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Meetings 2020-21

Meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice

Meetings at St Paul's cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 virus.

Our first meeting of the new programme will be in November at 7.30 p.m. 

An interesting and varied programme of guest speakers is arranged. 

Nov 13th

Zoom meeting with Tommy Tønsberg “Confessions from a Norwegian Gardener.”

The talk is about the trials and tribulations of gardening in a country with almost six months of winter. It’s based on his own garden north of Oslo, the plants they grow as well as the varied climate, supplemented by a short history of Norwegian gardening and some notable Norwegian gardeners.
All members are welcome to join free and will be emailed a link a few days before the meeting.

Photo is taken from Tommy's website and shows his front garden with mixed herbaceous planting.
Dec 11th Zoom meeting with Andrew Hamilton giving a talk about the restoration of the Walled Garden at Wollaton.

The history of the Walled Garden from its inception by the 5th Lord Middleton in 1783 to its abandonment in 1991 and subsequently its revival after 2019. Illustrated with photographs and plans, many from the late 19th century, up to the present day.
More info here -

Photo is of The Gardener's House
Jan 8th 2021     Zoom meeting with Micky Little "Is the Snowdrop the spirit of the place?"

A talk on bulbs with a brief introduction followed by a section on Galanthus and an overview of Avon Bulbs and the Chelsea Flower Show, all fun but informative.
Feb 12th    Zoom meeting with Ben Preston " York Gate Garden through the Head Gardener's Eyes"

A brief history of the Garden. The design, layout and the innovative successional planting through the 14 garden rooms. The new developments and extension of York Gate to protect it's future.

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Mar 12th Zoom meeting with Gail & John Summerfield "Behind the Scenes at a Nursery" and AGM 

Most gardeners buying from small retail nurseries have little idea of what goes on behind the scenes and what is involved in running these small enterprises. Gail and John will tell us how they came to establish Westshores Nurseries in 1985, tracing its development over the past 35 years and explain how they manage change as they get older.
Apr 9th    Zoom meeting with Peter Williams - topic to be decided. Peter is no stranger to our group. In 2017 he gave us a talk about ‘Unnatural Gardening; an Exploration of Fashions in Gardening' and we had an outing to visit his garden Weathervane House in Seaton Ross, Yorkshire.
Formerly principal lecturer at York St. John University, Peter is an ecologist, plant physiologist, soil scientist, statistician and gardener. He is a passionate plant propagator, grafting rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias to name but a few.