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.
Lytes Carey Manor Somerton, Somerset Originally the home of Elizabethan herbalist, Henry Lyte, this medieval manor house is surrounded by a striking Arts and Crafts inspired garden, noted for its wonderful displays of topiary. Kelways Garden Centre Langport, Somerset Acclaimed for its RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning peonies. Whilst the peony glade – a marvellous sight when in flower – has been re-sited and replanted this year, the specimens exhibited at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show will have returned to Kelways by the time of our visit and be on display for you to marvel at. Midney Gardens and Nurseries Somerton, Somerset Midney is an organic series of small linked garden areas – creative and quirky with superb plant combinations might best describe them. Be prepared to come away smiling at the humour and talent of its creators. The booking form will be available in March
Ivy Cottage, Toad Hall Garden and Bush Meadows Morwenstowe, near Bude
Three distinctive gardens in Morwenstowe provide fascinating contrasts. Ivy Cottage is a 1.5 acre plantsman’s garden with beautiful colour-coordinated ‘rooms’, trees, shrubs and curving borders, a wildlife pond, vegetable garden, chickens and 2.5 acres of woodland. 180 different hardy geraniums and their lovely rose collection will delight at this time. Toad Hall Garden, only eight years old, is created from rough paddock. Its interlinking stream-fed ponds, natural woodland, gravel paths and flowerbeds with creative stone designs combine to create an intriguing private place with unusual and charming personal touches. Bush Meadows is a unique self-built, reclaimed slate and stone dwelling, on a sloping valley bisected by a river – its trees now reaching maturity. Grasses, shrubs and hardy perennials with a pump-fed rill and tumbling waterfall to the pond provide a lovely backdrop with a gypsy caravan tucked amongst roses and clematis. Recycled materials are utilised to provide a potting shed and greenhouse, polytunnel and vegetable garden. The booking form will be available in March.