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Programme 2016



All talks are held at Folkingham Village Hall. All talks are free to SLGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend most events; admission for a non-member is normally £3.

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Thursday 28 Jan, AGM, 7pm

AGM (N.B. from 7pm, not 7.30),
followed by a talk by MICHAEL MYERS: “Hepaticas, Eranthis and other Gems

Our January speaker, Michael, a nurseryman and confirmed galanthophile (his Facebook page address is from Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire has spoken to us on previous occasions, but 2016 will be his first visit for some years. Having studied plant biology at the University of Leeds, he set up a small nursery specialising in woodland plants. He is also a tutor at Craven College.


Thursday 24 March, 7.30pm

A talk by ROSS BARBOUR, from Old Court Nurseries and the Picton Gardens, Malvern: “Roses need Friends”

Ross is a member of the team at the Old Court Nurseries and Picton Gardens in Colwall on the western flanks of the Malvern hills, particularly famous for their autumn display gardens of Asteraceae (until recently I could just have said asters, but most of their names have now been changed – to protect the innocent and annoy the gardeners!) and the wide range of choice alpines and perennials built up by the late Percy Picton and his son Paul. They in turn had taken over the nurseries from the famous Ballard family, breeders of Michaelmas daisies, in 1956.


Thursday 26 May, 7.30pm

A talk by BOB BROWN, of Cotswold Garden Flowers: “Brightening up the Garden in August

Outspoken and opinionated in the most delightful way, Bob is a plantsman par excellence. Almost too well-known to need introduction (he has visited SLGS on several occasions), Bob is a nurseryman whose uncompromisingly expressed opinions about what makes a good plant make for some very entertaining talks! His nursery at Cotswold Garden Flowers, Badsey, near Evesham, stocks a huge range of rare and unusual plants as well old favourites, usually tested in equally uncompromising conditions. He writes for many publications including Gardening Which? and the RHS magazine The Garden. Choice plants for sale.


Wednesday 8 June, 6pm

Special SLGS Garden Visit to
The Old Vicarage, Burley on the Hill, Oakham

the garden of Jonathan and Sandra Blaza.
(Full details in members’ newsletter)

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


Sunday 7 August

Visiting Dove Cottage Garden and Nursery, Halifax
& York Gate Garden, Adel,
the classic small garden
created by Robin and Sybil Spencer near Leeds. Here is a link to a beautiful short film made c.1991 (shortly after Robin’s death and not long before his mother Sybil died) showing the garden being prepared for an NGS opening.
(More details of the gardens, the travel arrangements, and a booking form will be sent with members’ newsletters)


Thursday 22 Sept, 7.30pm

A Talk by SUSIE WHITE: “A Blank Canvas

Susie, from Northumberland, is a garden writer, author, lecturer and photographer, as well as a tutor at Higham Hall near Bassenthwaite in the Lakes, where she takes residential groups of adults on visits to local gardens. See her website for more…


Thursday 24 Nov, 7.30pm

A Talk by GRAHAM SPENCER, of Plants for Europe: New Plants – The Future for your Garden

With nearly 30 years’ experience in horticulture, Graham Spencer spent 15 years working at specialist nursery Croftway, one of the oldest nursery sites in the country, and now works for Plants for Europe, which develops and launches new plant varieties. An expert in Plant Variety Rights, he can advise on how to market a new plant, whether it’s one that you’ve found or bred.


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