radio appearances.

Winter Plants will be his subject on Tuesday 5th December at 7.30pm at the Alverton Hotel in Truro, whilst Hardy Geraniums will be his focus on Wednesday 6th December 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 in attendance at both lectures offering a range of delightful 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

  • Junior Competitive Class Workshop

    The Cornwall Garden Society are working in partnership with St Austell-based social enterprise, Perennial Harvest to offer hands-on horticultural workshops in the run up to this year's Spring Flower Show to help children of all ages create their entries and try their hand at winning a prize in our junior competitive classes.

    The second pre-Show session will be held at Wheal Martyn Clay Works in St Austell on Saturday 30th March, and this one is a free, drop-in workshop between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

  • CGS Spring Flower Show

    With a new venue and a new look for 2019, the CGS Spring Flower Show is set to be the best yet.  With an enviable reputation on the national gardening calendar it’s the perfect opportunity to get into the gardening mood for the season to come.  So do join us to experience our spring oasis within the Royal Cornwall Showground

    Join us on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019 to explore an array of horticultural delights will be wide-ranging, with stunning displays of spring flowers and shrubs, plus beautiful floral art and photographic displays.  And if you fancy indulging in a bit of garden-related retail therapy we have everything you could wish for with over 60 prestigious nurseries selling fabulous plants and bulbs and another 50 plus retailers selling garden-related goodies. 

    With a focus on families we look forward to welcoming lots of youngsters to the show and will be offering a range of activities designed to nurture an interest in gardening, wildlife and the natural world.

    All that plus an Artisan Marquee, live music, and a food offering that will get your taste buds tingling.

    To purchase your tickets to the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show 2019, please click here