The talks outlined below will be at 8pm at the Vision Hall, Christ Church, Watling Street. Entry is £2 to include tea or coffee and biscuits.
Wednesday, 27 March 2019
‘What Do I Do With This Space?’
by Darren Lerigo
This talk is about how other cultures garden, and what we can learn from them to make our own space easier to manage and better for wildlife, our families and ourselves.
I recently heard Darren talk to the Abbotts Langley Gardening Society. He says of himself that he smiles a lot and he does. He has a very relaxed and cheerful style and was most interesting. He is a gardener and topiary artist and gives talks all over the UK. The values he thinks important enough to garden by are the ‘no chemicals’ rule, the recycling of resources and the increasing of life….
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
‘All about Roses’
by Jacqueline Aviolet
Jacqueline Aviolet has over twenty years’ experience as a nurserywoman and she has given many talks during that time. A few years ago she gave us an entertaining and amusing talk about hardy geraniums. On 12 June she is returning to talk to us about roses, including their cultivation and history. Plants will be available for sale.
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
‘Skulduggery in the Shrubbery – the sad, true and fascinating story of the Tradescants’
by Stefan White
The inspiring story of John Tradescant and his family – 17th century Gardener to English Royalty, founder of the world’s first public Museum, widely travelled plant collector, adventurer and collector of nature’s rarities, all stolen by a rascally lawyer, who took all the credit. A gardening talk but witchcraft, the last remaining dodo, mermaids, magic spells, Kings and Queens, intrigue and treachery all feature in this insight into a turbulent period of history.
Stefan White is a retired entrepreneur. His public speaking activities began with his development of a wide portfolio of enrichment talks, mostly on subjects of special interest to him, including the History of Gardening. He has lectured at universities, The Royal Horticultural Society, leading societies and special interest groups, including a Private Members Group in the House of Commons. He is founder and life president of an horticultural society, the Hurley Cucurbitaceae Club and the author of three books on women in gardening history, golf and wine.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
‘My Garden in France’
by Dr David Marsh
David Marsh, who is a garden historian, lecturer and writer, will talk to us about the garden he has created from scratch at his home in France. The garden, which was five acres of neglected and reclaimed farmland, is now part of the Open Garden scheme in France and is a garden where "French formality meets English eccentricity”.
David has entertained us twice before with his interesting talks and this one has been especially recommended.