2019-2020 Programme

  • September 10th

    A Life In Plants

    Timothy Walker

    A most welcome return visit from this very entertaining Master of Horticulture who from 1986 – 2014 worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden firstly as General Foreman then from 1988 as Horti Praefectus & finally as Director from 2002. Not to be missed!!

  • October 8th

    A Garden For All Seasons

    Howard Drury

    A most welcome return of this enthusiastic lecturer who has enjoyed a lifetime in horticulture which included being presenter of Central TV's Gardening Time also advisor at the prestigious Ashwood Nurseries.

  • November 12th

    Winter Stems

    Mike Kinnes / AGM 7:15pm

    Mike worked in the horticultural industry growing & landscaping for 10 years before taking up a lecturing post teaching all aspects of horticulture at Askham Bryan, Bishop Burton & Riseholme Colleges. Ten years ago he started his own horticultural consultancy business

  • December 10th

    Kinross House Gardens

    Alistair Baldwin

    Another welcome return of this terrific landscape architect, who after 12 years as an academic at Leeds Metropolitan University & 5 years as a director at a landscape design firm in York established his own practice near Ripon. Tonight he will tell us of his work at Kinross Gardens overlooking Loch Leven.

  • January 14th

    Castles and Plants of Transylvania

    Rasvan Chisu

    Born in Transylvania & fortunate to grow up in a Botanical Garden, Rasvan developed a passion for plants. He has a BSc degree in Horticulture and did a 2 year Master of Science course at his home University in Cluj After working for 2 years in the 300 year old Herbarium in the Botanical Garden in Cluj he started working as a freelance gardener both in Romania & now also in the UK.

  • February 11th

    The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

    Phil Cormie

    Phil's love of gardening began age 5 when his parents got an allotment. This led to him doing a BSc degree with honours in Horticulture & Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh & Scottish Rural College. After graduating he joined the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park as a Practical Plants Man and was promoted to Senior Gardener in 2017.

  • March 10th

    Weeding the 5000

    Jaime Blake

    We thoroughly enjoyed his previous talk about Alan Bloom and now is another chance to hear Alan's son-in-law talk about the work needed to maintain the Bressingham Gardens themselves to such a high year round standard

  • April 14th


    Nidderdale Hardy Planters

  • May 12th

    People, Plants and Places

    Peter Williams

    We are so fortunate to have such a passionate plantsman visit us again. Peter was formerly principal lecturer at York St. John University. He is an ecologist, plant physiologist, statistician & gardener & he opens his lovely garden regularly in aid of the Yorkshire Arboretum on the Castle Howard Estate