2012-2013 Programme

  • September 11th

    30 plants you didn't know you needed until now.

    Bob Sanderson

    A traditional family run nursery, set in the old walled garden of Heaves Hotel, near Kendal, Cumbria. They grow a wide variety of plants as naturally as possible making them hardy and especially suitable for the northern climate. They specialise in herbaceous perennials growing many unusual varieties. Winners of numerous RHS gold medals at Gardeners World Live, Tatton Park, Hampton Court and Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

  • October 9th

    Make your garden unique

    Tracy Foster (Chelsea Gold Medal winner)

    Tracy is a well known local radio plant expert whose "Bronte Garden" won a Gold Medal at Chelsea this year. She's a garden designer making full use of degree in Plant Biology to plan fascinating arrangements. Her passions are plants & planting skills which she used fully whilst working as a gardener at Harewood House. When she's not planning gardens or tutoring other gardeners you'll find her writing articles for gardening magazines or giving a talk to other gardeners.

  • November 13th

    "Chelsea Flower Show" – the view from an RHS judge

    Roger Burnett

    Britain in Bloom judge, Roger, will host his own informal, fun & down to earth perspective about this world-famous gardening event. In his "day job" Roger plays a key role In Scarborough Council Parks Department where he makes certain that the town always presents its floral best to both visitors & residents alike. Bring along all your questions about Chelsea that you've never been able to ask, Roger will do his best to answer.

  • December 11th

    Christmas Crackers

    Janette Merilion

    After a career in marketing on the south coast of England, Janette returned to her roots and studied horticulture and garden design at De Montfort University based in Lincoln, she now works as Horticultural speaker, Radio and TV broadcaster, Historian and Garden Designer.

  • January 22nd

    Wentworth – The story so far

    Michael Klemperer

    Wentworth Castle, is the only Grade 1 Listed building in South Yorkshire. Originally it boasted 1000 acres of formal landscape set in an estate of 30,000 acres. However, in common with many other large estates, it fell into neglect & disrepair from the 2nd World War onwards. Horticultural Expert, Michael Klemperer, will explain the history of this great estate from its' origins until present day including the past 10 years of faithful restoration of the gardens & parkland. He'll even give us an insight into Prince Charles' recent visit – if we ask him.

  • February 12th

    Sheffield Botanical Gardens - Past, Present and Future

    Ian Turner

    Educated at Cambridge University, Ian's experience in horticulture covers a wide area. He was a Kew Diploma Student at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Head Gardener at Staunton Country Park, Curator of Plants at Paignton Zoo and now Curator of Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield.

  • March 13th

    Plant Lore and Legend

    Val Bourne

    Val was taught by her paternal grandmother, a thrifty Yorkshire woman, to garden naturally. She left school at 16 years, abandoning hopes of University as her father was ill and she needed to earn money. She studied for A-levels whilst working as a cadet nurse and then worked at Wellesbourne Horticultural Research Institute near Warwick. She married and had two daughters and taught for 18 years but always gardened. Her writing career took off with an article published by the Daily Telegraph, for whom she is now a regular gardening contributor. She was once sacked from a radio programme for not advocating the use of chemicals. She then decided to write her first book "The Natural Gardener". "Other women think about shopping and hairdo's," she says, "but I fantasise about plants".

  • April 23rd

    The Magic of the changing Seasons - Spring into Summer

    John Massey MBE, VMH

    Throughout John's career, his driving force has been a passion for plants. His enthusiasm has taken him across the world to study plants both in the wild & in cultivation. His extensive knowledge of plants is backed up by a hands on approach to propagation & cultivation at Ashwood Nurseries which he has owned for over 40 years. Together John & the nursery have won numerous medals & awards including 49 Gold Medals at Westminster; but his aim has always been to share his knowledge with as many gardeners as possible. This promises to be an evening of discovery for us all.