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Programme 2015



All talks are held at Folkingham Village Hall.  All talks are free to SLGS members (except for special events such as the Helen Dillon lecture in April). Non-members are welcome to attend most events; admission for a non-member is normally £3.

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Thursday 22 Jan, AGM, 7pm

AGM (N.B. from 7pm, not 7.30),
followed by a talk by VAL BOURNE“Dahlias

Our January speaker, Val Bourne, is a well-known gardener and writer of books, articles and columns for magazines and newspapers including The Telegraph, The Garden (Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society), The Hardy Plant (Journal of the Hardy Plant Society) and many more. She is a committed organic gardener and a knowledgeable plantswoman, with a soft spot for that increasingly fashionable, if still slightly shameful secret addiction – dahlias!


Thursday 26 March, 7.30pm

A special social event: “SLGS Gardening Questions Time

Panel: Lady Ursula Cholmeley of Easton Walled Gardens, Colin Ward of Swines Meadow Farm Nursery and professional gardener Sharron White, with chairman: garden photographer, illustrator and writer Simon Garbutt. An opportunity to draw on the wealth of practical knowledge on a wide range of gardening matters available within our society. So think of a question you’d like to ask – plant identification, a gardening problem, practical advice, or whatever – and we’ll do our best to answer them for you, either as a panel, or from among all you other experts gathered in the room! Also bring along any Plants of Interest you may have to show, plants to swap (for our new experiment, the “Plant Swap Table”), plants to sell – and don’t forget the Raffle!


The Dillon Garden

The Dillon Garden, Dublin

Thursday 16 APRIL, 7.30 pm 

A talk by HELEN DILLON on “The Dillon Garden”
– A special ticket-only extra event, part of our 30-year celebrations

A rare opportunity to hear this talented, witty and influential Irish plantswoman and writer! Helen, “the undisputed Queen of Irish gardening”, who is the author of several gardening books and currently a regular columnist for The Garden (journal of the RHS), is co-creator (with her husband Val) of their spectacular formal garden in Ranelagh, Dublin. See:

N.B. Admission by ticket only: SLGS Members £5; non-members £10. Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm Folkingham Village Hall.

Tickets available at previous SLGS meetings, or by post from Sharron White (please download application form).


Thursday 28 May, 7.30pm

A talk by JOE SHARMAN, of Monksilver Nursery: “The Spring Flowers of North Turkey

Joe is a plantsman par excellence who runs Monksilver Nursery near Cambridge. He has visited us several times in the past to speak on various topics including variegation and primroses. He is an expert galanthophile who has introduced – and more recently, bred – many outstanding new snowdrop cultivars. Choice plants for sale.


Saturday 18 July

COACH OUTING to Norfolk. Visiting three gardens near Dereham: Dale Farm, Dunbheagan and High House. All gardens will have plants for sale. You have been warned! 😉
Dale Farm, nr Dereham. Graham & Sally Watts.
A plant-lover’s 2-acre garden with large spring-fed pond. More than 800 plant varieties featured in exuberantly planted borders and waterside gardens including 70 Hydrangea spp and varieties. Kitchen garden, orchard, naturalistic planting areas, gravel garden and sculptures.
Dunbheagan, nr Dereham. Jean & John Walton. Borders and island beds, a riot of colour well into late summer with plants of all descriptions. Extensive collection of rare and unusual plants plus the more recognisable in this ever-changing plantsman’s garden.
High House, Shipdham, Thetford. Mr & Mrs F Nickerson. Plantsman’s garden with colour-themed herbaceous borders with extensive range of perennials. Box-edged rose and shrub borders. Woodland garden, pond and bog area. Newly planted orchard and vegetable garden. Wildlife area. Glasshouses.
See photographs in the May Newsletter.


Thursday 11 June, 6.00pm
Special SLGS Garden Visit to Alwalton Manor

Malcolm & Jane Holmes’ wonderful garden: formal topiary meets rich, exotic planting in a timeless rural setting. Helen Dillon loved it! Numbers limited to 20.
To book: send £5 admission to Sharron White, 18 Main Street, Hacconby, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0UU.
For more info: tel. 01778570302 or email

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for future visits.


Thursday 24 Sept, 7.30pm

A Talk by ANNIE GODFREY, of Daisy Roots Nursery: “Autumn Fireworks

A welcome return visit from the very entertaining Annie Godfrey, who will be telling us about keeping the garden colourful right up until winter frosts threaten, and helping us do so with plants for sale from her Daisy Roots Nursery in Hertfordshire. Annie recently won the nursery’s third RHS Silver-Gilt medal for a display at an RHS Flower Show.


Thursday 26 Nov, 7.30pm

A Talk by ANDREW MIKOLAJSKI: “The Garden at York Gate

Created by the Spencer family, this beautiful garden at Adel near Leeds is now maintained by Perennial, the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society.

Andrew teaches garden design and RHS certificate at Warwickshire College, and an annual series of courses at Lamport Hall. He is the author of many practical gardening books and articles, far too numerous to list here, some published in English, some in French, including 1001 Garden Questions Answered, World Encyclopedia of Apples, RHS Pruning Plant by Plant, Container Gardening, What To Do When in Your Garden, RHS Plants for Shade, Sculptures végétales, Herbes aromatiques, Arbres fruitiers, Semis magiques, Orchidées, Boutures magiques etc..

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