Thursday 10th January 2019 - Royal Gardens – Mark Lane
Mark has been responsible for the gardens of both Buckingham Palace and Clarence House for over 30 years. As Manager of Royal Gardens and Grounds, Mark will provide insight into his role as Manager of Royal Gardens and Grounds and describe the key features, horticultural practices and interesting specimens that thrive in the gardens. This much sought-after talk is one not to miss.
Thursday 14th February 2019 - Planting Seeds Indoor & Outdoors - George Lockwood
George describes himself as The Gardener’s Gardener with a wealth of practical experience. His motto is “a garden that’s beautifully tended healthy and pleasing to look at is a calming influence on everyday life!” http://www.lockwoodgardens.com/talks.htm
Thursday 11th April 2019 - Spring Show then Recycling and Green Gardening - Tom Cole
Always a highlight of the year for members with a bit of friendly competition between amateur growers. The show offers the chance to show off your daffodils, rhubarb or houseplant or any other plant for that matter!
Then after the judging: Recycling and Green Gardening - Tom Cole A well-known speaker at the CSGGA Monthly Meetings, Tom will share practical steps that we can take to reduce the plastic we use and provide us with a wealth of ideas on how we maximise everyday items to assist us when gardening.
Thursday 9th May 2019 - Growing Auriculas for Pleasure – James Smallwood
James Smallwood has been an enthusiastic grower of auriculas for over 15 years. Expect something that is fun and interesting. Auriculas are the alpine cousins of our wild primroses. Their jewel-like colours were much loved by the 18th and 19th century florists and are now being rediscovered by both young and old alike.
Further to our talk in 2018 from Michael Harris from The Lindengate Charity, our mid-summer social will be held at the Lindengate Garden in Wendover. We will have a chance to meet the team and see first-hand the specialised gardening activities they offer to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. We will also enjoy strawberries and sparkling wine on their lawns. http://www.lindengate.org.uk/
Thursday 11th July 2019 - “Sun Tzu in the Garden” – Guy Deakins
Guy's talk is based on Sun Tzu a Chinese general and military strategist. Required reading at both Sandhurst and Harvard Business School, his book ‘The Art of War’ has a surprising relevance to fighting pests and diseases in the garden. This talk is a light-hearted and informative look at his military strategy for dominance on the battlefield that really does help tame garden pests and disease.
Thursday 8th August 2019 - Container Gardening Demonstration - Andrew Mikolajski
A practical demonstration during which Andrew shares the key lessons outlined in his book “Container Gardening”. For those who want something more manageable and easy to reach; for those who see the potential for the exciting visual effects of varied pots and containers - the benefits are endless.http://www.andrewmikolajski.com/about-me/
Thursday 12th September 2019 - Plant Collecting in Bolivia - Pamela Holt
A Horticulturist since leaving school, Pamela has worked variously in private gardens, nurseries, garden centres, the Home Office, Horticultural Colleges and for Local Authorities. She trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with Alan Titchmarsh and taught Charlie Dimmock whilst a lecturer in Somerset. An intrepid traveller Pamela has collected plants in Peru and Bolivia for Kew.
Thursday 10th October 2019 (AGM) - History of British Gardens - Roger Askew
Thursday 14th November 2019 - Understanding Pruning Techniques -Brian Fisher
This practical talk will provide you with guidance on how, when and with what you need to prune trees, shrubs and hedges to aid their full growing potential. Please bring along your challenges to share with Brian during ‘question time’.
Thursday 12th December 2019 Christmas Party
Our annual party will be held at Memorial Hall giving us an opportunity to reflect on the year and share the evening with friends and fellow gardeners. A seasonal dinner will form part of the evening, together with quizzes and a raffle.
Guests are welcome to meetings for a small fee of £2 on the door.
Car parking is available at both the front and rear of the Memorial Hall. The Hall is open from 7.30 pm.
If you would like to know more about CSGGA membership please direct your enquires to Membership@csgga.org Membership to the Gardens Association is only £15 for the first member and £5 for any additional members at the same address (Postal Membership is available for an additional £5.00 annually). Not only does it entitle members to attend the talks and other events for free, but it also grants members discounts at local garden centres and access to the RHS Advisory Service.