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                   HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

                               Programme of Events 2018








Tuesday 6       8 00 pm           Plants and Archaeology: Green Fingers and Science

Colin Oakes, a local speaker from Amersham, is new to our society. He is an archaeologist and tour guide and will talk to us about the link between green fingers and science.



Tuesday 6        7 15 pm           AGM

8 00 pm          Paradise Lost and Restored: 400 Years of Garden Design in Oxfordshire

Timothy Walker, former Director at Oxford University Botanic Gardens and now lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College, brings us his latest talk and is sure to be as informative and entertaining as always. The history of English garden design can be told in different ways and here it is told "through the lens" of one garden, the Oxford Botanic Garden, which was founded at the beginning of the 17th century. This talk will look at how the art of gardening has changed in four centuries in Oxfordshire and how the Oxford Botanic Garden now reflects garden design at the beginning of the 21st century.



Tuesday 3       8 00 pm           Aquatics for all

John Negus, garden writer, broadcaster and lecturer returns to talk about ponds including formal and informal designs, lilies, marginal and bog plants, construction (using a liner) and choice of fish, plus annual management.

Sunday 8        2 00 – 4 30 pm SPRING SHOW at Stewart Hall 



Tuesday 1        8 00 pm           Trees, Shrubs and Hedges for Small Gardens

What are the best ornamental and productive trees to grow in smaller gardens and which hedge is best suited to our more modest growing spaces? These and the current latest thoughts on planting techniques will be discussed by Chris Day of Buckingham Garden who explores the best way to get your plants off to a flying start as the autumn planting season approaches.

Saturday 12     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 5       8 00 pm            The Decline of Honey Bees and Solitary Bees

Dr Michael Keith-Lucas, a retired Plant Scientist from Reading University, is also an expert in bee-keeping and is sure to provide a very interesting insight into these fascinating insects.



Sunday 1         2 00 – 4 30 pm  SUMMER SHOW at Stewart Hall.

Tuesday 3     Evening Garden Visit: Adwell House Nr Thame

The Adwell Estate lies on ground sloping down from the Chiltern Hills and we will have a tour of the grounds which include St Mary’s parish church and a walled garden with beautiful borders as well as a water garden and magnificent trees.



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

Tuesday 4       8 00 pm           Floral Demonstration

Susie Barwick, a floral art judge, will discuss the essentials of preparing your materials for your floral demonstration and demonstrating how to use them. She would also welcome your foliage and flower contributions from your gardens and discuss and demonstrate how you can use them in floral arrangements.



Tuesday 2       8 00 pm         Growing for Success - Eating and Showing

We welcome back John Branham, the chairman of the Midland National Vegetable Society, who will bring in a selection of vegetables from his garden and offer plenty of practical tips.



Tuesday 6       8 00 pm           Pharmacy in your Garden

Until the 1960’s, most prescription pharmaceuticals were derived from plants, many of which are grown in British gardens. This talk by Prof Sandy Primrose, scientist and author, will describe how plants found in the average garden can be used to kill unwanted spouses, as alternatives to Viagra and to make a witch’s flying ointment amongst other things!



Tuesday 4   8 00pm           Take Better Photos of Garden Plants and Wild Flowers

Chris Chadwell, a freelance botanist and plant hunter, will share his wide photographic experience in this field to offer practical advice on how to improve our horticultural photos.

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 Brian Butler at