Join us for our first lectures of the 2021/2022 season

Tags: Lecture, Horticulture, Cornwall, Royal Horticultural Society, Climate Change

How should we adapt our gardens to cope with the effects of climate changes? Find out at the first Cornwall Garden Society lecture of the season

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) 2021/2022 lecture series launches this month with two talks by Ray Broughton, who teaches staff and students at Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley in Surrey where he is Chief Examiner.

Having trained at RHS Garden Wisley in the mid-1970s, Ray was Head of Horticulture at Sparsholt College in Hampshire for 12 years. In 2000, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture for his services to horticultural education.

Ray shares his passion for his work by lecturing throughout the UK on a diverse range of topics such as Organic Gardening, Pests and Diseases, Vegetable and/or Herb Gardens, Propagation and The Garden Year: A Month-by-Month Guide.

He describes himself as an enthusiastic gardening author as well as a garden designer, and opens his own garden in North Bedfordshire to the public.

Future Developments in Horticulture to Cope with Climate Changes will be his subject on Tuesday 12th October at 7.30pm (after the CGS AGM, which begins at 7pm) at The Alverton in Truro whilst Plants for Year-round Interest will be his focus on Wednesday 13th 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.

A local nursery will offer high quality plants for sale and refreshments will be available.

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

  • Self-drive Visit to South Bosent and Penmilder, Liskeard

    Sisters, Adrienne and Trish, are developing South Bosent with wildlife in mind. It comprises several themed gardens, woodland plantings, large mixed borders and a four-acre meadow. Other features include a mini-lake, 25-metre canal pond, waterfall and rill on the terrace, and several plant collections, all designed to provide year-round interest. Along with thousands of planted bulbs throughout the garden, a bluebell wood runs alongside the stream pathway.

    The gently sloping south-facing 2.5-acre garden at Penmilder includes lawns with mature borders, a lily pond with abundant wildlife and natural wooded areas. The apple orchard is particularly pretty in spring with daffodils, bluebells and primroses, whilst numerous acers surround the lawns and terrace. 

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Day Trip by Coach to National Trust Greenway, Galmpton with Ferry Trip on the River Dart

    Enjoy a scenic return boat trip between Dartmouth and Greenway, which Agatha Christie called “the loveliest place in the world” and is now in the care of the National Trust. 

    There will be ample time to explore this much-loved house and productive walled garden with its 120ft-long peach house, vinery, allotment and softly-planted borders, all of which thrive within its protective walls. 

    Pause to relax in the informal garden and enjoy glimpses of the river from its woodland walks.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.