Euphorbia x pasteurii and Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’

Programme 2020/21

For the foreseeable future, all talks will be conducted via Zoom and will require pre-booking and payment. To do this please contact Jacqui on

13th March 14.30

New Ways With Perennials. Zoom

Noel Kingsbury

Noel is known internationally as a writer about plants, gardens and the environment. Best-known for his promotion of what is broadly called an ecological or naturalistic approach to planting design, he has written some 25 books on various aspects of plants and gardens over the years, four of them in collaboration with Dutch designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf.  He has also written for Gardens Illustrated, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Garden, HortusThe New York Times and many other publications.

Noel will take a look at a variety of contemporary approaches to using perennials: naturalistic, modernist, the Piet Oudolf look, etc. Increasingly popular in recent years but constantly evolving, these varied approaches use a wide range of plants, all selected for the ecology of a specific site and, with an eye to maintenance, the extent to which they can look after themselves. 

In recent years he has become increasingly involved in education. His first career in fact was in adult education, and he is passionately interested in improving the way we communicate knowledge and skills within the horticulture and landscape professions. 

There is lots to learn from his engaging blog

10th April 2021 14.30

No Dig

Cherry Taylor

Cherry is not just an enthusiast, evangelist even, but a highly successful practitioner and educator in the No Dig approach to horticulture. She is a strong advocate of the work of Charles Dowding and a passionate environmentalist.. She will explain, through first hand experience in building her beautiful garden and vegetable production at Old Llangattock Farm, the practices and benefits of this now widely accepted approach, something you can experience personally by buying some of her delicious products from Veg Out.

8th May 2021 14.30

American Plants in the Flower Garden

Graeme Moore

Graeme is a garden designer and historian. He trained in horticulture at Cannington College, Somerset and Writtle College, Essex, and studied art history and literature at the University of Essex. Following early experience in the gardens on Garinish Island, Co Cork, designed by Harold Peto, he developed an interest in houses and gardens of the 1890s and early 1900s. He lectures and writes about their designers and the people who employed them, and their conservation and management.

He became well known for his ‘Herbe Gardens’ made by sculpting grass into intricate often classical patterns by cutting it short through long. This can be seen in his work at The Old School Dunsyre which is where he started his interest in combining American native plants into Italianate garden design.

In recent years American garden design has been championed by the design practices like that of Oehme and van Sweden who popularised the New American Garden style which celebrates the splendour of the American meadow while promoting its inherent ecological, sustainable, aesthetic, and ornamental values. This design practice has recently opened its first garden in the UK at the American Museum at Claverton Manor outside Bath

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