The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) February lectures will be delivered by Lady Skelmersdale who has run bulb specialists, Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset for 45 years.
A passionate gardener since childhood, Lady Skelmersdale holds the National Collection® of Alec Gray CVS daffodils and has exhibited extensively at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.
Lady Skelmersdale has also been a member of the RHS Council for 12 years; President of the Friends of the Bristol Botanic Garden for seven years and Garden Advisor for RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon for 12 years. She was also Chair of the 2012-2015 RHS trial of drumstick alliums.
A regular contributor to RHS The Garden magazine, Lady Skelmersdale is also the author of two books: Creative Gardening with Bulbs and A Gardeners’ Guide to Bulbs.
In 2009, she was presented with the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) – the RHS’s highest award for services to horticulture.
Where Did Your Garden Grow? Or Around the World in 80 Plants will be her topic on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro whilst Beat the Drum will be her focus on Wednesday 12th February at 2.30pm at the St Mellion International Resort in Saltash.
These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend and donations are gratefully received.
A local nursery will offer high quality plants for sale and refreshments will be available.
Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.
You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.
Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a cathartic trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level.
In 1998, he established his own nursery, Marchants Hardy Plants, at Laughton in Sussex.
As a hands-on man and with the help of his staff, he loves to raise and select new varieties, and enjoys playing and painting with plants.
Graham’s life as a nurseryman is further enriched by garden design, consultations, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats in countries such as Armenia, China, South Africa and Turkey. In spite of all this, he still finds time to warble the odd note.
Join us on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro.
Graham Gough will join us on Wednesday 11th March at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth where he will share his lecture, ‘A Miscellany of Plants‘.