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2018 Plant Fairs and Talks
Please note Fenland HPS group hold thier meetings here at the nursery

Jan

4th Rippingale WI:      New Zealand: Nurseryman's wanderings
16th Stamford U3A garden group:      New Zealand: Nurseryman's wanderings
20th Fenland HPS Group:  Quiz and nibbles

Feb
16th Glinton Horticulutural Society:    New Zealand: Wild in Kiwi land
17th Fenland Group HPS:  Colin Ward New Zealand: Gardens and plants
22nd Thorley U3A:   New Zealand: Nurseryman's wanderings

March
3rd Plant stall at Beds & Cambs HPS Group (Bigglewade) for Val Bourne talk
6th Bourne U3A Garden group: Hostas
7th The Addingtons Horticultural Society:  Hardy Exotics
10th East Midlands Plant Heritage Shelford: Colin's Choice
15th  Herts and Beds Plant Heritage:  Hardy Exotics
17th Fenland HPS Group:  Lou Philips head gardener at Ultingwick : The ornamental garden through the seasons – My take on some of the most rewarding plants throughout the year
22nd Spratton Garden Club:  Colin's choice

April

5th Bourn Garden Club:  Shade and semi-shade
11th Flore Garden Society: Shade and semi-shade
15th Plant Fair at Nursery 10-2:30
18th Biggleswade garden club:  
21st Fenland HPS: Janet Buist : Salvias
25th Gretton gardening group:  Colin's choice


May
1st Riseholme horticultural society:  Colin's choice
2nd Great Chesterford Gardening Club:  Colin's choice
6th Hethersett Plant Fair
12th North London Hardy Planters visit to nursery
19th Fenland HPS Group: Ian Bedford: Garden Bugs Cohabit-Conserve or Control? 
21st Ramsey Gardening Club
27th Rutland HPS plant fair

June

7th Stamford Horticultural vist to nursery
11th Downham Market:  Colin's choice
16th Fenland HPS group:  Philip Oostenbrink. Head gardener Canterbury Cathedral. Talk on the garden and also his role as a Plant Heritage coordinator for Kent group.
22nd Olney garden group visit to nursery
25th Silverstone Garden Club:  Shad and semi-shade

July

4th Stotfold Garden Club visit
10th Deeping St Nicholas
16th West Hallam: Colin's choice

September

14th Nottingham HPS Group:  
15th Fenland HPS Group: Kevin Hughes
16th Plant Fair at Nursery

October

1st Marshallswick Horticultural Society:  Hardy exotics
4th Fowlmere and Thriplow gardening club:  Colin's choice
18th Ketton horticultural society:  Singapore
20th Fenland group HPS: 
 Andrew Luke Head gardener English Heritage Wrest Park former head of nursery Kew.​​​​​​​

November
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15th Whilmslow gardening guild:  Shade and semi-shade
17th Fenland HPS group AGM: Doug Stewart : Gardening on the other side of the pond


December

18th Cambridge plant Heritage: New Zealand : Nurseryman's wanderings

Talks

Our fee is £100 for a talk/lecture plus travelling expenses (40p per mile). If you require more than an hour and a half fee will be more.

We will bring plants along for demonstration. Most talks are with a hands-on approach and you will get to see and touch the real plants. Obviously during Winter months some of these talks will be digital.

Talks denoted D= Digital presentation. HO= Hands on live material usually March to November

Subjects:

Hardy Exotics and creating microclimates. A talk about various hardy exotic plants incorporating plants suitable for a wide variety of situations in the garden. Also, how to achieve the growing environment for some of these plants. D, HO

Bamboos & Grasses. A talk about the husbandry and culture of these wide range of plants and their use in the garden. D, HO

Ferns 50 shades of green. A talk about this group of plants which has been with us since prehistoric times. Propagation husbandry and varieties available covered in this talk. D, HO

Shade plants and semi shade. This is one for plantaholics a wide range of plants covered in this subject. D, HO

Colin's Choice. Another one for the plantaholics covering some of the plants we grow and propagate. Basically, a plantsman’s choice some rarities covered in this one. D, HO

Solomon’s seals and Aspidistras. Two families of plant’s that are Colin’s favourites. Both shade lovers and quite diverse. D, HO

Madeira a January Visit parts 1,2 and 3. Three separate slide presentations of a visit we had to Madeira in January 2009 covering plants and gardens in Madeira. D

Hostas little and large. A talk on origins types and versatility of this large group of ornamental plants. Also how to deal with slugs and snails! D, HO

New Zealand a nurseryman's wanderings in New Zealand. A talk covering some of our experiences on a recent trip to this amazing country covering plants, geology, and wildlife we came across. A taster for other talks we are planning about this amazing country. D

New Zealand Gardens and plants. A talk on some of the gardens we visited also some of the unique plants of this country. D

New Zealand wild. Countryside, activities and wildlife. Probably more a more general talk not so plant or garden orientated. D

Singapore the green city. A talk covering our brief stopover in this city. Gardens on the Bay, Botanic Gardens and general greening of this modern Asian city. D

We can do other talks, get in touch with us to find out if we can cover a subject that interests your club. We can also do quiz’ or garden question time.