Supported by the Cornwall Community Foundation

Our programme of Tipi Talks by national names and local luminaries; Gardeners’ Questions and practical demonstrations promise to be lively and full of horticultural interest.

A hearing loop has been installed in the Tipi to assist those with hearing aids.

Here is the list of talks that have been scheduled for your enjoyment:

Sunday 7th April

10.30am: Jim Stephens (Camellia specialist) – Showing camellias for the beginner

Retired nurseryman, Jim Stephens, keeps his hand in by volunteering at the National Collection® of Camellias at Mount Edgcumbe; maintaining his own garden, which he opens to visitors through the National Garden Scheme; cultivating a couple of allotments; blogging about camellias and gardening in general; judging camellias at shows and in his words, ‘doing a bit of gardening for other people.’

He is currently compiling galleries of the camellias he has photographed over several years as an aid to identification.

11am: Simon Miles (The Forest Garden) – Forest gardening, food and medicine for all!

For nearly 20 years, Simon Miles has been developing his forest food garden just outside Falmouth, to help demonstrate the principles of creating a no-dig, no-fertiliser, biodynamic forage garden.

The result is delicious produce – like you have never tasted before – together with a range of health-giving plants that Simon uses in his natural healing health practice.

Simon has much to say about the potential of forest gardening in relation to future food production as well as about the health benefits of many plants that are found in the natural world.

11.45am: Henrietta Courtauld (The Land Gardeners) – Healthy soil and cut flowers in your garden

Henrietta Courtauld (above right) is one of The Land Gardeners, along with Bridget Elworthy, whose aim is to create gardens that brim with biodiversity and life – founded on healthy soil.

The Land Gardeners have run an organic cut flower business, make and sell microbial compost, and design gardens.

Their new book, The Land Gardeners: Soil to Table, reflects their passion for the link between soil health and the food we eat.

12.30pm: Mike Nelhams (Curator at Large) – Tresco Abbey Garden

Mike Nelhams is Curator at Large of Tresco Abbey Garden.

A Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and an Associate of Honour of the Royal Horticultural Society, Mike is particularly interested in Mediterranean plants and leads garden tours to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, St Lucia, South America, California, Italy and the South of France.

He has served as a Royal Horticultural Society judge on the Tender Plants Committee for more than 20 years. He is also a Trustee of the Cornwall Garden Society.

1pm: Howard Sooley (Garden and botanical photographer) – Derek Jarman’s garden

Renowned gardening and botanical photographer, Howard Sooley, was a close friend of the late filmmaker, Derek Jarman.

They collaborated on the creation of Derek’s garden-paradise at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, in an environment that many might think of as more hell than heaven – in the desolate expanse of shingle that faces the nuclear power station.

Howard’s evocative photography illustrates the resulting book, Derek Jarman’s Garden.

1.45pm: Gardeners’ Questions with Henrietta Courtauld (The Land Gardeners), Mike Nelhams (Curator at Large, Tresco Abbey Garden), George Kestell (lecturer, presenter and landscaper), Jim Stephens (Camellia specialist) and Simon Miles (The Forest Garden).

Henrietta Courtauld – The Land Gardeners

Henrietta Courtauld (above right) is one of The Land Gardeners, along with Bridget Elworthy, whose aim is to create gardens that brim with biodiversity and life – founded on healthy soil.

The Land Gardeners have run an organic cut flower business, make and sell microbial compost, and design gardens.

Their new book, The Land Gardeners: Soil to Table, reflects their passion for the link between soil health and the food we eat.

Mike Nelhams – Curator at Large, Tresco Abbey Garden

 

Mike Nelhams is Curator at Large of Tresco Abbey Garden.

A Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and an Associate of Honour of the Royal Horticultural Society, Mike is particularly interested in Mediterranean plants and leads garden tours to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, St Lucia, South America, California, Italy and the South of France.

He has served as a Royal Horticultural Society judge on the Tender Plants Committee for more than 20 years. He is also a Trustee of the Cornwall Garden Society.

George Kestell – Lecturer, presenter and landscaper

George Kestell has been a self-employed gardener for 30 years.

He has been Head Gardener at Pine Lodge Gardens, near St Austell, and has looked after many Cornish gardens, including those that belong to the Duchy of Cornwall’s holiday cottage enterprise.

In 1990, George began speaking to local organisations on gardening-related topics and has now given more than 1,400 talks.

A long-standing contributor to BBC Radio Cornwall’s Garden Line, he enjoys answering listeners’ horticultural questions.

Jim Stephens – Camellia specialist

Retired nurseryman, Jim Stephens, keeps his hand in by volunteering at the National Collection® of Camellias at Mount Edgcumbe; maintaining his own garden, which he opens to visitors through the National Garden Scheme; cultivating a couple of allotments; blogging about camellias and gardening in general; judging camellias at shows and in his words, ‘doing a bit of gardening for other people.’

He is currently compiling galleries of the camellias he has photographed over several years as an aid to identification.

Simon Miles – The Forest Garden

For nearly 20 years, Simon Miles has been developing his forest food garden just outside Falmouth, to help demonstrate the principles of creating a no-dig, no-fertiliser, biodynamic forage garden.

The result is delicious produce – like you have never tasted before – together with a range of health-giving plants that Simon uses in his natural healing health practice.

Simon has much to say about the potential of forest gardening in relation to future food production as well as about the health benefits of many plants that are found in the natural world.

3pm: CGS President, Charles Williams VMH will award prizes to the winners of the Horticultural and Floral Art Classes in the Tipi alongside the Exhibition Halls.

Charles Williams VMH owns the Caerhays Estate and is senior partner of online plant retailer, Burncoose Nurseries, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

A member of the Royal Horticultural Society Rhododendron and Camellia Sub-committee, he is the proud recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Victoria Medal of Honour.

Charles’ great grandfather bred the original x williamsii strain of camellias in the 1920s.

Caerhays holds The Plant Heritage National Collection® of Magnolias.

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