Expert Beats the Drum for Bulbs

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.

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Upcoming Events

  • Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

    Join us in our spring oasis within the Royal Cornwall Showground on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2020 and explore an array of horticultural delights. Enjoy wide-ranging and stunning displays of spring flowers and shrubs, plus beautiful floral art and photographic displays. And if you fancy indulging in a bit of garden-related retail therapy we have everything you could wish for with over 60 prestigious nurseries selling fabulous plants and bulbs and another 50 plus retailers selling garden-related goodies.

  • Self-drive visit to Botallick, Lanreath and South Bosent, Liskeard

    Started in Spring 1994, Botallick is a spring woodland garden with an extensive collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons spread over four acres. It also includes an orchard stocked with Cornish varieties and wild flowers. The Bucknell family who own the garden often exhibit blooms in the competitive Classes at our annual Spring Flower Show.

    Sisters, Adrienne and Trish, are developing South Bosent with wildlife in mind. It comprises several themed gardens, woodland plantings, large mixed borders and a four-acre meadow. Other features include a mini-lake, waterfall and rill on the terrace,and several plant collections, all designed to provide year-round interest. Along with thousands of planted bulbs throughout the garden, a bluebell wood runs alongside the stream pathway.

    A booking form can now be downloaded by clicking here.