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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Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.
You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.
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.
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‘.