Passionate plant enthusiast kickstarts annual lecture series

Our annual lecture series launches this October with two talks by passionate plant enthusiast, Michael Stephens.

Michael was a teacher for many years but in retirement, he lectures on a wide variety of gardening topics throughout Devon and Cornwall.

Until a recent house move, he opened his garden at Coombegate Cottage near Liskeard for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) each spring and ran a small private nursery.

Michael also paints and writes, and contributes a regular Country Notebook column to The Western Morning News.

Know Your Onions will be his subject on Tuesday 9th October at 7.30pm (after the CGS AGM, which begins at 7pm) at the Burrell Theatre, Truro School, whilst Have a Wonderful Winter Garden will be his focus on Wednesday 10th October at 2.30pm at Trethorne Leisure Park, Launceston.

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 on hand to tempt attendees with high quality plants for sale and pre-lecture refreshments will be available at the evening lecture from 6.30pm.

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

  • The Gardens of Windsor Great Park: Savill and Valley

    Join us for our first lecture of 2019 as John Anderson takes us on a journey around The Gardens of Windsor Park: Savil and Valley.

    7.30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • John Anderson – Travels in North East India: A Hidden Paradise for Plants and People

    As Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, John Anderson is responsible for Savill, Valley Gardens and Her Majesty’s Private Garden at Frogmore.

    Having trained at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, John has utilised his skills as Head Gardener at Mount Usher Gardens in Ireland, at the National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Gardens and at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire.

    John enjoys travelling to India, Chile, Australia and South Africa to study plants in their natural habitats. He is also Vice Chair of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Woody Plant Committee and a winner of the A J Waley Medal for Rhododendrons.

    Learn more at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash from 2:30pm.