Expert Beats the Drum for Bulbs

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) February lectures will be delivered by Lady Skelmersdale who has run bulb specialists, Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset for 45 years.

A passionate gardener since childhood, Lady Skelmersdale holds the National Collection® of Alec Gray CVS daffodils and has exhibited extensively at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.

Lady Skelmersdale has also been a member of the RHS Council for 12 years; President of the Friends of the Bristol Botanic Garden for seven years and Garden Advisor for RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon for 12 years. She was also Chair of the 2012-2015 RHS trial of drumstick alliums.

A regular contributor to RHS The Garden magazine, Lady Skelmersdale is also the author of two books: Creative Gardening with Bulbs and A Gardeners’ Guide to Bulbs.

In 2009, she was presented with the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) – the RHS’s highest award for services to horticulture.

Where Did Your Garden Grow? Or Around the World in 80 Plants will be her topic on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro whilst Beat the Drum will be her focus on Wednesday 12th February at 2.30pm at the St Mellion International Resort in Saltash.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will offer high quality plants for sale and refreshments will be available.

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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.