Series of Garden Talks
Hereford College of Arts is pleased to announce the return of the popular Aspects of Gardens Series for 2019. Taking place during the Spring term, two illustrated talks will explore how different plants are used in garden design.
We are delighted to welcome two renowned speakers, who are both experts in their field. Our speakers will be sharing their knowledge, stories and anecdotes on plants, gardens, their history and design.
Ingrid Millington – “Bulbs for the Garden Throughout the Year”
Wednesday 27 February 2019
After studying horticulture at Writtle, now known as Essex University, Ingrid set up Hillview Hardy Plants in 1987 when she moved to Shropshire. Since then, Ingrid’s husband and daughter have joined her in running the nursery. Herbaceous perennials are their mainstay but in spring, they specialise in (Primula) Auriculas and also hold National Collections of Acanthus and Albuca.
Ingrid’s talk will show plants grown from bulbs, corms, and tubers – in fact anything with a storage system below ground. As well as showing the plants themselves, you will learn where and how to grow them along with any pitfalls, and how to get the best out of them. Maybe the most surprising thing is that many thrive in damp and wet conditions. The talk will also cover propagation.
Donald Everitt – “The Fascination of Foliage”
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Donald grew up in the Midlands and worked on a Rose Nursery after leaving school. He then joined the RAF, spending most of two years in Egypt. Upon returning, Donald started working at a large private garden, south of Birmingham. After being selected as a student gardener at Wisley, he gained invaluable experience leading him to train as a teacher. He has spent the rest of his working career teaching in schools in Surrey and Bristol.
Donald’s talk looks at the history and significance of foliage in garden design as well as its crucial role in everyday life. The talk will explore use of foliage for propagation, along with its importance to animal life on earth. Donald will also cover the huge range of plants available with respectable foliage and their uses both indoors and outdoors.