GARDEN LECTURE DAYS 2017

We are delighted to offer another series of Garden Lecture Days in the coming year with some highly respected and entertaining speakers, many of whom are new to The Coach House.

Details of the lecturers and the programme are set out below as well as a copy of the brochure and the booking form.

To book places or for more information please contact Mel Tanner mel@thegenerousgardener.co.uk Tel: 01285 850256

 

PROGRAMME OF GARDEN LECTURE DAYS

Thursday 2nd March

Alan Street

Alan Street
Photo: Clive Nichol

Early Spring Treasures

There is nothing more uplifting after the dark days of winter than the first signs of Spring to tempt you into the garden.

Alan Street has been the linchpin at Avon Bulbs for 37 years. He is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after nurserymen in the country and has masterminded countless Gold Medal winning stands at RHS shows over several decades. Although principally associated with snowdrops and responsible for many new introductions, Alan also specialises in Narcissi and other early bulbs so who better to extend our knowledge of those jewels for the spring garden?

Tony Kirkham

Tony Kirkham
 

Trees: A Cut above the Rest

Having looked in detail at some of the smallest plants for the garden we now turn our attention to those at the opposite end of the size spectrum with a talk entitled 'Trees: A Cut above the Rest'.

As Head of the Arboretum at Kew Gardens, Tony Kirkham is one of the world's leading authorities on trees. He is also known for his appearances in the BBC series 'A Year at Kew' and 'The Trees that made Britain'. He has led many plant-hunting trips in various parts of Asia and many of the trees grown at the Royal Botanical Gardens have originated from seed collected on those expeditions. Tony will cover the cultivation and pruning of trees, topical issues concerning trees as well as describing some more unusual species to plant in the garden.

 

Thursday 20th April

Rupert Golby

Rupert Golby
Photo: Andrew Lawson

Enhancing the house from the garden

Just as Vita loved to bring the garden inside with small posies or tussie-mussies for her writing desk, Rupert Golby also has a similar reputation for recognising plants worthy of harvest. After training at Kew and Wisley, and working with Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House, Rupert is now regarded as one of the top garden designers in the country with a highly developed knowledge of plants and a keen eye for beauty. Having given us an extremely informative and entertaining lecture two years ago, Rupert returns to make us think which plants add extra value by transferring well from the garden to inside. Looking at plants from this angle brings a new dimension to choosing different species for the garden.

Stephen Lacey

Stephen Lacey
Photo: Charlie Hopkinson

Scent in the Garden

Scent is one of the most underused but most 'bewitching and potent' essences of good garden design. Not only should it always be considered when choosing plants for the garden but also when deciding where to position them.

Stephen Lacey is a distinguished garden writer, lecturer, designer and plantsman. His book, Scent in the Garden, originally published in 1991, was completely revised and republished in 2015. Full of practical advice as well as descriptions of fragrant plants, Stephen's talk will also suggest combinations that can please the eye as well as make you swoon with heady perfume.

 

Thursday 11th May

Julian and Isabel Bannerman

Julian and Isabel Bannerman
 

Landscape of Dreams

Julian and Isabel Bannerman have been designing gardens together since 1983 and have a client list that reads like something from Debretts! Highgrove, Arundel Castle, Waddesdon, and Houghton Hall are just some of the aristocratic seats that have been transformed by their extraordinary flair and imagination but the gardens they have created for themselves at Hanham Court and Trematon Castle also showcase their skills and strengths as designers who are never afraid to surprise and amuse. In this talk they will describe the process of designing, making and planting all these gardens and many more.

Derry Watkins

Derry Watkins
 

Pushing the Boundaries: Borderline hardy and tender perennials you cannot live without

With longer summers and the increased interest in plants such as Salvias giving a greater length of flowering, it is really worth growing plants previously thought of as too tender.

A consummate plantswoman, Derry richly deserves the world wide recognition for her nursery near Bath. Her passion is for anything borderline hardy or tender and she has played a large part in encouraging the appreciation of these plants that are now grown much more widely. If you haven't caught the bug yet, be prepared to be converted.

 

Thursday 8th June

Timothy Walker

Timothy Walker
 

The Bog Garden

Timothy Walker is one of the most accomplished and entertaining speakers on the circuit.

He returns to the Coach House with a new subject; The Bog Garden, which describes the importance of water in the garden, both in providing an extra sensory dimension as well as extending the range of plants one can cultivate. Having been Director of Oxford Botanic Garden for more than 25 years, renovating and extending the pond there during that time, Timothy will describe various types of water features, how a new pond should be built and which plants are suitable for this type of area.

Helen Yemm

Helen Yemm
 

Stunning Summer Plants for the Garden

Which plants to choose for maximum effect in the garden is no easy task, especially in the summer months when the flowering period is at it's peak and the wealth of options is greatest. Helen Yemm, known for her column in the Weekend Telegraph, as well as being a garden consultant, lecturer and broadcaster, has many answers and ideas in this illustrated talk. By looking at the needs and merits of individual plants, as well as highlighting those that combine well together, Helen will show us how to create a stunning summer display both in sun and shade to encompass colour, shape and form.

 

Tuesday 12th September

Roy Lancaster

Roy Lancaster
Photo: Sue Lancaster

My Life with Plants

Although Roy is known to us all through his work in television and radio, it is plants that have been the dominating force throughout his long and fruitful life in the world of horticulture. After eighteen years with Hilliers Nurseries, Roy then began to specialise in plant exploration. Travelling to far flung corners of the world, Roy became the Ernest Wilson or George Forrest of the 20th and 21st Century, always in search of new discoveries and constantly extending our understanding of all kinds of flora. In this talk Roy will share his many years of knowledge and experience with us, highlighting plants to enrich our gardens.

Helen Dillon

Helen Dillon
 

The Making of a Garden

After over forty years, Helen has recently made the momentous move from her highly acclaimed garden in Dublin, only to be determined to make another! Before she gets to grips with the new project, we are lucky enough to have enticed her over from Ireland to talk to us about the creation of the famous Dillon Garden, the guiding influences she adopted, the various stages of its development and her selection of plants. Will they be the same next time, we wonder? Helen's talks are always jam packed with wit, wisdom, firm opinion and sound practical advice. There will be much to learn from two eminent horticulturalists during the day.

 

Previous Speakers include Fergus Garrett, Chris Beardshaw, Anna Pavord, John Massey, James Alexander-Sinclair, Robin Lane Fox, Troy Scott Smith, Mary Keen, Keith Wiley, Christine Skelmersdale, Marina Christopher, Val Bourne, Georgie Newbery, Rosy Hardy, Ursula Buchan and Tim Richardson.

 

2017 Brochure