2020 Calendar

APRIL

Tuesday  April  14th,  7.30 pm  Bradfield Village Hall   

This year we start our season off with a talk from Tony Russell on 2,000 Years of British Garden History – From the Romans to the Present Day. Tony has an extensive career in horticulture. His first main job was at the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire where he doubled the visitor numbers, making it one of the most visited gardens in the UK. He now runs a thriving garden and forestry consultancy business as well as working as a garden consultant to the National Trust. He has written 18 books, on trees and gardens, and edits the annual publication Great Gardens to Visit. He has been involved with numerous television programmes and also leads garden tours all over the world. He is an inspiring speaker and this promises to be a great start to the season.

MAY

Tuesday  May  12th,  7.30 pm  Bradfield Village Hall

This month we have a return visit from Nick Wray who will be talking on The Gardens of Sicily. Nick is the Curator of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and he talked to us in 2015 about the relocation of the garden which we then visited in 2016. Since then he has been awarded the RHS Associate of Honour. His talk focuses on key gardens across the fascinating island of Sicily and is sure to provide a wealth of inspiring ideas for our own gardens.

Englefield Garden Centre will be bringing a selection of plants for the sales table.

JUNE

Tuesday  June  9th,  7.30 pm  Bradfield Village Hall

Our speaker for June is Alan Goold from Henry Street Nurseries who will be speaking on Roses for Different Parts of the Garden. As they are the largest rose grower in the south of England with over 350 varieties, Alan has a wealth of experience to draw from. As you might expect, he will be bringing a selection of plants for you to buy as well!

EVENING GARDEN VISIT

Thursday June 25th, 5.00 pm cost £10 which includes tea/coffee and cake.

The Old Rectory, Farnborough courtesy of Caroline Todhunter.

Regional Finalist, The English Garden‘s The Nation’s Favourite Gardens 2019.

This four-acre garden is divided into elegant rooms. Its present form reflects the arts and crafts garden design style. It includes woodland, herbaceous borders, secret garden, roses, vegetables and bog garden, and there is an explosion of rare and interesting plants, beautifully combined for colour and texture.

Use own transport but please share cars where possible. The Old Rectory, Farnborough, Nr Wantage, OX12 8NX

JULY

Tuesday  July  14th7.30 pm  Bradfield Village Hall

This month we have Samantha Hopes coming back. Many will remember her excellent talk on hellebores and hydrangeas that she gave in 2017. With her husband Nigel they now have a business called Hopes Garden Plants and this time she is expanding her scope and talking about Our Top 100 Plants. She says, “these are so difficult to pick, but they are our favourite garden plants, sure to be full of colour, texture and scent, giving interest throughout the year, a brilliant overview”. She might not have all 100 to sell but she will be bringing a good selection.

MAIN COACH OUTING.     

Thursday 23rd July  Departing Bradfield Village Hall 8.45 am. Cost £35.50

Again we are planning to visit two gardens. The first is Eastleach House near Cirencester in the Cotswolds. This is one of the gardens featured in Tony Russell’s book The Cotswold’s Finest Gardens. It covers 14 acres, part of which is parkland planting, but it also has a number of smaller and more intimate areas such as the rill garden and the walled garden. More details on their website http://www.eastleachhouse.com/

We then go on to where we have our picnic lunch before visiting Bourton House gardens in the afternoon.

Bourton House is an award-winning garden, having won the HHA garden of the year in 2006 and a Cotswolds Tourism Award in 2013. It was also featured on BBC 2’s Gardener’s World on 30th August 2019.

The garden features luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture and colour combinations. Imaginative topiary includes a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk, and there are several spring-fed water features including a raised basket pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851. We will have an introductory talk by the head gardener before being able to wander around at leisure and then have a cup of tea and homemade cakes before our journey home. https://www.bourtonhouse.com/

We should be back at the Village Hall by 6.00 pm.

AUGUST

Fenja Anderson Tribute Lecture

Tuesday August  11th,  7.30 pm  Bradfield Village Hall

For our final talk of the season we welcomeback Rosy Hardy to talk on Summer Flowering Perennials. Rosy should need no introduction. She has won 24 RHS Chelsea gold medals (this figure will probably be out of date by the time she comes to us!) as well as countless medals at other shows. With her husband Rob she runs the family business of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants,which is one of the UK’s leading independent nurseries for herbaceous perennials. This is really a not-to-be-missed occasion, not least because of the opportunity to buy the plants that Rosy will also be bringing.

SEPTEMBER

Thursday 3rd September, 5.30 pm

Members Only Garden Party.  

This will be at Willow Tree Cottage, by kind invitation of Revd. Katy Weston.

As well as the social aspect of our end-of-season gathering, the garden has a wide range of interesting plants that have been chosen with a plantsman’s eye.

The full address is Willow Tree Cottage, Ashampstead, RG8 8RA

Entrance is by pre-ordered ticket, cost £3.  Drinks and refreshment will be provided.

Parking is available but members are requested to car share where possible.