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.

For further information about the CGS, follow @CwllGardenSoc on Twitter and Instagram, or like www.facebook.com/cornwallgardensociety

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Upcoming Events

  • Self-drive visit - Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge and Penberth House, St Buryan

    Spring comes early in West Cornwall so our first visit is to Trewidden, a magnificent, privately-owned Victorian garden where Head Gardener, Richard Morton and his team will show us Asiatic magnolias, early shrubs and spring flowers.

    We then travel to Lady Banham’s riverside garden at Penberth with its rare daffodils, early shrubs and trees, and granite features and paths. Our guides will be Jeff Rowe and Claire Batten from Penberth Plants, winners of six RHS Chelsea Gold medals.

  • Lecture: Kenneth Cox – The Woodland Garden

    As well as our self-drive visit to Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge and Penberth House, St Buryan, we will also host our evening lecture on Tuesday 12th March as Kenneth Cox join us to tell us all about The Woodland Garden.

    Join us at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro