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Berkshire

About the Group

The group meets at St. Peter's Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading RG6 1EY (map).
Contact
Helen Keane  
t. 01189 700522
e. berks@hardy-plant.org.uk
For full details visit the Berkshire Group Website

2017 Programme

Doors open at 7.15 p.m. and meetings start at 7.45 p.m. except where otherwise stated.

10th January, 2017
'GROUND COVER PLANTING'
Antony Powell 

Hillier nurseryman by training, has worked in nurseries and gardens in England and France and travelled to many other countries in his horticultural career. He now manages four gardens in North Hampshire/west Berkshire.
14th February, 2017
'ITS NOT TIME FOR BED YET'
Helen Picton

trained as a botanist at Reading, works full time in the family business. Helen is the third generation to work with the Michaelmas Daisies at Old Court Nurseries, where the Plant Heritage Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters is held.
14th March, 2017
'THROUGH THE YEAR WITH A HORTICULTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER'
Michael Warren

photographer of plants and gardens for over 45years, illustrated many books for famous authors and plantspeople, Member of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
11th April, 2017
'AGAPANTHUS- CULTIVATION AND PROPAGATION'
Steven Hickman

runs the Hoyland Plant Centre in South Yorkshire growing agapanthus and tulbaghias, having a National Collection of both. Multiple Chelsea gold medal winner.
20th May, 2017
PLANT FAIR
Details later
13th June, 2017
'A SEEDY BUSINESS'
Diane Clement

Diane is a member of the Alpine Garden Society and several other Alpine, Rock Garden and specialist genus societies. She is currently the Director of the Seed Exchange for the AGS. she has a wide range of plant interests , specialising in hepatica, cyclamen and woodland plants.
12th September, 2017
'SEASONAL HERBACIOUS PERENNIALS'
Rosemary Hardy

owner of renowned nursery, Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants. Most successful female exhibitor at Chelsea flower show for hardy plants.
14th October, 2017
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Hardy Plant Society
10-15 TIMOTHY WALKER: BORDERING ON INSANITY
 
1.30    JULIAN SUTTON: THE BOTANICAL GARDENER
Door open at 9.30am, St Peter's Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY

Plants and award winning preserves for sale, Refreshments and light lunch included, Open to the Public.
Price of ticket £13, available via the Secretary at helen@byeslane.org.uk
See Events page for further details

14th November, 2017
'GRASSES'
Carolyn Foster

Berkshire HPS member, garden and plant enthusiast with 30+ years experience ingeneral gardening, pruning and designing garden and planting schemes. Former tutor for WEA for 15 years. Currently enjoys speaking to garden groups and leading garden visits.

2016 Programme

12th January, 2016 
'CLEMATIS THROUGH THE SEASONS'
Everett Leeds
former council member International Clematis Society, Chair British Clematis Society. Co author ‘An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Clematis’ and ‘Timber Press Pocket Guide to Clematis’

9th February, 2016 
'ENCOURAGING WILDLIFE IN YOUR GARDEN'
Andrew Halstead
retired RHS Entomologist, 40 years experience of garden wildlife and identifying and dealing with garden pests.

8th March, 2016 
'GROWING PLANTS IN SHADE'
Brian Davis
ex-nurseryman, garden school instructor, author of ‘Gardeners Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Trees and Shrubs’ and ‘Gardeners Essential Plant Guide’

12th April, 2016 
'NEW VARIETIES, THE FUTURE OF YOUR GARDEN'
Graham Spencer
owner of Plants for Europe Ltd, an independent plant breeders agent, part of the family behind Croftway Nursery, specialist perennial growers.

21st May, 2016 1.30 - 4.00 pm
Plant Fair
St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY
Open to members and the general public (small admission fee and free parking).
Hot and cold drinks and home made cakes are available.
All plants are grown by members.

14th June, 2016 
'ECHINACEA AND RUDBEKIA'
Martin Young
plants man with over 40 years experience of growing plants to attract bees and butterflies. Active member of RHS and Plant Heritage. Professionally trained speaker.

13th September, 2016 
'SEASONAL PLANTS WITH IMPACT'
Martyn Cox
gardening columnist with Mail on Sunday and author of 10 books including award winning ‘RHS Wildlife Garden’. A contributor to TV and radio shows, A qualified horticulturist with 25 years experience.

11th October, 2016 
'SWEET PEAS'
Graham Talbot
horticultural lecturer at Berkshire College of Agriculture

8th November, 2016
'LOVELY LILIES'
John Baker

John has a small garden in Hampshire packed with 2000 plants (including 1500 different hostas!).
He is going to talk about growing and propagating Alstroemeria and daylilies.

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