10th December: Matthew Biggs - Tales from The Great Plant Hunters
From Sir Joseph Hooker, who collected rhododendrons in the Sikkim Himalayas to Frank Kingdon Ward, who survived an earthquake and collected the blue poppy Meconopsis betonicifolia, George Forrest who introduced his famous form of Pieris formosa and Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson who, after several adventures, returned with Davidia involucrata and Lilium regale. This lecture reveals the extraordinary lives, adventures and plants of some of the great plant explorers.
Matthew trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has presented numerous television programmes, notably Channel 4’s ‘Garden Club’, stepped behind the camera to direct Meridian Television’s popular gardening series ‘Grass Roots’ and worked as Horticultural Consultant for a garden design series on Channel 5
12th November: Jane Perrone - Starting your own Indoor Jungle A Fresh Look at Houseplants BY ZOOM
Jane Perrone, a freelance journalist, presenter and producer of indoor gardening podcast On The Ledge is our speaker for November. Jane writes for a range of publications, including the Guardian, the Financial Times, Gardens Illustrated, Grow Your Own magazine and The English Garden. She regularly appears on gardening podcasts and gives interviews on the radio about everything from slugs to succulents. She is a member of the Garden Media Guild in the UK and is also on the RHS Advisory Committee on Houseplants and Cut Flowers.
Houseplants are undergoing a huge revival: Jane Perrone looks at the reasons behind the trend, examines some of the plants stealing the spotlight and offers up some tips on making the best of your collection, from styling your plants to making sure they are pest-free.