Talks and Visits to the garden

Talks for 2021/2022

21st century Cottage Gardens

Everyone loves cottage gardens. This talk is an examination of how our concept of cottage gardening has changed over the centuries and how it seems to be developing in the 21st century. (1hr flexible) Powerpoint presentation.

Epimediums

With the publication of Sally’s new book, ‘The Plant Lover’s Guide to Epimediums’ by Timber Press, this talk covers the more widely grown species and forms, and introduces 21st century gardeners to the beautiful new species from China, and the hybrids that have been developed over the past 10 years, and are still being bred. (1hr. flexible) Powerpoint presentation.

Great Gardens of the World

Visit some of the most beautiful gardens in the world, from Italy, through Canada, to Brazil. (1hr flexible) Powerpoint presentation.

Hydrangeas

Once ‘too popular’ in the fifties hydrangeas experienced a fall from fashion. But now they are undergoing a renaissance. This talk covers the different species, their growing conditions,  and care and propagation, and will show you some of the varieties that are coming in now from Japan via the French National Collection holder, Shamrock Gardens, and enthusiast Maurice Foster. As a nursery (Mill Cottage Plants) we exhibited them at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2005, and hope to bring some for sale to your members. (1hr flexible) Powerpoint presentation

Plants! They just don’t read the books

In response to a request for a talk on why some plants simply ‘die’ when you get them home, this talk covers some of the common problems with newly acquired plants, and continues with a look at where some of our garden plants come from, and therefore where to plant them in your garden. There are often misconceptions!

Practical Propagation

A purely practical explanation and demonstration of how to make more from your garden, including some ‘tricks of the trade’. (1hr, flexible). (Not available as a Zoom talk)

Shady Ladies and Damp Damsels

Suggestions for planting in those difficult spots from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas. (1hr, flexible) Demonstration and powerpoint presentation

The Winter Garden

A reminder and, I hope, an introduction to some of the loveliest winter performers for our gardens. Followed by slides both of winter flowering plants and a few ideas for structure in the garden – the ‘skeleton’ on which to clothe the garden for the rest of the year. (1hr flexible) Powerpoint presentation

Sally’s fee for 2021/2 is:

£150 for a zoom talk

OR

£200 plus travelling expenses (45p/mile) for a talk in person. If it is acceptable to your Club, Sally will bring along a selection of plants for sale at the end of the talk.

To book a talk please email Sally or phone on 01749 676966

 

VISITS TO THE GARDEN at HENLEY MILL are now discontinued. We apologise for any inconvenience.