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                   HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

                               Programme of Events 2017







Tuesday 7       8 00 pm           Growing for the Kitchen

Paul Patton is a horticultural consultant, writer, speaker and broadcaster. He is an enthusiastic grower of produce for the table and will be talking about growing some delicious and interesting fruit, vegetables, herb and salad crops with a few ideas on preserving and extending the use and production of crops over the whole year.


Tuesday 7        7 15 pm           AGM

8 00 pm           Scent in the Garden

Timothy Walker, former Director at Oxford University Botanic Gardens and now lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College, Oxford, is always a very informative and entertaining speaker. He will be discussing the many beautiful (and few of the not so beautiful) plants that bring delightful (and not so delightful) scents to our gardens. This talk, based on a Gold Medal winning display at the Chelsea Flower Show, looks at not only how to make your garden more fragrant but also why the plants produce these smells in the first place. 


Sunday 2        2 00 – 4 30 pm SPRING SHOW at Stewart Hall 

Tuesday 4        8 00 pm           The Origin of Garden Plants

We welcome back Dr Michael Keith-Lucas, a retired Plant Scientist from Reading University, who will be looking at the History of Garden Plants – where some of the commonest garden plants come from and how and when they were introduced with a bit of a history of Britain's involvement overseas along the way!


Tuesday 2        8 00 pm           Waterperry borders

Rob Jacobs, from Waterperry Gardens, is responsible for one of the finest classical herbaceous borders in the country and will tell us about the history of Waterperry, development of the renowned borders and will have lots of hints and practical advice for us.

Saturday 13     10 00 am          PLANT SALE at Ellesborough Village Hall, Butlers Cross.

This is a great opportunity to buy locally grown perennials, vegetables and annuals. Come early - everything will be sold by about 11 am on past form.


Tuesday 6       8 00 pm Colour in the Garden

Edwin Rye, former BBC Gardener of the Year and known for his beautiful Wendover garden that is open under the Yellow Book scheme, returns to talk to us about 'Colour in the garden' and will be looking at a variety of seasonal plants that give colour and how to combine them for the best effect.


Sunday 2         2 00 – 4 30 pm  SUMMER SHOW at Stewart Hall.

Tuesday 4     Evening Garden Visit: Cedar House, Bacombe Lane, Wendover  

By popular demand, we are returning to visit this stunning chalk garden with steep sloping lawns leading to a natural swimming pool with aquatic plants. Shaped borders hold a great variety of trees, shrubs and perennials and there are also wild flowers with native orchids.                      


Sunday 3         2 00 – 4 30 pm  AUTUMN SHOW at Stewart Hall.

Tuesday 5       8 00 pm           GM crops: Saints and Satan

Prof Sandy Primrose, scientist and author, is sure to give us another very informative and entertaining discussion regarding the real facts about the safety of GM foods.


Tuesday 3        8 00 pm         Early Plant Hunters

Stefan White, a local enthusiast and lecturer, will tell us tales of the brave and resourceful pioneers who risked life and limb discovering and collecting new plants, often venturing to remote and dangerous corners of the world.


Tuesday 7       8 00 pm           National garden Scheme

Brian Fisher, a popular horticultural lecturer, will discuss experiences of the National Garden Scheme on his last ever talk before retirement. We’re sure to have some insights into what goes on behind the scenes and the preparations and trials that create such popular and inspiring garden visits.


Tuesday 5       8 00 pm           Chilterns Wildlife

We welcome Malcolm Brownsword, a wildlife expert and botanist. His new talk supported by with excellent visual aids, is sure to be full of local interest.

Meetings are held at 8.00 pm every 1st Tuesday of the month (except January and August) at Stewart Hall, Little Kimble.  Although we pride ourselves on our expert speakers, all talks are very informal and are followed by refreshments and a raffle. 

Visitors are always welcome - do come and try one of our meetings.  If you decide you would like to join please make yourself known to any Committee member or contact Michael Hopkins, Membership Secretary, at  Please see our website for further information.