All the evenings start at 7pm with a glass of wine and the lectures begin at 7.30pm
Monday 11th October 2010 – Fergus Garrett – Head Gardener and Director of Great Dixter – The Art of Gardening at Great Dixter
The garden at Great Dixter has its origins in the arts and crafts style, featuring topiary, a long border, an orchard and a wild flower meadow. The planting is profuse, yet structured, and has featured many bold experiments of form, colour and combinations. Fergus Garrett, who worked closely with Christopher Lloyd up until his death in 2006, is still Head Gardener and is continuing to introduce new ideas into the planting schemes.
Tuesday 12th October 2010 – Karl Sabbagh
A Rum Affair; A Story of Garden Intrigue
Karl Sabbagh is a writer and documentary maker living in Newbold on Stour, Warwickshire. In the 1990s, he came across the story of an investigation into an anonymous botanist suspected of fraud by his colleagues but
never unmasked. By following clues and digging in archives he unravelled the story of how Professor John Heslop Harrison fooled the botanical community for many years during the 1940s by “discovering” rare plants which he had himself planted in unlikely places, most notably on the Isle of Rum, to which he had exclusive botanical access. In this talk, Karl Sabbagh describes his findings, as set out in his book A Rum Affair published in 1999, and updates the story with new evidence discovered two years ago in the archives of the Natural History Museum.
Wednesday 13th October 2010 – Val Bourne
Planting Up a Natural Garden
Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer and she gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds at Spring Cottage – high above Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire. Val has been gardening
naturally for thirty years or more and wrote about her previous Oxfordshire garden in her award-winning book “The Natural Gardener” published by Frances Lincoln in 2004. It explains how a plant-packed garden functions
successfully without chemical intervention and the purpose behind the book was to encourage others to become green gardeners too. Val writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, Saga, the Oxford Times, Grow It and many
magazines including The Garden. She is also a member of the RHS Floral Trials Committee.
Thursday 14th October 2010 – Gwyn Perry – Head Gardener at Armscote Manor -The Principles of Pruning and Training
A day of discussion and demonstration set in the gardens of Armscote Manor. It will cover topics such as tools, tying materials and techniques as well as some tips gained during a long career in gardening. Those attending will be able to submit a question in writing beforehand which we will endeavour to cover during the day. Please bring your secateurs. The day will run from 10am to 4pm with refreshments on arrival and a light lunch will be provided. Places are strictly limited and carry a cost of £25.00
Friday 15th October 2010 – Bob Brown
Fifty Years On – Changing Tastes in Gardening Since the 1950s
Bob has a life-long obsession with hardy perennials, widened and much honed since he has been a nurseryman.
He is known for having opinions (many very critical) about all the 11-12 thousand plants he’s grown or tried to grow. He is a member of the Herbaceous and Trials Committees of the RHS and writes for various periodicals. He likes digging, walking, bridge and red wine. He’s fat, fair and sadly no longer forty.
All monies raised donated to Shipston Home Nursing Reg. Charity No. 1061405
For tickets please contact:
Deborah Williams or Madeleine James at
Armscote Manor, Armscote, Warwickshire CV37 8DA.
Please make cheques payable to Shipston Home Nursing and send
applications for tickets with a self addressed stamped envelope.
1 lecture £14.00 2 lectures £26.00 3 lectures £33.00 4 lectures £44.00
Tickets not available on the door.
Source: Armscote Manor