Scotland’s bestselling garden writer imparts knowledge of woodland gardening

The Cornwall Garden Society’s March Lectures will be delivered by woodland garden specialist, Kenneth Cox, drawing the 2018/2019 lecture series to a close.

With two of his 11 books having been garlanded by the Garden Media Guild as UK Gardening Book of the Year, he is also Scotland’s bestselling garden writer.

Kenneth is also a third generation woodland gardener and Managing Director of the family firm, Glendoick Gardens in Scotland, which specialises in rhododendrons, azaleas and ericaceous plants.

Born into a family of renowned plantsmen and world-leading rhododendron experts, Kenneth is the grandson of plant hunter, writer and nurseryman, Euan Cox and the son of Peter Cox, a recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour.

Kenneth has also carved out a particular niche in the world of plant hunting having led nine expeditions to South and South-East Tibet, and Arunachal Pradesh in India. He also designs and advises on the restoration of woodland gardens in the UK and further afield.

The Woodland Garden will be his subject on Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro, whilst Woodland Gardening will be his focus on Wednesday 13th March at 2pm at the St Mellion International Resort in Saltash.

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.

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Upcoming Events

  • Self-drive visit to Bonython, Helston and Cross Common Nursery, The Lizard

    At Moyclare, planting began in 1927 by Moira and Louis Reid. Meandering paths lead through woodland shrubberies, herbaceous borders and sunny corners. The pond and lawns are surrounded by camellias, rhododendrons, mature trees, shrubs and many rare treasures from the Southern Hemisphere.

    Penmilder is a 2.5-acre south-facing garden with delightful bluebell woods and an apple orchard, which is particularly pretty with primroses and daffodils in the spring. 

    Sisters, Adrienne and Trish, are developing South Bosent with wildlife in mind. It comprises several themed gardens, woodland plantings, large mixed borders and a four-acre meadow. Other features include a mini-lake, waterfall and rill on the terrace, and several plant collections, all designed to provide year-round interest. Along with thousands of planted bulbs throughout the garden, a bluebell wood runs alongside the stream pathway.

    A booking form for this self-drive visit will be available in March 2021.

  • Garden Holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds

    Join us on this tailor made CGS group holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds.

    This gardens holiday made by Brightwater Holidays will include a guided tour and lunch at Highgrove, visits to the gardens of Hidecote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Eastleach House.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel.

    If you would like to join us on this garden holiday, please click here to download a booking form.