9th January: Chris Thorn - News from the Garden Centre Shelves
Chris Thornhas been the Retail Manager at Aylett Nurseries for 18 years and for 22 years previously was the manager of a small garden centre in South Cambridgeshire. Both jobs have involved a wide range of tasks and experiences. For 15 years Chris wrote a weekly gardening column in a local newspaper and for 4 years he was involved with Radio Cambridgeshire and broadcaster Richard Spendlove as his gardening expert. At Ayletts Nurseries Chris oversees staff training and takes the opportunity to talk to trainers in as much depth as he can, so while the subject of his talk is "News from the Garden Centre Shelves" Chris is happy to discuss and share his knowledge on a wide range of subjects.
13 February: Michael Brown - The Language of Flowers’
A Victorian Gentleman’s amorous adventures described through the now mostly forgotten language of flowers. Flowers, social history and romance; what more could you ask for?
12th March: John Baker – Heavenly Hostas How hostas were discovered and how they have been developed. How to grow and propagate hostas. How to avoid slug and snail damage. Where to use hostas in the garden. Which companion plants look good with hostas. We also show some of our collection of over 1700 hostas and gardens in the USA where hostas are the Number 1 perennial. Hosta suppliers and societies.
9th April Spring Show and Talk by Tom Cole - Vertical Gardening Vertical Gardening - creating another dimension in the garden. Plants suitable for clothing walls, trellis and other upright landscape areas plus the use of roofs and green walls; including plant establishment and maintenance.
14th May: Andrew Mikolajsky - Gardens of Tudor England Gardens were hugely important in Tudor times, as spaces for growing rare plants, to display of wealth and as a backdrop to intrigues of all kinds. Using Robert Dudley's garden at Kenilworth as an example, we'll find out what plants meant to garden makers of the day.
9th July Mark Lane - The Royal Tree Canopy This talk about the Royal Gardens covers the history of trees in the garden, the way plants are accessioned, maintenance and enhancement and planning for the future. Mark Lane is Head Gardener at Buckingham Palace.
13th August: Alan Clarke - Showing Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables
10th September: Timothy Walker - Sex, Lies and Putrefaction Gardeners are well aware of the need for pollinators but for many people this important area of plant science begins and ends with bees. In fact pollination can be carried out by animals as different as bats and snails – the former is limited to night flowering species and the latter is only for plants with time on their hands. Many trees, grasses and others do not use a pollinator trusting in fate but releasing their pollen into the wind and hoping that the grains land on a suitable female flower. This lecture looks at the variety of animals and other vectors that are exploited by plants and explains why this knowledge is so important.
8th October:AGM and CSGGA Gardeners Question
12th November: Gill Ferguson - Garden Photography A new, illustrated talk that aims to improve your photography of plants, as well as the insects and birds that visit your garden.