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Our programme for 2017


Sharron has put together another exciting programme for next year (despite a bit of input from other members of the committee, and some discussion of titles of talks, it’s basically Sharron, as programme secretary, who finalises almost all of the details every year).

It ranges from local garden designer Ken Rawson’s personal reminiscences of one of last century’s greatest British plantsmen, Christopher Lloyd, through a talk on salvias, arguably the up-and-coming genus for vibrant high- and late-summer colour, by Huntingdon nurserywoman Janet Buist of Pennycross Plants, to well-known broadcaster, garden designer and writer Bunny Guinness on “Transforming Your Garden”. Plus Manchester plantsman Kevin Pratt, who’s a specialist in fritillarias and Stachyurus amongst other things, and Steve Edney, head gardener at The Salutation, an historic garden originally laid out by Edwin Lutyens in Sandwich, Kent, who will be discussing the successional planting in that garden’s spectacular Long Border.

We also have a special evening members’ garden visit to our SLGS members Rob and Claire Bailey-Scott’s lovely garden at Gosberton, which I featured in an earlier posting.

Photo: © Cris Toala Olivares

Photo: © Cris Toala Olivares

But most exciting is the fact that, for the first time in some years, SLGS are venturing abroad. Tempted by tantalising reports of the Open Gardens weekend in Amsterdam, which includes many private gardens not visible from the street and never open to the public at any other time, Sharron has organised a long weekend coach trip (16–19th June) at a very reasonable price, with a possible optional extra excursion to Piet Oudolf’s own garden, and other details to be arranged.

  • To download a pdf of the detailed programme, along with a tear-off slip to join or re-join the society, click this link.



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