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Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire

About the Group

The group meets at the Weatherley Centre, Stratton School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds. SG18 8JH (map) 
Contact
Vivienne Kirby
01234 822118
cambsandbeds@hardy-plant.org.uk
For full details visit the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Group Website

2019 Programme

All meetings start at 2-00 pm unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 5th January, 2019
'Highlights of Chelsea and Hampton Court'
Simon White

Sales/Garden Centre Manager at Peter Beales Roses for over 36 years. Will bring plants and sundries
Saturday 9th February, 2019
NB 2nd Saturday as Weatherley already Booked for 1st.
'From flower to jar - the magic of the honey bee'
Doug Brown

Local beekeeper and new speaker for our Group.
Saturday 2nd March, 2019
'World of Ferns'
Neil Timm

Owns and runs The Fern Nursery, Binbrook, Lincs. Author of HPS booklet on Ferns. New speaker for our Group. Will bring plants.
Saturday 6th April, 2019
'Spring Cottage Gardening with the Dearly Beloved'
Val Bourne

Well-known author, lecturer and gardener. Plants for sale from Swines Meadow Farm Nursery.
Sunday 12th May, 2019  10-00am
Annual Plant Fair
The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade , Beds SG188JH (note new venue)
Entrance is free and refreshments will be available.  This is an indoor event and our Group Stalls will include a vast range of plants for the discerning gardener. 
All are welcome.
Contact Pete Balmbro 07941906028.
Saturday 7th September, 2019
'The garden at York Gate'
Andrew Mikolaiski

Author of over 30 books and UK-wide lecturer. New speaker for our Group.
Saturday 5th October, 2019
'Unusual bulbs and how they get to your garden'
John Amand

Managing Director of Jacques Amand International. New Speaker for our Group.
Saturday 2nd November, 2019
(AGM)
'Say it with Poison - Stories of Murder from the Herbaceous Border!'
Russell Bowes

Garden Historian.
Saturday 7th December, 2019
'The History, Plants & Features of Madingley Hall Garden'
Richard Gant

Head Gardener, Madingley Hall, Cambridge.

2020 Programme

Saturday 11th January, 2020 (2nd Saturday)
‘The Chrysanthemum in Art and Culture’
Twigs Way

Writer, researcher, speaker on garden history including landscapes in art and literature
 
Saturday 1st February, 2020
‘New and exciting Plants for your Garden’
Marcus Dancer 

Nursery owner and lecturer, selling a range of clematis, shrubs & perennials
Plants for sale
 
Saturday 7th March, 2020
‘Plants of the Season’
Paul Green 

Greens Leaves nursery
Grows a wide selection of home-grown choice, rare and unusual plants
Plants for sale
 
Saturday 4th April, 2020
‘Derelict Hill Farm to Garden   –  in a year or two or twenty –‘ 
Derry Watkins 

Special Plants nursery: Grows and sells unusual plants from all over the world
Plants for sale
 
Sunday 10th May, 2020 from 10a.m. – 2.00p.m.
Grand Plant Fair
Includes stall selling organic composts and other organic garden products.
The Weathereley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG188JH (map)
Entry is free and refreshments will be available
 
Saturday 5th September, 2020
‘On top and almost in control – tales from an even smaller garden’
Timothy Walker

Lecturer, botanist, gardener, author. Retired director of Oxford Botanic Garden
 
Saturday 10th October 2020 (2nd Saturday)
‘Award Winners’
Tim Fuller 

The Plantsman’s Preference: Quality plants for the ordinary gardener and the mad plantsman.
Plants for sale 
 
Saturday 7th November, 2020
‘A Year of Garden Colour’
Andrew Ward 

Norwell Nurseries: specialises in unusual perennials, cottage garden plants, shade lovers and hardy geraniums
Plants for sale
Annual General Meeting
 
Saturday 5th December, 2020
‘Plant hunting in Vietnam’
Andrew Luke 

Head gardener at Wrest Park
Christmas Refreshments
 

2018 Programme

6th January, 2018    
‘Gertrude JekyIl’
 Andrew Sankey  
    
Well known garden lecturer and consultant.
3rd February, 2018    
‘Creating Beautiful Gardens from Scratch’
Andrew Humphries

Andrew is a new speaker for the group. Well known head gardener.
Plants for sale. 
3rd March, 2018    
‘Spring Cottage Gardening with the Dearly Beloved’    
Val Bourne  

Garden writer and broadcaster. A new speaker for us. Plants for sale from Swines Meadow Farm Nursery. 
7th April, 2018    
‘Early Spring/Summer Plants’    
Rosy Hardy 

Well known speaker and Nursery Owner Plants for sale. Hands on talk.
13th May, 2018 10-00 a.m.
Annual Plant Fair
Stratton Upper School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG188JH
Entrance is free and the School Farm is also open with various other attractions on the day.

