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Programme 2018



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 now £5.

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

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Thursday 25 Jan, AGM, 7pm

AGM (N.B. from 7pm, not 7.30),
followed by a talk by Dr ANDREW WARD, of Norwell Nursery, Newark: “Plant and Prejudice

Andrew trained as a plant breeder and started Norwell Nurseries and Gardens 22 years ago with his wife Helen. The small nursery specialises in choice and unusual herbaceous perennials and alpines. The one-acre garden holds over 2,500 different varieties of plant and has featured in many magazines including Country Living, Country Life, Landscaper Magazine and Gardens Illustrated. It has been been included since 2013 in the highly prestigious publication Great Gardens to Visit. Andrew will be bringing plants for sale.


Thursday 22 March, 7.30pm

A talk by JOE WHITEHEAD, of GardenWise: “Over the Garden Wall”

Joe has local connections, having started out at Burghley, before training at Wisley, then moving on to become Head Gardener at two large and prestigious gardens in Norfolk: Salle Park and Raveningham Hall. Now a partner in GardenWise, he lectures part-time at Moulton College near Northampton, appears on various BBC local radio gardening programmes and runs a series of gardening workshops at East Ruston Gardens in Norfolk. He will be sharing some secrets of how he learned his craft.


Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm

A talk by MANDIE POTTER, formerly of Cotswold Garden Plants: “Hey Good Looking”

Mandie will be bringing a seasonal selection plants to discuss from her own garden and Bob Brown’s Cotswold Garden Nursery, where she used to work before going freelance. Mandie will be bringing plants for sale.


Wednesday 25 July, 6.30pm

Special Garden Visit to the Blatherwycke Estate, Blatherwyke, PE8 6YW.
(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 27 Sept, 7.30pm

A talk by LAURA DE BEDEN, landscape architect, garden designer and international lecturer: “Redesign Your Borders – a focus on plants and colour”

Brought up in Italy, Laura de Beden has some strong – and possibly provocative – ideas on art and architecture, colour and form and their influence in the garden. She is Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture (since 1993) and Course Director in Garden Design (since 2001) at Kingston University; Official lecturer for NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies); and tutor and lecturer at the Inchbald School of Design and at the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London.

In the words of plantswoman Helen Dillon, Laura is that “very rare person – a landscape architect who likes plants!”


Thursday 22 Nov, 7.30pm

A Talk by DOUG STEWART entitled Winter Thrillers”

Doug, a professional horticulturist, is a knowledgeable broadcaster (co-presenter of a regular 2-hour programme on BBC Radio Humberside), former college Head of Horticulture and enthusiastic gardener. And blogger! He will have an inspiring look at some of his favourite winter plants, demonstrating that ‘with scent, stems and stunning colour, a winter garden can have it all.’


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