Our November lectures are by life-long gardening enthusiast and self-confessed plantaholic, Howard Wills.
With many years’ experience of growing a wide range of plants at Fernwood in Devon, the nursery he manages in an environmentally sensitive way, Howard has exhibited at all the major Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Shows, and has been awarded RHS Gold Medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Gardeners’ World Live, Tatton Park, Malvern and RHS Wisley Flower Shows.
He also holds National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens (NCCPG) National Collections® of Sempervivum and Jovibarba species and cultivars (Alpine Houseleeks).
Sempervivums will be his subject on Tuesday 7th November at 7.30pm at the Alverton Hotel in Truro, whilst The Beauty of Leaves will be his focus on Wednesday 8th November at 2.30pm at Trethorne Leisure Park in 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.
There will be an opportunity to purchase plants from a local nursery after the lectures as well as to make like-minded friends.
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.
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.
Whilst the chill winds and lashing rain of mid-winter do their worst out there, let us cheer ourselves up.
The Garden House, Devon invites you to discover its sumptuous collection of snowdrops and enjoy the early signs of spring between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January, and every weekend during February (when its tea-room also reopens). The snowdrops - amassed by co-author of Snowdrops: A monograph of cultivated galanthus, Matt Bishop - are displayed and labelled in herbaceous borders and naturalised with other early flowering bulbs throughout the ten acre, sheltered garden that is maintained and developed by The Fortescue Garden Trust.
Adults: £5. Children Free. For further information, visit www.thegardenhouse.org.uk
7.30pm - The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro
Jeremy Wilson - The Secret of Camellias
Jeremy Wilson has enjoyed a varied horticultural career that has included tending a Capability Brown wildflower meadow for Cambridge University; managing a large collection of species rhododendrons for English Heritage at Belsay Hall in Northumberland; and planning and designing 10- to 20-acre gardens at private estatess in Hampshire and Oxfordshire as Head Gardener. He now runs his own nursery - Strete Gate Camellias in Devon - which never fails to impress with its collection of more than 500 varieties including 100 varieties of scented plants.