Nurseryman Know How


A Series of Evening Lectures for 2019

In addition to our Garden Lecture Days we are continuing to offer a series of evening lectures with some of the top nurserymen in the country sharing their vast horticultural knowledge and expertise.

The programme for 2019 is as follows: 

Christine Skelmersdale

Wednesday 3rd April
Christine Skelmersdale: A Celebration of Hardy South African Bulbs
A wonderful array of bulbs originate from South Africa and can add a touch of the exotic to late summer/autumn plantings. Christine Skelmersdale (Broadleigh Bulbs) has grown these for many years and will show us how bulbs such as Agapanthus, Crocosmia, Nerine and Eucomis can be used in the garden to great effect, both in beds and containers. There will be bulbs for sale.

Photo by Martin Mulchinock

Photo by Martin Mulchinock

Tuesday 30th April
Sally Gregson: Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels

As well as being a noted speaker and author, Sally Gregson has run Mill Cottage Plants, specialising in Hydrangeas, Epimediums, and Plants for Shade, for over 28 years. In this talk she will help us with those difficult spots in the garden, making suggestions of unusual plants for everything from heavy damp soil to dry shade under trees. There will be plants for sale.

Bob Brown

Wednesday 22nd May
Bob Brown: Brightening up the Garden in August

August can be a testing month in the garden, coming between the profusion of flower in June and July and the second surge of colour in September. So who better than Bob Brown, from Cotswold Garden Flowers, to provide solutions to this perennial problem and suggest plants to bridge the gap and provide interest throughout the summer months. With a daughter getting married next August, I have a vested interest in this talk! There will be plants for sale.

Michael Marriott

Tuesday 4th June
Michael Marriott: The Wonderful Versatility of Roses

As Senior Rosarian and Director of David Austin Roses and with over 30 years experience of growing this most favourite of plants, Michael Marriott is one of the world’s leading authorities on all matters relating to roses and his knowledge is encyclopaedic! In addition to discussing the wide range of uses for roses in garden design, he will also talk about their care and cultivation.


Evenings start at 6.00pm when wine and canapés will be served.

There will be time to see the garden and buy plants from the visiting nurseryman before the lecture starts at 6.30pm. The evenings will end around 7.30pm – 8.00pm

All evenings cost £25 per person and must be booked in advance. 


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Photo Credit: Beki Bernstein

Photo Credit: Beki Bernstein