Lecture: Mike Nelhams – Gardens of the Mediterranean

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:01 AM

Mike Nelhams was an early recruit of RHS Wisley’s two-year horticultural certificate in the 1970s, where he spent weeks ‘frozen to the top of a ladder’ learning how to prune apple trees properly at commercial speeds.

He then worked at Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly for a year, before being asked to stay on for a further 18 months of tree work. This was followed by five years at High Beeches in Sussex.

In 1984, Mike received an invitation from the owner of Tresco Abbey Gardens, Robert Dorrien-Smith, to return as Head Gardener and he has worked there ever since.

Being taught to do things in the right way without shortcuts at RHS Wisley has characterised Mike’s horticultural career and he adopts the same approach with his students today.

Join us at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth at 2.30pm

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    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.

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    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. 

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