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: Lady Skelmersdale – Where did your Garden Grow? Or Around the World in 80 Plants

    Christine, Lady Skelmersdale has been a passionate gardener since childhood. She has run bulb specialists, Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset for 45 years; holds the National Collection® of Alec Gray CVS daffodils and has exhibited extensively at RHS Chelsea.

    Christine has also been a member of the RHS Council for 12 years; President of the Friends of the Bristol Botanic Garden for seven years and Garden Advisor for RHS Garden, Rosemoor for 12 years.  She was also Chairman of the 2012-15 RHS trial of drumstick alliums.

    A regular contributor to RHS The Garden magazine, Christine is also the author of two books: Creative Gardening with Bulbs and A Gardener’s Guide to Bulbs.

    In 2009, Christine was presented with the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) – the RHS’s highest award for services to horticulture.

    Join us on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture: Lady Skelmersdale – Beat the Drum

    Lady Skelmersdale will join us on Wednesday 12th February at 2.30pm at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash where she shares her lecture ‘Beat the Drum’