The first talk will be online and details of how to gain access will be sent out nearer the time by email. Contact email@example.com if you would like to be added to our email list. The other talks will either be online or at Vision Hall, Christ Church, Watling Street, Radlett, starting at 8pm. No fee online but £2 at Vision Hall which includes tea or coffee and biscuits. No fee for the AGM and you get free wine!
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Horticulture – Healing Therapy for
Mind, Body & Soul
by Anne Luder
This talk shows us how gardening has been used as therapy since the time of the pyramids and Healing Therapy is now a recognised benefit. In some countries it is available on prescription. Anne talks about all sorts of HT as well as her experiences working in this field for over 20 years.
At the beginning of Anne’s horticultural career she spent four years in charge of propagation at a nursery in Essex where many of the staff had learning disabilities.
She retired as a lecturer at Capel Manor College where she specialised in, and expanded the provision of, therapeutic horticulture for people with severe physical disabilities. She concurrently worked as a designer and delivers talks in her spare time.
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Aphids (why you can’t kill all of the aphids
all of the time…)
by Colin Richards
This fascinating talk covers every aspect of the aphid lifecycle, including their predators and what we should and shouldn’t be doing to control them. The information is based on the latest research by the Rothamsted Institute at Harpenden and ends with some hints for gardeners on aphid control.
After studying economics at university, Colin made his career in computing (no connection at all with his studies) and worked for BT and Rank Xerox.
Once retired he joined Watford & District U3A, where he jointly ran the Art Appreciation Group. He has an eclectic range of other interests such as science, healthcare, local history and marionettes.
As well as other talks he is a volunteer speaker for Diabetes UK, a subject close to his heart, although he is not diabetic.
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Right Plant Right Place
by Caroline Broome
This popular and informative presentation, with plenty of photos, strips away the mysteries surrounding successful plant placement. Most of the plants will be familiar to all and readily available from garden centres and concentrates on those awkward areas found in most of gardens
Caroline has been gardening for more than 30 years and has developed her East Finchley garden into a “personal paradise” which won the ‘Best Small Back Garden’ Trophy in the London Gardens Society Awards three years running. She and her husband also invite the public to visit each year in aid of charity.
Caroline is Chairperson of Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society and was previously an organiser for the National Garden Scheme. She also writes articles for Garden News and her local paper, Suburb News.
Their garden features a prairie themed roof deck above the Beach Hut summerhouse and an exotic front garden with ornamental grasses adorning hanging buckets and a mini living wall.
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Following the AGM there will be a talk
Flora & Fauna of Cuba and Central America given by the Chairman,
Peter and his wife, Barbara, travelled to Cuba and seven Central American countries early in 2020 and the talk will not only be about the Flora and Fauna of those countries but of the ups and downs of their rather independent form of travel. Honduras and El Salvador are among the most dangerous countries in the world but they fortunately got through them in one piece. The talk will be accompanied by lots of photos.