Our local "celebrity", Mary Payne, will get the year off to a good start with what we would all like to achieve in our gardens.
Grand parklands, pretty cottage gardens, giant veg, flower shows, even lawn mower racing - whatever your interests, there will always be something to tempt you out to a garden-themed event.
Our panel of local experts, Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Alan Down, gardening writer and former nurseryman and Christine Pritchard, garden designer and teacher, chaired by our very own Sue Knight, will answer your horticultural questions.
Janet will be giving us a wealth of information about these wonderfully scented plants and hopefully bringing some for sale.
Head gardener and chief executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Fergus works full-time in the garden as well as writing and lecturing extensively across the world. Great Dixter is the home of succession planting.
Sally has been growing her own food for twenty years and writing about it for ten. She has enormous expertise and experience of vegetable growing and will pass on her tips
By ferry from Lymington, hotel in Cowes. We will visit 8 gardens, including Exbury, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Osborne House and Garden, Morton Manor and Nunwell House.
Visit the famous Palm and Alpine Houses and the Rock, Bamboo, Japanese, Grass, Kitchen, Queen's and Rose Gardens. It's the most biodiverse place on earth!
We visit the historic and picturesque market town of Usk where 20 or more private gardens will be open to visitors as well as the Rural Life Museum and ruined castle.
Staying in Harrogate, we will visit 6 gardens, including Hardwick Hall, RHS Harlow Carr, Scampston and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Full of variety, this charming garden shows the English country style at its best. Water gardens, topiary and herbaceous borders demonstrate an imaginative use of colour and planting, creating unexpected vistas. Stroll through the arboretum with its wonderful species of trees.
Andrew will be bringing his 30 years' experience in managing native habitats to show us how we can deal with our shady areas with imaginative planting.
Rebecca's talk will cover not only plant hunting but some nail-biting and funny moments from the trip.
Although we have a topic in mind, we are waiting to see if James produces a new talk but from past experience it is bound to be informative and entertaining.
Julie is a professional gardener, propagator and lecturer. She will tell us about the folklore, history, botany, horticulture and interesting facts behind the plants which make up our Christmas festivities.
The Answer Lies in the Soil - Tim Foster
Tim Foster will advise us on growing healthy plants using organic techniques, including soil care.
Peonies and Irises - Susannah Applegate
Susannah Applegate is a leading expert on peonies and irises. Her talk will lighten a dark February evening.
365 Days of Colour in the Garden - Nick Bailey
Nick is a garden designer and has recently become a regular presenter on Gardeners' World. He will talk about plants, techniques and innovative associations to guarantee year-round colour. He is a prolific writer, and contributes to newspapers and gardening magazines, and was awarded the accolade of Garden Journalist of the Year 2017. His second book, on which his talk will be based, was published in 2015 and has been an Amazon best seller ever since.
Pin me to the Wall - Andrew Mikolajski
Andrew is a writer and lecturer and is a prolific author. He will tell us how to choose and manage climbers and wall shrubs.
Harold Peto - Christine Stones
Christine will tell us about this influential garden designer, who was responsible for Iford Manor Gardens, which is one of our summer visits.
A Blaze of Glory - Timothy Walker
Timothy is a botanist and former director of Oxford Botanic Gardens. He will show how autumn colour can be achieved until the first frosts.
Life on a Gardening Magazine - Tamsin Westhorpe
Tamsin is a horticulturalist, journalist, Director at Stockton Bury Gardens, RHS judge and lecturer.
Using Roses in the Garden - Michael Marriott
For 30 years Michael has worked for David Austin Roses, advising gardeners and designing rose gardens around the world.
Gardening Disasters - Neil Ross
Gardening journalist, lecturer, designer and former head gardener, Neil will provide an entertaining insight into what not to do.
Club Christmas Event: The English Garden - Ann-Marie Powell
Ann-Marie delighted us with her talk on plans for small gardens in 2012. This entertaining speaker and garden designer now returns, with a very appropriate topic to round off the year.
Water Gardens and Their History - Peter May
From a tiny suburban pond to the Chatsworth Cascade, Peter will show that water has always been important in gardens.
Crops for Small Spaces - Jane Moore
Jane is the head gardener at Bath Priory Hotel. She will focus on growing your own fruit and vegetables in a small garden or courtyard.
Spectacular Containers for Year-round Colour - Sue Fisher
Sue will describe a wealth of plants that can be used to create beautiful containers for every season.
Not Just Gertrude Jekyll - Christine Stones
Women have featured prominently in garden history and Christine will take us through the most interesting personalities and the gardens they have made or inspired. After working for the BBC as a producer and presenter, Christine gained an MA in Garden History. She has visited and recorded 160 gardens across the world. So she is very well qualified to talk to us about the many women who have had a big influence on garden on garden design through the ages.
Ornamental Shrubs and Trees for the Garden - Tony Russell
Tony is a forester and wrote ‘The Complete Book of Trees’. He will give us many ideas on what to plant in a garden.
Clematis for Today’s Gardens - Raymond Evison
Raymond is a leading expert on clematis and has developed many of the new varieties that we now grow in our gardens.
Sixteen restored Victorian pleasure gardens and summerhouses, followed by a visit to a beautiful Cotswold Arts & Crafts garden (HHA Garden of the Year in 2003), which is home to the Kiftsgate rose.
‘The finest water garden in the world’ – islands, woodland valleys and exotic plants. This will be followed by Houghton Lodge: walled garden, sculptures, topiary, herbaceous border and more.
The 3.5 acre garden includes a Chelsea Gold Medal winning rockery with spectacular conifer colours and textures, parterre, herbaceous borders and a mill pond, set against an impressive 19th Century railway viaduct.
A Tale of Two Gardens: Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall - Matthew Wilson
Matthew is a regular on Gardens Question Time. His talk will be on his time running each of these gardens.
Bulbs through the Year - Margaret Easter
Not just daffodils and tulips, but many other bulbs that can feature throughout the year, as Margaret will describe.
The New English Garden - Tim Richardson
Described as ‘an irreverent commentator’, Tim will be talking about the changes in garden design made over the last 20 years.
Club Christmas Event: 65 Years in Horticulture - Jim Buttress
An evening of anecdotes from ‘The People’s Gardener’ – Jim Buttress will take us through his gardening life from naughty schoolboy to RHS judge and Superintendent of the Royal Parks.
Sissinghurst - 'Revitalising Vita' - Troy Scott Smith
A seven year project is underway to revitalise the garden, bringing about a more authentic Vita Sissinghurst - a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion.
Afternoon visit to Stoberry House, near Wells - Brian Dury (organiser)
With breathtaking views over Wells, this six acre garden provides a stunning combination of vistas, accented with ponds, sculpture, a sunken garden, potager, lime walk, herbaceous borders, roses, fernery, and salvias. See Useful Links.