Hampshire Head Gardener shares horticultural expertise

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) December lectures are by experienced Head Gardener and respected horticulturalist, Thomas Stone.

Thomas was raised at Mottisfont in Hampshire, home of the world-famous Mottisfont Abbey with its magnificent and horticulturally important rose gardens. His father, David Stone was Head Gardener there and as a child, Thomas worked in the grounds. Following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a member of staff, he learned the tried and tested methods used by previous generations of gardeners, and honed his skills.

After a period of twelve years, he moved on to work at the equally renowned Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens where he extended his knowledge to encompass trees, shrubs and wild flower meadows.

He later became Head Gardener to private estates in West Sussex and Hampshire, where he created gardens full of vegetables, roses, shrubs, and herbaceous and cut flowers from areas of wilderness.

Thomas is a Full Member of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (MCIHort), The Professional Gardeners’ Guild and The Gardeners’ Guild. He is also on the National Register of Garden Experts and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Speakers’ Register as well as an Associate of The School of Garden Management.

He now runs his own horticultural practice for individual and corporate garden owners, and shares his expertise with a wider audience through lectures, TV and radio appearances.

Winter Plants will be his subject on Tuesday 5th December at 7.30pm at the Alverton Hotel in Truro, whilst Hardy Geraniums will be his focus on Wednesday 6th December at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend to find out more about the Society and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will be in attendance at both lectures offering a range of delightful plants for sale.

The CGS is a charity that exists to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches; share knowledge about gardening and Cornwall’s rich garden heritage, and conserve the county’s natural environment. The Society is affiliated to the RHS and its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.

 

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Upcoming Events

  • Sowing and Planting Workshop for the CGS Spring Flower Show

    Following on from our successful event on Sunday, our friends at Wyevale Garden Centre in Par have asked us to join them to host another workshop this Thursday. It was great to meet so many of you but we'd love to help even more of you to get ready for the junior competitive classes of this year's Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show which is now less than two months away!

    Join in the fun at Wyevale Garden Centre in Par from 10:30am - 1pm on Thursday 21st February.

  • Self-drive visit - Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge and Penberth House, St Buryan

    Spring comes early in West Cornwall so our first visit is to Trewidden, a magnificent, privately-owned Victorian garden where Head Gardener, Richard Morton and his team will show us Asiatic magnolias, early shrubs and spring flowers.

    We then travel to Lady Banham’s riverside garden at Penberth with its rare daffodils, early shrubs and trees, and granite features and paths. Our guides will be Jeff Rowe and Claire Batten from Penberth Plants, winners of six RHS Chelsea Gold medals.