National Expert Talks Trees

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) January lectures will be delivered by Tony Russell who is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading authorities on trees and shrubs.

Tony was Head Forester of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire –

one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the temperate world – between 1989 and 2003. His areas of responsibility included the development and management of the Arboretum; conservation of its many rare and endangered species, and interpretation of the collection as well as its environmental importance to others.

By 1999, he had increased annual visitor numbers from 140,000 to 300,000, resulting in the Arboretum becoming the third most visited garden in the UK at that time (after Kew Gardens and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden, Wisley). In 2000, the UK Government awarded National Status to Westonbirt in recognition of this achievement.

Westonbirt: The National Arboretum will be his topic on Tuesday 14th January at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro whilst Gardening with Trees in the 21st Century  will be his focus on Wednesday 15th January at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend and donations are gratefully received.

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

Member's Gardens

Members' Gardens

Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.

Become a Member

You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.

Upcoming Events

  • Lecture -Saul Walker – Stonelands House: A Year in the Life of this Wonderful Secret Garden

    Saul Walker fell in love with gardening as a result of his grandparents’ passion for visiting historic houses and gardens. 

    After a brief spell as an archaeologist, he trained as a gardener for the National Trust at Antony House in Cornwall. 

    After completing the Kew Diploma in Botanical Horticulture, Saul travelled to Australia, Southern Spain and the French Riviera to study and work in internationally-renowned gardens. 

    Following that, he became Show Manager for RHS Chelsea. 

    Unable to resist the call back to his native Devon, Saul was appointed Head Gardener of Stonelands House. His special interest is in woodland gardens

    Join Saul for this lecture via Zoom on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30pm.

  • Lecture - Juliet Sargeant – Modern Slavery Garden

    Juliet’s previous career in medicine informs her unique approach to designing gardens and communicating the importance of landscape to our wellbeing. She believes that access to good quality green space is a priority for healthy living and happy communities, especially in cities.

    In 2016, Juliet designed the Modern Slavery Garden for RHS Chelsea – its first social campaign garden – for which she was awarded a Gold Medal and the People’s Choice Prize.

    Fellowships of The Society of Garden Designers and The Landscape Institute followed in 2017 and 2020.

    Juliet has been celebrated as a role model in the BAME community at the GG2 Leadership Awards and presents on BBC Gardeners’ World and Channel 4’s Village of the Year.

    At her Sussex Garden School, she teaches design and planting to gardening enthusiasts.

    Join Juliet on Zoom on Tuesday 9th March at 7:30pm