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.

All meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. The AGM in March begins 15 mins earlier.

An interesting and varied programme of guest speakers is arranged.

Nov 13th - Tommy Tønsberg “Confessions from a Norwegian Gardener”

Zoom meeting

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 - Andrew Hamilton giving a talk about the restoration of the Walled Garden at Wollaton

Zoom meeting.

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 -

The Gardener's House

Jan 8th 2021 - Micky Little "Is the Snowdrop the spirit of the place?"

Zoom meeting.

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 - Ben Preston " York Gate Garden through the Head Gardener's Eyes"

Zoom meeting .

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 its future.

Photo from

Mar 12th - Gail & John Summerfield "Behind the Scenes at a Nursery" and AGM 7:15pm start

Zoom meeting.

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 - Peter Williams "Propagation for grown up gardeners"

Zoom meeting.

If you ever wondered how nurseries propagate the ‘expensive and difficult’ hardy plants then join in with this talk. You might be surprised to find out how easy they are in reality.

The talk covers growing from seed, cuttings, grafting and other techniques and includes magnolias, rhododendrons, acers, roses, lilies, snowdrops and many other choice plants.

Peter in his own garden - we visited him in June 2019

Sep 10th - Derry Watkins "Derelict Hillside to Garden"

We bought a derelict barn surrounded by derelict fields. I didn't know where to begin, but my husband, an architect with no interest in gardens, rose to the challenge. And over twenty years we gradually grew a beautiful garden.

Oct 8th - Razvan Chisu "Pelopponesian Flora"

Razvan is a garden designer, editor of the Saxifrage Magazine (Saxifrage Society) and writes for various other gardening magazines. He also offers horticultural consultancy and has been giving talks to gardening groups and conferences for the past 5 years.

Razvan was fortunate to grow up in Transylvania in a town surrounded by vast woodlands and species-rich wildlife meadows, a fact that has influenced the way he designs and maintains gardens. His interest extends to looking for plants in the wild and leading wildlife tours where he shares his interest and knowledge of botany. So far, he has organised and led tours to Transylvania, Spain, Greece and Sweden.

Razvan in his own garden

Nov 12th - Susan Norman from Conquest Plants "Evergreen Plants in the Small Garden"

Ideas on suitable plants giving a variety of low, compact all year round interest which can be grown in borders and containers.

Specialist growers of variegated and coloured foliage hardy plants. Distinction in Horticulture nursery practice. Previously exhibited at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park and have a plant stall at many Plant Hunters Fairs throughout the year.

Dec 10th - Christmas Party & Speaker tbc.