Course Overview

Hereford College of Arts is pleased to announce this year’s Aspects of Gardens Series for 2017. A series of three illustrated talks during March which cover a variety of interesting topics, sure to inform, inspire and delight.

We are delighted to welcome three renowned speakers who are all experts in their field who will be sharing their knowledge, stories and anecdotes on gardens, their history and design and will include aspects from England to Italy, culminating in the future for gardening in the UK.


Rachel Sailsbury - 8th March 2017

Rachel graduated in horticulture longer ago than she likes to admit. Her working life has been a mixture of hands-on work, mostly in the nursery trade, and teaching. For the ten years before retiring Rachel worked in the Continuing Studies Department of Birmingham University, running courses in Horticulture and Garden History. Now retired, Rachel enjoys taming her garden and allotment as well as indulging in travel and photography. “I have always been fascinated, when travelling, to see the uses that people make of their native plants, and it is this interest that has prompted this talk”.

Her talk entitled The Really Useful Garden –explores plants that we grow for aesthetic reasons in our gardens, but which have, or have had in the past, significant use in their countries of origin.

Timothy Walker - 15th March 2017
Timothy Walker is an Oxford Botanist whose success since graduating from the University College, Oxford, where he read Botany, includes being awarded Master of Horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of London, four golds, two silver-gilts and one silver medal at Chelsea Flower Show. He is currently a stipendiary lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College, Oxford.

His talk, entitled - Colour in a small garden is inspired by the Botanic Garden’s Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 1994 Chelsea Flower Show. This talk explains some of the theory employed by artists and gardeners to achieve a variety of effects. Theory is supported by examples of specific colour combinations
from my Wife’s garden of 1/5 acre.

Tamsin Westhorpe - 22nd March 2017
Tamsin Westhorpe is a gardener, garden writer and lecturer. Her work has been published in Gardeners’ World, Gardens Illustrated, Amateur Gardening and the Telegraph. She was previously Editor of The English Garden magazine and lecturer at Kingston Maurwood College in Dorset. Alongside her freelance
work Tamsin runs Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire with her Uncle and is the Open Gardens Ambassador for the British Red Cross.

Tamsin’s talk, entitled What’s the point of gardening? focuses on how gardening is good for your health, soul and the wide community. The value of transforming your plot and the impact that garden visiting can have on our lives. She’ll share her favourite open gardens and offer advice on getting
the most out of your plot.

Please note

  • Tickets can be purchased in advance please use the booking form below.
  • Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so we would advise booking.
  • Tickets can be purchased on the night subject to availability, please note we are only able to accept cash payments as a card facility is not available in the evening.
  • Please note that tickets are non refundable & a booking is only confirmed once full payment has been received.


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For more information please contact The Short Course team by email, or call 01432 845302.