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.

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Upcoming Events

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – The Icing on the Cake

    Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a cathartic trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level.

    In 1998, he established his own nursery, Marchants Hardy Plants, at Laughton in Sussex.

    As a hands-on man and with the help of his staff, he loves to raise and select new varieties, and enjoys playing and painting with plants.

    Graham’s life as a nurseryman is further enriched by garden design, consultations, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats in countries such as Armenia, China, South Africa and Turkey. In spite of all this, he still finds time to warble the odd note.

    Join us on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro.

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – A Miscellany of Plants

    Graham Gough will join us on Wednesday 11th March at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth where he will share his lecture, ‘A Miscellany of Plants‘.