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Feb
20
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Simon Toomer – Conserving Plants in the National Trust @ Abbey Guest House
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Simon Toomer  - Conserving Plants in the National Trust @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Simon is the National Specialist for Plant Conservation at the National Trust. He has worked as a forester, land management advisor and arboriculturalist in private, local authority and charity sectors, and was previously Curator and Director at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. He is the Chair of PlantNetwork, a member of the Plant Conservation Committee of Plant Heritage and a trustee of the charity Tree Aid. He is a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Mar
20
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Jon Evans – Keith Wiley and Wildside Nursery Garden @ Abbey Guest House
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Jon Evans - Keith Wiley and Wildside Nursery Garden @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Wildside Nursery is a fabulous garden in Devon, landscaped in a very naturalistic manner.
Keith Wiley is one of the most inspirational garden designers in the country, championing a naturalistic style modelled in plant communities in the wild.
We visited it in 2012 when Keith Wiley showed us around.

Apr
17
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Marina Christopher – Allergic to Annuals @ Abbey Guest House
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Marina Christopher - Allergic to Annuals @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Marina will describe the varied use of annuals, as fillers when creating a new border, as drifts to create cohesion in a planting, as specimens, green manures, pollinator caviar as well as bedding displays (only a passing mention on the latter!) and introducing unusual varieties for the discerning gardener. The talk will be illustrated with plant material and various sundries.
After a couple of reincarnations from Firecrest Nursery and Green Farm Plants, Marina finally emerged as Phoenix Perennial Plants in 2002. Phoenix is sited in a cold, wet frost pocket so plants have to be extremely hardy and tolerate winter wet. Phoenix earns medals vicariously by supplying some of the top garden designers with unusual plants for the Chelsea Flower Show and has won ‘Best in Show’ several times! Marina became an author in 2006 with her book ‘Late Summer Flowers’.

May
15
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House
May 15 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Jul
17
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Sep
18
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Oct
16
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Mat Reese – The Art of a Flower Border @ Abbey Guest House
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Mat Reese -  The Art of a Flower Border @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

While Mat was at Wisley he was introduced to gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd and spent subsequent weekends volunteering in his garden, Great Dixter. So when he finished at Kew, there was only one place he wanted to be. He went to see Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Dixter, and started work almost immediately. He says “Dixter is gardened in a creative and inventive way, so we were constantly trying new things”.
After that, in 2010 Mat moved to Malverleys, a private estate in Hampshire, where he is developing and redesigning the gardens. He gave us a talk on Melverleys in November 2016. Mat is now regarded as one of a handful of top-echelon gardeners working in Britain today.

Nov
20
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Dr Chris Thorogood – Mediterranean Plants @ Abbey Guest House
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Dr Chris Thorogood  - Mediterranean Plants @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Chris is a plant biologist who is the Deputy Director and Head of Science & Public Engagement at Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.
In 2016 Chris published a Field Guide to the wild flowers of the Western Mediterranean where he has travelled extensively including teaching field botany to undergraduates in the Algarve.
Chris says” The Mediterranean Basin has one of the world’s richest floras. Indeed, up to 10% of all vascular plants occur in the Mediterranean Basin, which represents just 1.6% of the Earth’s surface. This large area has a complex and varied geology and topography but is united by its typically Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
In 2018 Chris also published Weird Plants which features weird, wonky and wonderful plants seen on his travels and illustrated with his own oil paintings.

Dec
9
Mon
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

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