Lecture: Derry Watkins – Pushing the Boundaries

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:01 AM

Derry Watkins started Special Plants Nursery 30 years ago. In 1993, she won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to spend three months in South Africa hunting for new plants to introduce into horticulture. In 1995 she returned, seed collecting in the Drakensberg. Since then, she has collected plants in many parts of the world and is renowned for many new plant introductions.

In 1996, Derry and her husband bought a derelict barn to convert into a house, and during the last 20 years, they have converted the fields into an amazing garden, which has featured in major horticultural journals and on television.

Derry also teaches at The English Gardening School and is the author of two books: The Complete Greenhouse Book and Sunspaces.

Join us at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash at 2:30pm

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Upcoming Events

  • Self Drive Visits to Scorrier House, Redruth and Trevince, Gwenna

    Spring is one of the best times to visit Scorrier with its bluebells, camellias and rhododendrons. Originally built in 1780 by John Williams as a mine office, the gardens, where William Lobb was once employed, were planted later. In addition to the gardens, Caroline and Richard Williams are kindly permitting us to view the formal herbaceous border, conservatory and large walled garden where vegetables are grown.

    Newly opened to the public following Richard and Trish Stone’s ongoing restoration, Trevince comprises 25 acres of parkland, a one-acre walled garden, an ornamental woodland walk, an orchard and pinetum, and a collection of endangered conifers. Current renovation projects relate to a brick summerhouse in the Pond Garden and citrus cultivation.

    To download a booking form for this self-drive visit, please click here.

  • Garden holiday to Worcestershire Gardens and The RHS Malvern Spring Flower Festival

    Show gardens, top quality nurseries, specialist plant exhibitors and the beautiful Floral Marquee make RHS Malvern a wonderful event to experience.

    Other highlights include visits to Spetchley Park Gardens with its stunning flowering shrubs and spring bulbs; White Cottage & Nursery with it snake’s head fritillary meadow; Morton Hall and its Tulip Festival; Perrycroft Arts & Craft Garden, designed by Charles Voysey, set on the steep side of the Malvern Hills with spectacular views of the Black Mountains; and a day at RHS Chelsea Gold medallist John Massey’s Ashwood Nurseries complete with garden tour. 

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be at the popular Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton, home of the famous Pudding Club. 

    To download a booking form for this garden holiday, please click here.