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Programme 2017


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.

(Programme for 2018 and membership application/renewal slip now available to download)

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Thursday 26 Jan, AGM, 7pm

AGM (N.B. from 7pm, not 7.30),
followed by a talk by KEN RAWSON: “My Personal Association with Christopher Lloyd of Great Dixter

Ken is a garden designer now based in Easton-on-the-Hill, just west of Stamford. Having designed his own garden at his first house in Peterborough, he has been designing gardens for other people since 1986. Find out more on Ken’s website. He will be telling us about his fond memories of the 20th century’s plantsman-gardener par excellence. Christopher Lloyd OBE (1921–2006) of Great Dixter had strong and sometimes controversial opinions on every aspect of planting style and practical gardening and design, which were forcefully and wittily expressed in countless books, articles, lectures and television programmes, from the publication of his first book in 1957 until his death. We were lucky enough to host a lecture by “Christo” in the early years of SLGS.


Thursday 23 March, 7.30pm

A talk by KEVIN PRATT, from Hazel Grove: “My Garden, A Plantsman’s Garden”

With qualifications in botany, soil science and horticulture, Kevin, who is a specialist in fritillarias and Stachyurus among other choice species, runs a small nursery called Village Plants from the back garden of his house on the southern fringes of Manchester. Despite its unassuming appearance and limited size he has won three RHS Gold medals in the Floral Marquee. He will be bringing plants for sale.


Thursday 26 May, 7.30pm

A talk by JANET BUIST, of Pennycross Plants: “Salvias

Salvias are arguably the up-and-coming genus for vibrant high- and late-summer colour, with more and more exciting new cultivars appearing every year. Most are quite easy to propagate, but some are not so obliging; some are tender, others will overwinter outdoors in a sheltered spot; some are really tough and much hardier than they look. But which are which? The choice is mind-boggling, so let yourself be guided by Huntingdon nurserywoman Janet Buist of Pennycross Plants. Janet will be bringing plants for sale.


16–19 June – CANCELLED

Special SLGS Garden Visit to Open Gardens of Amsterdam & Private Garden of Piet Oudolf


Thursday 13 July, 6.30pm

Special Garden Visit to SLGS Members’ Garden
Yew Tree Farm, Gosberton,
the beautiful garden of Robert & Claire Bailey-Scott, which they have created in a surprisingly short time (this will be its 10th year, I believe?). Here is a link to a set of photos that I took there last year at an NGS opening. (More details of this garden opening will appear in the members’ newsletter)

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


Thursday 28 Sept, 7.30pm

A talk by STEVE EDNEY, Head Gardener of The Salutation gardens: “Succession Planting: a case study of the Long Border at Salutation

The Salutation is a house in Sandwich, Kent, formerly a market garden and pub (from which the house takes its unusual name) but redeveloped and designed between 1911–12 by Edwin Lutyens, the noted architect famed for his collaborations with Gertrude Jekyll. After several changes in ownership its gardens had fallen into almost complete disrepair until the property was acquired in 2003 by the present owners, who run the house and three cottages in the grounds as an upmarket hotel. Together with Head Gardener Steve Edney they have undertaken extensive restoration of both the house and garden, retaining Lutyens’ original vision while introducing new features and expressing their own individuality. The garden is open to the public with a rare plant collection and specialist plant nursery. Plants for sale.


Thursday 23 Nov, 7.30pm

A Talk by BUNNY GUINNESS entitled Transforming Your Garden”

Award-winning Landscape and Garden Designer Bunny Guinness, a Chartered Landscape Architect, studied horticulture at Reading University and has a post-graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture from Birmingham City University, which also awarded her a Doctorate in 2009.

Having worked in Landscape Design for over well over 30 years (with several years in private practice before setting up her own practice in 1986) she has gained a wealth of experience, including working on reclamation sites, renovation of inner city housing estates, planning appeals, sheltered housing schemes, pedestrian precincts, golf courses, farm and estate planting, public roof gardens and many different private gardens.

In addition to her design work, which is very much the core business, Bunny has been a panellist on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time since 1998. The questions asked cover all aspects of horticulture and gardening and as there is no forewarning of the questions prior to the recording an extensive knowledge of horticulture and experience is essential! Since 2000 Bunny has also written a weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph. In addition to this she regularly answers questions for BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, BBC Gardens Illustrated and has contributed to Country Life, House and Gardens and many other magazines and newspapers. She has also presented, designed gardens for and appeared in many television programmes.

More information on Wikipedia or Bunny’s own website.


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