The World’s Largest garden – Doug Stewart

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms RHS Garden Bridgewater was the largest gardening project in the world. Doug was lucky to be able to visit the garden during its construction, meeting the volunteers and the teams involved. In this talk he shares the story of how the garden was built, including visits made to the garden since it opened.

Sissinghurst – Revitalising Vita – Troy Scott Smith

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms This talk describes the undertaking of a 7 year project to revitalize the garden, bringing about a more authentic Vita Sissinghurst – it is a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion.

Gardening with Nature – Angela Palmerton

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms Angela takes a practical look at sustainabilty in our gardens. The talk is a journey through some of her own experiences and the joy (and pain) of wildlife gardening. She will bust some myths, give some practical pointers and aim to encourage as many of us as possible to garden in a more nature friendly …

Autumn in the Garden – Nigel Hopes

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms Group AGM followed by talk The onset of Autumn doesn’t mean that your garden is going to sleep. Nigel will look at the range of plants that you can use to continue interest in the garden right through to winter. From trees to bulbs there is something to light the fire in any size garden!

Colour Less Work – Fact or Fiction – Gillian Taylor

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms This talk is a guide to sustainable gardening.  Sustainable in terms of labour, water and nutition whilst still keepng the beauty, colour, structure and provision of an insect friendly environment that we are always trying to aim for.

Plants That Should be Better Known – Katherine Crouch

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms With the rise of the large garden centres and the decline of the old fashioned nurseries, plant choice is becoming more homogenised across the country. There are many garden worthy and beautiful plants that it is difficult to get hold of for one reason or another.  Katherine has grown every one that she tells us …

Roses & Peonies- A Marriage Made in Heaven – Val Bourne

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms Val has a large collection of lactiflora hybrids in her garden. They vary from 19th Century French beauties to modern American Peonies in shades of coral, vivid red and yellow. The talk will follow the history of Peony breeding, their use as a companion plant for roses and recommends varieties.

Salvias – Andrew Humphris

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms Andrew is very knowledgeable about Salvias and is one of the judging panel responsible for assessing the RHS hardy salvia trials due to finish in 2024.  He will share his knowledge about the trials, likely candidates for AGM awards and how the plants were assessed and managed.

What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? – Timothy Walker

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Location: St Boniface Church Rooms Rarely does a minute go by when we are not involved in an activity that would be impossible without the help of plants. The talk looks at mankind’s dependance on plants for everything from food to film and from painkillers to paint. It also examines what we do for plants and how we can keep …

Troy Scott Smith : Sissinghurst – Revitalising Vita

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This talk describes the undertaking of a 7 year project to revitalize the garden, bringing about a more authentic Vita Sissinghurst – it is a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion. Troy has worked in some of the country’s best known gardens, including Curator for the RHS and Head Gardener at Bodnant. He currently combines his role of Head …

Doug Stewart : The World’s Largest Garden

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RHS Garden Bridgewater was the largest gardening project in the world. Doug was lucky to be able to visit the garden during its construction, meeting the volunteers and the teams involved. In this talk, he shares the story of how the garden was built, including visits made to the garden since it opened. Doug is a professional horticulturist and for …

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Hampshire

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The group meets at St Boniface Church Hall, Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53 2FT.  (map) The entry fee to meetings is £3 for members and £6 for visitors. They have a Display Table, Raffle and Plant Sale Table at most meetings.