1st September, 2018    
‘Weeding the 5000 with 2 Hoes and 5 Wishes’ 
Jaime Blake

Head Gardener from Bressingham. Plants for sale

6th October, 2018    
‘Seasonal Container Gardening’    
Andrew Babicz​

Well known lecturer. New speaker for our group.
3rd November, 2018
Group A.G.M. Followed by
‘A Plantaholic’ s Garden’ 
Gill and Peter Regan​

Gill and Peter are HPS Members from Kent. Plants for sale
8th December, 2018 (Please note 2nd Saturday of the month)       
‘It’s not time for bed yet- Rethinking Autumn in the Garden’ 
Helen Picton

Nursery owner. Plants for sale. Christmas tea follows talk.

2017 Programme

All meetings start at 2-00 pm unless otherwise stated.

7th January ,2017
'Primulas, Pedicularis, Prayer Flags and much more in Sichuan and Qinghai'
Penny and Roger Gray

Members of our group who have travelled to China several times

4th February, 2017
'Staff Only Beyond This Point' 
Gail and John Summerfield,
Owners of Westshores Nursery
Plants for sale
4th March 2017
'It's Not Time for Bed Yet – rethinking autumn in the garden'
Helen Picton
Owner of Old Court Nursery

Plants for sale
1st April 2017  
'The Early Spring Flora of Andalucia'
Kevin Hughes 

Nursery owner
Plants for Sale
Sunday 14th May 10-00 am 2017
Plant Stall held in conjunction with Stratton School Farm Open Day, at Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG188JH.
The School will be having several other attractions.

Free entry. 
Saturday 19th August  12 Noon 2017
Plant Stall held in conjunction with Sandy Horticultural Show at Sandye Place Academy School, Park Lane, Sandy, Beds.
There is a small charge to enter the Horticultural Exhibition area, but entry to the site is free.
2nd September 2017  
'Pictures from the Library Garden'
Brian Ellis

Owner of Avondale Nursery.  
Plants for sale.
7th October 2017
'Tenerife.  A Botanical Honey-pot and Evolutionary Laboratory'
Tim Walker 

Well known lecturer and former Head of Oxford Botanic Gardens
4th November 2017    
Group AGM
'Indispensable Plants'
Andrew Ward

Nursery owner.
Plants for sale
2nd December 2017
'Aulden Farm - From Conception to Chaos'
Jill and Alun Whitehead 

Owners of Aulden Farm Nursery
Plants for sale, followed by Christmas Tea.

2016 Programme

Saturday 9th January, 2016
'Herbaceous Perennials'
Tim Fuller
Owner of The Plantsman’s Preference Nursery. Plants for sale.

Saturday 6th February, 2016
'Clematis - How to grow them'
Marcus Dancer
Owner of Nursery and specialist clematis grower. Lecturer at the English School of Gardening. Plants for sale

Saturday 5th March, 2016
'Succession Planting in the Mixed Border'
Fergus Garrett
Fergus is head gardener/custodian of Great Dixter. Plants for sale.

Saturday 2nd April, 2016
'Plants for Damp Places'
Des Martin
Owner of Nursery in Leicestershire and well known lecturer. This is a ‘hands on’ talk. Plants for sale.

Sunday 8th May, 2016 starting at 10am
Annual Plant Sale
in conjunction with Stratton School Farm Open Day, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG188JH. Entrance is free and the School has many other attractions.

Saturday 3rd September, 2016
'Alan Bloom - a thinker and a doer'
Jaime Blake
The son-in-law of the late Alan Bloom and the Head Gardener at Bressingham Gardens. Plants for sale.

Saturday 1st October, 2016
'Looking Good at the Moment'
Colin Ward
A practical hands on talk with plants currently in season. Colin is owner of Swines Meadow Farm Nursery. Plants for sale.

Saturday 5th November, 2016
'Cambridge Colleges and their Gardens'
Rodney Tibbs
A well-known garden lecturer and retired journalist. Group AGM

Saturday 3rd December, 2016
'The Garden at Llwyn Ifan'
Bob and Rannveig Wallis
Creators of the garden in Wales and specialist growers of Alpine Plants. May be Plants for sale.


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