Hardy Plant Society (Middlesex Group)

Programme of Speakers 2019

Here is our Programme of Speakers for 2019. Find more information about Where We Meet.

Monday 4th February

Funny Features in the Garden - Andrew Sankey

Learn everything you need to know about the history of the more unusual and surprising features used in gardens from the Romans through to the Victorians

Andrew Sankey

Monday 4th March

The Hardy Plant Society and its Conservation Scheme - Jan Vaughan, Chair Hardy Plant Society

Jan will talk about the work of the HPS and, in particular, its Conservation Scheme. This will be followed by the Annual General Meeting and Cheese and Wine Social

Conservation Scheme March

Monday 1st April

The World Garden at Lullingstone - Jim Buttress

A renowned horticulturalist and author of 'The People's Gardener', Jim will share his knowledge of the World Garden, which combines plant heritage with cutting edge horticulture



Monday 13th May

Meticulous Auriculas - James Smallwood

James has been an enthusiastic grower of auriculas for over fifteen years. He will show us how to grow and care for these unusual plants

Monday 3rd June

Water In The Garden - Tom Cole

Tom's talk will cover water in the garden looking at traditional and contemporary usage, including maintenance

Water in the garden
Monday 2nd September

Acers and Improving Soil Condition - George Lockwood

George is a passionate, organic garden who will explain the best conditions in which to grow acers

Monday 7th October

Roses and Peonies : A Marriage Made in Heaven - Val Bourne

Val is an award winning garden writer, organic gardener and Lecturer. Her talk will follow the history of peony breeding and their use as companion plants for roses

Val Bourne
Monday 4th November On Top but Never in Control - Professor Timothy Walker

This is the story of the successes and failures of the making of Tim's wife's one fifth of an acre garden and shows what you can do on your own in a short space of time

Tim Walker
Monday 2nd December

Penstemons and Summer Sun Lovers - Julie Ritchie

Julie is from Hoo House Nursery in Gloucestershire which offers over 900 varieties of alpines and perennials

Julie Ritchie