Members Free. Non-Members £3.00 on the door.
All talks take place at Dulverton Town Hall, Fore Street, Dulverton.
7.00pm for 7.30pm start unless shown otherwise.
Light refreshments on arrival.
Thursday 16th January - TOBY BUCKLAND - Report
This year’s January talk was a visit by Toby Buckland, garden designer, contributor to “Gardeners’ World” and organiser of the Powderham Garden Festival. For over an hour he entertained us with pictures and descriptions around the topic of “abundance” in the garden. But it was more than just a “talk” - the packed Town Hall audience heard about and saw colour, textures, wild flowers, foliage (dark is good!), flowers for bees, the hot scale for chillies, whitefly and the extraordinary red slug! All with great energy and humour, answering questions during, after and even while the Hall was packing up.
He was enthusiastically received by the audience, who, fortified with coffee, cake and wine, felt that they had had a very good evening; several becoming new members.
Thursday 20th Febuary - HOWARD WILLS - All about Sempervivums
Howard owns Fernwood Nursery, Torrington where he holds the Plant Heritage National Collection of Sempervivum (Houseleeks) and propagates plants from this collection.
Thursday 19th March - KATHERINE CROUCH - The Seeded Garden
Katherine makes a return visit to talk about collecting seeds from your own garden. She was BBC Gardener of the Year in 1999 and BBC Gardener of the Decade in 2008. She also won Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show with her garden design in 2013. Her talk will cover beautiful self-seeding garden plants but also situations where they do not work and take over the garden!
Thursday 16th April - ANNIE PREBENSEN - My Chelsea Garden
Annie and her fellow designer, Christina Williams, have designed gardens for over 10 years and in 2019 they designed a garden for the Donkey Sanctuary called ‘Donkey Matters’ to highlight the work of the Charity which celebrated its’ 50th anniversary in 2019. The garden won a silver medal and the Peoples’ Choice in the Artisan Garden category. Annie will talk about the 18 month journey of the creation of the garden to the re-building in its final home at the Sanctuary headquarters.
Thursday 21st May - MARTIN YOUNG - Hydrangeas
Martin’s talk covers the main varieties, the myths about colour, new introductions, problems and pests, pruning and how to get the best from your hydrangeas. With high quality images showing examples.
Thursday 18th June - STEFF HAFFERTY - Companion Planting
Steph is an organic, ‘no dig’ kitchen gardener and award winning food and gardening author. She is partner to Charles Dowding who gave us the talk on ‘no dig’ gardening in 2018. She gardens in Bruton, Somerset.
Thursday 17th September - SUE FISHER - Creating a wildlife friendly garden
Sue gardens in the mild climate of the Tamar Valley on two-thirds of an acre site which is a great source of inspiration and enjoyment for her. Over the years her garden has provided the location for a number of projects carried out for BBC Gardeners’ World magazine on a diverse range of subjects. Her approach to gardening has always been very sustainable and wildlife-friendly.
Thursday 15th October - JOHN ADDISON - Pruning fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs
John also makes a return visit to talk about pruning fruit trees on this occasion. He has been in horticulture for 50+ years and during that time has been a judge at the Chelsea Flower Show and a part-time lecturer at Cannington College.
Thursday 19th November - SALLY NEX - All year round vegetable gardening
Sally is a garden writer based in Somerset. Her gardening ‘career’ started out by growing a few peas and beans in her back garden and she soon realised that she could feed herself and her family with food far better than anything she could buy in the shops! Her talk will cover how to keep your vegetable garden productive throughout the winter through to early spring. She will share tips and tricks for maximising the produce from your garden all year round.