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

  • Lecture: Rosy Hardy – Spring Flowering Perennials

    Join us for this evening lecture and learn about Spring Flowering Perennials by Rosy Hardy.

    7:30pm The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro

  • Lecture: Rosy Hardy – Right Plant, Right Place

    Rosy Hardy is an award-winning nurseryman who has grown herbaceous perennials commercially for the past 30 years. With 23 RHS Chelsea Golds to her credit, she is the RHS’s most successful female floral exhibitor.

    Rosy is also a Gold medal-winning garden designer at RHS Hampton Court and was awarded an RHS Chelsea Silver for her Brewin Dolphin Forever Freefolk garden in 2016.

    Beautiful herbaceous borders are the inspiration for her designs into which she has introduced new varieties such as Gaura Rosyjane, Gaura Freefolk Rosy and Gaura Ice Cool Rosy.

    When not staging show-stopping displays and appearing on TV, Rosy is busy growing at the Hampshire nursery she runs with husband, Robert. Her love of what she does keeps her at the top of her game.

    Join Rosy for this day time lecture on Wednesday 13th February at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth