About the Group
All meetings commence at 2-00 pm unless otherwise stated.
January 21st, 2017
|February 18th, 2017
'The National Collection of Hellebores'
Mike Byford at Hazles Cross Farm Nursery holds The National Collection of Hellebores.
He says what started as a hobby soon became a passion and from a few plants bred in Suffolk a collection of over 500 different colours and forms has spread out in the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands - their new home- the scenery is very reminiscent of much of the native habitats of the hellebore tribe in the Balkans.
The collection has been featured in Staffordshire Life and Derbyshire Life magazines.
|March 18th, 2017
'A Tale of Two Gardens: Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall'
Matthew Wilson is an award-winning garden and landscape designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and lecturer.
He has extensive design experience having worked on a wealth of projects – from small urban gardens to master planning estate.
His garden ‘God’s own Country - A Garden for Yorkshire’ won the People’s Choice Award at Chelsea 2016.
Tickets required for Matthew Wilson's talk. £3 members and £5 guests
|April 22nd, 2017
'The Wild Orchids of the Peak District'
Byron is a documentary maker, writer, professional lecturer and Geography teacher from the Staffordshire Moorlands. Born in the town of Leek, he has had a passion for all aspects of landscape history since he was a young boy. His current series of talks reflects the passions and interests which he has been researching for many years. Byron has recently been in the news for creating a four part, eight hour documentary series containing a wealth of information on the history, wildlife, folklore and landscape of the Peak District. The film has been commended not only for its presentation and level of information but also its dangerous and compelling footage of underground and inaccessible locations. In addition to writing and documentary making Byron is also a keen Botanist and Entomologist, at this moment finishing a 7 year research project on the Wild Orchids of the Peak District.
|September 16th, 2017
'Plants for the Shady Garden'
Robert runs North Staffordshire Hostas with his wife Margaret from their home in the village of Endon, in North Staffordshire.
Robert has worked for over 30 years in the automotive manufacturing industry, but in the spring of 2010 turned a hobby of an amateur gardener into a small part-time business specialising in the cultivation and sale of hostas. Within five years Robert and Margaret have grown their collection of hostas to over 250 varieties.
|October 21st, 2017
'High Glanau Manor Gardens'
|November 18th, 2017
'The Patch: A Garden for all Seasons'
|December 9th, 2017
'High Grove, Hardy Plants and Hayloft'
Lark Hanham of Hayloft Plants