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About the Group

The group meets at St Paul's Church  in Boundary Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7DB. (map)
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Carol Jones
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2017 Programme

10th February, 2017
‘The Fossil Garden’
Robert Blackhall-Miles, Propagator, Crûg Farm Plants.

Robbie is a plantsman who blends this with a passion for conservation. He owns Fossil Plants, his backyard botanic garden, which houses a collection of early evolutionary plants. His specialism is propagation of rare and unusual plants and he works at the globally renowned Crûg Farm Plants in North Wales.
He is one of a new generation of innovative horticulturalists and is unsurprisingly a fellow of The Linnean Society of London and chairs the Australasian plant Society of the UK. He will talk on the work he has done to develop his Fossil Garden.

10th March,2017 
NOTE - this meeting starts at 7:15pm to allow time for the AGM
 ‘Perennial Pleasures’ 
Andrew Ward. Norwell Nursery near Newark and AGM

Andrew is a much admired gardener and nurseryman and a great friend to many Nottinghamshire gardeners. His own garden is now in the Good Gardens Guide and his work is frequently written up in the gardening press. He has delighted us with his entertaining talks before and when we heard he was developing a new topic, we had to ask him to share it with us.
He will bring some of his early plant beauties to the lecture for sale.
7th April, 2017
‘Mountain Flowers of The Dolomites and How to Grow Them.’ David Charlton
David is another prestigious local horticulturalist and a trustee of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. A career as a lawyer somehow led him to a passion for plants and he is now a keen grower and exhibitor of Alpines. His love of mountain species led him to co-authorship of "Mountain Flowers - the Dolomites" published in 2012 and to leading spring and summer wildflower walks in the region. He will also concentrate in his talk on how to grow these delightful plants.

12th May, 2017
‘Revitalising Vita’
An extraordinary additional meeting to host 
Troy Scott-Smith 
Troy is the first male head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West's much lauded creation, famous for its succession of outstanding women curators. His previous job was as head gardener at Bodnant in Conwy, a jewel in the National Trust's crown, where he worked for 7 years.

A professional horticulturalist all his working life, he was born in Yorkshire and trained at Askham Bryan College there. He is now a member of the RHS Floral Committee and is considered to be one of the country's most talented senior gardeners, in charge of what is probably one of the best and most famous gardens in the world.

2016 Programme

8th January, 2016 
“The Rose Family of Trees”
Dr. Graham Piearce
The new year begins with a talk from Nottingham's own Dr. Graham Piearce, an HPS member. His talk will cover those trees of the rose family most suited to home gardens, moderate in size and multi-functional by way of flowers, fruit and year-round interest. He will also include local examples from our parks, recreation grounds and street trees around the city.

12th February, 2016 
“Sledmere Gardens through the Year”
Andrew Karavics
We are excited to be hosting Andrew Karavics, the Head Gardener at Sledmere House in East Yorkshire. This garden is gaining increasing prominence for its dynamic development programme and its breathtaking beauty and plantsmanship. Andrew is a passionate and innovative practitioner and this promises to be an exceptional evening.

11th March, 2016 
“Things that turn me on - Confessions of a Plant Freak (My kind of plants, rare, special, neglected, beautiful, in the wild and in cultivation.)”
Nick Macer
A visit from the renowned plantsman, plant hunter and owner of Pan Global nursery in Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, Nick Macer. Nick trained at both The Hillier Gardens in Hampshire and Westonbirt Arboretum before starting his own nursery. He sells all manner of botanical desirables and will bring pre-ordered plants to Nottingham for this evening. A rare opportunity to acquire something very special for your garden.

8th April, 2016 
“Pictures from a Library Garden”
Brian Ellis
The season ends in April with a talk from Brian Ellis of Avondale Bulbs. Brian is a well-known nurseryman and plant enthusiast and will focus on plants he grows at home in Coventry.

9th September 2016, 2016   
 We are delighted to begin the 2016-2017 season of lectures with a talk by Colin Ward of Swines Meadow Farm Nursery, an independent nursery on the edge of the windswept fens near Market Deeping.  Here Colin has created a microclimate in order to grow a vast range of rare and exotic plants to tempt even the most discerning of gardeners. He is a real plantsman with deep botanical knowledge and vast practical experience. His contribution will be a stimulating start to our year.     

14th October, 2016   
This month we will be visited by John Foley and his partner Kate Lawson, owners of the renowned Holden Clough Nursery in the Ribble Valley at Bolton-by-Bowland.  The nursery was started in 1927, specialising in Alpines but over the years has diversified and extended its range until today where a wide range of species, grown to the highest standards, are available. John and Kate can be seen at many of the annual RHS shows where they have repeatedly won Gold Medals. These are not the only awards John holds as he was voted Young Gardener of the Year on a BBC poll, after a series of televised garden challenges. His topic will be 'Plants for Autumn Colour'.    
11th November, 2016     
We will be hosting Michael Perry this month. Michael is a modern day plant hunter, working for the past 17 years for Thompson and Morgan, the UK's largest mail order plant company. He was recently named as one of the top 20 most influential horticulturalists in the country by the Sunday Times and has appeared on TV and in Social Media, talking about his searches, worldwide, for new plants to make available for gardeners in the UK. He will simply be presenting us with '50 Fab Plants'. Make room for some, if not all, of them!    

9th December, 2016 
The December social event.


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