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Talks 2017
Members Free.  Non-Members £3.00 on the door.
All talks take place at Dulverton Town Hall, Fore Street, Dulverton.  
7.00pm for 7.15pm start unless shown otherwise.
Light refreshments on arrival.
19th January  -  The Rebirth of Knighthayes Walled Garden
A talk by Sam Brown

A report on this talk can be found HERE
16th February  -  Gorwell House – The First 40 Years
A talk by John Marston

16th March  -  AGM & Marwood Hill Creation
A talk by Joe Reardon-Smith (after Club AGM)

13th April  -  Roses
A talk by Nick Oliver

18th May  -  Late Colour for Autumn and Early Winter
A talk by Sarah Chesters

15th June  -  Bulbs Throughout the Year
A talk by Rosemary Fitzgerald
21st September  -  Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels
A talk by Sally Gregson
12th October  -  House Plants
A talk by Mike Smith
23rd November  -  Gertrude Jeckyll - Her plants and designs
A talk by Dave Usher - 18 years as Head Gardener at Hestercombe.

Report on January Talk

Our first talk of the year in January was given by Sam Brown, National Trust gardener, on the restoration of the Victorian walled garden at Knightshayes, on the outskirts of Tiverton.

With the aid of coloured slides Sam told us how the garden and 19 glasshouses had provided fresh fruit and vegetables for the house during the late 1800’s. With the advent of the First World War, as with many large estates throughout the country, the gardeners at Knightshayes downed their spades and hoes and took up arms, sadly many of them not returning to resume their duties. By the time of the Second World War numbers had further declined although the garden still produced supplies when the house was used as a hospital. When commercially grown produce became readily available the garden ceased to be cost effective.

By the 1970’s the garden had been abandoned, the glasshouses had fallen into disrepair and at one point it was used to graze sheep and even served as an overflow car park!

In 1999 the Trust undertook a project to restore the garden to its former glory and by 2003 was fully productive again providing fresh fruit and vegetables for the restaurant kitchen. The glasshouses however were beyond repair and were finally demolished. However, the restoration is continuing and it’s hoped to rebuild one of the original Victorian glasshouses.

The Trust only has a small number of permanent gardeners and is always grateful for any help provided by volunteers. If you’re interested in lending a hand in the garden then contact Sam on sam.brown@nationaltrust.org.uk

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