Self-confessed plantaholic shares expertise in November lectures

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

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    This five-day tour, with flights to and from Exeter airport, will take in some of Holland’s finest gardens including Het Loo, Hortus Botanicus, Delft Botanic Gardens, The Arboretum Trompenburg and the world-renowned showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, Keukenhof. Other highlights include executive coach travel, bed and full buffet selection breakfast at the 4* Van der Valk Hotel, and a boat trip in Amsterdam. This holiday was fully subscribed at the time of going to press but we do keep a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations so it is worth contacting us if you are interested.

  • Self-Drive visit. The Lodge, Fletchersbridge,Bodmin and Sibby Cottage, Tregrehan Mills, St Austell

    In a frost pocket, warmed only in winter by Bodmin Crematorium, Tony Ryde and his late partner, Michael created this three-acre riverside garden at Fletchersbridge, specialising in trees and shrubs. Magnolia, cornus, viburnums, paulownias, davidias and acers all flourish in this informal setting, complemented by ponds, waterfalls and a charming Gothic lodge. Enjoying the embrace of the adjoining Tregrehan Estate, Sibby Cottage is able to grow unusual tender plants, already over 900. Established only four years ago by Shirley and Ray Clemo (formerly of the renowned Pine Lodge Gardens), some large, inherited specimens form the backbone of the garden, whilst new herbaceous and shrub borders are underplanted with hundreds of bulbs. The booking form will be available in March