A Series of Talks
The popular Aspects of Gardens Series returns for 2020. Taking place during our Spring term, two illustrated talks featuring renowned speakers who are experts in their field, will look to explore garden history and design. Sharing their knowledge, stories and anecdotes, each talk promises to be both entertaining and insightful, so saving the date is strongly advised. We are delighted to announce that the following talks will take place:
Wednesday 26th February 2020
“Growing Herbaceous Perennials” by Chris Whitelock
Chris is a Professional Associate of the RHS, working as a senior external verifier and standards inspector for the Association of Professional Landscapers. Chris has a degree in horticulture and has a wealth of experience in horticultural businesses. He has also been head of department in two horticulture colleges. Chris has a particular passion for fruit growing on his own allotments.
Chris’ talk will explore the use of herbaceous plants in modern gardens. Herbaceous borders are outmoded in modern gardens and recent developments in plant breeding have resulted in herbaceous plants proving excellent for mixed borders and growing in containers. The talk will mention their value as pollinators and how they can bring foliage and flower colour to most gardens, irrespective of soil type and aspect.
Wednesday 4th March 2020
“An Introduction to Garden Wildlife” by Richard & Mavis Gulliver
Richard and Mavis met through a passion for wildlife and have carried this into their suburban gardens in Yorkshire, coastal gardens in The Hebrides and their current garden in Shropshire. Their current project has produced a small area of grassland where yellow rattle thrives. Richard is a former lecturer, botanist and ecologist and Mavis is a former teacher. They are also both authors and photographers.
This talk aims to provide a framework for enhancing interaction with wildlife in your garden. A continuing theme will show how different people perceive potential wildlife elements of the garden; from bringers of delight, to spoilers of your existing garden. Many different kinds of wildlife will be reviewed, ranging from very popular to less well-known, but equally important, species. There will be a variety of specimens for handling and discussion.